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Here, we're going to list the characters introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3]]'', and ''[[DreamMatchGame Mortal Kombat Trilogy]]''.


-->[[caption-width-right:266:''"[[IAmLegion We are many]]. You are but one."'']]

-> Ermac is a being composed of entire legions of souls, created by Shao Kahn to serve as one of his greatest warriors. A powerful telekinetic capable of manipulating all manner of physical objects and even levitation.

-> His actions under direct control, he served Shao Kahn well during Outworld's invasion of Earthrealm. However after Kahn's subsequent defeat and weakening, Ermac found himself wandering Outworld without any commands. He was eventually severed from his bond to the emperor by the blind swordsman Kenshi and in gratitude he instructed him in the ways of Telekinesis.

-> With his newfound freedom Ermac decided to dedicate himself to atoning for his past actions. Finding a literal kindred spirit in Liu Kang, he aided the shaolin monk's spirit in liberating his allies from Onaga's control.

->Ermac never gets to be free during the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', so he's an enemy of Earthrealm's warriors throughout the game. His whereabouts after the events of the game were unknown until MortalKombatX, where he is still loyal to Shao Kahn despite the latter's demise. [[spoiler: As a matter of fact, it is implied that Shao Kahn's essence still lives within Ermac!]]

* AmbiguouslyBrown: In ''3'', for some reason.
* AmplifierArtifact: The emerald on his forehead from ''Deception'' onward (called the Gem of Ermac in its Relic description from ''Armageddon'') harnesses great telekinetic energies, increasing Ermac's powers tenfold.
* AscendedGlitch: Ermac was created out of a false rumor that the first game had a rare occurence where Scorpion or Sub-Zero would appear in a red outfit, and the words "ERMAC" would appear over the life bar, as shown by a faked screenshot in Electronic Gaming Monthly. This was actually a hoax, which was done by hacking the game. The name is short for "error macros," only appeared on a debug menu, and the red costume was because, when the actors performed their moves, their costumes were usually colored red to avoid clashing with the green screen. The original sprites were red, with blue/yellow/green/whatever added on as a color palette to differentiate between characters. SO the "Error Macro" coinciding with a complete lack of a color palette makes sense. In any case, the hoax became so famous that Ermac was made into a real character.
* TheAtoner: Part of the reason Ermac decides to assist Liu Kang is to atone for his past history as a villain.
* BalefulPolymorph: His Friendship turns the foe into a rabbit.
* CharacterDevelopment: From just an extra under Shao Kahn's control in ''[=UMK3=]'' to a powerful force for good in ''Deception''.
* DownloadableContent: Klassic Ermac from ''[=MK1=]'', a game he never appeared in but rumored to be.
** AndYourRewardIsClothes: Before being part of the [[DownloadableContent Klassic Pack]], buying the Kollector's edition of ''9'' gave you this item.
* TheDragon: Shao Kahn tends to send him after the more threatening opponents in the reboot, where Ermac is still under Kahn's control.
* FrogsAndToads: His Animality turns him into a frog and has him eat his foe in one gulp.
* HeelFaceTurn: Thanks to Kenshi who freed him from [[BigBad Shao Kahn's]] control.
** In his ending in ''9'', it's [[spoiler:King Jerrod's soul imprisoned inside of him]] who prompts this.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Apparently, with Kenshi.
* HumanoidAbomination: He's an amalgam of countless souls in one body. According to his Arcade Ladder ending in ''9'', one of those souls is [[spoiler:King Jerrod, the fallen King of Edenia]].
** In his dialog exchange with Scorpion in MortalKombatX, another is implied to be ''[[spoiler:Shao Kahn]].''
* IAmLegion: Ermac refers to himself as [[VoiceOfTheLegion "We" and "Us,"]] being a combination of concentrated souls, not just a single "person," per se.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: His "Pest Control" fatality in ''9'' involves shrinking his opponent before crushing them underfoot.
* InTheHood: His alt. in ''9'', and his default look in ''X''.
* KryptoniteFactor: The Netherrealm drains Ermac of the souls that compose his being, severely weakening him. Otherwise, he would seem to be a borderline StoryBreakerPower for the heroes, as he was shown fighting off a {{brainwashed}} Kitana, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Sonya, and Jax with little effort.
* MindOverMatter: Ermac can use psychokinesis to lift and slam their opponents, toss them around the arena, or just tear them apart, limb from limb.
* MonochromaticEyes: White in ''3'', green from ''Deception'' onwards.
* PaletteSwap: Started as yet another Lin Kuei guy.
* PowerEchoes
* PowerFloats: His telekinesis allows Ermac to levitate.
* PronounTrouble: "Him" or "Them."
* RaceLift: Originally, he (his physical body, at least) was [[AmbiguouslyBrown dark skinned]] when he was first introduced in ''Ultimate''. In ''Trilogy'', however, he had white skin and remained like that for the rest of the franchise.
* RedemptionPromotion: Pretty much the poster boy of it in ''MK''. After becoming an AscendedExtra and having a HeelFaceTurn, Ermac really started to shine.
* TheReveal: His Arcade Ladder ending in ''9''. [[spoiler:King Jerrod (Sindel's husband and Kitana's father who was killed by Shao Kahn) is one of the many souls that comprises Ermac's being. When Shao Kahn is defeated, Ermac is no longer bound to him, resulting in the numerous souls fighting for dominance over the body; Jerrod's willpower ultimately overcomes them and he reunites with his family, acting as Edenia's protector.]]
* ShoutOut: In ''Armageddon'', if he is the victim of the fatality of being knocked off the tower, he will holler out "[[DGenerationX SUCK IT!!!]]" right before hitting the ground.[[note]]Although many fans incorrectly believe he's yelling out [[PrecisionFStrike an "F" bomb]] instead.[[/note]]
* TeleportSpam
* TheWorfEffect: In ''9'', save two occasions (the one which prompted [[spoiler:Jax's use of cybernetic arms]] and another [[CutsceneIncompetence cutscene in which Johnny Cage is taken down]]), the only reason he seems to exist is to be trashed.
* YourSoulIsMine: His between-rounds victory animation in ''[=MK9=]'' has him do this on ''himself.'' Specifically, one of the many souls in his body flies out, and he catches it and sucks it back in.

