See also:

* [[NightmareFuel/MortalKombat The Nightmare Fuel page.]]

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* AmericansHateTingle: The franchise is infamously unpopular in Japan, to the point that none of the games have seen a release there since ''Mortal Kombat 3'' and other Western fighting games were tarred with its brush until ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' came out (the Animesque and Kawaisa tropes may have had a major hand in VideoGame/SkullGirls's popularity with Japanese gamers). Reasons vary, from the lack of real work on creating authentic mythology to the series' infamous downward spiral after ''3'', to generally not being quite as deep or well-designed in terms of gameplay as many Japanese fighters. The heavy focus on gory violence is also often criticized. It's not without a small following, but it doesn't even have a cult classic status out there.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Although the series is among the biggest fighting game franchises, the series' heavy emphasis on gory violence and finishers could well turn off many people. There ''is'' a reason why the series gained attention in the news when it first debuted.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Possibly the most divisive character in the series is Liu Kang. For some he is a charming, gentlemanly figure whose idealism makes a genuinely heroic character in an otherwise BlackAndGrayMorality world, for some a bland, overly generic BruceLeeClone who [[VanillaProtagonist isn't an adequate lead]], and to some, especially in regard to the first game, [[TheScrappy an utterly annoying high-pitched crier]] [[HypeBacklash who gets praise he does not deserve]]. Given his polarizing reception, this is the reason that [[SpotlightStealingSquad Scorpion and Sub-Zero]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse receive the most attention]]. Attempts to "flesh him out" following the ContinuityReboot of ''9'' have proven equally controversial, especially given [[spoiler: his complete FaceHeelTurn in ''X'', after which he becomes TheEmperor of the Netherrealm with an eye towards conquest.]]
** Others are Quan Chi, Rain, Frost (although these three are {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s), Bo' Rai Cho, Sheeva, Drahmin (has a cult following much to [[CreatorBacklash Ed Boon's discontent]]), Mavado, Hotaru, Kira, Kintaro, Kobra, and Jarek (the latter is this since Armageddon).
** This finally happens to Sub-Zero and Scorpion for different reasons. Scorpion is this partially because he is Ed Boon's favorite and Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) is this mainly for being an outright good guy (outright good guys tend to be liked much less than characters of other alignments among the MK fandom) unlike his [[DracoInLeatherPants leather pants wearing]] [[NominalHero elder brother]] (Bi-Han)[[spoiler:, including the former's ''contested'' Cyber form]]. Also, Scorpion being used to kill the ever loving daylights out of Sub-Zero ''constantly'' in promotional trailers to the undying ire of the latter's fans [[EveryoneHasStandards and even some of the former's fans]] (Kuai Liang also beat him one-on-one in a non-Netherrealm arena making this even worse), his borderline gullibility in the story (including the {{flanderization}} of [[RevengeBeforeReason one of the most hated revenge tropes]]), and his mere inclusion in Injustice finally cemented his status as this. Sub-Zero constantly getting the shaft in promotional works (which is almost all of the time) has caused him to be seen as Scorpion's punching bag and a total loser, despite numerous evidence in-universe to the contrary.
*** Mortal Kombat X made Sub-Zero much less base-breaking by making him more of a StealthMentor to [[DaddysGirl Cassie]] [[TheHero Cage's]] [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits group]], coming to the group's rescue later on, and [[spoiler:going so far as to start off fresh with the Shirai Ryu, including Scorpion]]. With Scorpion himself it's hard to tell if it's less base-breaking or not, as he's gotten more fans this time around by being the surrogate father of Takeda, reforming the Shirai Ryu, and toning down his vengeful nature, but he's also gotten more haters because [[spoiler:him finally getting his much deserved revenge]] became known as his unambiguously biggest dick move to date, not to mention that [[spoiler:it ended up having Shinnok freed]]. What exactly was this dick move you say? [[spoiler:Killing Quan Chi ''before'' the sorcerer could have been used to restore the other revenants back to life ''in spite of being told as such beforehand'' (said revenants being everyone who was killed by Sindel back in Mortal Kombat 9 including Sindel herself with the exception of the restored Kuai Liang, himself, and Jax)]]. That dick move still have its defenders, however, claiming that [[spoiler:it is the ultimate revocation of Quan Chi's KarmaHoudini status, with Quan Chi himself already known as very leering towards the Villain Sue status, so the defenders saw the revenants' permanent undeath status a worthy price for the complete beatdown and making sure this resilient-as-a-cockroach villain put down for good (not to mention the chances that he will screw up the possible future restoration process ForTheEvulz because that's his nature), and considering how Hanzo himself has suffered greatly due to his machinations, it's a well-deserved karmic justice.]]
