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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:261:''"You will know the sting of winter."'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Daniel Pesina)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (John Turk), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' (John Turk), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' (Jim Miller), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Jim Miller), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (Creator/SteveBlum)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (Keith Cooke), ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm]]'' (Luke Perry), ''[[MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]'' (Harry Shum Jr.)

-> 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]]

-> He is later [[spoiler:[[BroughtDownToNormal returned to his human form]]]] in [[spoiler:''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'']], due to being under Quan Chi's influence before [[spoiler:being brought BackFromTheDead]].
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* TheAce: Generally presented as ludicrously competent in whatever he does.
** His ''X'' chapter is basically "hey, look how awesome Sub-Zero is!".
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: How he becomes leader of the Lin Kuei in the original continuity, [[spoiler:as of ''MKX'' eventually becomes the leader in the current continuity too, when freed]].
* 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}}: All evidence points towards him being the most powerful heroic character in the series, except for perhaps Raiden and Liu Kang. In the rebooted continuity he handily defeated Scorpion, who bested his brother Bi-Han, and would have killed him had the Cyber Lin Kuei not interfered. He also defeated Ermac, who was stated to be one of Outworld's greatest champions. Then, as a cyborg he defeated [[SNKBoss Goro AND Kintaro]] at the same time. In ''X'', he defeats the entire Special Forces team comprising Cassie, Takeda, Kung Jin and Jacqui without breaking a sweat, and is implied to have also defeated Kotal Kahn and his Outworld forces at the end of the game.
** This was even lampshaded in ''9'' when, after having defeated Goro and Kintaro as aforementioned, the soldiers he saved by doing so joked that Sub-Zero "ain't gonna [luck]".
* 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.
* BadassBaritone: As of ''MKX'', his voice register is deep enough to have its own echo. His ''[=MK9=]'' voice is higher, but it makes sense--nearly 30 years have passed in the intervening time.
* BadassBeard: Sports a rocking one in ''MKX'', in his ''[=MK3=]''-inspired unmasked form. His is actually the fullest in the game, too.
* BadassBoast: Picked up some downright sinister ones for MKX.
-->"I will freeze your very soul."
-->"I destroy whom I please!"
-->"You will know the sting of [[SnowMeansDeath winter]].
** And of course, who could forget the Lin Kuei's badass creed?
-->'''Smoke:''' Be as stealthful as the night...
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' And as deadly as the dawn.
* BadassGrandpa: Looked like one in the original continuity after getting the Dragon Medallion, despite being in his late 30s at most. Played straight in the new continuity, as at the time of MKX Sub-Zero's most likely to be 57 or over.[[note]]His age is often given as being 32 at the time of the second tournament, and 25 years have passed since the events of MK9 leading up to MKX[[/note]] Except [[{{Irony}} nowadays]] he doesn't even look [[OlderThanTheyLook anywhere near close]] to being a "grandpa".
* BadassInCharge: Of the Lin Kuei. Doubly so as the lore states that only the best of the best are allowed to join that organisation.
* BadassTeacher: In MKX he essentially serves in this role to the [[FanNickname Kombat Kids]]. His position as Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei could also make him this for the order as a whole.
** Hilariously, much of his combat banter involves him offering pearls of wisdom and constructive criticism to his opponent. Yes, even when he's ''killing'' someone he still takes the time to teach them. Taken to absolutely ridiculous levels when these people can include ''[[GodOFEvil Shinnok]]''.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:As of ''Mortal Kombat X'', he's alive and organic once again.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: His alt. in ''Deception''. Though he does have a Cossack-style topknot.
* 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.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:He and his Lin Kuei arrive just in time to save Cassie's group and repel Kotal Kahn's forces back to Outworld while they make it to the Sky Temple.]]
* 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.
* ButtMonkey: Because of Ed Boon's favoritism to Scorpion, fans have kind of joked that Sub-Zero's role in trailers is always "to get his ass kicked by Scorpion." ''9''[='=]s title screen always had Scorpion uppercut Sub-Zero, in Scorpion's intro in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' he's about to pull a Fatality on Sub-Zero, and in ''X''[='=]s trailer, Scorpion pulled a Fatality on him.
** Astoundingly, this was actually inverted during the 3D era games, where if Scorpion and Sub-Zero were ever in a fight, the former would inevitably be humiliated by some incarnation of the latter. For instance, in the Shaolin Monks intro the Elder Sub-Zero thrashes Scorpion about before finally knocking him out-cold with a torn-out spine. In the Armageddon intro, Kuai-Liang and Scorpion got into a sword-fight where he more or less smacked Scorpion ''off-screen''.
** When all is said and done, Sub-Zero will always have the last laugh over Scorpion due to having finally killed him mano-y-mano in the original timeline. The fact that Sub-Zero was later killed by Baraka of all people only makes his triumph all the more complete.
** A third point, while Sub-Zero often defeated Scorpion in trailers for games set in the original time-line, he was almost always canonically defeated by Scorpion in those games' storylines. In the new timeline he actually defeats Scorpion fairly conclusively in the storymode for MK9, and got the upper-hand over him in the comic books. Maybe getting beaten up in trailers by him is just Scorpion's consolation for that fact.
* CainAndAbel: Upon discovering [[spoiler:Noob Saibot]]'s identity as his elder brother [[spoiler:reincarnated]], [[spoiler:Noob]] has been trying to kill him.
* CarpetOfVirility: In MKX he exhibits quite a bit of chest hair in his alternate costume. Seeing where he lives, it's pretty much justified.
* CharacterDevelopment: He started out as a silent assassin in ''II''/''9'', but when the Lin Kuei becomes interested in cybernetics in ''3''/''9'', he splits because he disagrees with the methodology. From ''4''/''X'' 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]]. Very literal in ''X'', where his Unbreakable variation gives him a battle mask reminiscent of his previous armored masks in the series, albeit conspicuously made of ice.
* 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.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', he's the focus of Chapter 3.
* DefectorFromDecadence: When the cyber-initiative goes down he gets the Netherrealm out of there.
* DownloadableContent: In ''9'', his Klassic skin from ''[=MK1/2=]'', his maskless costume from ''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 the Klassic skin and its Fatality.
* DragonRider: In his [[spoiler:MK X ending]] he essentially becomes [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the Father of (Frost) Dragons]].
* DropTheHammer: In MK X. His swords got a little smaller in the new timeline, but he made up for it by crushing his enemies with massive hammers that would make Shao Kahn shed a manly tear of pride.
* FamedInStory: Sub-Zero seems to have become something of a legend in ''X'', with many of the next generation of fighters remarking on his reputation as a fearsome warrior.
-->'''Kung Jin:''' They say Sub-Zero's tough.
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' They say correctly.
* GoodIsNotSoft: He's more heroic than his elder brother, but is pragmatic and not afraid to get his hands a little dirty if it means protecting Earthrealm or the Lin Kuei.
* GoodScarsEvilScars[=/=]ScarsAreForever: Oddly enough, it seems to have a bit faded and change colors in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''. And it doesn't appear in ''9'' [[spoiler:until he retain it again in ''X'', but caused by Kano]], due to history being changed.
** EveryScarHasAStory: Averted in the original timeline. While it's presumably gained during his escape from the Lin Kuei prior to ''3'', it's never been officially explained and apparently fades after donning the Cryomancer armor. However, ''Shaolin Monks'' instead shows Sub-Zero being mistaken for his brother and attacked by Kung Lao ([[EyesAreUnbreakable miraculously keeping his eye in the process]]), but this is most likely non-canon. [[spoiler:The ''MKX'' comics had it caused by Kano scarring him with a Kamidogu, which are now daggers in the alternate continuity.]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: His Grandmaster variation in ''X'' lets him throw his ice clones around as projectiles and use them as shields.
* GrimUpNorth: The Lin Kuei are said to be based in the "northernmost parts of Asia". Of course, it's never really specified ''where'' exactly. Some sources put that as being in China, but China isn't the northernmost country in Asia by a long shot (those would be Kazakhstan, Mongolia and, depending on how you define "Asia", Siberia). Wherever they are based, it does certainly match up to the description of this trope, though.
* 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 additionally 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: Some of his Fatalities, such as his Ice Shatter, Snowball Grenade and Frosty!.
** 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, such as smaller swords in ''9'' and [[DropTheHammer hammers]] in ''X''.
* IceBreaker: This is a MASSIVE component of his fighting style.
* AnIceSuit: Same deal as his brother.
* IcyBlueEyes: A literal sense as his are often a glowing shade of blue. Played straight in ''[=MKvs.DCU=]'', ''Mortal Kombat 9'' and ''Mortal Kombar X'', where is eyes are seemingly a natural shade of blue.
* 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 manner during ''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]].
** In another way, he was essentially to Scorpion in MK 9 as Scorpion was to Bi-Han -- a vengeance driven warrior brimming with UnstoppableRage. His first words to Scorpion when Shao Kahn brought him forth to face him were basically a retooled version of Scorpion's usual "I must avenge the deaths of my family and clan!"
-->'''Scorpion:''' You are not Sub-Zero...
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' I am his family and clan! I fight for his honour!
* 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'' and is reduced to a ponytail at the back of his head.
* MasterSwordsman: He can perform some rather impressive flourishes with his kori-blades, and can pull off some improbably complicated techniques flawlessly. Best exhibited in his sword-fight with Scorpion in the ''Armageddon'' opening cinematic, where he manages to parry Scorpion's sword-blow ''from behind'', ''across his back'', and ''then'' drive Scorpion back, all without turning around. Kenshi's got nothing on him.
-->'''Kenshi:''' Care to test me?
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' I too wield a sword.
* 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: Seems to be the case with his unmasked appearances.
* {{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. That being said, what sort of Chinese person has blue eyes? [[note]]Of course, "Chinese" need not mean Han... Maybe he's half-Uyghur?[[/note]]
** In ''MKX'', between the pale colour of his skin and facial features in his unmasked alt he practically looks like he's from Northern Europe.
* MyGreatestFailure: Frost fills this role. He blames himself for her arrogance and betrayal.
** Averted in the new timeline. Sub-Zero sees Frost as a talented student with great potential. However, he does acknowledge her anger issues this time.
* MightyGlacier: Borderline example. He's not exactly ponderously slow, but he's not quite as quick as say, Scorpion or Reptile, but makes up for it by generally dealing a lot more damage with his dial-up and enhanced combos.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Congratulations Sub-Zero, you've buried the hatchet with Hanzo Hasashi by revealing who really killed his clan. Too bad Scorpion then proceeded to beat up Johnny Cage, Sonya and Kenshi, and killed Quan Chi, the only person who could've freed the revenant kombatants, and ended up freeing Shinnok.]]
* ObliviousYoungerSibling: Kuai Liang is a noticeably more morally-grounded character than his brother and frequently has to re-iterate this to those who knew Bi-Han, but he seems to [[HeroWorshipper idolize his elder sibling a bit too much]] (which is more evident in ''9'') in spite of a tie-in comic for ''4'' revealing that Bi-Han, at some point in the past, told him about his adventures during ''Mythologies'', a retelling that likely included his unwarranted killing of Hanzo when the ninja was defenseless and had surrendered, ''[[AintTooProudToBeg begging]]'' for his life. FamilyHonor and the simple fact that he lost his only known relative play a part, but Kuai, who has an adversity to lethal force unless absolutely necessary, was one [[spoiler:untimely intervention by the Cyber Lin Kuei]] away from ending Scorpion's (un)life in ''9'', knowing full well that'd only perpetuate the ViciousCycle built up to that point. [[spoiler:Bi-Han, now Noob Saibot, disowning and attempting to kill him caused Kuai to [[BrokenPedestal ultimately shake off this rosy image]]. On the other hand, the comic implies that Sub-Zero still resents Scorpion on a certain level for murdering his brother.]]
* OhCrap: He gets this reaction (one of his least stoic expressions) when [[spoiler:he sees the corrupted Jinsei spreading throughout Earthrealm]].
* OlderAndWiser: Most notable in ''Deadly Alliance'' (and to a lesser extent, in ''4''). ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' also goes this route without having to make him look too old.
* OneManArmy: His ''Deception'' ending in the original timeline basically had him taking on a horde of Tarkatans and winning.
* PottyFailure: His Babality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
* PrettyInMink: His Cryomancer armor comes complete with fur ruffles around [[HighCollarOfDoom the collar]].
* ProphetEyes: Sports a very light blue variation of these in ''MKX'', and for a time when he was under Quan Chi's control in the same sense as Scorpion he had a fiery-colored variant.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Unlike his brother and Sektor, however, Kuai Liang knew ''where'' to draw the line. However, since having restored the clan's honour in both continuities, his devotion to the Lin Kuei seems stronger than ever.
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' For the Lin Kuei!
-->'''Scorpion:''' For the Shirai-Ryu!
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' ''To the death!''
* {{Pun}}: His first Fatality in ''9'' is called "Have an Ice Day."
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: He's had a variant of this as a move since ''Deadly Alliance''. His throw attacks in ''Armageddon'' and ''X'' puts his own particular spin on it by freezing the opponent first before he punches them. Many of his combos in ''9'' and ''X'' also tend to cap off with a massive punch and tend to be quite damaging as a result. Of course, they also have the added utility of putting some distance between him and his opponent, thus setting them up for an ice blast.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei. Particularly, in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', he assists the new Special Forces in a training exercise. [[spoiler:He also extends an olive branch to his long-time nemesis Scorpion after having learned of how Quan Chi manipulated the Lin Kuei into killing him and wiping out the Shirai Ryu, even after Scorpion loses his cool following a sneak attack from an upstart Lin Kuei named Frost.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: He's the blue to virtually everyone else he encounters (especially Scorpion), fitting given that he's a Cryomancer. This is easily apparent when he [[spoiler:invites Hanzo (his brother's murderer) over to his temple to make peace with the former wraith and start off fresh with the Shirai Ryu. He retained his [[{{Pun}} cool]] throughout the entire ordeal even when Frost nearly ruins things and when Hanzo almost killed him]].
* TheRival: Was this on-again, off-again for a while to Scorpion in the original timeline, 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. [[spoiler:This is no longer the case anymore when Kuai Liang reveals the truth behind the first Shirai Ryu's demise in ''X''.]]
* 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.
* SinsOfOurFathers: Scorpion seems to have shifted the blame he originally placed on Bi-Han for his supposed murder of the Shirai-Ryu onto him, much to Kuai-Liang's annoyance. It doesn't really help matters that Scorpion was essentially wrong to blame him or his brother in the first place.
-->'''Scorpion:''' ''Murderer.''
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' I grow ''tired'' of maintaining our innocence.
* [[SnarkToSnarkCombat Snark to Snark Kombat]]: He get's this gem of a conversation with Kung Jin in ''X''.
-->'''Kung Jin:''' (after getting knocked down by Sub-Zero) A feint. Bravo.
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' You should rally your companions rather than mock your superiors.
-->'''Kung Jin:''' I'll keep that in mind if I ever meet 'em.
* SixthRanger: He is one of the last warriors to join Raiden's forces.
* SlideAttack: Simply named "Slide", this is one attack he's always had.
* StanceSystem: Shotokan Karate and Dragon-style Kung Fu for both ''Deadly Alliance'' and ''Deception''. Keeps the former for the final battle, while Jarek inherits the Dragon style.
** In ''X'' his variations are [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation Cryomancer]], [[StoneWall Unbreakable]] and [[TrapMaster Grandmaster]].
*** Cryomancer gives Sub-Zero the [[DropTheHammer (Air) Frost Hammer/Crushing Hammer]] -– allowing him to bash his opponents over the head, and combo strings unavailable in his other variations –- which extends his attacking range and gives him more damage. The visual indicator is the thin aura of ice that decorates his arms and face (more noticeable around the arms ''a la'' ''4'', ''DA'', ''A'', and ''vs. DCU'') and a crossed sword-and-hammer icon.
*** Unbreakable gives Sub-Zero the [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Barrier of Frost/Barrier of Ice]] -– which stops all attacks cold in their tracks (including freezing opponents directly striking the barrier), and the [[NoSell Frozen Aura/Ice Aura]] -– which outright eliminates chip damage. The visual indicator is the mask of ice over his face (reminiscent of the ''DA'', ''A'', ''vs. DCU'', and ''9'' mask) and a shield icon.
*** Grandmaster gives Sub-Zero his iconic [[NinjaLog Ice Klone/Ice Statue]] –- which he can place in any location he desires, and the [[KillItWithIce Klone Toss]] -- which lets him toss the sculpture across the screen dealing direct damage. The visual indicator is the glowing light blue medallion placed over his right breast (most likely the newest iteration of the Dragon Medallion) and a snowflake icon.
* StatusQuoIsGod: [[spoiler:Quan Chi restores his human body when he raises him as a revenant in the ''MKX'' prequel comics, which he retains when he is freed from Quan Chi's control and returned to life in ''MKX''.]]
* 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. His Unbreakable variation in ''X'' also counts.
* SuperStrength: Possibly the single most physically strong character in the franchise, barring the outright monstrous ones like Shao Kahn, Goro, Onaga, Torr, etc. How else do you describe someone who can rip out spines? Something even ''machines'' have difficulty doing.
** Whether or not the likes of Goro or Torr are stronger than him's also debatable, given that his Spine Rip Fatality in ''MKX'' can involve him lifting either of these two behemoths up into the air, then [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe tearing them apart]] with his ''bare hands''.
** The Lin Kuei were said to renowned for their physical strength in ''Mortal Kombat: Deception''. All that time in wintry mountains must put hairs on your chest.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: As one can see from his unmasked appearances.
* 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.
* UnstoppableRage: Unleashed some on Scorpion during his chapter in MK 9.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:For every action. There is a reaction. See NiceJobBreakingItHero.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In his non-ninja outfit.
* WeaponOfChoice: An Ice Scepter in ''4'', and the aforementioned Kori Blade in ''Deadly Alliance'' through ''Armageddon''.
* WorfHadTheFlu: He lost to Scorpion in the MK X comic, but Hanzo openly admitted the only reason he won was because Sub-Zero was weakened by the kamidogu. Also, he more or less initially dominated their fight until the demon possessing decided to expend his powers to stop Takeda from running away.
* 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'').
** OlderThanTheyLook: Ironically enough, the ''reverse'' happens in the rebooted timeline. He's pushing mid-to-late 50s as of the current era, but looks permanently [[JustForPun frozen]] in his 30s.

