Here it goes every ShoutOut, ContinuityNod, MythologyGag, {{Expy}}, CaptainErsatz and "NoCelebritiesWereHarmed" reference in the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' saga.

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''
* Let's start with the obvious: '''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]'''.
** In ''2'', ''4'', and ''9'', he can turn into a dragon which resembles the logo of the series.
** In ''3'', he could drop a ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' arcade cabinet on the head of his enemy as his fatality. This same Fatality is recreated in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''.
** 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]].
** His X-Ray Move in ''9'' starts a butterfly kick followed by an uppercut to the chin and then a high kick to the chin. The first two moves are a homage to his Fatality in the first game, the only non-fatal Fatality in the series.
** When he wins a round in ''9'', he makes a gesture of respect and disappears in fire. That's the same thing he does in his ''3'' fatality, right before the arcade console falls on his opponent's head.
* '''Scorpion''''s blazing skull is an homage to Comicbook/GhostRider. This comes in full circle in the Ghost Rider movie, when Ghost Rider, while atop a skyscraper, uses a chain to grab a helicopter and pull it toward him while yelling "COME HERE!".
** 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 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 JeanClaudeVanDamme's character in ''Film/{{Bloodsport}}''. This is because [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the game was originally planned as a Bloodsport tie-in game.]]
** In ''2'', he had a "triple" decapitation fatality that worked like the regular one, only instead of one head, Cage knocks off three. [[AscendedGlitch This finisher move referenced a glitch]] discovered in the original ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'', where Johnny Cage could knock off multiple heads in his fatality.
** 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 [[Film/MortalKombat the first movie]], after defeating Scorpion, there's a headshot photo signed "To my greatest fan" landing in the debris, a nod to his Friendship in ''2''.
*** The autographed headshot is also referenced in Cage's Babality animation in ''9'', where it's replaced by a doodle version.
** Several limited edition versions of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' shipped with different metallic covers, with one of them being [[Film/MortalKombat Goro vs. Cage]].
** In ''Shaolin Monks'', in the fight between Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Goro, Johnny intervenes and finishes off Goro. This is both a mirror of his rivalry with him, and a nod to the final scene of the Cage vs. Goro battle in the first movie.
** 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]]''.
** Also, in ''9'', her KissOfDeath special is now a kiss made with chemical-dust. That's the same trick she uses in ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation''. Also, her X-Ray move has her [[MurderousThighs breaking a neck with her legs]], much like she did to Kano in [[Film/MortalKombat the original movie]].
** 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}}''.
** His opening quote in ''9'' is "YourSoulIsMine!", his catch phrase from [[Film/MortalKombat the first film]].
*** His first Fatality in the game has him transform into a clown who uses a prop gun to surprise his opponent... then use said gun to blow off his head. Just like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's Fatality from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', except now with that pesky T rating [[TakeThat out of the way]]...
** 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 [[Manga/DragonBall Saibaman]] and then [[TakingYouWithMe self-destructing]].
** Since the early artwork for ''[=MK3=]'' lacked names by which to differentiate characters, most people thought that [[spoiler:Cyborg Smoke]] was actually Sub-Zero. In ''9'', [[spoiler:Cyber Sub-Zero becomes a fully-realized character.]]
** In ''9'', during Sub's chapter, he has a conversation that is very similar to his lines in the second movie.
* The Courtyard music has been arranged into a hip-hop rendition for the Street stage in ''3''.