** Reptile became rather divisive after he went from being a green palette-swap to becoming an actual reptilian creature. {{Nostalgia Filter}} may be in play, but there is a camp who believe he would've been better suited to a more human-like appearance.
* CreatorsPet:
** Stryker was this in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', considering the creators thought he would turn into the most popular newcomer but was rejected for being overpowered and out of place in the setting with his buffs in the UpdatedRerelease earning him more ire. It would not be until ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' he would return and it would take ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' to rescue him
** It's safe to say that ''Scorpion'' might become this for the franchise on the whole. Signs of this began popping up in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', when Scorpion was announced as a Guest Character and was met with [[TheScrappy almost universal scorn]], especially when he was deemed overpowered before a patch fixed his attributes. Then, when ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' rolled around, fans began to notice a disturbing trend in the trailers ''([[HarsherInHindsight as well as those in games before this one]])'' - any featuring both Scorpion and Sub-Zero will almost always end in Sub-Zero being completely beaten down and finished off in a gory fashion by Scorpion. Did we mention that he's currently the mascot for Netherealm Studios and is Ed Boon's favorite character? That being said, his status as an EnsembleDarkhorse complicates things and makes this very much an issue, as some fans ''liked'' him being in ''Injustice.'' And even those who dislike him would admit that there ''are'' some characters that are worse... such as [[TheScrappy Hsu Hao]].
** Bo' Rai Cho by now is in this territory for much of the fandom as of [=MKX=]. Ed Boon has stated that he created the DrunkenMaster believing that fans would find his gross-out humor funny, but, while Bo' Rai Cho is not universally despised as noted under the Base Breaker entry above, that sentiment has not been shared by many parts of the fan base. While making him a racer and having a track based on a brewery he owns in Armageddon's Motor Kombat wasn't too displeasing (even though no other post-[=MK3=] got the benefit of such treatment), but the fact that he got to be included the in the Kombat Pack 2 over the objections of fans of other characters (e.g. the story mode only characters (Rain, Baraka, and Sindel), other longtime mainstays last time in [=MK9=]'s roster, and other cutscene [=NPC=]s originally introduced in [=MKM:SZ=], [=MK4=], and [=MKDA=] (e.g. Fujin, Sareena, Frost, Li Mei) who were far more requested than Bo' Rai Cho has left some fans bitter.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Sub-Zero (Bi-Han, the older brother who became Noob Saibot from ''2'' onward).
** Shang Tsung after his rejuvenation.
** Invoked for Kano with the song ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNFFTeAepw8 Kano (Use Your Might)]]'' by The Immortals.
--->You are wanted, and you're haunted.\\
You're the Bad Guy, but I feel for you.\\
You're the danger, a fallen angel.\\
But I like you, you're the strongest of the all.
** Shao Kahn, who even wears a kilt instead of pants.
* EvilIsCool: The more villainous or morally questionable characters tend to get many fans with Shao Kahn, Kano, Bi-Han (especially as Noob Saibot) and Goro being the most notable. Likewise, those who find Liu Kang actually a bland or boring protagonist is usually more pleased and liking him better when he went full on evil in ''X''.
* EvilIsSexy: Every villainess (whether [[HeelFaceTurn temporary]] or [[EvilFeelsGood not]]). Mileena ''should'' be an exception, but she instead has garnered an ''astonishing'' number of [[NightmareFetishist admirers]]. Shao Kahn is also considered to be this by [[MrFanservice both]] [[EvenTheGuysWantHim sides]] of the fandom. ([[{{Butterface}} As long as her veil and his helmet respectively stay on, of course]]).
** Even in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', which toned down its {{Fanservice}} by about 1000%, the villainesses still wear skimpier outfits than the heroines.
