See also:

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

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* AmericansHateTingle: The franchise is infamously unpopular in Japan, not only for the extreme violence and dark nature, but also for its [[DragonsUpTheYinYang wishy-washy East Asian nature,]] to the point none of the games have seen a release there since Mortal Kombat 3. It also caused many other Western fighting games to be considered as such, until ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' came out.
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* BaseBreaker: 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 and 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 the reason that [[SpotLightStealingSquad Scorpion and Sub-Zero]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse receive the most attention of the franchise]].
** Other Base Breakers are Quan Chi, Rain, Frost (although these three are {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s), Bo' Rai Cho, Sheeva, Kira, Kobra, and Jarek (the latter since Armageddon).
** This finally (and surprisingly) happens to Sub-Zero and Scorpion for different reasons. Scorpion because he is Ed Boon's favorite and Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang), mainly for being a good guy unlike his brother (Bi-Han) and [[spoiler:for his extremely contested Cyber form]]. Also, Scorpion getting used to kill the ever loving daylights out of Sub-Zero ''constantly'' in promotional trailers to the undying ire of Sub-Zero fans, his borderline idiotic gullibility in the story, 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 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.
* CreatorsPet: Stryker was this in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''.
** 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.''
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Sub-Zero (Bi-Han, the older brother who became Noob Saibot from ''2'' onward).
** Shang Tsung after his rejuvenation.
* 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]]).
* 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"
** "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.
** [[EasterEgg "TOASTY!"]]
* {{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:
--> "Get in the kar!!"
--> "Your mother is from L.AAAAAA!"
** These can sometimes cross the line into [[NarmCharm awesomeness]].
** It's been clarified by John Tobias a long time ago (by the time of ''[=MK2=]'', more precisely), that Raiden ''does'' speak nonsense in his torpedo move. They originally wanted him to yell something in Japanese, but they never found a phrase that sounded right.
** ''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.
* NauseaFuel: It's a series famous for its gore. What did you expect?
* NostalgiaFilter[=/=]TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Some say that it's as bad as the [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic fandom]], and that's saying something. This is especially evident in the borderline irrational hatred of 90% of everything that came out after Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and excluding Mortal Kombat 9. Case in point, many are already swearing off the franchise with the newest (and not yet released) installment Mortal Kombat X [[FanDumb over some trivial]] [[PrecisionFStrike shit]]. The reasons?
** The rap song used for the announcement trailer despite the lyrics actually having to do with Mortal Kombat in a sense, instead of the often preferred Mortal Kombat theme song or a rock/heavy metal song ([[HypocriticalFandom and those who complain that the rap song doesn't make sense when they suggest the other two don't realize or don't care that they either make little sense or have no relevance to Mortal Kombat at all]]).
** Kharacter designs in general.
** The new kharacters simply because they're new, and yes, a lot of people have voiced their hatred towards them for that specific reason.
** Injustice elements such as stage interactivity (ignoring how stages were mostly interactable to a degree in a few games before Mortal Kombat 9).
* RatedMForMoney: Either the TropeMaker or the TropeCodifier, depending on whom you ask. It probably helps that the [[TheNewRockAndRoll controversy]] played a part in the ESRB's creation.
* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: The satisfying *TWHACK* of a well-placed uppercut, "FINISH HIM!!", Scorpion's "GET OVER HERE!", and of kourse, "FATALITY."
* TheScrappy: [[JerkassGods The]] [[TheGodsMustBeLazy Elder Gods]], especially so in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. Looks like ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is not the only universe in which [[WebVideo/ObscurusLupa 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.
** Other Scrappies within the series are Mokap, Hsu Hao (even the creators hate him), Drahmin, Moloch, Darrius, Dairou, Hotaru, Shujinko. Stryker and Nightwolf were this before getting rescued, while Jarek, Kira and Kobra are more of {{Base Breaker}}s.
* {{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.
* 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''.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
** More so however for 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 to an Australlian-born thug.
** Christopher Lambert as Raiden was really entertaining, too.
** Reptile too. Many whom seen the movie thought his fight with Liu Kang 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 he's defeated/killed in battle...
* 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: The "[[MemeticMutation Real ninjas]] [[VideoGame/FinalFight wear]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Nikes]]" meme takes on a whole new meaning now. See SpecialEffectFailure below.
* 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!"]]'''
* 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.
* TearJerker: I can't be the only one that shed a tear when [[spoiler: Liu said 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 ''MortalKombatAnnihilation'', unfortunately, hits this trope 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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