!The series as a whole
* CreatorsFavorite: Scorpion is adored by both [[EnsembleDarkhorse the audience]] and Ed Boon himself.
** Kurtis Stryker is also another favorite of the creators. [[CreatorsPet Though he]] [[TheScrappy rubbed fans the wrong way at first]], he [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap eventually also became liked by players]].
** Baraka, while not to the same degree as the two above, but nonetheless has also been a favorite of the Mortal Kombat team, so much to the point that he was among the MK characters to make it as part of the cast for ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''.
** Quan Chi. Needless to say.
* FanNickname: Noob Zero/Sub-Noob/Sub Saibot for Noob Saibot, due to his ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]'' ending where [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind his original Sub-Zero persona comes to claim control over their soul]], and the two, being unable to best the other, [[SplitPersonalityMerge fuse into]] "a being that was neither Noob Saibot or Sub-Zero, but something new..." These nicknames can also be used to differentiate Noob from his brother.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Shao Kahn is a ''[[Creator/SteveRitchie pinball designer]]''?!
* NamesTheSame:
** '''Sub-Zero''' is the codename used by both Bi-Han and Kuai Liang. Both brothers have no connection to the [[Film/TheRunningMan the Stalker with a hockey motif.]]
** As you know, '''Raiden''' is the God of Thunder. We also have [[VideoGame/FatalFury Big Bear's heel persona]], [[{{Main/Raiden}} a series of vertical shooters,]] and [[Franchise/MetalGear a sword-wielding former child soldier turned cyborg.]]
** '''Rain''' is the backstabbing Edenian demigod. Then there's the Korean actor/singer best known for his roles of [[{{Film/SpeedRacer}} Taejo]] and [[NinjaAssassin Raizo.]]
** Hanzo Hasashi is known by his codename, '''Scorpion.''' [[{{Main/Contra}} Lance Bean]] was the first to use the codename in a video game. Safe to say that he is not [[{{Film/FiveDeadlyVenoms}} Number 3 of the Poison Clan.]] In Japanese, the name translate to '''Sasori,''' which is the same as that of the [[{{Main/Naruto}} Akatsuki puppetmaster.]]
** As Scorpion's real name is '''Hanzo,''' he is not related to [[SamuraiShodown the legendary Iga ninja]], [[WorldHeroes or this ninja]], [[Film/KillBill a legendary swordmaker]], or [[{{Film/Predators}} a sword-wielding Yakuza.]]
** '''Jade''' is Kitana's childhood friend, no relation to [[JackieChanAdventures Jackie Chan's niece,]] [[VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil a reporter,]] [[BreathOfFire Zog's senior general]], and [[{{VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss}} one snarky colonel.]]
** '''Kira''' is a new recruit for the Black Dragon. It's also the alias of [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]], [[Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick Jack's new name]], the civilian first name of the [[PowerRangersDinoThunder Yellow Dino Ranger]], and the surname of the [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure mass murderer Yoshikage Kira who rampaged around Morioh Town in mid to late 1999.]]
** The '''Dead Pool''' is a stage in which you can kill your opponent via an acid bath. Funny how it is also a [[Film/TheDeadPool Clint Eastwood flick.]] Combine the two into one word and you get [[{{Main/Deadpool}} The Merc With The Mouth.]]
** '''Jax''' is not connected in any way to the [[Series/SonsOfAnarchy president of a biker club.]]
