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''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'' is the fifth fighting game installment in the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' franchise. Notable for being the first game in the series to skip the arcades (getting a straight-to-console release instead) and for [[StoppedNumberingSequels dropping the numerals from the titles]] (although the logo does resemble a Roman numeral "V"). It was released for the [[NintendoGameCube GameCube]], PlayStation2, and {{Xbox}} in 2002.

Scorpion's ending in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' shows Quan Chi being imprisoned in the Netherrealm -- but he escapes this fate, and in the process, he discovers an ancient tomb with the mummified remains of Onaga the Dragon King, the first emperor of Outworld (and the dragon portrayed in the franchise's logo). Quan Chi figures out how to resurrect Onaga's dark army -- the souls of various warriors must be implanted into the army's dead bodies -- and he strikes a deal with Shang Tsung to gain immortality in exchange for Tsung's help. The [[TitleDrop deadly alliance]] has two major problems in its path -- Shao Kahn and Liu Kang -- but they are taken care of in short order: [[BackStab Kahn is killed while the duo swears a false allegiance to him]], and [[OurHeroIsDead Liu Kang is killed]] when Tsung disguises himself as Kung Lao and approaches a none-the-wiser Kang. After consuming their souls, Tsung and Quan Chi return to Outworld and begin their plans to resurrect Onaga and his fallen army -- which is when Raiden gathers together Earthrealm's strongest warriors to stop them.

With the exception of Shao Kahn and Liu Kang, ''Deadly Alliance'' features all of the characters mentioned above ([[BigBadDuumvirate Quan Chi, Shang Tsung]], [[TheMentor Raiden]], [[LikeABadassOutOfHell Scorpion]], and [[NiceHat Kung Lao]]), as well as [[FakeUltimateHero Johnny Cage]], [[AnIcePerson Sub-Zero]], Sonya Blade, [[PsychoForHire Kano]], [[BadassPrincess Kitana]], [[BecomeARealBoy Cyrax]], [[ColonelBadass Jax]], and Reptile returning. The game also introduces [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Nitara]], [[DrunkenMaster Bo' Rai Cho]], [[EldritchAbomination Drahmin]], [[DistaffCounterpart Frost]], [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Hsu Hao]], [[DisabilitySuperpower Kenshi]], [[PluckyGirl Li Mei]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Moloch]], and [[BadassLongcoat Mavado]], alongside secret characters [[AscendedExtra Blaze]] and [[FishOutOfWater Mokap]] to the franchise.

Although still suffering from PolygonCeiling problems, ''Deadly Alliance'' was praised as the ''Mortal Kombat'' game which resurrected the franchise as a whole after the failures of ''Mortal Kombat Gold'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces''. It was the first game to include a StanceSystem -- which allowed fighters to switch between two separate fighting stances and a weapon-based stance -- and it also dropped the Running/the Run meter.

Two versions of this game were released for the GameBoyAdvance. Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, and Scorpion feature in both versions. The first, which is named the same as this game, also features Frost, Jax, Sub-Zero, Kano, Kung Lao, Kenshi, Kitana, Li Mei, and Sonya. The second, ''Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition'', featured Bo 'Rai Cho, Cyrax, Drahmin, Hsu Hao, Johnny Cage, Mavado, Nitara, Raiden, and Reptile, plus the exclusive characters [[AIIsACrapshoot Sektor]], [[TheDragon Noob Saibot]], and [[TheAtoner Sareena]] (making ''TE'' the only ''Mortal Kombat'' game aside from ''Special Forces'' to not feature Sub-Zero as a playable character).

Followed by '''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'''.
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!!The game has examples of:

* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The eponymous Deadly Alliance of Quan Chi and Shang Tsung manage to bring BackFromTheDead all of Outworld's ancient army.]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: The "Deadly Alliance" of Quan Chi and Shang Tsung.
* ConceptArtGallery
* DevelopmentGag:
** 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.
** 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''.
* DownerBeginning: Complete with a HopeSpot and everything.
* EnforcedPlug: Done in-universe. Some of the extras found in the Krypt are comedy commercials where [[ProductPlacement fictitious products and services are sponsored by the cast.]] Some of these also hint at HiddenDepths for some of the characters. For example, Scorpion is an ardent chef, Quan Chi is a soulful saxophone player, Kitana and Goro are golf buffs, Li Mei is a ventriloquist, etc.
* {{Expy}}: Li Mei of Mileena, with her general appearance, use of Sai as weapons, and color scheme.
* FanservicePack[=/=]HotterAndSexier: All of the returning women here are notably more well-endowed and [[{{Stripperiffic}} less-covered]] than they were back in the day.
* HopeSpot: In the fight during the Intro, Liu Kang appears to have Shang Tsung on the ropes when they fight. [[spoiler: Too bad he didn't notice Quan Chi sneaking up from behind]]
* JigglePhysics: Ayup. Mostly played straight, although there ''is'' the case of [[FanDisservice Bo' Rai Cho's gut]]...
* LaResistance: Mostly notably Li Mei.
* MythologyGag: 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).
* OurHeroIsDead: At the beginning of the game, Shang Tsung shapeshifts into Kung Lao and kills Liu Kang using a NeckSnap.
* PracticalTaunt: Each character has an action that can be activated with the R1 button and varies from style to style. Among these are taunts that either heal a small portion of health or boost attack power for a period of time.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Immortal" by Music/{{Adema}}.
* SealedArmyInACan: The Outworld's ancient army Shang Tsung and Quan Chi are trying to resurrect.
* SecretCharacter: Lots of them, including TheProtagonist, Raiden.
* ShoutOut: Check [[ShoutOut/MortalKombat the page]].
* ShownTheirWork: ''A lot'' of effort and research went into the implementation of a multiple RealLife martial arts and weapon styles in this game, ''Deception'', and ''Armageddon'', a fact that should become readily apparent if you bother to fight through Konquest Mode here.
* ShowsDamage: Though it's just the characters bleeding nonstop.
* SNKBoss: Moloch. Quan Chi and Shang Tsung can't match him.
* StanceSystem: ''DA'' is the first game in the series where you can do this. All the characters have a weapon stance and two fighting stances (except for Blaze and Mokap, who instead utilize three fighting stances).
* StatusBuff: Each style had its own unique personal action (such as shoving away blocking opponents, hastily putting space between combatants, parrying attacks to leave enemies open for a hit, [[BringIt taun]][[IShallTauntYou ting]] to regain some health), including techniques that could briefly power up all attacks. [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Havik]] and a few characters in ''Armageddon'' have access to either these techniques or the self-healing taunts.
* StockScream: The infamous, widely-used [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf6_hok4-lo Howie Long scream]] and an oft-used female scream can be randomly heard among the screamers in The Krypt.
* StoppedNumberingSequels: Other than the logo resembling the Roman numeral V, ''Mortal Kombat'' games from here on until ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' were not numbered.
* SupernaturalMartialArts
* TheWorfEffect: How are we told that we need to take the Deadly Alliance seriously? They kill Liu Kang and [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] in the opening movie. [[spoiler:However, the Kahn they killed was ActuallyADoombot whereas Liu Kang gets better... [[CameBackWrong Kinda]].]]
* TitleDrop: The last line of the intro.
--> '''Raiden:''' ''"We must act now; we must stop this Deadly Alliance."''
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom:
** Moloch and Drahmin. After Scorpion makes a truce with the younger Sub-Zero and drags Quan Chi back to the Netherrealm (as seen in ''4''), he starts chasing the wizard throughout the lands, beating the white off of his ass as repayment for killing his family (this is shown in ''Deception''[='s=] Konquest mode). The two onis stop Scorpion, allowing Quan Chi to flee and discover Onaga's tomb. ''They are indirectly responsible for jumpstarting a WhamEpisode that has continued [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 to the present day]].''
** There ''are'' other factors, such as Nitara leading Reptile astray (according to his bio, Reptile knew of the Deadly Alliance's assassination attempt on Shao Kahn and would've been able to stop them had he not been sidetracked), but most of the blame can be traced back to the two Oni, as they prevented Scorpion from killing Quan Chi.
* VillainOpeningScene
* WhamEpisode: This was the straw that broke the camel's back. To put this into perspective, [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception three]] [[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon games]] ([[LongRunners and ten years]]) [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 later]], we're ''still'' dealing with the repercussions of ''one'' event.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse[=/=]SequelReset: At the end of ''4'', Raiden was promoted to Elder God and Fujin took over as protector of Earthrealm. In ''Deadly Alliance,'' Raiden has stepped down as an Elder God and Fujin is never mentioned.

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