!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]].
** Her affections towards Liu Kang (that began in the fourth game) [[RetCanon were ported over from their relationship in the movies.]]
** 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]] famous villian [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Oddjob]].
* '''Noob Saibot''''s ''9'' reveal trailer uses Ermac as his tag-team partner. This, plus his fighting style, seems to reference ''[[Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation Annihilation]]'', wherein Ermac spawned Noob to double-team Sonya.
** In his Arcade Ladder ending, [[spoiler:he makes a deal with Havik from ''Deception'' so that he can take over the Netherrealm. This could be a reference to how Havik started out as an alternate design for Noob named "Skab".]]
** Noob's fighting stance in ''9'' is the same as [[spoiler:Sub-Zero's in the first two games and ''Mythologies'', referencing his status as the original Sub-Zero.]]
** Noobs Player 2 coloration for his MK2 costume turns his shade into Smoke, referancing their team in MKD.
* '''Smoke''''s ''9'' chapter has him spying on Shang Tsung and Kano behind a tree in the Living Forest, much like he did on the player back in ''[=MK2=]''.
** In his ''Mortal Kombat 3'' ending (as Human Smoke), it says he vanished into the Living Forest to study the techniques of his rivals.
* '''Jade''''s [[ChainmailBikini alternate costume]] in ''9'' looks strikingly similar to that of [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Slave Leia's]], right down to [[BraidsOfAction her hairstyle.]]
** Like Smoke above, in ''9'' she's revealed to be spying on Kitana in the Living Forest during Kitana's chapter, much like in ''[=MK2=]''.
* '''Blaze''' was the FanNickname people gave to the ablaze PaletteSwap of Liu Kang that appeared in the background of The Pit II stage. He first appeared in ''Deadly Alliance'' as a SecretCharacter and [[AscendedExtra later become a very important character]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon''.
* '''Mileena''''s X-Ray move in ''9'' is essentially her "Rapid Stab" fatality from ''2''.
* Kung Lao's KillerRabbit fatality in ''Shaolin Monks'' is likely a reference to ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.''

!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.
** Cyrax and Sektor were called "Mustard and Ketchup" during development. In ''Deadly Alliance'', Cyrax has a combo named Mustard and another named Ketchup in reference to this.
** In the cartoon adaptation, ''WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm'', Cyrax and Sektor were respectively shown to be Asian and Black before automation. Later games (such as Cyrax's ending in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 Gold]]'' and the showing of Cyrax and Sektor's human forms in ''9'') reveal that the reverse actually applies within canon.
* 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 spinoff 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.
** Stryker's design in ''9'' serves as a visual update to his old look from ''3'', but also has some elements from his incarnation in ''Defenders of the Realm''.
** Overall, Stryker's design has him resemble Woody Harrelson to a good degree.
* '''Ermac''''s Arcade Ladder ending in ''9'' reveals that [[spoiler:one of the souls within his body is that of the late King Jerrod of Edenia (i.e. Sindel's husband and Kitana's father), who takes control of Ermac's body and returns to rule and protect Edenia alongside his family. This is a clever and very, ''very'' subtle nod to him being often paired up with Sindel in ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' and ''Mortal Kombat Trilogy'' during Endurance matches.]]
** Also in ''9'', Ermac is the ''only'' male "ninja" not in the first two games (excluding Cyrax, Sektor, and [[spoiler:Cyber Sub-Zero]]) to receive a Klassic costume. This is a meta nod to [[UrbanLegendOfZelda the famous rumor]] that spanned the character in the first place.
** If he gets knocked off Raiden's Sky Temple (introduced in ''Deception''/''Unchained'' and also used in ''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.
** In the ''Deception'' intro, Quan Chi opens a portal to escape when he realizes that Raiden's going to try and kamikaze Onaga. He opens the same portal when he tags out during a tag match during ''9''.
* '''Reiko''''s original design in ''Mortal Kombat 4'' bears more than a passing resemblance to Nightwing.
* '''Jarek''''s ''Armageddon'' bio calls his treatment at the hands of Jax "brutality", [[CallBack directly referencing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvfP5BQxaw Jax's words to him]] from Jax's ending in ''4''.

!Characters and stuff introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance''
* '''Li Mei''' might have started as an {{Expy}} of Mileena, with her general appearance, use of Sai as weapons, and color scheme. From ''Deception'' onwards, Li Mei was revisited, and now has a notable smaller physique, uses a sword instead of Sais, and wears a suit of armor in battle.
** One of her fatalities in ''Deception'' mirrors one of ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'''s Brutalities. Let's just say that [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar her opponent is already dead]].
* '''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.
** In ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'', there was a character called Master Bo. Bo 'Rai Cho is clearly a reference to this man (with the other two syllables in his name forming a pun on ''borracho'', the word "drunk" in Spanish).
* '''Mokap''' (according to his a piece of artwork unlocked in the Krypt) did motion capture for a Johnny Cage movie lampshading [[RunningGag his repeated string of deaths throughout the series]] called ''Mortal Kombat: The Death of Johnny Cage''. Additionally, [[http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/8/8a/Mortal_Kombat_Deadly_Alliance_Movie.jpg the film's poster]] is an homage to other movies' posters, ''Army Of Darkness'' in the middle.
** He is a tribute to Carlos Pesina, the guy who did some of the '''[[MotionCapture MO]]'''[[MotionCapture tion]] '''[[MotionCapture CAP]]'''[[MotionCapture ture]] for ''Deadly Alliance''.
* 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.
* During ''9'''s story mode, Kung Lao faces off against the tandem of Quan Chi & Shang Tsung, the titular Deadly Alliance. Quan Chi even remarks that Kung Lao doesn't stand a chance "against this [[TitleDrop Deadly]] [[MythologyGag Alliance]]".
** The narration in [[spoiler:Sub-Zero]]'s Arcade Ladder ending uses the name to refer to [[spoiler:Subby & Scorpion]].
** Lex Luthor's arcade ending in ''MK vs DC'' uses the term when he and Quan Chi join forces.

