Here it goes every reference in the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' saga.

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/{{Mortal Kombat|1}}''
* Let's start with '''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]'''.
** In his ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' ending, Liu Kang gains the ability to summon the powers of the Elder Gods by shouting "[[TitleDrop MORTAL KOMBAT]]!", much like [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel's]] powers.
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Shaolin Monks]]'', he has a Fatality named [[Film/ShaolinSoccer Shaolin Head Soccer]].
* '''Scorpion''''s blazing skull is an homage to Comicbook/GhostRider.
** In the official ''Mortal Kombat'' comic book, Scorpion grabs Sub-Zero and tells him to look into his eyes. This is an even clearer reference to Ghost Rider and his Penance Stare power.
** After defeating Scorpion in ''Shaolin Monks'', Scorpion gets dragged into the lava by skeletons. As his arm goes in, he gives the player a thumbs up. This is a reference to ''Franchise/{{Terminator}} 2'' ending, in which the T-800 (Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger) gives John a thumbs up before he gets engulfed by molten metal.
* '''Kano''''s eye-plate is just like the Franchise/{{Terminator}}.
** ''Deadly Alliance'' has a fake cereal advertisement showing Kano eating a bowl of [[http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/e/e7/Kan-Os.jpg Kan-Os.]]
* '''Raiden''''s most iconic traits, namely his electric powers and his [[AllAsiansWearConicalStrawHats conical straw hat]], were both designed after Lightning, one of the three servants of Lo Pan from ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''.
** In his arcade ending in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', Raiden finds himself being weakened under Earth's sun, but can regain his power so long as he keeps a mysterious green rock nearby; this is an inversion of how Franchise/{{Superman}}'s powers work.
** Also in ''vs. DCU'', his trademark Torpedo special is renamed as "The Superman".
** Raiden's second fatality in ''9'', "Just a Scratch", is a reference to [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Monty Python's Black Knight scene in the Search for the Holy Grail]].
* '''Johnny Cage''' was inspired directly off of Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme's character in ''Film/{{Bloodsport}}''. This is because [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the game was originally planned as a Bloodsport tie-in game.]]
** In ''Deadly Alliance'', apparently, he was a contestant in ''VideoGame/SmashTV''. From the same game, one of Johnny's films was entitled ''[[Film/EnterTheDragon Exiting the Dragon of Death]]''. He starred opposite Hong Kong action star [[Creator/JackieChan Channie Jack]].
** In ''9'' Cage starred in various movies titled ''[[Film/ClockStoppers Time Smashers]]'', ''[[Film/CitizenKane Citizen Cage]]'', and ''[[Film/EdwardScissorhands Tommy Scissorfists]]''. In one of the Challenge Tower missions, Reptile tries to stop him from reaching the premiere of ''[[Film/BrokebackMountain Breaknose Mountain]]''.
* '''Sonya''' is inspired by the karate champion and movie actress Cynthia Rothrock.
** In her ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' ending, she acquires a Franchise/GreenLantern ring, but because she isn't a member of the Green Lantern Corps, [[ItOnlyWorksOnce the ring only gets one charge]] and she has to use it sparingly until she gains a means to recharge it.
** Her costume redesign in ''9'' is interesting, however, given one of her Fatalities involves piano wire, it hints at [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Cammy's]] portrayal in ''[[AnimatedAdaptation Street Fighter II V]]''.
** In the Krypt of ''Deadly Alliance'', one can unlock a picture of [[http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/a/ab/Lifeguard_Sonya_Blade.jpg Lifeguard Sonya.]] Her [[WalkingSwimsuitScene red bikini]] makes her heavily resemble Pamela Anderson of ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' fame.
* In the first game, '''Shang Tsung''''s role is similar to that of Mr. Han from ''Film/EnterTheDragon.'' His EvilSorcerer-ness, however, is pure [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina Lo Pan]].
** He has a Friendship in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' where he transforms into the player character from ''VideoGame/{{Joust}}''.
** One of his Challenge Tower episodes is titled "[[RiseFromYourGrave Arise From Your Grave]]", referencing the infamous ''VideoGame/AlteredBeast'' quote.
* The code [[Music/{{Genesis}} ABACABB]], in the Sega Genesis version, unlocked the blood mode.
* In '''Sub-Zero''''s ending in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', he becomes Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** His second Fatality in ''9'' ([[spoiler:as Cyber Sub-Zero]]) has him latching onto his opponent in a fashion akin to a [[Anime/DragonBallZ Saibaman]] and then [[TakingYouWithMe self-destructing]].