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[[folder:Kitana]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:250:''"You will learn respect."'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Katalin Zamiar)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (Becky Gable), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 Mortal Kombat Gold]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Mortal Kombat: Unchained]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'' (Lita Lopez), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' (S.G. Willie), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Creator/KarenStrassman), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (Creator/KarenStrassman)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombat'' (Talisa Soto), ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (Talisa Soto), ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' (Audie England), ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm]]'' (Creator/CreeSummer), ''[[MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]'' (Sam Tjhia)

-> 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 and the princess were 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. Kitana is present at the Mortal Kombat tournament, assigned as an assassin to secretly weaken Earthrealm. However her target, Liu Kang, subdues her in combat and she fails but he denies to kill her as a warrior, which starts to sow seeds of doubt in her purpose. The doubt continues to build through the Outworld tournament as she encounters other Earthrealmers who start to lead her away from Shao Kahn. Finally, Kitana embraces her doubt and investigates Shang Tsung's flesh pits, a place she had been forbidden to visit. There she learns that [[spoiler:Shang Tsung had been committing vile experiments that resulted in the merging of her genetic code with that of a Tarkatan to create a monstrosity. Thinking Shang Tsung had been trying to subvert the emperor, she brings him before Shao Kahn for punishment. However Kahn had in fact authorized Shang Tsung's experiments, which finally causes Kitana to feel fully betrayed and she defects to Earthrealm, along with her friend Jade. The pair serve as defenders of Earthrealm until they run across Sindel. Sindel violently attacks the Earthrealm's base and kills almost everyone inside. Kitana survives the initial onslaught but dies once Liu Kang returns to find his comrades all laying dead. Her soul, like the souls of all the other Earthrealm warriors felled in the conflict, is turned over to Quan Chi for the Netherrealm but due to the Netherrealm war.]] As of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', [[spoiler:she is still an undead revenant and remains that way throughout the story, ultimately ending up ruling the Netherrealm alongside Liu Kang]].