** '''Frost''' was a former pupil of Sub-Zero. Also sharing the name is [[{{Film/Aliens}} a Space Marine]], [[ModernWarfare a member of Delta Force]], and a [[{{Series/Chuck}} a secret agent.]]
** '''Goro''' is the Shokan champion. There's also the [[TheKingOfFighters Japanese judoka and one-third of Team Japan.]]
** '''Smoke''' is the Slavic enenra ninja who serves the Lin Kuei and was roboticised in the old timeline. No relation to [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Big Smoke.]]
** '''Kintaro''' is the second Shokan champion who picks up the slack after Goro loses. He is not the same as the mythological figure of the same name.
* NoExportForYou: In Japan, only the first three games and ''Trilogy'' were released there on home consoles.
* TheOtherDarrin: Most of the characters had to be played by new actors when half of the original cast left Midway after ''II'' due to a royalty dispute.
** Liu Kang (Ho Sung Pak in the first two games, Eddie Wong in the third)
** Johnny Cage (Daniel Pesina in the first two games, Chris Alexander in ''Trilogy'')
** Kitana, Mileena, and Jade (Katalin Zamiar in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', Becky Gable in ''Ultimate'')
** Sonya Blade (Elizabeth Malecki in the first two games, Keri Hoskins in the third)
** Shang Tsung (Ho Sung Pak in the first, Dr. Phillip Ahn in the second, John Turk in the third, Richard Divizio in ''Mythologies'').
** The Ninjas (Daniel Pesina in the first two games, John Turk in the third game, ''Ultimate'', and ''Trilogy'').
** ''Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe'' replaced the Chicago-based voice actors from the previous games in favor of a Califonia-based talent.
*** Scorpion and Shao Kahn are voiced by Creator/PatrickSeitz.
*** Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) is voiced by Jim Miller.
*** Raiden is voiced by Creator/RichardEpcar.
*** Baraka and Jax are voiced by Dan Washington.
*** Sonya is voiced by Dana Lynn Baron.
*** Shang Tsung is voiced by James Kyson Lee.
*** Kano is voiced by Creator/MichaelMcConnohie.
*** Kitana is voiced by S.G. Willie.
*** Liu Kang is voiced by Tom Choi.
*** Quan Chi is voiced by Ronald M. Banks.
** In ''Mortal Kombat 9'', most of the characters returning from ''Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe'' reprised their roles, though some of the characters got new voices.
*** Shao Kahn and Baraka are voiced by Bob Carter.
*** Jax is voiced by Gerald C. Rivers.
*** Kitana is voiced by Creator/KarenStrassman.
*** Shang Tsung is voiced by Andrew Kishino.
* SleeperHit: ''Mortal Kombat'' was not intended to be the tentpole franchise for Midway, but only to fill a gap in their arcade schedule. The game was developed by a team of only four members (programmer Ed Boon, artists John Tobias and John Vogel, and sound guy [[EnsembleDarkhorse Dan "Toasty" Forden]]) in a 10 month development cycle. Due to not being an overly important project, the team had green light to do what they wanted, which meant they had a lot of freedom to make the game stand out via RuleOfCool. The rest is history.
* StoppedNumberingSequels: The first three sequels were numbered (''II'', ''3'', and ''4''), but every game afterward (when the series no longer had arcade releases) used subtitles instead (although the ''Deadly Alliance'' logo does have a huge "V"). The newest Mortal Kombat game is seemingly back to numbering, however, since it's called ''Mortal Kombat X'' (most likely due to most people referring the last game as ''Mortal Kombat 9'').
* TeasingCreator: [[http://twitter.com/#!/noobde Ed Boon, if his Twitter account is any indication.]]