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''
* '''Kitana''''s Animality in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3]]'' turns her into a [[KillerRabbit white rabbit]]. [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail She then proceeds to attack the enemy in some savage manner]].
** In ''9'', her chapter during story mode contains a scene very much like one found in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' where she finds a lab filled with progressively more human half-breed clones of herself.
** In ''4'', her facial features are modeled after Talisa Soto, the actress who portrayed Kitana in the [[Film/MortalKombat theatrical adaptations]].
* '''Jax''''s fatality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' in which his arms turn into blades is likely a reference to the [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} T-1000]].
** In ''MK vs DC'', his ending is very similar to Cyborg's origin story.
** In ''9'', one of his fatalities is very similar to Superman's Heroic Brutality in ''MK vs DC'', but with a decapitating kick at the end.
* '''Kung Lao''''s weaponized hat gimmick was inspired by [[Film/JamesBond Bond's]] villain [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Oddjob]].
** His KillerRabbit fatality in ''Shaolin Monks'' is a reference to ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.''
* '''Jade''''s [[ChainmailBikini alternate costume]] in ''9'' looks strikingly similar to that of [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Slave Leia's]], right down to [[BraidsOfAction her hairstyle.]]

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''
* '''Cyrax''' and '''Sektor''' seems to be ripped right out of ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''. If you ever had doubts about this one, [[spoiler:Cyber Sub-Zero]] from ''9'' makes it even more obvious.
** Cyrax's self-destruct fatality has him typing some kind of sequence in a panel in his pulse, like the Predator himself. Later games show that Sektor and [[spoiler:Cyber Sub-Zero]] have similar panels.
** Cyrax uses a [[Franchise/StarWars "Sabre of Light"]] in ''4''. In the [=PS2=] games, Sektor also uses that and was renamed as "Pulse Blades": A blue one (green in ''Armageddon'') for Cyrax, and two red ones for Sektor.
* The gas mask '''Kabal''' wears? A tribute to [[Franchise/StarWars Tusken Raiders]].
** Speaking of ''Franchise/StarWars'', Kabal was burnt alive, horrifically scarred, and forced to wear a respirator & hide behind a mask the rest of his life? Remind anyone else of Darth Vader?
** One of the game over messages in ''Shaolin Monks'' is "Kabal says thank you very much." Aside from referencing the mission in which you can rescue him, Kabal's voice acting appears to be modeled after Music/ElvisPresley.
* '''Rain''''s costume is ''purple'', there's also his name, and ''Armageddon'' reveals that he's a Music/{{Prince}}. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Prince has a song called "Purple Rain".[[/labelnote]]
* '''Sheeva''''s arcade ending in ''9'' involves the Shokan taking control of Australia with the permission of world leaders. This is a possibly reference to Lex Luthor in ''Film/SupermanII''.
** This may also be a [[TakeThat reference]] to the fact that ''9'' is [[BannedInChina Banned In Australia]].
** Her namesake is Shiva, the (male) {{Hindu|Mythology}} destroyer god with [[MultiArmedAndDangerous multiple limbs]]. Like Shiva, Sheeva has extra arms and is turned into a destroyer goddess in her ''Armageddon'' ending.
* '''Stryker''''s bio in ''9'' has him [[Franchise/DieHard single-handedly defeating the terrorists in the Greenbury Tower Incident]] and [[Film/{{Speed}} saving an explosive-rigged bus full of civilians while maintaining a high speed]]. Even further, it refers to him as a [[Franchise/DieHard "die-hard cop".]]
** In ''Armaggedon'', Stryker wears a very futuristic suit, giving him a passing resemblance to the main character from ''VideoGame/StreetFighter2010: The Final Fight'', which was originally [[DolledUpInstallment an unrelated game remodeled to serve as a spin-off for the series]]. It's worth noticing that in the original game, the character was actually named Stryker instead being passed off as Ken Masters.
** Overall, Stryker's design has him resemble Woody Harrelson to a good degree.
* If '''Ermac''' gets knocked off Raiden's Sky Temple in ''Deception''/''Unchained'' and ''Armageddon'', and sent plummeting to his death, he's got two words for ya: [[Wrestling/DGenerationX "SUCK IT!!!"]]
* ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' for the SNES has the KonamiCode as a ClassicCheatCode.
* Brutalities consist of [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar hitting your opponent over and over at high speeds until they explode.]]