* FandomRivalry: There are two groups of ''Mortal Kombat'' fans in their regards to ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' -- those who hate it because it's not ''Mortal Kombat'', and those who want the series to cross over some day.
* FreudWasRight: In [[Film/MortalKombat the movie]], Scorpion's [[IconicItem Rope and Kunai]] is replaced with something similar but more "organic" in appearance.
* FriendlyFandoms: With ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' (both franchises share a lot of similarities and were both groundbreaking at their time), ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' (also created by Netherrealm Studios, and for the previous crossover with DC) and to a lesser extent the DC Universe for the prior-mentioned work.
* FountainOfMemes: Shao Kahn in ''[=MKII=]'' and ''[=MK3/UMK3=]''. The fact that he was voiced by Creator/SteveRitchie helps.
* GameBreaker: Various characters at various points, which is why the series has never been particularly popular for TournamentPlay. In some of the games, the bosses are available for use, but, keeping with a general rule for {{Fighting Game}}s, playing as them is nothing more than an easy way to get people to stop playing with you.
* MemeticMutation:
** "FINISH HIM!"
** "FATALITY"
** "GET OVER HERE!"
** "FLAWLESS VICTORY"
** [[EasterEgg "TOASTY!"]]
** It's pretty common for fights among friends to begin with one of them shouting "MORTAL KOOOOOMBAT!!!" like the intro to the famous theme song.
** "Friendship. Friendship again?". The "Friendship" one originates from a finishing move that karried through from ''[=MK2=]'' to ''[=MK3=]'' and ''Ultimate [=MK3=]''. For "Friendship", the winning player would usually "spare" the losing player's life in exchange for some wacky kut-scene playing in the background. Thus, the announcer (Shao Kahn), upset that the player did not "finish him" as expected, would say the above phrase. Also, some of us will still say "Superb," or "Excellent", or "Outstanding" the way Shao Kahn says it in the games.
** Also, the trend of ending words with "-ality", essentially turning anything in RealLife into a gory, ''MK''-style finisher.
** A common fan-coined phrase in regards to characters coming BackFromTheDead at the drop of a hat: "[[DeathIsCheap Nobody stays dead in]] ''[[DeathIsCheap Mortal Kombat]]''."
** Almost anything coming out from [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] in the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 second]] and the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 third]] game qualifies.
** Combining Baraka and UsefulNotes/BarackObama into "[[CompositeCharacter Baraka Obama]]", either verbally or artistically.
** WOOLAY [[labelnote:explanation]]One of Quan Chi's many battle cries in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', famous for being very very clear and legible. Mostly shouted during his teleport stomp special.[[/labelnote]]
* MemeticTroll: Quan Chi has this status since ''Mortal Kombat 4'', thanks to his MagnificentBastard qualities.
* {{Mondegreen}}: The first few games, despite being full of sampled speech, predate an era where [[SpecialEffectFailure sampled speech didn't sound like arse]]. Thus, a lot of things don't sound like they're meant to. Such as mishearing "Toasty!" as "Whoopie!"
** Raiden got a lot of this thanks to his Torpedo move, wherein he screams with one of two difficult to understand lines. It was eventually clarified by John Tobias (around the time of ''[=MK2=]'') that Raiden's speech is gibberish[[note]]They originally wanted him to scream in Japanese (being a Japanese god) but none of the phrases they tried sounded right, so they eventually went with random nonsense and let people guess about it.[[/note]], but before that there was a lot of fan speculation, with some jokingly suggesting that it was mangled English, as follows:
--> "Get back in the kar!!"
--> "Your momma's from L.AAAAAA!"
** These can sometimes cross the line into [[NarmCharm awesomeness]].
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' is considered as the game with multiple gibberishes cranked UpToEleven. Also from the same game we got the ever campy "I'M SO GAAAAAAAY!" quote from [[DirtyCoward Jarek]] in the endings he appears.
* MostAnnoyingSound: [[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang's]] [[{{Kiai}} voice]], especially in the original game.
* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: The satisfying *TWHACK* of a well-placed uppercut, "FINISH HIM!!", Scorpion's "GET OVER HERE!", and of kourse, "FATALITY."
* NauseaFuel: It's a series famous for its gore. What did you expect?