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* ActionGirl: She, Mileena and Jade were the second ones in the series. Given her early status an assassin for Shao Kahn, this was undoubtedly the case.
* 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.
** Comes back for ''Mortal Kombat X'' [[spoiler:and it's also a Brutality]].
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Shang Tsung, under the orders of Shao Kahn]], created clones of her. And then, the latter tells her the whole truth.
* BadassPrincess: She's the princess of Edenia and one of the key fighters of the ''MK'' verse.
* BareYourMidriff: In ''9''.
* BattleCouple: With Liu Kang. [[spoiler:This becomes prominent after [[RulingCouple they become the new rulers of the Netherrealm]].]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: In ''9'', Kitana elects herself to assassinate Liu Kang to prevent him from progressing any further in Shang Tsung's tournament. Falling to the monk in battle, Kitana requests that he kill her as punishment for her failure to Shao Kahn, but Liu refuses, telling Kitana it was as if they never met and hoping that they could meet again under different circumstances. A shocked Kitana remains seated, deep in contemplation. This marks the start of their attraction (and Kitana's ConflictingLoyalty to the Outworld forces), indicated by their HeldGaze before Kitana returns to Outworld upon Shang's defeat.
* BlowYouAway: Appears to have some wind-based attacks as of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''.
* 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: She's had these in her outfits from ''Deadly Alliance'' to ''9''.
* 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''.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In Kitana's ''MKX'' Arcade Ladder ending, [[spoiler:her revenant self is shown a vision of the original, unaltered timeline by the mysterious female entity that possessed Jade in her ''[=MK9=]'' Arcade Ladder ending. In it, Kitana miraculously managed to survive Armageddon and defeat Shao Kahn, the victor of the conflict who had absorbed the god-like power held within Blaze, becoming Edenia's next [[TheHighQueen queen]] in the process. Learning of what could have been, Kitana is understandably outraged by the revelation and her current predicament.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:In ''9'', she passes away in Liu Kang's arms after a heartwrenching speech to her lover moments after Sindel kills most of Raiden's warriors.]]
-->'''Kitana:''' [[spoiler:[[FamousLastWords "I wish we had met]] [[IronicEcho under different circumstances..."]]]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: In her Arcade Ladder Mode in ''X'', she's willing to start a [[DuelToTheDeath battle to the death]] with another warrior because he or she is ''in her way'' (the reason she gives Kenshi and D'Vorah) or because she wants a challenge (what she tells Kung Lao and Jacqui Briggs, although she also says neither fits the bill) or that she simply wants to fight, which she tells everyone else she doesn't have some in-universe grudge against. Of course, she's in ''very'' bad mood this time around, for many reasons given on this page.
* DownloadableContent: In ''9'', Klassic Kitana from ''MKII''. ''MKX'' gives her a Jingu Costume as part of the Kombat Pack's "Feudal Set."
** AndYourRewardIsClothes: Before being part of the [[DownloadableContent Klassic Pack]], buying ''9'' in Amazon UK gave you this item.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: It seemed unlikely, but she is a princess in a series of brutal and bloody fighting games, where she is just as violent as everyone else.
* 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: In ''9'', her attraction to Liu Kang plays a big factor in her defection from Shao Kahn's forces.
* 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. [[spoiler:But given that both of them are now undead...]]
* 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: One of the most graceful female fighters, yet no less violent than the others.
* LeotardOfPower: Her early outfits, such as her ones from ''II'', ''3'' and ''4''.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Bet seen in her ending screen in ''II'', yet also in ''9''.
* 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=]''. [[spoiler:Her revenant form in ''X'', whose costume is overall inspired by Kitana's attire in those games, also wears her hair up in this fashion.]]
* RapunzelHair: Since ''Deadly Alliance''.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Ten Thousand Years Old]]: She may look like a young woman, but she has lived for ten thousand years. Even if she were to have a relationship with Liu Kang, she'd outlive him several times over. [[spoiler:Or, as far as the new timeline was concerned, she ''would'' have, but both are now reigning over the Netherrealm post-mortem.]]
* RebelliousPrincess: After she learned the truth behind king Jerrod and Sindel, she rebelled against Shao Kahn's rule, while still remaining the rightful princess of Edenia.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Her design in ''9'' gives her a tiara in place of her headband from ''II''.
* ReverseMole: In ''II''.
* SimpleStaff: Present in ''X'' in her "Mournful" variation. [[spoiler:It's from her friend Jade.]]
* 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: Her outfits strongly accentuate her shapely legs.
* StanceSystem: Has Ba Gua in her appearances in the 3D games. Also had Eagle Claw-style Kung Fu in ''Deadly Alliance'' and ''Unchained'', which becomes Khameleon's style in ''Armageddon''.
** Her variations in ''X'' are [[SimpleStaff Mournful]], [[BlowYouAway Royal Storm]] and [[ProfessionalKiller Assassin]].
* StatuesqueStunner: 5'9".
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Her outfit in ''9'' might be her most revealing one yet.
* StunnedSilence: In the stinger for ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', [[spoiler:in response to Dark Raiden's BadassBoast]].
* [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild That Thing Is Not My Sibling]]: This is often her reaction to her "sister," Mileena.
* [[spoiler:[[TogetherInDeath Together in Undeath]]: Whereas personal obligations kept them apart in the first timeline, ''Mortal Kombat X'' sees Liu Kang and Kitana finally together in an official relationship. All it took was their deaths, "revival" as revenants thanks to Quan Chi's magic, and a vacancy in the Netherrealm power vacuum with the death of Quan Chi and defeat of Shinnok.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: Is basically the only member of Outworld's forces to not be a total monster.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In ''X''. Her pre-battle intros with most characters are... less than pleasant, to the point where you'd expect ''Mileena'' to say the things she does. [[spoiler:The fact that she's canonically a revenant may account for some of this.]]
-->'''Takeda:''' "I never considered you an enemy!"
-->'''Kitana:''' "I never considered you at all..."
-->'''Takeda:''' "... Now that's just hurtful."
* [[spoiler:TragicKeepsake]]: Her glaive and staff in her "Mournful" variation in ''X'' [[spoiler:are Jade's]].
* TrueBlueFemininity: One of her most famous traits in her association with the color blue. All of her outfits have blue as their primary color.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her bladed fans.
* WillNotBeAVictim: A dark variation. [[spoiler:She likes being a revenant as it allows her to to be the perpetrator rather than a victim as she felt she was under Raiden's guidance.]]
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[[folder:Mileena]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:249:''"Hahahaha, [[LetsDance let us dance]]!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Katalin Zamiar)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (Becky Gable), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 Mortal Kombat Gold]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'' (Johanna Anonuevo), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'' (Lita Lopez), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Creator/KarenStrassman), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (Creator/KarenStrassman)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (Dana Hee), ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' (Megan Brown), ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm]]'' (Creator/CreeSummer), ''[[MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]'' (Jolene Tran in the first season, Michelle Lee in the second)

-> 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'' as, [[spoiler:rather than a clone raised alongside Kitana since childhood, she is a fully-grown woman who was cloned shortly before the events of the story and gains consciousness during the events of the Outworld tournament. The discovery of this information plays a very large role in Kitana's decision to defect from Outworld while Mileena continues to faithfully serve the emperor as a personal assassin]]. However, it's the aftermath of said storyline that sees huge changes in her character's direction: With Shao Kahn gone, she becomes the Empress of Outworld. [[spoiler: Until Kotal Kahn drives her and her forces underground, that is. She then embarks in a civil war against him, with its toll being taken on Outworld's stability. Ultimately, the coup fails and she is killed by D'Vorah.]]

