* AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Dlrq2rDSE Quan Chi.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: At one point in the game, Sub-Zero fights a [[DinosaursAreDragons fire-breathing dinosaur]]. Where did it come from? Not really explained. It was never brought up earlier, and it's never shown or mentioned after it's killed.
* DieForOurShip: Poor Sareena. Don't you know just how much [[FanDumb fangirls]] hate it when a canon female character is paired up with a MrFanservice?
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Quan Chi. [[CreatorsFavorite The creators just love this guy]], and so do a lot of fans.
** Sareena, who is most likely the best example of this next to [[CanonImmigrant Quan Chi]]. Despite debuting in an unpopular spin-off, there was quite a bit of fan interest to see her return for future games. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen After several attempts]] to make it into the series proper, she's finally made playable in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]'', where she proves to be a [[ShipTease valuable]] [[BattleCouple ally]] of Younger Sub-Zero and is made into a top-tier character.
* EvilIsSexy: Sareena ([[HeelFaceTurn at first]]), as well as Kia and Jataaka.
* HarsherInHindsight: After Bi Han returns with Shinnok's Amulet, he asks Raiden about what Quan Chi meant by him being tainted with evil what that meant for his future. The thunder god told him that "But only you can control your destiny. Not even the gods can alter your chosen path in life." These words would likely haunt Raiden in light of what happened in Videogame/MortalKombat9 in which he sent a message to himself into the past to alter the timeline in order to thwart Shao Kahn's victory in the Battle of Armageddon and ended up unwittingly bringing about several heroes' death in the process.
* MemeticMutation: Rapidly having Sub-Zero turn back and forth causes Sub-Zero break into this sort of jig/shuffle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hslA8DmUJbc It has]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irXinZXRXjs been dubbed]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHBYv1dKSRU by fans as]] "The Sub-Zero Dance."
** Shinnok's epically smug trollface seen after [[spoiler:he kills Sareena]] is also catching on.
* {{Narm}}: The [=FMVs=]... are kind of laughable.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' fighting engine was first moved to an adventure game by ''Film/BatmanForever'' for the Super Nintendo. As you might guess, the game was full of {{Scrappy Mechanic}}s like here.
* ScrappyMechanic: The transition from a fighting game to an action game brought multiple issues:
** Sub-Zero's walking animation is terribly slow. He walks just like in the fighting game. The player can try running but they will become defenseless.
** Platforming is incredibly complicated in the second stage. There are platforms that spin 360 degrees and getting to them is close to guessing.
** Changing direction from left to right requires to press one of R/L buttons rather than the directional buttons. As a result the player will be defenseless while doing it.
** Players who try Easy will feel slapped in the face when the game ends with a cliffhanger and they have to replay the entire game in a harder difficulty to actually finish it.
* ThatOneBoss: Fujin, the Wind God, is a pain to everybody. To make it worse, when he is weakened, he tries a Kamikaze technique and figuring out how to avoid it takes some time.
** Shinnok can also be this if you want to actually defeat him rather than just stealing his amulet.
* ThatOneLevel: Level 2 is probably the game's hardest level based on its multiple platforming elements and ThatOneBoss.
** Even Level 1 can be this due to its incredibly annoying traps.
* VindicatedByHistory: While this game still has plenty of flaws as noted above, it is at least something of [[CultClassic Cult Class-]]... er, "Kult Klassic" that has contributed to the mythos of the series (Details concerning the Netherrealm including [[SatanicArchetype Shinnok]], [[DivineConflict his past with the other Elder gods]], and his [[MacGuffin Sacred Amulet]]), added new characters (Fujin and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Sareena]]), and [[CanonImmigrant introduced]] Quan Chi, who originally debuted in WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm, as a canonical character. The same could not be said for Videogame/MortalKombatSpecialForces which has [[CanonDiscontinuity been virtually retconed out]].