* NostalgiaFilter[=/=]TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Some say that it's as bad as the ''Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} [[BrokenBase fandom]]'', and that's saying something. This is especially evident in the fandom's sheer hatred of 90% of everything that came out in between Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3/Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Mortal Kombat 9.
* PortingDisaster: Mortal Kombat Trilogy for Game.Com is a lousy port crippled by grainy graphics that tend to blend into the backgrounds, combined with a single digit framerate, the inexplicable absence of Scorpion and Sub Zero, a heavily simplified moveset that reduces the gameplay to button mashing with bizarre physics, and no music whatsoever, with only sporadic, lousy sound effects accompanying the action.
** Mortal Kombat Advance is a notoriously bad port of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for GameBoyAdvance. Tinny music, primitive-looking sprites, AI that's either too easy or too diabolical depending on the opponent (which sometimes resulted in getting the hardest character as your first opponent), collision detection that can't tell if you're next to the opponent or on the other side of the arena, and sluggish, unresponsive controls. Infamously, it was the first game that EGM gave the dishonor of earning a [[BrokeTheRatingScale 0 out of 10]].
* RatedMForMoney: Either the {{Trope Maker|s}} or the TropeCodifier, depending on whom you ask. It probably helps that the [[TheNewRockAndRoll controversy]] played a part in the ESRB's creation.
* TheScrappy: [[JerkassGods The]] [[TheGodsMustBeLazy Elder Gods]], especially so in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. Looks like ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is not the only universe in which [[Creator/AllisonPregler the Elders are dicks]].
** Sindel in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' after [[CurbStompBattle casually killing off]] Kurtis Stryker, Jax, Cyborg Sub-Zero, Smoke, Jade, Kitana, and Kabal, forcing Nightwolf into a TakingYouWithMe gambit, and leaving a battered Johnny Cage, Raiden and Sonya the only survivors. Because of this, fans tend to forget that had Shao Kahn not decide to put down his kiddy glove and shove the souls collected in Shang Tsung to empower her and leading to the aforementioned mass murder [[note]]in which the method was Shao Kahn's idea, Sindel merely suggests taking on the frontline herself, not specifying the method, and in addition, Shao Kahn's decision was due to Raiden's timeline interference that led to Motaro's early death[[/note]], Sindel would usually turn out like she did in the original timeline, being actually a noble queen and a force of good that would cut ties with Shao Kahn once she got back to her senses.
** Other Scrappies within the series are Meat, Mokap, Hsu Hao ([[CreatorBacklash even the creators hate him]]), Moloch, Darrius, and Dairou. Stryker and Nightwolf were this before getting rescued ''in the same game they were killed off in'', while Jarek, Mavado, Drahmin, Shujinko (as of Mortal Kombat X), Hotaru, Kira and Kobra are more of {{Base Breaker}}s.
** Some people hate D'vorah in Mortal Kombat X for her appearance, her playstyle, and the fact that [[spoiler: she kills fan-favorite character Mileena in the Story Mode.]]
* {{Squick}}: Besides the ubiquitous gore, Reptile's nature as an acid-spitting lizard man that eats people tends to lean toward this sort of thing. Taken UpToEleven in the ''Rebirth'' pilot.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Bi-Han. Though he had his story fleshed out in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'', not really much is done with him after he becomes Noob Saibot, other than his plans for power and the fact that he's the younger Sub-Zero's brother. One would think that the biggest aspect of his character, namely his rivalry with Scorpion, would be addressed since they are both wraiths working for Quan Chi that hate each other's guts. Sadly, in both timelines, this is never even brought up, with the reboot even kicking Noob [[PutOnABus into a Soulnado]] so that he won't come up in the storyline again.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TXPFgRsVUE Courtesy]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4-js6TKPBc of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt6cKRgHFAY Proxicide.]]
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Johnny Cage. While liked by fans (especially after ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''), he's disliked in-universe by fellow heroes Stryker and Cyrax. Even Raiden expresses annoyance with him in ''9''.
** His ending in MK4 has him walking out on stage to accept a movie award, only to be booed by the audience and chased away after they start throwing stuff at him.