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: A lot of pre-match dialogue in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatX MKX]]'' has opposing fighters bringing up Outworld's general opposition to her rule. [[TheManBehindTheMan With the exception of Raiden]], [[ForWantOfANail regarding he wants to rid Earthrealm of Outworld]].
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Her pre-fight dialogue with Liu Kang in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' suggests she's got a thing for him.
--> '''Liu Kang:''' "You stay away from Kitana."\\
'''Mileena:''' "I'll make you forget all about her~." / ""Yes, let's keep this between us~."
** She also gets flirty with Kung Lao in ''[=MKX=]''. ([[HasAType Maybe it's a Shaolin monk thing?]]) He is... [[NoJustNoReaction quite disgusted]].
*** [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe since Liu Kang and Kung Lao are like brothers, Mileena is trying to emulate her sister?]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Combined with YouDontLookLikeYou. Her ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatX MKX]]'' redesign has come with some pretty significant changes to her facial structure compared to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', so she now looks less like Baraka with hair and more like a distinct fusion between the two races. She has humanoid lips in basically the same place that a regular person's would be, but her cheeks are split into a GlasgowGrin nearly reaching her ''ears'' and are lined with teeth that look more like large canines rather than the needle straight teeth that the Tarkatans have.
* AlmostKiss: Part of her first ''[=MK9=]'' Fatality, Be Mine.
* AmbiguouslyBi: In ''[=MK9=]'' she seems to derive sexual pleasure from finishing off her opponent no matter what their gender is.
** ''X'' gives Mileena a slew of incredibly suspect dialogue toward fighters of both sexes, ''[[IncestSubtext Kitana included]]'' (though to be fair, Mileena was kind of gushing over her sister's beauty when they first met in the last game). In a bit of irony, [[spoiler:Mileena meets her end at the hands--well, [[KissOfDeath lips]]--of another AmbiguouslyBi kombatant: D'Vorah]].
** And exhibit B, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouYO9N2apjI&feature=youtu.be&t=3m5s her intro dialogue with Tanya.]]
* AxCrazy: Like Baraka, she is as insane as she is violent, yet she can appear composed.
* 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 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.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: While not this to her sister, Kitana; Mileena trumps her one of sister's Brutalities in ''X'' with one of her own. [[spoiler:It's Mileena mimicing Kano's ''Ballin'' Brutality, but she goes ''crotch first'', compared to her sister's ''Back that Up'' Brutality, which uses the Square Wave, ''butt first''.]]
* BackFromTheDead: During ''II'', she fought Kitana and lost, badly. Shinnok resurrected her in ''Ultimate 3''.
* BadBoss: She tests D'Vorah's loyalty by demanding the Kytinn kisses her boot, then kicks her square in the face as she complies. When D'Vorah doesn't strike back, Mileena declares her the perfect servant.
* BareYourMidriff: Since ''Deception''.
* BilingualBonus: "Khanum" isn't some gibberish devised in a few seconds by her diseased mind, it is in fact the correct feminine form of her father's title of Khan, or "Kahn" as the case might be. Unfortunately, she mangles the pronunciation of the word so badly that it ends up being gibberish anyway[[note]]There is no hard C sound in Mongol and most Turkic dialects, "Khan" is pronounced with a "h" sound. They also misspell it in game as "Kahn" and "Kahnum" so, yeah[[/note]].
* 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.
--> '''Johnny Cage:''' "How ya doin', butter face?"
* TheCaligula: She becomes ruler of Outworld in the ''MKX'' comics, and she proves to be an even ''worse'' ruler than Shao Kahn, even as far as being dubbed "The Mad Empress" by the Outworld inhabitants.
* CharacterDevelopment [=/=] TookALevelInBadass: In ''X'' she isn't a PerkyFemaleMinion to ''anyone'' anymore, having matured to the point that she's an adult physically ''and'' mentally, enough to lead an army against Kotal Kahn for Outworld's domination.
* CloningBlues: She was created originally to replace Kitana, but instead was made to be her watchdog.
** Her Arcade Mode ending in ''MKX'' reveals that [[spoiler:Shang Tsung made at least several other working copies]]. This can also be seen in Shang Tsung's Flesh Pits in the previous game with [[spoiler:one near-finished Mileena held in a stasis tube]].
* CombatStilettos: Same deal as Kitana.
* DaddysLittleVillain: All of her actions are done to appease her beloved "father," Shao Kahn.
* DarkActionGirl: Unlike Kitana and Jade, she allies herself with the forces of Outworld.
* DarkChick: She seems to have this role to the villains in ''9''.
* 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 outfit in ''Deception'' and alternate outfit 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 ''MKII'', 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 would 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...
** According to the ''Mortal Kombat X'' comic, this is indeed what happened, but she was an awful ruler and pushed Outworld to the brink of ruin. Kotal Kahn unseats her and now she's out to get her throne back by the time of ''X''.
* [[spoiler:EasilyForgiven]]: As hard as it is to believe, this happens in Kitana's non-canon Arcade Ladder ending from ''[=MK9=]''; [[spoiler: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.
* EnemyCivilWar: With Kotal Kahn for Outworld's throne in ''MKX''.
* EnergyWeapon: She can use energy-imbued sais as a projectile attack.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Implied in ''9'', or rather, even evil can love. She really does care for her 'daddy' Shao Khan, immediately butchering Shang Tsung when manipulated against the former. And incredibly, [[spoiler:it shows that if Kitana were to accept her as a sister, she would definitely have a HeelFaceTurn]].
* EvilCounterpart: To Kitana.
* EvilIsSexy: InvokedTrope. She uses this to her advantage. She dresses, and acts, far more provocatively than her sister. But she is pure evil.
* EvilKnockoff: She was created from Kitana's essence but also mixed with some Tarkatan genes. The result is a more monstrous version of Kitana with a child's mind.
* EvilTwin: She serves as this to Kitana. Considering the details of her creation, though, she would actually be a daughter to her, rather than a sister.
* EvilVersusEvil: In the comic tie in, [[spoiler:she's the leader of one of two factions fighting for domination of Outworld, Kotal Kahn being the other. Outworld warriors loyal to her are Reiko, Rain, and maybe Goro, but it is hinted he might double cross her eventually.]]
* 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'''.
** Averted in ''MKX''. See AdaptationalAttractiveness.
* FanservicePack: Starting in ''Deception''. If skin is to be barred, Mileena will most likely be the front-runner in the pushing the envelope race.
* 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}}: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged.]] The developers took the aspect of her character having half-Tarkatan teeth and sex appeal and really played it up in ''[=MK9=]'' and toned it back down in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatX X]]''.
* GeneralFailure: Kotal Kahn emphasizes that he overthrew her because she was supposedly this. Justified if true, since [=MK9=] shows that she had the mentality of a twelve year old around the time she would have ascended to the throne.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: She has such strong feelings over her beloved teddy bear that she fights Scorpion over it.
* GlasgowGrin: Her being half-Tarkatan gives her a permanent grin filled with razor-sharp teeth. ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' plays this straighter, giving her human lips with Tarkatan teeth running from the corners of those lips up her cheeks.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Becomes Outworld's Empress after Shao Kahn's death, and according to Kotal Kahn, caused a lot of devastation in Outworld as a result. [[spoiler:She is later dethroned by Kotal Kahn, but she then starts a civil war, further plunging the realm into chaos.]]
* GodWasMyCoPilot: ''Raiden'' of all people supports her rule because she is the only just claimant to Outworld's throne, regardless of her leadership capabilities. Although according to multiplayer conversations, her stubbornness is really getting in the way of his efforts to help her.
** It should be said that Raiden may very well be PlayingBothSides to Earthrealm's advantage, as he only asserts Mileena's legitimacy when facing Kotal. Against Mileena herself, Raiden either refuses to be entangled in [[EnemyCivilWar the current Outworld situation]] or forgoes neutrality to tell Mileena that her rebellion must end.
* GreenThumb: As a Friendship in ''MKII'', Mileena plants a seed that turns into a flower.
* {{Hammerspace}}: It's hard to imagine any other place for her to store her two sai in ''9'', especially in Kitana's Story Mode chapter where she's barely wearing anything.
** In ''X'' this is averted; the two sai are visibly strapped to her back when not in use.
* [[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.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]: In Kitana's Arcade Ladder ending in ''9''.
* HellishPupils: In ''9'', perhaps to better show off her Tarkatan features. Combined with [[SupernaturalGoldEyes gold eyes]] normally, and {{red eyes|TakeWarning}} in her alt.
* [[spoiler:HiveMind]]: [[spoiler:Her ''X'' Tower ending has all of the Mileena clones waking up with one of these.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Used in a wide array of special moves and Fatalities; she has multiple attacks based on biting her enemy, and her Fatalities ranging from inhaling her victim whole and then puking up their bones to ripping their throat out with her teeth to tearing off their head and gnawing on it before hurling it aside. Her Ravenous Variation in ''X'' gives her plenty of combos (and a Brutality) for her to work with by using her sharp fangs.
* InformedFlaw: Her inability to lead. The only thing Mileena is seen leading in the game itself is a fairly successful rebellion [[spoiler:that only ends due to a series of unlucky occurences]]. It should also be noted that the primary source of this information is Kotal Kahn, who is not exactly the most unbiased reporter.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: In ''X'' [[spoiler:by D'Vorah's KissOfDeath.]]
** [[spoiler:Which still might prove only temporary, based on the revelation that there are additional copies of Mileena being grown.]]
* KissKissSlap: With Baraka. It is apparently a relationship she doesn't want word of getting out, judging by one pre-match exchange with Johnny in ''X''.
-->'''Mileena:''' "Repulsive human!"
-->'''Johnny Cage:''' "Sleeping with Baraka's repulsive."
-->'''Mileena:''' "''Who told you this?!''"
* LetsDance: Her opening line in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. She also uses a variation when confronting Taven in ''Armageddon''[='s=] Konquest Mode:
-->"Care to dance?"
* InsultBackfire: [[spoiler: Being called the Mad Empress repeatedly makes her admit that she's mad enough to let Kotal Kahn live when they are facing and about to fight a Blood Magik-powered Reiko]].
* LiteralManeater
* LongHairIsFeminine: At least in ''II''. In most subsequent appearances, Mileena wears her hair shorter (about shoulder length).
* LovableSexManiac[=/=]SexIsViolence: "Lovable" might be stretching it, but ''MKX'' definitely ramps up her ''maniacal'' urges to go along with the violence. Just listen to her pre-fight quips against half the male kombatants. As this little gem with [[TallDarkAndHandsome Sub-Zero]] can attest:
-->'''Sub-Zero:''' "You will know the sting of winter."
-->'''Mileena:''' "Come, let me [[DoubleEntendre warm]] you..."
** She gets flirty with at least a quarter of the cast; Sub-Zero, Takeda, Kenshi, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Jacqui Briggs, Kitana, Tanya, and [[StraightGay Kung Jin]] all included.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Well, sort of...
* MesACrowd: Her ''MKX'' Ladder ending has her find an entire army of clones made by Shang Tsung that she can control telepathically. She uses them to reclaim Outworld.
* MindScrew: Mileena's Ethereal variation has her do Mind Games on her opponent by setting a point where she can teleport at, even behind the opponent.
* MirrorCrackingUgly: Her Friendship in ''Ultimate''.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Due to her status as half-Tarkatan. Lessened to some degree in ''X''.
* 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=]'', [[CombatSadomasochist she appears to get aroused]] [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence 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. Unlike most versions of this these changes had little to do with making her more attractive and more trying to balance her obvious Tarkatan features with the fact that it was established she could flawlessly pass as Kitana. They decided to take the opposite approach in the new timeline.
** Her design in ''MKX'' has human lips, in contrast to past appearances.
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: 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. One of the challenge tower missions involves her attempts to force Scorpion to accept a teddy bear that she made for him. (Indeed, as far as actual age goes, she ''is'' a child, having been just "born" in the midst of the Story Mode.)
** PerkyFemaleMinion: One who has no qualms about killing, but still, ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' has made her pretty {{genki|Girl}}. Her pre-match quote and some other lines display a childlike enthusiasm for violence, and she seems genuinely excited on fighting for her "father", the ObviouslyEvil Shao Kahn. She sheds this off upon MortalKombatX, where she is the leader of a resistance.
* {{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]]: She makes good use of it in some of her moves and Fatalities. Her Piercing Variation has her go to town with huge Sai combos, and even her fatality from 2 as a Brutality.
* SequelHook: Her Arcade Ending in ''MKX'', [[spoiler:which has her wake up in the body of another copy of her made by Shang Tsung]].
* ShesGotLegs: Even more than Kitana! Her outfit sure accentuates it.
* SmellySkunk: She could turn into one as her Animality in ''Ultimate [=MK3=]''. Cue [[{{Fartillery}} poisonous fart]].
* StanceSystem:
** Ying Yeung and Mian Chuan in ''Deception'', only keeps the latter in ''Armageddon'' with Reiko picking up the former.
** Her variations in ''X'' are [[MindScrew Ethereal]], [[SaiGuy Piercing]], and [[ImAHumanitarian Ravenous]].
* 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.
** Becomes on the receiving end of this five years before the events of ''Mortal Kombat X''. [[spoiler:As it turns out, due to her relative naivety and dubious claim to the throne, nearly every single person under her (barring Baraka) past and present are this to her, all of them wanting to use her instead to further their own ambitions. Even the ones supposedly aiding her rebellion are plotting to off her right afterwards, and she's the only one unable to see it.]]
* StatuesqueStunner: Could probably be seen as a DoubleSubversion, seeing as Mileena provides both {{fanservice}} ''and'' {{fan disservice}}.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Mileena's fighting style, regardless of variation, is based from Kano's Commando variant, seeing as both of them grapple like there's no tomorrow.
* {{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'' ''Magazine/{{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]]. 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 lower face.
** That being said, ''Mortal Kombat X'' tones this way down in comparison to her previous outfits (and arguably the excuse as well). She still has the most revealing outfit though.
* TeleportSpam: She started out with her Kick From Above. She has an enchanced version called Tricky Teleport, where she teleports again and hits her opponent with a second kick from the other side. Her X-Ray in [[MortalKombatX X]] adds a ''third'' kick, and [[UpToEleven she has a brutality where said kick destroys the opponent's face.]]
* {{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, and fight for the bad guys.
** She seems to be turning this up for ''X'', when she enlists Reiko and [[spoiler:Goro]].
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Her pre-match quotes against Liu Kang in ''X'' implies they were lovers at some point. (Or she ''wants'' them to be.) [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps she did it to spite Kitana?]]
-->'''Mileena:''' [[{{Yandere}} "You will remember your love for me!"]]
** [[PairTheSpares Most likely not, according to her battle intro against]] [[TheLancer Kung Lao.]]
-->'''Mileena:''' [[FoeYay So, you and I...]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Her sai. Strangely has a long sword as a weapon in ''Gold''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: She mysteriously disappears during ''[=MK9=]'''s Story Mode. [[MortalKombatX She comes back later, leading a rebellion.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook[=/=]JailBait: Technically in ''[=MK9=]''[='s=] timeline as she is [[BornAsAnAdult fully formed right out of the lab]]. This also explains her PsychopathicManchild tendencies, as she pretty much is a child raised by mass murderers.
* YourSoulIsMine: Type II in her Arcade Ladder ending in ''9''.