-->[[caption-width-right:258:''"Safeties disabled. Combat mode engaged."'']]

-> A cyborg assassin for the Lin Kuei. Cyrax was one of four people chosen to become a new breed of soulless warriors for his clan. In time Cyrax regained his soul with the aid of Special Forces operatives.

-> His first mission was to hunt down and destroy the deserter Sub-Zero, who had refused to be cybernetically enhanced, along with fellow cyborgs Smoke and Sektor. However Cyrax soon found himself defeated by the combined force of a rogue Smoke and Sub-Zero. Reprogrammed to hunt down Shao Kahn by his former target, he ended up stranded in the Jade Desert.

-> Recovered and repaired by the short handed Lin Kuei, it soon become clear that Cyrax's was experiencing lost memories. The glimpse of the former life he had and what it was to be human prompted Cyrax to seek out aid to restore his soul. With the aid of OIA operatives Jax and Sonya, his humanity was restored and in gratitude he joined their ranks.

-> Whilst scouting in Outworld, Cyrax's arm console was damaged by Reptile, leaving him unable to use it to return to Earthrealm. The vampire Nitara offered to send him home in exchanged for retrieving a lost artifact. As he had little choice in the matter Cyrax agreed. The cyborg retrieved her mysterious relic from a lake of lava and had time to give her a respectful bow before she sent him home as promised.

->In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', it's revealed that Cyrax was opposed to the cybernetic enhancement process the Lin Kuei were undergoing, but he was still a loyal member to them. He eventually rebelled against them at Raiden's suggestion, however, but it was for naught, as he was captured and transformed regardless. His whereabouts after the game are unknown, but he was not explicitly mentioned to die, so it is likely he's still around. Whether he will eventually recover his humanity or not remains to be seen.
!Tropes related to Cyrax (human)
* BreakingTheFourthWall: He leaves a "present" for the players as he teleports away in his winpose in ''[=MK9=]''.
* ContemplateOurNavels: ''9'' reveals that he, much like Sub-Zero and Smoke, had his qualms with the Lin Kuei automating its warriors and suppressing their free will. In his chapter, Raiden's words seem to make a breakthrough, causing Cyrax to actually defeat Sektor and tell him that he's resigning from the Lin Kuei... [[spoiler:but he apparently wasn't too successful]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 4.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: He starts off loyal to the Lin Kuei, but is against the idea of giving up his free-will and humanity. Raiden manages to get to him during the first Mortal Kombat tournament, slowly bringing out his better side, and in the end he decides to spare Johnny Cage, leave the Lin Kuei, defeating Sektor in the process, and presumably ally himself with Raiden. The next time we see him, [[spoiler:the Lin Kuei have taken him by force off-screen and turned him into a soulless cyborg with no free will whatsoever]]. This could be justified that his ultimate HeelFaceTurn ''without'' the Door Slam should be at ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' era.
* MagicVersusScience: To a degree, this contrast is shown between him and Sektor with their human forms in ''9''. Whereas Sektor uses modern weaponry like flamethrowers and missile launchers and somehow uses cyberspace to move around the terrain, Cyrax's arsenal is decidedly more low-tech and/or mystical by comparison. His standard bomb projectile utilizes an explosive substance encased in an orb that ignites when the shell is cracked open, his teleportation is a traditional ninjutsu SmokeOut, and his nets and buzzsaws can be found stored on his suit and wristbands.
* McNinja: He's from Botswana, a country in Southern Africa.
* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted. He receives his own chapter in ''9'' (Chapter 4) and begins to gravitate towards Raiden's side, [[spoiler:only to be captured off-screen and roboticized anyway]].
* TeleportSpam: In his human form, he throws down a vial of an unknown substance before [[SmokeOut teleporting away]].
* UnwillingRoboticisation: As of ''9'', [[spoiler:Cyrax wanted no part of having his humanity taken but it was still thrust upon him by the time Sub-Zero's chapter in Story Mode rolls around.]]
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: The finisher to his X-Ray attack in ''9'' is a skull-smashing jumping sitout piledriver.

