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A WebOriginal series directed by Kevin Tancharoen loosely based on his pitch video, ''WebVideo/MortalKombatRebirth''. While the pitch video was more realistic, this series is closer to the [[Franchise/MortalKombat source material.]]

[[BigBad Shao Kahn]] and [[TheDragon Shang Tsung]] are obsessed with ruling over the various [[AnotherDimension realms]], and by winning the Mortal Kombat tournament, they can do just that. Earthrealm, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the realm that contains Earth]], has found itself as an unwitting participant, with only a few humans who understand just what losing the tournament means.

It debuted on April 12, 2011, and the series can be watched [[http://www.youtube.com/show/mortalkombatlegacy?s=1 here.]]

Season 2, which focuses on the actual tournament, was released in 2013. It features Baraka, Ermac, Jax, Johnny Cage, Kano, Kenshi, Kitana, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Mileena, Quan Chi, Raiden, Scorpion, Shang Tsung, Sonya, Stryker, and Sub-Zero. The trailer can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l3jrR5XMSU here]] and all the episodes can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZLTS4u9M_2rYRUMj5RoI016wS_JxRnGE here.]]
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!This work contains examples of:
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Mileena in the games is somewhat infamously a ButterFace with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. Here she usually just looks like a pretty girl with a GlasgowSmile. She does look significantly more monstrous when she flashes her GameFace, however.
** Likewise, Kano, who in the different games and adaptations ranges from "fairly attractive yet scruffy" to "short-haired, goatee'd neanderthal" is a bona-fide prettyboy. Yes, even with his iconic red eye, which doesn't hurt his looks in the slightest. If anything, it only serves to butch him up a bit.
** Inverted with Ermac, who in the games just usually looks like a regular guy with [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing green eyes]]. Here, he's a greyish, greasy-looking... thing clad in dirty rags with black ooze leaking from his eyes and mouth.
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler: Season 2's iteration of Liu Kang is a HeartbrokenBadass long since kicked over his DespairEventHorizon which causes him to pull a FaceHeelTurn and end up a BloodKnight lackey of the BigBad.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: The different episodes have different character focuses which comes along with the GenreShift:
** Episodes 1 and 2 focus on Jax, Sonya and Kano.
** Episode 3 focuses on Johnny Cage.
** Episodes 4 and 5 focus on Kitana and Mileena.
** Episode 6 focuses on Raiden.
** Episodes 7 and 8 focus on Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
** Episode 9 focuses on Cyrax and Sektor.
%%* AdaptationalVillainy: Liu Kang in Season 2.
* AffablyEvil: Shang Tsung in Season 2.
* AlienBlood: [[spoiler:Raiden]] has blue blood.
%%* AlternateUniverse
* AnachronicOrder: As an anthology, the order of the episodes is not neccasrily the order of events. Episodes 4, 5 and 6 predate the others, Episode 9 takes place at least before the first two, etc.
* ArtShift: Done during episodes 4 and 5; most of the narration and exposition about Kitana's and Mileena's backstories are done in a minimalistic animated fashion, acting as segues between live-action dialogue and fight scenes.
* BadassBeard: Raiden sports a pretty awesome bit of two-tone chin bristle.
* BadassInDistress: Sonya in the first two episodes. [[spoiler: At least until she gets herself free.]]
* BadassNormal: In keeping with its [[DoingInTheWizard grittier, less cartoony tone]], a lot of the characters who appear do so without their trademark powers from the game. Jax doesn't have his cyber-arms (yet), Sonya lacks her kiss of death, Johnny Cage is without his shadow powers, and Kitana is missing her steel fans. Of particular note is Hanzo Hasashi, the then-future [[PlayingWithFire Scorpion]], using nothing but a simple rope and kunai to fend off a very true-to-form [[LegacyCharacter Elder]] [[AnIcePerson Sub-Zero]] [[spoiler: who is actually [[EvilSorcerer Quan Chi]] in disguise. Hasashi is then killed by Quan Chi to pave the way for his resurrection as Scorpion.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: Kung Lao
* BaldOfEvil: Shang Tsung in season 2.
* BeardOfSorrow: Liu Kang sports one in Episode 10 of Season 2 [[spoiler:when he shows up at the Shaolin temple after brutally killing his girlfriend's murderers.]]
* BedlamHouse: [[spoiler: Raiden]] finds himself mistakenly committed to one, after showing up one day.
** In a typical fashion for this trope, the people in charge of the asylum don't find it strange that a man of whom they have no record suddenly appears in their courtyard and proceed to hold him, despite the fact that he was never officially committed. He also gets a lobotomy for his trouble.
* BerserkButton: Kano presses Jax's when he gloats about how much he enjoyed torturing Sonya. Johnny Cage's get pressed when he inadvertently overhears one of the TV executives who rejected his idea attempting to pitch the exact same idea to another actor. Both cases are immediately followed by the person whose button was pressed delivering a well deserved NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on the person who pressed the button.
** ''Never'' bring up Liu Kang's dead girlfriend.
*** Or play/sing "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood around him.
%%* BigBad: Shao Kahn.