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[[folder:Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:260:''"BringIt!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (John Parrish)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (John Parrish), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' (John Parrish), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces'' (Craig J. Harris), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'' (Craig J. Harris), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Mortal Kombat: Unchained]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' (Dan Washington), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Gerald C. Rivers), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (Greg Eagles)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombat'' (Gregory [=McKinney=]), ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' ([[Series/AmericanGladiators Lynn "Red" Williams]]), ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm]]'' (Dorian Harewood), ''Mortal Kombat: Rebirth/[[MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]'' (Michael Jai White)

-> Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs was the first African-American character in the ''Mortal Kombat'' series and an archetypal 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. [[spoiler:At the outset of the story he is held captive on Shang Tsung's island and Sonya is involved with the tournament to extract him. He enters the Outworld tournament on a rescue mission when Sonya is captured during an Outworld invasion of the Shaolin temple. Unlike the original timeline, Jax did not voluntarily change his arms to mechanical arms but had his arms destroyed by Ermac during the Outworld tournament. The mechanical arms he has are prosthetic. He aids the Earthrealm warriors until Sindel and the cybernetic Lin Kuei attack their base of operations, where he is slain. His soul is resurrected by Quan Chi in the Netherrealm but ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' shows how he escaped enslavement]]. He has an adult daughter by the time of ''Mortal Kombat X'' named "Jacqueline" (who goes by "Jacqui").

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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: Since ''3''. It was not explained if they were mere upgrades or actual replacements. [[spoiler:''9'' went with the replacement route, as he had his arms ripped off by Ermac.]]
* {{Badass}}: Most definitely.
** RetiredBadass: Following his resurrection, Jax retired from active service. Sonya and Johnny manage to convince him to come back, though not necessarily on the frontlines. That he does on his own.
* BaldOfAwesome: In his appearance in ''MK vs. DC''.
** BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler:During his unwitting tenure in Quan Chi's Netherrealm army as a revenant.]]
* TheBigGuy of the FiveManBand: Of the group of heroes, he's one of the most combat-oriented.
* 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. ''MKX'', however, gives hims a darker complexion more in line with his traditional appearance.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Sonya.
* CallToAgriculture: Becomes a farmer after being restored to life and retiring from the army in ''MKX''. However, he's still willing to go out and fight alongside the Special Forces to protect Jacqui if needed.
* CatchPhrase: "Gotcha!" Later installments also add "Oh yeah!" or "Aww yeah!"
* CigarChomper: ''MK9'' and ''X'' have given him a fine appreciation of cigars, especially following his resurrection. He even uses it to add insult to injury during a fatality.
* 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. ''MKX'' gives him the Heavy Weapons variation, which arms him with a rocket launcher and an [=SMG=].
* {{Cyborg}}: From ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' onward.
** 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.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', he's the focus of Chapter 8.
* 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. ''X'' continues on from this portrayal with an OlderAndWiser Jax, though he's [[OverprotectiveDad now a overprotective father]] and initially shell-shocked due to [[spoiler:serving Quan Chi against his will for years]].
* 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 [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turns]] of Cyrax in ''4/Gold'' and [[spoiler:Cyber Sub-Zero]] in ''9''.
-->'''Jax:''' "Heard you're a tech geek."\\
'''Takeda:''' I've got some toys you'll like."\\
'''Jax:''' "Well, who do you think designed them?"
* GiantFootOfStomping: One of his past Fatalities.
* HesBack: His chapter in ''MKX'' is all about him getting his confidence back and [[StillGotIt showing he can still fight with the best of them]], [[spoiler:in a battle through the Netherrealm to capture Quan Chi, no less]].
* HonoraryUncle: To [[Characters/MortalKombatX Cassie Cage]] in ''Mortal Kombat X''.
* 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 [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} SkyNet]].]]
* NonDubbedGrunts: His "Gotcha!" soundbyte in ''X'' is actually from ''9''.
* OverprotectiveDad: Toward [[Characters/MortalKombatX Jacqui Briggs]] when she is born. Jax was strongly against her joining the Special Forces, especially in the aftermath of the Netherrealm War, when the military began to tackle threats from supernatural dimensions on top of standard threats. [[ProperlyParanoid Understandably so]], given [[spoiler:Jax spent years as a revenant in Quan Chi's service]]. According to a memory she and Cassie share in one chapter, when Johnny broke the news to Jax [[PapaWolf he came home with a broken jaw]]. It also is PlayedForLaughs in one pre-fight dialogue bit.
-->'''Takeda:''' "Is [[LetsYouAndHimFight this]] because I'm dating Jacqui?"\\
'''Jax:''' "You're ''dating'' Jacqui?"\\
'''Takeda:''' "Real smooth, Takeda..."
* PapaWolf: ''Do not'' screw with [[Characters/MortalKombatX Jacqui]].
* 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.
* ShellShockedVeteran: In ''MKX'', after he is resurrected, Jax is too traumatized by the ordeal to work for the army and retires. When he does go back into action after a visit form Sonya, it's [[OneManArmy glorious]].
* ShockwaveStomp: Jax can punch the ground hard enough to shake the whole area, damaging his opponent. This could also be used for a [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown unique type of combo]] in the 2D ''Mortal Kombat'' games.
* SickeningCrunch: Landing his backbreaker in ''MKII'' produces a meaty "SNAP!" soundbite.
* SmokingIsCool: In ''X'', [[spoiler:after being restored to humanity, ]]he has taken to smoking cigars in and out of battle.
* SpikesOfVillainy: In ''X'', Jax sports these on the shoulders of his cybernetic arms [[spoiler:in his revenant form]].
* StanceSystem: Keeps Muay Thai through ''Deadly Alliance'' to ''Armageddon''. Also has Judo in ''DA'' and ''Unchained'', a style which Smoke would go on to use as secondary.
** His variations in ''X'' are [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Pumped Up]], [[MoreDakka Heavy]] [[StuffBlowingUp Weapons]] and [[WrestlerInAllOfUs Wrestler]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Except in ''X''.
* WeaponOfChoice: Has a spiked club in ''4'', which is replaced by tonfa in ''Deadly Alliance'' to ''Armageddon'', along with his various guns.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Averted, even for one of his Fatalities.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Shades of it, including a backbreaker during his X-Ray in ''9''. And in ''X'' his X-Ray involves a power bomb. One of his variations in ''X'' is even called "Wrestler."
* YourHeadAsplode: He does this in his early Fatalities.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Baraka]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:298:''"My blades will find your heart."'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Richard Divizio)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Mortal Kombat Trilogy]]'' (Richard Divizio), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 Mortal Kombat Gold]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' (Dan Washington), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Bob Carter), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (Greg Eagles, cameo)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (Dennis Keiffer), ''WebVideo/MortalKombatRebirth'' (Lateef Crowder)