** This gets even more played up and zigzagged in ''MKX'': in the time between ''9'' and ''X'', [[spoiler:Johnny becomes Earthrealm's champion due to Liu Kang's death, and defeated Shinnok.]] His daughter Cassie is also arguably the main hero character of the story, and yet despite all this many of the characters still express annoyance and disrespect towards him. This is mostly through the match intro dialogue, while in the story mode Johnny is usually given more respect, even if begrudgingly.
** [[SubvertedTrope Tremor is actually a big fan of Johnny Cage, and unironically loves his movies.]]
* VanillaProtagonist: In both moveset and storyline, Liu Kang was designed to be the simplest character. Up until ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'', his main plotline was winning the Mortal Kombat tournament canonically and not much else.
** Taven in ''Armageddon'' also fullifuls this trope. His main storyline is basically stopping the titular battle royale.

!''[[Film/MortalKombat The first movie]]''
* AdaptationDisplacement:
** The theme song is one thing a lot of people know about the series, but it's never played in any games. It only appears in the movie.
** The Sega CD version of the first game, released two years before the movie, had a version of the theme song on its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDOAZ3KAdyU opening.]] Both versions were available in a CD single sometime before the release of the movie. That's another layer of displacement.
** Even the famous title scream gets this. It actually first popped up in the Mortal Monday commercials for the console ports of ''[=MK1=]''.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** Besides the main theme, there's the remix of said theme by Music/UtahSaints, the instrumental version of "Control" that plays while Liu Kang and Reptile are fighting, "Halycon and On and On"... and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
** The soundtrack is ''still'' the best-selling game-to-movie soundtrack ever and was the fastest EDM album ever to reach 1 million sales in the U.S. at the time, doing it in 10 days.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The fight against Reptile, added to the movie in the last minute. Without explanation, the CG critter Reptile fuses with a statue he was kicked inside to take an appearance similar as in the games, and have a long fight sequence with Liu Kang. It's never mentioned again. Supposedly, it's because test audiences wanted more fights, so they went back to do some re-shooting. It's also why Johnny disappears during the course of the fight: Linden Ashby wasn't actually there for the additional filming.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] is an EvilSorcerer who drains the souls of his victims and seeks to destroy Earthrealm for [[GreaterScopeVillain Shao Kahn, Emperor of Outworld]]. Starting the film by killing hero Liu Kang's younger brother and [[YourSoulIsMine draining his soul]], Shang Tsung manipulates the heroes into joining Mortal Kombat so he can see a victory for his side and finally see humanity destroyed. During his tenure as tournament grandmaster, Shang Tsung frequently drains the souls of defeated fighters, even [[BadBoss still-living men from his own side]], that he absorbs into himself, the souls suffering [[AndIMustScream perpetual torment]]. When he realizes he may lose the tournament, Shang Tsung proves himself a [[DirtyCoward dishonorable coward]] by doing everything he can to avoid fighting Liu Kang and trying to challenge weaker fighters in his place before relying on using Liu Kang's brother's form to [[MindRape break him mentally]].
* CriticalDissonance: Although it got mixed reviews from critics, the movie received praise from fans and casual moviegoers alike, and it is seen today as the best {{aver|tedTrope}}sion of VideoGameMoviesSuck. The film was also a commercial hit, enjoying a three week run as the number one grossing movie at the box office and the soundtrack charted in the Top 10 of the Billboard album charts, going platinum in 10 days. This led to a sequel -- ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' -- which did not achieve the same acclaim or success. Because of this film's success, elements of its story [[RetCanon eventually became woven into the canon of the games]].
* EarWorm: ''Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo! Doo-doo-doo-do-do-doo! Doo-doo-do-do-doo-doo! '''[[TitleScream MOR-TAL KOMBAAAAT!]]'''''
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage.
** Trevor Goddard as Kano. His performance was generally well received by fans and even the creators of the games loved his portayal so much Kano was actually changed from a Japanese-American with little character and no hair to an Australian-born thug with a full head of it (and a wicked widow's peak, to boot).
** Christopher Lambert as Raiden was really entertaining, too.
** Reptile too. His fight with Liu Kang might have been weird and out of nowhere, but many of the movie's fans have said it was actually the best fight in the whole movie; even better than the final fight!
