* AssPull: [[spoiler:The Shadow Priests. They come out of nowhere in the finale and can deflect or counter any attack with a wave of their hand and nothing even remotely phases them including Shang's soul steal and they can out fight everyone without even trying. They can even kill immortals. There is no story context as to why they are so powerful and no reason how they are immune to ''everything'' Shao Kahn just summons them and they walk through the entire cast without raising their heartbeats, and the complete lack of anything that can even slightly annoy them makes them feel like a hacked video game character.]]
* DesignatedHero\WhatAnIdiot: Pointed out by Phelous in his reviews of the series, some of the actions done by the main trio are either or both of these tropes. For example, Siro trusting two women he just met with the crucial task of blowing up a Kreeya hive....full of babies.
* DiabolusExMachina: The Shadow Priests. See AssPull above.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Most of the characters, both original and game ones, in this show are not well liked in the MK fanbase. Radien and Shao Kahn however, are. Even with the amount of IdiotPlots surrounding him Shao Kahn still makes a damn intimidating villain even if the plan is his. Radien is always making funny quips and calls out the heros for their stupidity and gives some legitimately powerful speeches, and when he gets dangerous in the final episode and declares I am Radien GOD OF THUNDER! he engages in an epic battle with Kahn that he wins by knocking the ever loving tar out of him with a his hammer. Both being played by Jeffrey Meek, who was the best and most consistent actor on the show certainly did'nt hurt.
* HarsherInHindsight: The ending to the show, where [[spoiler:Shao Kahn kills everyone]], is oddly prescient of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', which ends with [[spoiler:Shao Kahn killing ''almost'' everyone]]. In both cases, Raiden unwittingly caused the destruction.
* InformedWrongness: As WebVideo/{{Phelous}} pointed out in the episode ''Thicker Than Blood,'' Siro had every right to be cold towards his ex-fiancée (played by Creator/EvaMendes, [[RetroactiveRecognition of all people]]) since she cruelly left him for his brother. However, everyone acts like Siro is being the JerkAss in the situation. Phelous usually makes Siro out to be a {{Jerkass}} IdiotHero, so the fact that even he is siding with Siro here says a lot.
* SoBaditsGood: The show cares nothing for either the games or its own continuity, most of the characters that appear are about several hundred years too early and ALL of the characters from the game have their backstories and personalities butchered sans Shao Kahn and arguably Shang Tsung...''arguably'', the "heros" are greedy, stupid, hot tempered, selfish, violent, and often the villain’s plans only get as far as they do because the good guys are being blithering idiots, they very rarely learn anything and suffer AesopAmnesia almost OnceAnEpisode sometimes in the very episode that they learned whatever lesson they where suppose to, 9/10 the villains' plans are IdiotPlots, faux important characters are killed of and never mentioned again, the absolutely absurd amount of effort put in to making EVERY women Stripperiffic and covered in makeup in a medieval-esq setting is more likely to trigger faceplams or FanDisService than anything else, it uses some of the lowest cheapest tricks for drama this side of GameofThrones, the bee women... just the bee women, the acting is inconsistent across the board, and the action scenes, as well as the writing, are vastly inferior to other action shows of the time like Hercules and Xena and Power Rangers, but damn is it fun to riff.
* IdiotBall: Kahn grabbed it so hard in the finale that he probably broke his fingers. Kahn pulls out of his ass that Mortal Kombat is a myth to keep him out of Earth Realm and nothing is actually stopping him from invading... The Leaked scripts of season two confirm that the first episode of the second season would have had the Elder Gods instantly undo everything Shao Kahn did because, ya know... Elder Gods.
** Radien in the finale as well. Hes stuck in a black void with Kahn and can see the heros being attacked by the Shadow Priest and he just stands there. Yea there was something about him leaving the room would have violated the rules and allowed Kahn to invade... but he was already breaking the rules... so he needed Raiden to break the rules so he could invade... which he was already doing... and Raiden knew he was going to invade regardless and still let the heros die when leaving wouldn’t have actually done anything... Ya know what, the finale itself grabbed the IdiotBall.
* IronWoobie: Great Kung Lao.
* MemeticMutation: Shao Kahn's speech at the end of the final episode has been oft-quoted on ''Mortal Kombat'' message boards, especially in the wake of ''9''.
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