->A mean, unforgiving, and unpredictable warrior, Baraka belongs to a race of nomadic beings called Tarkata, whose realm was conquered ages ago by Shao Kahn, causing him to swear loyalty as a result. Baraka, like most other members of his race, possesses long blades extending from his forearms that he uses to nasty effect 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 risen 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''. He makes a couple of cameos in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', where he is [[spoiler:killed by D'Vorah once Kotal Kahn makes his move to overthrow Mileena.]]
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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...]]
** [[spoiler: If the opening of ''MK9'' depicting Armageddon's aftermath is any indication, he lost his left arm before being sliced in half by Kung Lao, having it lodged in Sub-Zero's back.]]
* 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''.
* ArtEvolution: Has undergone several redesigns over the course of his appearances across the series. In ''Mortal Kombat Gold'', he has several large staples across his body and a more humanoid shaped head, alluding to Kung Lao supposedly bisecting him during the events of the third game. In ''Deception'', he loses the staples and has a more monstrous appearance, complete with rows of spikes down his back. Come the reboot, he returns to a more humanoid design, although he is given cheek spikes and a unique arm build to separate him from the other Tarkata in ''Mortal Kombat X''.
* 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: Several of his moves involve violently attacking the opponent with his blades and Baraka himself is quite eager to kill people.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Like all Tarkatans, Baraka sports twin razor-sharp blades in his arms, along with several sharp growths.
* 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.
** Speaking of which, a flashback in the MKX comics reveals that Tarkatans aren't themselves above ''being eaten'' by regular people. Just ask Kotal Kahn, Ferra and Torr.
* 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.
* HairTriggerTemper: Nearly every one of his endings suggests this.
* 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.
** This is true for his head at least, in the aftermath of ''Armageddon''. Again, courtesy of Kung Lao.
* 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. Several of his other fatalities and moves have a tendency to impale the opponent as well.
** [[spoiler: He inflicts this upon Kuai Liang during Armageddon]] in the original timeline and [[spoiler: can be killed this way]] in the new timeline.
* {{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]].
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal:]] In ''Mortal Kombat X''. Depending on how [[PressXToNotDie the quick time event in question]] is handled, he either [[spoiler:succumbs to his wounds from his fight with D'Vorah]] or [[spoiler:she impales him through his heart and brain with her insect appendages, ripping them both out of his body and crushing them with her hands (Which she has as a fatality in-game).]]
* LooksLikeOrlok: Has the pointy ears and and sharp teeth to resemble Orlok, which is a result of his original costume using an Orlok mask as its base.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Has a rather large amount of teeth larger than any normal human's.
* 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: Comes as a result of his original costume being made from a Nosferatu mask.
* [[spoiler:PosthumousCharacter: Died some time]] before the events of ''X'' [[spoiler:at D'Vorah's hands.]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: If ''Mortal Kombat X'' is any indication, he serves Shao Kahn out of admiration for his fighting skill due to him having conquered his realm.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In all games barring ''Mortal Kombat X''.
* {{Retcon}}: Originally, it was stated that the Tarkata were a cross between Outworld humans and demons from the Netherrealm. However, this seems to have been dropped come the reboot, as Baraka claims in the tenth game that Shao Kahn conquered his realm.
* SinisterScythe: His weapon unique to ''Gold''.
* 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.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Not only is he a bad guy, Baraka also has plenty of bony stubs on his arms to go with his arm blades and alignment. The ''DA-D-A'' trilogy gave him spikes on his back while ''MKX'' added some on his cheeks.
* SpotTheImposter: In his ending to ''9'', [[spoiler:the Shao Kahn he kills is actually Shang Tsung in disguise, who was plotting to overthrow the real one; only Baraka recognized him. His loyalty is rewarded with leadership of the Shokkan ''and'' Centaur armies, along with the Tarkatans, and he's able to unite them into one BadassArmy.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: To Mileena.
* StanceSystem: He has Silat and Hung Gar for ''Deception'' and ''Unchained''. He only keeps the former for ''Armageddon'', with Drahmin taking up the latter.
* SwordDrag: His "between rounds" victory animation in ''[=MK9=]'' is him dragging an arm blade on the ground and snarling.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Shao Kahn and Mileena in the rebooted timeline.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: His Animality turns him into a vulture.
* WeaponOfChoice: A razor cane in ''Gold''. He uses his Tarkatan blades more predominantly throughout the series.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kung Lao]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:419: ''[[BattleCry "For the Shaolin!"]]'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Tony Marquez)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (Tony Marquez), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 Mortal Kombat Gold]]'' (Joshua Y. Tsui), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Jin Hyong), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (Will Yun Lee)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''[[MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]'' (Mark Dacascos)
%%The one that appears in ''Conquest'' is the Great Kung Lao, i.e. this one's ancestor.

-> 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''. For starters, [[spoiler:he is present at the original tournament, unlike the first canon (though it does take after the events of ''Shaolin Monks'' where he dresses up as a guard), having snuck into the tournament out of jealousy towards Liu Kang. Raiden exposes him and has him fight Scorpion so he can be eliminated and not affect the course of events]]. Later on he participates in the Outworld tournament and this time Raiden allows him to face Outworld's champion, Kintaro, instead of Liu Kang. [[spoiler:Unfortunately this has the negative effect of Shao Kahn simply [[NecKSnap snapping his neck]] from behind and killing him instantly after he wins, leaving Liu Kang to avenge his death and events mostly play out as they did in ''Mortal Kombat II'' as a result. His soul resurrected as a Netherrealm slave by Quan Chi, and he does not escape from his captor]] come the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Towards Liu Kang in ''Armageddon'' and ''9'' a little bit. ''Extremely'' blatant in ''Shaolin Monks''.
** A favorite insult against him amongst the ''X'' roster is to unfavorably compare him to Liu Kang.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 11.
** [[spoiler:ADeathInTheLimelight]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Subverted]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. [[spoiler:His regular appearance belongs to the mutiplayer AlternateUniverse; he's still a revenant by the end of the story mode.]]
* BadassGrandpa: [[spoiler:Again, unfortunately only in the multiplayer AlternateUniverse]].
* BaldOfEvil: Interesting variation. [[spoiler: While as a revenant under the service of Quan Chi (and bound to his will), he's completely bald. Other revenants like Stryker or Liu Kang have full heads of hair.]]
* BerserkButton: If his interactions with Johnny Cage in ''X'' are anything to go by, don't mock his hat.
-->'''Kung Lao:''' "Why are you here, Cage?"\\
'''Johnny Cage:''' "To tell you Franchise/{{Zorro}}'s mom wants her hat back."\\
'''Kung Lao:''' "Any hope for mercy is lost."
** His interactions with Cassie Cage and Kitana show he's also not very happy with the idea of being compared to Liu Kang.
-->'''Kung Lao:''' The lesser Cage.\\
'''Cassie Cage:''' Liu Kang lite.\\
'''Kung Lao:''' A mouth in search of a fist.
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Being revived as a revenant, his cousin becomes one of Earthrealm's heroes, Lao is becomes Cain to Jin's Abel]].
* CelibateHero: As a Shaolin, this is almost a requirement.
* 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.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:His [=MKX=] Arcade ending has Kung Jin coming to his aid to help redeem his soul and return him to life. While it's unclear if the possibility itself is even canon, if so then it raises rather pleasant implications about the possible future of the rest of the revenants]].
* 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."
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Averted. Unlike Liu Kang and Kitana, Kung Lao is absolutely miserable as a revenant and desires nothing more than to return to the side of good. His ending shows that he spends all of his time searching for an unguarded way out of the Netherrealm]].
* 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 win in the first tournament, and he gets a nice [[spoiler:NeckSnap]] while he's grandstanding after a victory.
* FemmeFatalons: [[spoiler:As a revenant]], disturbingly enough.
* HeelFaceTurn:[[spoiler: With Kung Jin's aid he is able to pull one in his Arcade mode ending]].
* 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.
* HeroicWillpower: In his (and Kung Jin's) ''Mortal Kombat X'' Arcade Ladder endings [[spoiler:with Jin's help he's able to fight the corruption in his soul and fight for good.]]
* 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.
* NoJustNoReaction: When Mileena flirts with him. "Do not even THINK of it!" indeed.
* PantheraAwesome: He turns into a cheetah for his Animality.
* OffScreenTeleportation
* OvershadowedByAwesome: This is increasingly the case with him when it comes to Liu Kang, in spite of the former being a decent warrior and being more well-received in his debut by the fandom than the latter. This is most glaring in ''9'', while Liu Kang was (once again) the hero and involved with and included in many of the storylines,[[spoiler: his time on-screen alive didn't even span 15 minutes.]]
* 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.
* StanceSystem: Mantis Kung Fu and Shaolin Fist in ''Deadly Alliance'', and just Shaolin Fist in ''Armageddon'', as Shujinko becomes the Mantis practitioner.
** In ''X'', his variations are [[WeaponizedHeadgear Buzz Saw]], [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Tempest]], and [[TrapMaster Hat Trick]].
* ThereIsAnother: He is Earth's backup champion in case Liu Kang fails or is killed somehow. [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter He knows this]] and isn't all that pleased about it.
* TheRival: To Liu Kang as of ''Shaolin Monks''.
* TheSmartGuy of the FiveManBand
* SpinAttack: Almost every special attack he has involves spinning either himself or his hat.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* WarriorMonk
* WeaponOfChoice: In addition to his hat, he also had a battle axe in ''Gold'' and a broadsword in ''Deadly Alliance'' and ''Armageddon''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jade]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:332:''"This will be easy."'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Katalin Zamiar)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (Becky Gable), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Linda Lee)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (Irina Pantaeva)