![[TropeNamer The series as a whole named the following tropes]]:
* FinishHim
* FlawlessVictory
* IKnowMortalKombat
** IDontKnowMortalKombat
** IKnowMaddenKombat (Partial)
* MirrorMatch - ''MK'' [[OlderThanTheyThink wasn't the first]] [[VideoGame/PitFighter to do it]], but it was the first game to call it this way.
* PassiveAggressiveKombat
* PerfectPlayAI, whose former {{Trope Namer|s}} was MK Walker
* YourSoulIsMine - Thanks to Shang Tsung in the first movie.

![[Film/MortalKombat The first film]]
For stuff belonging to ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'', head [[Trivia/MortalKombatAnnihilation this way]].

* ActorAllusion:
** This isn't the first time that Christopher Lambert [[Film/{{Highlander}} played an immortal.]]
** Chris Cassamassa and Hakim Alston were already fighters in [[Series/WMACMasters a TV show]].
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Christopher Lambert ([[Film/{{Highlander}} Connor MacLeod]]) plays Raiden.
** Linden Ashby ends up hooking up with [[Film/ResidentEvil Alice, Claire Redfield, Carlos Oliveira, and LJ.]]
** Robin Shou [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive tried to hijack Tina Armstrong's boat... with less than stellar results.]] Later on, he [[Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi would end up taking Chun-Li under his wing]].
*** [[OngBak Tony Jaa]] was Robin Shou's stunt double in the second film.
** Creator/CaryHiroyukiTagawa would become [[Film/{{Tekken}} the head of the Mishima clan.]]
** Chris Casamassa and Hakim Alston ([[Series/WMACMasters Red Dragon and The Machine]]) are Scorpion and one of Liu Kang's rivals.
** [[Film/LicenceToKill Kwang and Lupe Lamora]] are Shang Tsung and Kitana, respectively.
** [[Series/{{JAG}} Mic Brumby]] is Kano.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** As one of his earlier works of voice acting, Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson provides the main voice of Goro, though voice acting legend Creator/{{Frank|Welker}} "[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Megatron]]" [[Creator/FrankWelker Welker]] provides many of Goro's vocal effects.
** Speaking of Welker, he sneaks in a voice role as [[spoiler: Shao Kahn himself at the end of the first film]].
* FakeNationality: Japanese-born Creator/CaryHiroyukiTagawa as Chinese-born sorcerer Shang Tsung. The more famous example is Trevor Goddard.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The fight scene between Reptile, Johnny Cage, and Liu Kang was added after test audiences were dissatisfied with the other fights in the movie. Linden Ashby wouldn't have been on set.
* ThrowItIn: Liu Kang was supposed to duplicate the acrobatic flips of Sub Zero's down the ramp during the fight, but Robin Shou couldn't pull it off successfully. After a few takes, instead of the acrobatics, he just ran down into the ramp yelling like a maniac. That's the shot that got used.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** [[Film/DragonTheBruceLeeStory Jason Scott Lee]], Phillip Rhee and [[Film/RomeoMustDie Russell Wong]] auditioned for the role of Liu Kang. Robin Shou got the role.
** Creator/CameronDiaz was originally cast as Sonya. She broke her wrist before filming began and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson.
** Brandon Lee (son of Creator/BruceLee) was set to play Johnny Cage. After his untimely death, the role was given to Linden Ashby.
** Michael Jai White was slated to play the role of Jax. Ultimately, he left in order to do the biopic ''Tyson'', in which he was in the starring role. Ironically, he would end up playing Jax in ''[[WebVideo/MortalKombatRebirth Mortal Kombat: Rebirth]]'' and ''[[WebVideo/MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]''.
** Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme turned down the role of Johnny to do ''Film/StreetFighter''.
** Creator/StevenSpielberg was supposed to make a cameo appearance in the movie. However, due to scheduling conflicts, Spielberg backed out. The director in Johnny's first scene bears a pretty good resemblance to Spielberg, making it pretty obvious where that cameo was going to slot in.

! Several characters serve as gods in the Pantheon/{{Trope Pantheon|s}}:
* [[Pantheon/OthernessGhosts Scorpion]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Power}} Sub-Zero]]
* [[Pantheon/CombatIntermediateGods Liu Kang]]
* [[Pantheon/CombatLesserGodsAndDemigods Johnny Cage]]
* [[Pantheon/LifeAndDeathLesserGods Sonya Blade]]
* [[Pantheon/TheFallen Raiden]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Nature}} Reptile]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Shape}} Shang]] [[Pantheon/{{Power}} Tsung]]
* [[Pantheon/BladedWeapons Kitana]]
* [[Pantheon/PersonalAppearance Mileena]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Nature}} Smoke]]
* [[Pantheon/VillainsGreaterGods Shao Kahn]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Justice}} Stryker]]
* [[Pantheon/TheFallen Sindel]]
* [[Pantheon/MagicCasters Quan Chi]]
* [[Pantheon/MagicMixed Shinnok]]
* [[Pantheon/PhilosophyLesserGods Kai]]

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