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'' or ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'':
* '''Shinnok''' is an {{expy}} of [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Yan Wang]].
* The original '''Quan Chi''' is somehow similar to Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'s demon-in-the-guise-of-an-evil-clown, Violator.
* '''Reiko''''s original design in ''Mortal Kombat 4'' bears more than a passing resemblance to Nightwing.

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance''
* '''Nitara''''s character design is a tribute to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Vincent Valentine]].
** Many of her Konquest mode messages in ''Deadly Alliance'' are references to different rock bands and songs performed by them. What's more, her alternate costume surely brings to mind Music/{{KISS}}...
** Her [[http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/5/5f/Nitara%27s_Blood_Energy_Drink.jpg Blood Energy Drink]] promo is a parody of most energy drinks in general.
* '''Bo 'Rai Cho''''s Krypt Comedy Commercial endorses a vomiting-inducing drink called [[http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/a/a2/Master_Bo%27_Rai_Cho%27s_Peptic_Thunder.jpg Peptic Thunder,]] [[LawyerFriendlyCameo a clear knockoff of]] Pepto-Bismol.
* '''Mokap''' is a tribute to Carlos Pesina, the guy who did some of the '''[[MotionCapture MO]]'''[[MotionCapture tion]] '''[[MotionCapture CAP]]'''[[MotionCapture ture]] for ''Deadly Alliance''.
* [[http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/8/8a/Mortal_Kombat_Deadly_Alliance_Movie.jpg The poster]] for the fictional movie ''Mortal Kombat: The Death of Johnny Cage'', is an homage to other movies' posters, ''Army Of Darkness'' in the middle.
* One of '''Kenshi''''s combos is named "Blind Justice", a reference to comic book hero Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, a likely inspiration for the character.
** Kenshi also draws heavily from {{Zatoichi}}, the blind swordsman; one of the main differences between the two is that Kenshi wears a blindfold.

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''
* '''Shujinko''' borrows his alternate outfit from the villain of ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine'' and his visuals from ''Film/KillBill'''s Pai Mei.
* '''Darrius'''[='=]s alternate costume is basically Black Belt Jones with CoolShades.
** His backstory also has shades of [[Film/TheMatrix Morpheus]].
* '''Kira''' has a strong resemblance to the main character of ''VideoGame/BloodRayne''.
* '''Kobra''' is a mixture of [[Film/TheKarateKid Johnny Lawrence]] and [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ken Masters]].

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon''
* In Kreate a Fighter mode, two of the available hairstyles are [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]]'s and [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]]'s. Although for some reason Goku's is light blue by default.

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''
* In the DC side of the Story mode, after learning that Dark Kahn is behind the whole mess, guess [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan which classic scene]] '''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''' [[SkywardScream parodies]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny_epS_zXLI upon hearing his name:]]
--> '''Joker:''' ''KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHN!''
--> [Beat]
--> '''Deathstroke:''' ''Shut up, or I'll gut you.''
* '''Franchise/{{Batman}}''''s ending sees him starting an "'''[[ComicBook/{{OMAC}} O]]'''[[ComicBook/{{OMAC}} uterworld]] '''[[ComicBook/{{OMAC}} M]]'''[[ComicBook/{{OMAC}} onitor and]] '''[[ComicBook/{{OMAC}} A]]'''[[ComicBook/{{OMAC}} uto-]]'''[[ComicBook/{{OMAC}} C]]'''[[ComicBook/{{OMAC}} ontainment]]" system.