->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'', initially serving Shao Kahn but leaves Outworld and joins Earthrealm when Kitana does. However, [[spoiler:she is killed during Outworld's invasion, unlike the original canon, when Queen Sindel attacks the Earthrealm base of operations. Her soul is given over to Quan Chi, who enslaves her as a soldier of the Netherrealm. During ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Kitana modifies her fighting style to include some of Jade's tools in honor of her fallen friend]].
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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: She was one in her debut in the second game. Also, [[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.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:Possibly. Her ending in ''9'' implies that a nameless woman's spirit took over her body. Kitana's ending in ''MKX'' states that she's still in Jade's body, despite Jade being seen among Quan Chi's revenants in the previous game.]]
* 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 ''[=MKII/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.
* GainaxEnding: In her ending in ''9'', after defeating Shao Kahn, she collapses from exhaustion, and has a vision of a mysterious woman. This character, who is not named, has never appeared in any other place in the franchise, and thus far, her identity can only be guessed. The strange woman also appears in Kitana's Arcade Ladder ending to ''X'' (where Jade makes a [[TheCameo cameo]]) so it's possible this storyline will be explored further.
* 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 [[HoYay 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''.
* StanceSystem: Fan Zi and Kuo Shou. She only keeps Fan Zi for ''MKA'', where none other than Shinnok[[spoiler:'s clone]] starts using Kuo Shou.
* 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.]]
* [[spoiler:[[TakeUpMySword Take Up My Staff and Glaive]]: Her arsenal is now in Kitana's hands and if the Mournful variation is chosen, she will use them.]]
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: If Johnny wasn't the poster boy for this trope already, Jade would run a close second, especially in media outside of the main games' continuity. To list them off, she gets offed by Liu Kang in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks'', eaten by a demon in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatAnnihilation'', killed in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'', does not survive the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', and, if ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'''s ContinuitySnarl is to be taken into account, dies as a revenant sometime before the events of that game. Her only presence in the storyline ''at all'' is during Kitana's ending, as a wandering spirit.
* 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''.
* UndyingLoyalty: [[PatrioticFervor To Edenia]], but Kitana most of all. When Kitana is imprisoned by Shao Kahn after learning of Mileena's creation and the death of her real father at Kahn's hands, Jade immediately sets off to rescue her best friend and then seeks out Raiden's help, effectively pulling a HighHeelFaceTurn on Kitana's behalf.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her bo. Becomes a BladeOnAStick for her ''Deception''-''Armageddon'' incarnation.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: While she's [[spoiler:[[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade,_Smoke_and_Sub-Zero_preparing_to_attack_Raiden.JPG clearly shown to have been raised as one of Quan Chi's revenants]] after her death]] in ''9'', Jade is curiously absent from ''X'' [[spoiler:except for Kitana's ending, where she cameos as a spirit reaching out to her emotionally tormented revenant friend]].
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[[folder:Tomas Vrbada (Smoke)]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:227:''"Where there is smoke, there is fire!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Daniel Pesina)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (Sal Divita, cyborg), ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (John Turk, human), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Ken Lally), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (Andrew Bowen, cameo)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (Ridley Tsui), ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm]]'' (Jeremy Ratchford)

-> 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. [[spoiler:He does NOT get automatized in lieu of Kuai Liang getting captured, aids the defenders of Earthrealm against Shao Kahn's invasion, dies against Sindel and gets bound to Quan Chi's service in the Netherrealm. In ''MKX'', he is one of the many fallen warriors that Shinnok and Quan Chi use in their plan to conquer Earthrealm. In his words: "Smoke is dead. I am Enenra!"]]
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!!!Tropes related with Smoke (human) (''MKII''[=/=]''[=UMK3=]''[=/=]''MKT''[=/=]''[=MK9=]'')
* AnimeHair: His ''[=MK9=]'' design.
** LongHairedPrettyBoy: As a result. Smoke's alt. opts for CompressedHair.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Subverted]] in the main story of ''MKX''. [[spoiler:Played straight]] in the multiplayer AU, in which he also rejoined the Lin Kuei.
* BattleAura: His body emits a constant fume of smoke. His cyborg form does the same, but this is [[{{Nanomachines}} by artificial means]].
* BonusBoss: He was one in his debut in the second game. Also, [[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: His redesign in ''9'' shows off a lot more arm and gives him long hair, making much more ample eye candy than the other ninjas.
** 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.
* InfantImmortality: As noted below, averted with a vengeance. Again, [[spoiler:Smoke was the HumanSacrifice offered to a demon ''as a baby''.]]
* {{Invisibility}}: Can disappear into a cloud of smoke and use it to turn invisible.
* 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: Uses smoke as a means of stealth and attack.
* 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: As seen in ''9'', which finally provides a look at Smoke's backstory and gives an explanation for his unnatural abilities.
* 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.
* SensualSlavs: As of ''9''.
* ShownTheirWork: His intro quote "Where there is smoke there is fire!" sounds a lot less corny once you realize that it is actually a [[FridgeBrilliance fairly subtle allusion]]; traditionally, [[spoiler:Enenras]] primarily manifest through open flame.
* 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.
** This is also the name of one of his fatalities.
* 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: His quick teleports and teleport attack ensure a player will be aiming for this.
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:"Smoke is dead! I am Enenra!"]] A JustifiedTrope, as [[spoiler:Smoke is literally dead, with the Enenra within him being instead a RevenantZombie]].
* 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. Oh, and he never gets resurrected after Shinnok's war.]].\\
'''6.''' It's also implied that [[spoiler:whatever demon he was sacrificed to [[DemonicPossession is what is]] [[SplitPersonalityTakeover in control of him]] now]]. That or [[spoiler:Smoke has ''[[TranshumanTreachery willingly]]'' [[TranshumanTreachery embraced]] his demonic nature due to his turn to the dark side]].
* 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.]]"

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!!!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]].
* StanceSystem: Had Mi Tzu during his tag-team with Noob. In ''Armageddon'' he was also given Judo, since he was one of the two non-boss characters to not be given a weapon (the other being Mokap).
* 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]]
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[[folder:Bi-Han (Noob Saibot)]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:279:''"Fear me!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Daniel Pesina)
-> '''Other appearances as Noob Saibot:''' ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' (John Turk), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' (John Turk, home versions only), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Creator/JamiesonPrice)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (J.J. Perry), ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' (Sultan Uddin)

->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. Near the end of the game, [[spoiler:he is sucked into a soulnado, which is destroyed by his demonic essence, and his corporeal form disappears]]. He makes no appearance in ''Mortal Kombat X'', but he's apparently still under the Netherrealm's control, as Quan Chi states in pre-fight dialogue that he has his soul.
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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: He was one in his debut in the second game. Also, [[spoiler:Klassic Noob]] in "The Cathedral" in ''9''.
* BrokenPedestal: Becomes this for his younger brother in the second timeline. Whereas Sub-Zero was still trying to find a way to restore Noob back to the man he once was right up until the Battle of Armageddon in the unaltered course of history, he ultimately [[IronicEcho agrees with Noob's assertion]] that they are brothers no longer after defeating him 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 being turned 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''. It's also possible the developers were simply reusing assets to cut down on development time.
* 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''.
* StanceSystem: He had the Monkey fighting style persist for both ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Smoke in ''Deception''.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: His X-Ray move in ''[=MK9=]'' results in this from his opponent.
* WeaponOfChoice: The aforementioned scythe for ''4''. He was also given a Troll Hammer in ''Armageddon''. There's a StealthPun lying there somewhere.
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[[folder:Kintaro]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:280:''"I will eat your heart!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''
-> '''Other appearances''': ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Mortal Kombat Trilogy]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Rhassan Orange)

-> Stronger and more agile than his predecessor, he is enraged by 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 him 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''. [[spoiler: However, he was strong-armed into the Outworld civil war when King Gorbak found out that Goro lost his arms. He has been ordered to lead the Shokan in attacking Kotal Kahn's capital while the opposing Emperor's strength is compromised. He is then killed by a brainwashed Sonya Blade in the Tie-in Comics leading to Mortal Kombat X]].

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* BackFromTheDead: Raiden vaporized him in ''II'', but like so many others, he came back for ''Armageddon'' with no explanation.
** [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: by a brainwashed Sonya in the comics.]]
* {{Badass}}: Nearly every blow of his sends a character flying or really knocked back. And the crowds cheer every time he lands a blow in ''II''.
* 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: He has more use as muscle for Outworld than Goro.
* TheDragon: To Shao Kahn in ''MKII''.
* FantasticRacism: He seems to have a big distaste for humans.
--> '''Kintaro:''' "Humans, less ugly when they burn!"
* 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: He is not so stunned from getting hit, and can sometimes counter attack you when he's blocking.
** TheWorfEffect: Gets his ass handed to him in every battle he's 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 ''MKII''. For his return in ''Armageddon'' he was given more tiger-like 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}}: Same deal as Goro.
* MonsterModesty
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Like his cousin Goro, he sports four arms.
* NoTrueScotsman: For him, true Outworlders do not ask for aid from Earthrealm (with Mileena enlisting the Red Dragon and Kotal Kahn being backed by the Special Forces until being relieved by the Black Dragon). No wonder the Shokan remained neutral, even at the price of becoming outcasts.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: By Sonya]].
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: He comes from the Tigrar lineage of Shokan, which are as proud as the Draco one.
** 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.]]
** KnowWhenToFoldEm: However, he can be peacefully persuaded to stop hostilities, seeing how he made peace with Kotal Kahn.
* TheSiege: [[spoiler: What Kotal Kahn thought he would be doing to his capital. Until the Oni warlords show up]]...
* SNKBoss: All the stuff that made Goro hard applies to him, plus he has a really damaging air throw.
* StanceSystem: Has a style called Tiger Fist in ''Armageddon''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Goro, status-wise as a Shokan sub-boss.
* SuperDrowningSkills: The MKX comics have revealed he can't swim, and he thus finds himself in trouble when [[spoiler:Havik blasts a ship he's on with Shinnok's Amulet, causing it to explode]]. Fortunately,[[spoiler:Sheeva has no such issues]].
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Despite his status as a furry, no one seems to notice or care.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Par the course for the four armed characters in the series.
* WeaponOfChoice: Saber Teeth in ''Armageddon''.
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[[folder:Shao Kahn]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:338:''"I am Shao Kahn! Konqueror of worlds! You will taste no victory!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Brian Glynn/Steve Ritchie)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (Brian Glynn/Steve Ritchie), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' (Wii version only), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' (Creator/PatrickSeitz), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Bob Carter)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombat'' (Frank Welker, cameo), ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (Brian Thompson), ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm]]'' (John Vernon, and later Michael des Barres), ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' (Jeffrey Meek), ''[[MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]'' (Aleks Paunovic)