* BlindWeaponmaster: Kenshi
* CainAndAbel: Kitana and Mileena. [[spoiler: Kitana wins.]]
%%* CanonForeigner: Several of them, Blue for example.
* CameraAbuse: When Kano's [[EyeScream eye gets punched out]], it hits the camera, leaving a blood spatter.
* CombatTentacles: Ermac manifests a pair during his battle with Kenshi.
* CurbStompBattle: Episode 2's fight between Kano and Briggs. After Kano taunts Briggs that he's going to enjoy this as much as he enjoyed torturing Sonya, he promptly fails to land one blow as [[TranquilFury Briggs beats the tar out of him]].
* {{Cyborg}}s: Sektor and Cyrax are featured in the final episode of season one.
* DarkerAndEdgier: To the games. [[LighterAndSofter Other way around compared to the video that original pitch video]] for ''Rebirth''.
* DealWithTheDevil: Shang Tsung goes to Johnny Cage, promising that he can get away from it all.
* DoingInTheWizard: Many of the characters who possess supernatural powers in the games are, in their first appearances at least, powerless, and fight with pure skill instead. Johnny Cage lacks his shadow powers, Sub-Zero uses only his mundane weapons, and so on. Characters not from Earth still possess powers, however.
** Kenshi keeps his telekinetic abilities from the games and at one time he was a simple ronin. However, those powers come from a sword that once belonged to Ermac, who is not of this world, so there's that.
* DoomedByCanon: Hanzo Hasashi's family and Hasashi himself have to die in order for Hasashi to be reborn as Scorpion and swear revenge against their killer [[spoiler:Quan Chi and Shang Tsung, who made it look like it was]] Sub-Zero.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Liu Kang's first appearence consists of him [[spoiler: antagonizing a group of drunken gang members into attacking him, then proceeding to CurbstompBattle them only to willingly recieve a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from the last one. Foreshadowing much?]]
* EyeScream:
** [[spoiler:The criminal Kano's]] beat-down by Jax ends with the former's eye being punched out, splattering against the camera. The subsequent surgery is depicted in fairly graphic detail as well.
** Raiden is given a lobotomy at the asylum, which is implied to be performed the old-fashioned way of inserting an ice pick along the side of the eye socket.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Liu Kang at the end of Season 2.]]
* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler: Quan Chi impersonates the Elder Sub-Zero and slaughters Hanzo Hasashi and the rest of the Shirai Ryu, in order to give Hasashi sufficient motivation to join the Mortal Kombat tournament (that is, revenge on Sub-Zero) upon resurrection as Scorpion.]]
* FarEast: The Lin Kuei clan is relocated to Japan for this series, despite the fact even the name is entirely of Chinese origin.[[note]]Despite ''Mortal Kombat'''s tendency to mishmash Oriental cultures in most areas, putting the Lin Kuei in China is something the normal canon has stuck to.[[/note]]
* GenreShift: Each time the story shifts perspectives to different characters, the genre shifts as well.
** Episodes 1 and 2 (Jax/Sonya/Kano) play out like a police action series, similar to ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.
** Episode 3 is a {{biopic}} depicting the rise, fall and disappearance of martial artist and action star Johnny Cage.
** Episodes 4 and 5 (Kitana/Mileena) tell a FairyTale in animated form.
** Episode 6 sees Raiden put in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', as he is mistaken for insane and is put in an asylum where only the patients believe him.
** Episodes 7 and 8 (Scorpion/Sub-Zero) are [[JidaiGeki feudal Japan]]-themed period pieces.
** Episode 9 (Cyrax/Sektor) has a SciFi tone.
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* GoKartingWithBowser: Late in Season 2, Shang Tsung shows up in a diner to discuss the upcoming tournament and [[spoiler: tempt Liu Kang into joining him. He succeeds.]]
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: When the SWAT team raids Kano's warehouse in the first episode, Stryker and Jax are the only ones who don't wear helmets.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: In Episode 2, Sonya shoots a {{mook}} behind her in the head without looking.
* JerkAss: One of the executives Johnny Cage beat up after he heard they're using another actor for the exact same show they turned him down for. As Johnny Cage walks away, the executive showed his true colors and threatened to make sure Johnny will never get another job again.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler: Liu Kang does ''not'' take the murder of his girlfriend well.]] In the decade of the TimeSkip, he became an alcoholic, misanthropic murderer. This culminates with him [[spoiler: defecting to Shang Tsung's side at the end of Season 2.]]
* KiAttacks: Liu Kang and Kenshi.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Jerrod to Kitana. But of course, you already knew that.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Shang Tsung managed to talk [[spoiler: Liu Kang, his ''arch-enemy'']] into fighting for Outworld.
* MythologyGag: Johnny Cage hits the Squirrel in the crotch with a move similar to the one he used on Goro in the original movie.
** "Get over here!"
** "It has begun"
** Episode 9 sees a fatality (called as such by the computer), followed up by an "Excellent".
* MyGreatestFailure: It's strongly implied that Kung Lao feels guilty about turning his back on Liu Kang, which led to the latter's [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn.]]