* FoeYay:
** This can pretty much be seen as how Kano views his little rivalry with Sonya. His dialogue throughout the movie about her pretty much casts any doubt of this:
--> "She's here, right on time! I LOVE punctuality in a woman!" (''smiles'')
--> "Maybe Sonya and I should share a cabin, have our own little honeymoon cruise."
--> "Ello baby, did chu miss me?"
--> '''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Give it up baby! I studied ALL your moves!"]]'''
--> '''[[DoubleEntendre "Give me a break!"]]'''
** Shang Tsung to Sonya, big time. He's constantly flirting with her, complimenting her looks and saying he has "great plans" for her, and her GoGoEnslavement look after being "challenged" by him speaks volumes.
* FridgeHorror: After telling Johnny Cage about the tournament, "Master Boyd" is revealed to be Shang Tsung in disguise. Shang Tsung can only take the form of people whose soul he has absorbed. Assuming his power works the same way in the movie that it does in the games, he only needs a small portion of their soul to take their form. That said, there's no reason to assume he ''didn't'' kill the guy and steal his soul.
* GeniusBonus: The traditional Kung Fu salute, palm over fist (well, it's palm ''against'' fist, but the palm overshadows) represents Peace over Power. Shang Tsung's odd bow before the final battle, fist ''on top of'' palm, is meant to represent Power over Peace, reflecting the opposing philosophies of the two characters.
* HamAndCheese: Lambert and Ashby seemed to know ''exactly'' what kind of film they signed on for and spent the entire time tossing the comedy ball back and forth.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The "[[MemeticMutation Real ninjas]] [[VideoGame/FinalFight wear]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Nikes]]" meme takes on a whole new meaning now. See SpecialEffectFailure below.
** The BelligerentSexualTension between Johnny and Sonya rides the line between this and HarsherInHindsight come VideoGame/MortalKombatX - they're just as belligerent as ''ex-spouses''. The custody battle over Cassie must have been ugly.
* LoveItOrHateIt: The first movie was this to some fans. While others enjoyed to see a live-action version with lush environments and a catchy title tune, others were disappointed since the violence level (arguably the most distinguishable feature of the series) was ''considerably'' toned down for a PG-13 rating.
* MemeticMutation:
--> ''"Those were $500 sunglasses, asshole!"''
** Virtually [[FountainOfMemes anything that came out of Kano's mouth was meme worthy]].
--> '''[[BadassBoast "Yeah well, I'm kinda a big underworld boss myself!"]]'''
--> '''[[FoeYay "Ello Baby, did you miss me?"]]'''
--> '''[[DoesThisRemindYouofAnything "Give me a break!"]]'''
** '''[[YourSoulIsMine YOUR SOUL IS MINE!]]''' is by far the most quoted line of the film.
* SignatureScene:
** Johnny's fight with Goro, particularly the GroinAttack and the "$500 Sunglasses" one-liner.
** Liu's fight with Reptile.
* SpecialEffectFailure:
** Instead of regular ninja-esque tabi, Scorpion can be seen wearing what look like hiking boots during his fight with Johnny Cage. And in a bit of [[FreezeFrameBonus Freeze Frame Failure]], If you pause the movie while Reptile's doubled over from Liu Kang kicking him over a banister, you can make out a Nike swoosh on the soles of his feet.
** Reptile's lizard form is a very obvious CG creature. Especially painful when compared with Goro (see below).
*** This was mostly due to Reptile being added at the last minute because test audiences felt like there weren't enough fight scenes. Ultimately, that paid off since Liu Kang's fight with Reptile was considered one of the best parts of the movie.
* TearJerker: When [[spoiler: Liu says goodbye to Chan after defeating Shang Tsung]].
* VideoGameMoviesSuck: Generally seen as an aversion, or at least a GuiltyPleasure. It helps that it was based on a game that was based on [[Film/EnterTheDragon one of the greatest martial arts movies ever]], so they had a good framework to work with. The follow-up ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'', unfortunately, hits this hard enough to leave a smoking crater.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: While not as great as other effects spectacles, it does have some decent effects, especially compared to its sequel. Goro, especially, stands out as a ''very'' detailed and well-done animatronic; you can see the behind the scenes creation of the ''120 lb.'' suit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVi2klX_feE here]].
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