-> 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'', in which the original canon's Shao Kahn is about to kill Raiden and overthrow all the realms. Kahn's role in ''9'' is mostly reflective of the role he played in the original canon, being the main threat to Earthrealm in the eyes of Raiden. Things proceed mostly the same for Kahn with some minor exceptions ([[spoiler:such as the murder of Kung Lao, who had won the Outworld tournament instead of Liu Kang]]) until near the end, where Raiden's communication from the future finally becomes clear: [[spoiler:since Kahn's invasion is considered an unlawful breach of the rules of Mortal Kombat, he must be allowed to overthrow Earthrealm so the Elder Gods can punish him. In doing so, Shao Kahn is finally defeated once and for all]].

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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 seem 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: Worshipped 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 genuine 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: He acts more composed than other characters, but you'll never know when he will drop his hammer to kill you.
* {{Badass}}: Big time. He always managed to come back from what seemed to be certain death and got to win the events of ''Armageddon'', tossing Raiden around like a ragdoll.
** BadassBoast: Delivers a truly amazing one at the begining [[spoiler:[[BookEnds and at the end]]]] of ''[=MK9=]''. EvilIsHammy at its best.
--> '''Shao Kahn''': "Where are the Elder Gods, Raiden? Their pathetic Mortal Kombat shackles me no longer. They masquerade as dragons, but are mere toothless worms. My venom spreads. It's the end of all things. Armageddon. It is done. Your time has passed. Ages wasted in foolish resistance. Now is the dawn of my rule. Yes. Pray to the worms, Raiden. As your world ends."
** 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=]''.
* BigNo: His reaction upon being defeated as the final boss.
* BlackMagic: He isn't only a melee fighter. He is also a very skilled sorcerer, perhaps even more talented than Shang Tsung, whose restored youth was Kahn's doing.
* BloodKnight: It is clear that he loves to fight and kill. In his ''Armageddon'' ending, [[spoiler: he went mad because there were no more realms to conquer.]]
* 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: He didn't manage to make things any better for Outworld than Onaga. He is, at the end, a bloodthirsty warlord who doesn't care for the well being of his subjects.
* CardCarryingVillain: He doesn't hide it anymore in ''[=MK9=]''. During his BadassBoast to Raiden, he states that his "venom" is spreading and bringing the Armageddon. That makes his intentions all clearer now.
* CoolHelmet: And as seen in ''[=MK9=]'', [[RuleOfCool it got cooler]] as time went on.
* CurbStompBattle: Delivers a vicious one to Raiden at the beginning of ''9''. Both were the last kombatants to reach the top of the pyramid, yet Raiden was visibly bruised and barely able to stand on his feet, while Shao Kahn didn't have one scratch and tossed him around like a ragdoll.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Whenever he's the final boss, he explodes upon defeat.
* 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 (a War Hammer) for ''[=MK4=]'', before it was placed on the top of the Sky Temple. (His favoured weapon's a Staff, which he uses in ''Deadly Alliance'' onward even though he supposedly gave it to Kai, canonically.)
* TheEmperor: As noted many times in the series, he is the Emperor of Outworld.
** GodEmperor: See AGodAmI.
* EvilCounterpart: To Raiden.
* EvilIsHammy: Probably the hammiest MK villain, which is saying something.
--> "Is that your best?"\\
"You're still trying to win?"\\
"You will never win!"
* EvilLaugh: He's always had some epic ones.
* EvilOverlord: He's one of the key villains of the series, and he is the only one who rules over some territory, which is Outworld in his case.
* EvilSorceror: He uses his magic to restore Shang Tsung's youth, hold Sindel's soul in Outworld so she wouldn't find peace in the afterlife, among others.
* EyeBeams: A move of his in ''3'' and its revisions, where he shoots [[EnergyBall a sphere of energy]] 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.
* IAmNotYourFather: He eventually reveals to Kitana that he is not her father, and that he murdered her true father, king Jerrod, long ago.
* 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.
* ItsPersonal: [[ShrugOfGod Maybe.]] From their unending shit-talk to the sheer catharsis Kahn gets from finally laying on the beatdown, it's abundantly clear that the Emperor and Raiden have a very lively history. Aside from a non-canon mention of their being brothers in the second movie, however, it's never really been expanded on.
* 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 Kahn always survives and it will take more than simply defeating him during his invasion he stop him for good.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Hard to tell, but he appears to have met this at the hands of Raiden and the Elder Gods. However, rather than go to the Netherrealm, he's [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan sealed inside of Ermac]]... who is rotting away according to WordOfGod.]]
* KneelBeforeZod: One of his taunts.
--> '''Shao Kahn:b''' "Bow to me!"
* 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!]]''"\\
"''I'' am to be feared! For if you fail me now, I will feed your rotting corpse ''[[LargeHam TO THE WORMS]]''!"
* LegCling: His victory pose in ''9'' has one female slave doing this to him.
* LightningBruiser: Despite his height, he has some lightning fast attacks who still deals a lot of damage. It's the main reason for his SNKBoss status.
* {{Loincloth}}: His main outfit features one.
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Shang Tsung.
* MrFanservice: The main reason of his armor seems to accentuate his physique.
* MultiversalConqueror: Conquering Outworld wasn't enough for him. He's out for Earthrealm as well, and has taken Edenia during his campaigns. [[spoiler: His ''Armageddon'' ending has him succeeding in taking over all realms... and going mad for having nothing else to conquer.]]
* NearVillainVictory: He practically ''won'' in ''Armageddon'' and was on the verge of killing Raiden. It's only thanks to him gloating that it gives Raiden time to send a message back to himself in the first game and hitting the ResetButton that costs him his victory. Then again he came close once more in the new timeline but this time there was no Armageddon for the Elder Gods to be concerned over to stabilize the realms this time. And by finally entering the Earthrealm, the Elder God finally realize his threat and take action [[spoiler: leading to his death]].
* NeckSnap: Delivers one to [[spoiler:Kung Lao]] in ''9'' to show that AnyoneCanDie. [[spoiler:Liu Kang]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge was most displeased]].
* ObviouslyEvil: Back in the intro of ''II'', you first see him as a tall silhouette pointing down at Shang Tsung and stated to have Tsung executed for his failure at the tournament. Then, the next scene is a glorious picture of him standing confident with his arms on his waist, red eyes, skull helmet and spiked shoulders on a red background, with a text stating that the kombatants can meet certain death at his hands. [[SarcasmMode Of course he's a good guy.]]
* PaintingTheMedium: When he defeats you in ''II'', he doesn't announce victory. Also, he says "I win!" if he wins a match in ''3''.
* PrepareToDie: He says this verbatim as one of his taunts.
* 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: In most of his appearances, he has been depicted with red eyes, which only furthers his ObviouslyEvil appearance.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: He is depicted as Raiden's brother and Shinnok's son in ''Annihilation''.
* 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: Mostly noticeable with his skull helmet.
* 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: Can be mostly seem with his treatment of Sindel and Kitana, who have been but tools to him so far.
* 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: It can be assumed that his sorcerous powers played a big part in his realm conquests.
* SoreLoser: ''VERY'' sore. He tries to hold a tournament in Outworld where the stake were, if he win he gets Earthrealm. If not, he leaves the realm alone. Even though he loses, he pretty much says "Screw it, I'll take the realm by force," leading to an all out invasion.
* StanceSystem: Tai Tzu and Lui He. He keeps the former for ''Armageddon'' while Fujin picks up the latter.
* TheStarscream: Towards Onaga.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: A very rare male version of this. Just look at his costume! Likely enforced down the ranks as well, judging by how all his minions dress.
** Downplayed in his alts in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon'', which give him pants.
* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over the Multiverse]]: His goal in life. See MultiversalConqueror above
* TakenForGranite: When defeated in ''II'', he somehow is petrified. Then he [[DefeatEqualsExplosion explodes]].
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: He tries to bum rush you even before the announcer reaches the "Fight" signal when you face him. Course considering he ''is'' the announcer.
* ThirdPersonPerson: He refers to himself in third person in some of his taunts.
--> '''Shao Kahn:''' "Feel the wrath of Shao Kahn!"
--> '''Shao Kahn:''' "Feel the power of Shao Kahn!"
* UnholyMatrimony: Took Sindel as his wife after killing King Jerrod and usurping the throne, although Sindel was soon DrivenToSuicide afterward. This is more noticeable in ''9'', when he [[spoiler: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 ''[[WebVideo/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.
* VillainousBreakdown: Whenever defeated, he would scream a BigNo as he exploded.
* 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: He's had some pants in alternate outfits, but never a shirt.
* WeaponOfChoice: His infamous hammer.
* WholeCostumeReference: To [[Film/MadMax Lord Humongous]].
* YellowEyesOfSneakiness: In ''9'', he has now these kind of eyes, instead of his previous red eyes.
* YouHaveFailedMe: He would have Shang Tsung executed in ''II'' for failing at the tournament. He almost did it again to him in ''9''.

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