!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''' is basically an Expy of Jax. Take a good look at a couple of his finishing moves.
** His alternate costume is basically Black Belt Jones with CoolShades.
** His backstory also has shades of [[Film/TheMatrix Morpheus]].
* The design of '''Kira''''s Dragon Teeth knives comes from the knife Kano wielded in [[Film/MortalKombat the first movie]].
** She also 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''
* The whole plot of the game (the heroes and villains from the DCU teaming up to fight against the heroes and villains from the MKU) may be a reference to the {{JLA-Avengers}} crossover.
* '''Deathstroke''''s ending has him forming a clan of ninjas whose designs mirror several of the ninjas in the MK universe
** One of his [[FinishingMove fatalities]] resembles the way he killed his son Jericho back in The Nineties.
** He also uses a lot of Stryker's attacks.
* Kano points out how '''TheFlash''''s dash attacks and SuperSpeed remind him of Kabal.
** The Flash also has the only Heroic Brutality in the game [[MeaningfulName that plays straight to its name]], as it resembles a [=UMK3=]-style Brutality.
* '''Franchise/GreenLantern''''s ending has the ''Armageddon'' pyramid, and Sinestro tries to take it over.
** He also fights like Ermac.
* '''SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor''' forms the Deadly Alliance with Quan Chi.
** His fighting style is a near perfect copy of Sektor's.
* 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.''
* In '''Franchise/WonderWoman''''s ending, she carries a dagger very reminiscent of Ashrah's one, Quan Chi's pendant, and a shield which resembles the logo of ''Deadly Alliance''.
* '''Franchise/{{Batman}}''''s ending sees him starting an "'''[[{{OMAC}} O]]'''[[{{OMAC}} uterworld]] '''[[{{OMAC}} M]]'''[[{{OMAC}} onitor and]] '''[[{{OMAC}} A]]'''[[{{OMAC}} uto-]]'''[[{{OMAC}} C]]'''[[{{OMAC}} ontainment]]" system.
* '''{{Darkseid}}''''s ending is very similar to the beginning of ''Mortal Kombat 2'', where an old Shang Tsung begs for mercy to a big and manly "lord of darkness".
* '''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}''''s ending has her earning the power to turn into a cheetah. While this is kind of farfetched, Catwoman could've learned how to perform an "animality".

!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]]
** Challenges N 30/60/90/120/180/210: [[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Shaolin Monk: Act 1/2/3/4/5/Final Act]]
** Challenge N 47: [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Who Ya Gonna Call?]]
** Challenge N 53: {{Frankenstein}}.
** Challenge N 62: [[Film/FullMetalJacket What Is Your Major Malfunction?]]
** Challenge N 71: [[LegacyCharacter The Great Kung Lao.]]
** Challenge N 81: [[WhenBearsAttack When Brigands Attack!]]
** Challenge N 85: [[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Arm-ageddon]]
** 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 148: [[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm It's Kombat Time!]] ([[DontExplainTheJoke Funnier considering you're playing as Sonya, who had this as her catchphrase in that series.]])
** 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 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 [[UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3 Marvellous]] (A match where you tap the screen repeatedly to fight.)
* '''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. It's also a CallBack to ''MK 3'' and its variants, where the subway stage and its fatality made their debut, only now it's much gorier.
* In [[spoiler: Kitana]]'s Arcade ending, the three Edenia women characters 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 minigame 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.
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