* NiceHat: Raiden acquires his trademark rice hat at the end of episode 6.
** Kung Lao sports his during his first appearance in Season 2.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Shang Tsung, of all people, is unfailingly polite and courteous when he's not fighting. He blends right in at a local diner, and has a civil conversation [[spoiler: and subtle manipulation]] with [[spoiler: Liu Kang.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Liu Kang's bar fight is just ''brutal''. One guy has a tooth ripped from his mouth when he's slammed face first into the edge of a pool table and there's numerous cringe-worthy joint breaks throughout the fight.
* NoSell: [[spoiler: Liu Kang]] is temporarily caught off guard by Stryker's taser, but quickly shrugs it off.

* OhCrap:
** [[spoiler:Lance the producer]], right before he [[spoiler:gets Caged]].
** Sonya and Jax after they realize the guy Sonya just shot [[spoiler:dropped a live bomb]].
** Jax and Kano are fighting over a gun and accidentally shoot an explosive charge into the ground and their feet.
** The asylum orderly after Raiden not only shrugs off the taser, but it actually makes him stronger. Maybe pumping electricity into the god of thunder isn't such a great idea.
** Stryker right after he tazes Liu Kang and finds out that he's not going down without a fight. Considering that Stryker is a cop, watching someone stand back up and shrug off a taser after being hit with it for close to a minute, this has to be horrifying.
* PoliteVillainsRudeHeroes: Shang Tsung and [[spoiler: Liu Kang]] play this straight at the end of Season 2. It makes sense, as Shang Tsung is there to recruit, and the latter has become a misanthropic hitman.
* PrecisionFStrike: Jax to Stryker about protocol, right before heading off to rescue Sonya. Followed two seconds later by Stryker's own, when he takes Jax's side.
** When Johnny encounters Kitana and Mileena, complete with a ScrewThisImOuttaHere.
* PsychoPsychologist: The guy who runs the asylum Raiden is committed to. While believing a man who thinks he is the God of Thunder might need medical help is not unreasonable, that is no excuse for acting like a total ''dick'' to him for the duration, or any of your other patients, mocking his apparent delusions and controlling everyone with violence and intimidation. Not to mention Raiden is locked up in his institution not so much for that, as for magically appearing on the asylum grounds, and they make no effort to inform the authorities of the fact, both of which qualify this as kidnapping.
* RareGuns: One of Kano's Black Dragon thugs pulls out an H&K [=XM8=] in the second episode of season 1...which fires energy balls.
* RealAfterAll: Meta version. Based on the ''Rebirth'' trailer, many thought that this would entirely forgo the mysticism of the series in favor of [[DoingInTheWizard scientific, gritty explanations]] for the series' characters. And the first couple episodes featuring Jax and Sonya back that up, as does most of Johnny Cage's episode, [[spoiler:then Shang Tsung shows up at the end and casually ''stops time''.]]
* RecycledInSpace: Invoked. [[spoiler:Johnny Cage makes a last-ditch pitch for a series, complete with on-spec pilot, to TV executives. They said they can't help him, and the network already decided that before they showed up. After they leave, he heads out, only to accidentally hear them pitching the exact same thing he just showed them to a female action star, only ''she's'' in the title role. [[BerserkButton He beats up one of the executives, plus several security guards, then walks away]].]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Liu Kang to Kung Lao, Mileena to Kitana, Scorpion to Sub-Zero and Jax to Stryker.
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler:Elder Sub-Zero gets framed by Quan Chi for the slaughter of Hanzo Hasashi's clan.]]
%%* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Jax.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Johnny Cage's reaction once he gets a look at Kitana and Mileena.
* SlasherSmile: Mileena, when showing her Tarkatan side, which aside from being unsettling, also causes her cheeks to split open.
* TemptingFate:
--> '''Kano:''' ''I'm going to enjoy this as much as I enjoyed torturing your sweet Sonya.''
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Johnny's reaction when he notices [[spoiler: time has stopped again.]]
* TimeStandsStill: Shang Tsung casually stops time [[spoiler:at the end of episode 3 to offer Johnny Cage a job.]]
** Happens again in Season 2, [[spoiler: but with Raiden showing up instead.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: Seems to be Kenshi's lot in life in this series ([[JustifiedTrope justified]] because he is explicitly called a "ronin" during the feudal Japan segment so he's probably used to it). [[LivingForeverIsAwesome Being able to live on from the 1100s into the 2010s]] certainly gave him plenty of time to travel the world and hone his skill.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Liu Kang and Kung Lao start off Season 2 as this. We gradually get to see what drove them apart, culminating with [[spoiler: Liu Kang's FaceHeelTurn in the last episode.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: There is no closure given for the girl who helps Raiden at the asylum in episode 6.
* WhatTheHellHero: Kung Lao gives Liu Kang a rather pointed one after the latter [[spoiler: murders the men who kills his wife and]] comes seeking guidance and a friend. Kung Lao turns his back on him, which results in their friendship ending and [[spoiler: Liu Kang's FaceHeelTurn.]]
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