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''
* The "X-Ray" effect used in certain brutal moves from the game will be quite familiar to any fan of Sonny Chiba movies.
* '''Kratos'''' pre-fight quote is taken from his speech to Zeus early on in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 3'' (Kratos' words in ''9'' are in boldface):
-->''"The hands of Death could not defeat me. The Sisters of Fate could not hold me. And '''you will not see the end of this day!''' I will have my revenge!"''
* The Challenge Tower, being composed of non-canon mini-games, is choke-full of Shout-outs.
** Challenge N 10: [[Film/ThreeHundred This Is The Pits!]]
** Challenge N 15: [[ComicBook/TheWalkingDead Walking Dead]]
** Challenge N 47: [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Who Ya Gonna Call?]]
** Challenge N 53: Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}.
** Challenge N 62: [[Film/FullMetalJacket What Is Your Major Malfunction?]]
** Challenge N 81: [[WhenBearsAttack When Brigands Attack!]]
** Challenge N 86: [[Franchise/TheMuppets It's Not Easy]] (a match between [[DontExplainTheJoke green-clad]] Jade and Reptile)
** Challenge N 95: [[Film/ComingToAmerica Soul Glow]]
** Challenge N 116: Film/KissKissBangBang
** Challenge N 134: [[Film/NewJackCity New Jax City]]
** Challenge N 183: [[Franchise/{{Highlander}} There Can Only Be One]]
** Challenge N 188: [[VideoGame/AlteredBeast Arise From Your Grave]]
** Challenge N 193: [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail I'm Not Dead Yet]]
** Challenge N 209: [[WebAnimation/TheAnnoyingOrange Orange you glad I came?]]
** Challenge N 223: [[Film/TheGodfather An Offer You Can't Refuse]]
** Challenge N 266: The Duel (in which the following exchange happens:)
-->'''Stryker''': Draw on the count of 3, partner!
-->'''CPU-controlled Stryker''': [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark I'm not your partner, buddy!]]
-->'''Stryker''': [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark I'm not your buddy, pal!]]
** [[PlayStationVita Bonus]] Challenge N 34: Isn't This [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Marvelous]] (A match where you tap the screen repeatedly to fight.)
** Bonus Challenge N 38: [[Music/{{EMINEM}} Real Skarlet Please Stand Up!]]
** Bonus Challenge N 126: [[Music/{{Queen}} Under Pressure]]
** Bonus Challenge N 142: [[Music/DiamondHead It's Electric]]
** Bonus Challenge N 143: [[Music/OutKast Bombs Over Netherrealm]]
* '''Freddy Krueger''' has several Fatalities that are reminiscent of the most infamous kills of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet his home franchise]]:
** In one, after stabbing his opponent with both sets of claws, he drags him down into a hole that has just appeared. This is then followed by a geyser of blood, similar to how he killed Glen, Nancy's boyfriend, in the [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 very first movie]].
** Another has Freddy throwing his opponent into a boiler to be burned alive. This references both his own origin (Freddy was burned alive by vigilante parents who wanted to make him pay for murdering their children) and how he killed the former FinalGirl from [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors the third movie]] as his second kill in [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster the fourth movie]].
** Many of his combos are named after lines from the movies, such as "[[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare Now You're Playing With Power]]" or "Never Sleep Again."
** If Stryker finishes Freddy with his Secret Fatality move, Freddy will have a bomb in his body and will explode, much similar to the ending of ''Freddy's Dead''.
* The stage Fatality for the City stage (having the opponent run over by a car) bears a striking similarity to the ending of the fourth ''Film/FinalDestination'' movie, complete with an X-ray view despite not being an X-ray attack, and leaves a twitching beheaded corpse similar to the first death in that movie.
** Also, the Subway stage fatality might be a reference to ''Film/TheMatrix'', where Agent Smith attempts to kill Neo by throwing him onto the path of an incoming train.
* In [[spoiler:Kitana]]'s Arcade Ladder ending, three Edenian women ([[spoiler:Kitana, Jade, and Mileena]]) are re-united to fight for justice all over the realms; as the narrator explains this, the three characters [[Series/CharliesAngels are posed in silhouette over an orange background]] and as the ending fades to black, the music closes with the iconic jingle from the show.
* The new Test Your Strike mini-game has a concept similar to the test given to Frank Dux in ''Film/{{Bloodsport}}'', where he had to break one brick out of a pile.

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''
* The duo of Ferra/Torr have a ''very'' [[Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome Master Blaster]]-like [[BigGuyLittleGuy dynamic]] going on, something that has not gone unnoticed by fans or commentators at E3 2014. Their playstyle in general [[note]]barring their Lackey variation, where Torr mainly fights on his own[[/note]] also calls to mind [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Chang and Choi]] in ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'': Torr does the brunt of the brawling and Ferra issues orders, though several specials have her jump into the fray (and off of his shoulders) to help out.
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