!Tropes related to Cyrax (cyborg)
* BecomeARealBoy: He wants to be fully human again.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Same deal as above.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Yes, his [[LaserBlade pulse blade]] is green. Yes, Sektor's are red. [[StarWars Why do you ask?]]
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Subverted. ''[=MK3=]'' explicitly stated that he could not be detected by Shao Kahn because he had no souls for him to steal, but his soul resurfaces after he is lost in the desert during the aftermath of ''3'' (you can see him in one of the stages), and at the end of ''Gold'', Sonya and Jax fully restore it.
* DownloadableContent: For downloading Skarlet, either just as the update pack or to actually play as her, you get his ''[=MK3=]'' skin for ''9''.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: In ''Mortal Kombat 4'' as a Fatality.
* {{Expy}}: Along with the Lin Kuei cyborgs, of the [[Franchise/{{Predator}} Predator]] with his mask and dreadlock cables along with his razor net. His appearance in ''Mortal Kombat 9'' downplays the physical resemblance.
* HeelFaceTurn: After his ending in ''Gold''. In ''Deadly Alliance'', he's one of the good guys.
* LaserBlade: His weapon from ''Deadly Alliance'' onwards has been a "Pulse Blade". In ''4'', it was instead called a [[StarWars Sabre]] [[YouWannaGetSued of]] [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Light]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot
* PaletteSwap: Originally.
* SuddenlyEthnicity: His ''Mortal Kombat Gold'' ending revealed he's at the very least [[AmbiguouslyBrown dark-skinned]]. ''9'' confirms that he's of African descent (Botswana to be exact).
* TakingYouWithMe: His Self Destruct Fatality. Sure, he blew himself up, but the opponent got caught too.
* TeleportSpam: In his ''[=MK3=]'' debut. It didn't appear again until ''Mortal Kombat 9''. Unlike Sektor, he manually breaks his body apart and then reconfigures it in another location.
* ThreateningShark: His Animality.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: See his human form's entry

-->[[caption-width-right:298:''"I will show no mercy!"'']]

-> Volunteering for the automation process out of loyalty, Sektor was the first cyborg assassin created by the Lin Kuei. Utterly ruthless, uncompromising and having no hint of emotion. He was the embodiment of what the clan was attempting to accomplish.

-> The assassin's first mission was to hunt down and kill the renegade Sub-Zero with his partners cyborgs Cyrax and Smoke. Despite several attempts on his life he failed to eliminate the deserter. His repeated battles with Outworld forces soon lead to his program being corrupted as he believed the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei was now "inferior" and killed him.

-> Only the intervention of Sub-Zero prevented Sektor from gaining the Dragon Medallion. After his defeat he fled to Japan to form his own clan of cybernetic ninja's, the Tekunin.

->It is revealed in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' that Sektor pretty much had no mercy or morals even before being cybernetically enhanced (his robotic personality did not differ much from his human one), as well as him actually being the Lin Kuei Grandmaster's son. Just like Cyrax, his status after the game is unknown, but he's probably still around.
!Tropes related to Sektor (human)
* EnigmaticMinion: As shown in ''9'', although the original canon tells us that we should know better.
* KillItWithFire: In his human form, he wears a pair of fuel tanks on his back and the flames launch from vents on his wrists.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Clan Guy]]: Even more so than the Elder Sub-Zero. In fact, he decides to go along with the Cyber Initiative and [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill have his free will eroded]] because he believes it will make the Lin Kuei more loyal and more efficient warriors.
* OverlordJr: He's the Grandmaster's son after all.

!Tropes related to Sektor (cyborg)
* AIIsACrapshoot
* BatOutOfHell: His Animality in ''3''.
* ButtMonkey: In ''9'', he gets beaten up by Scorpion, then again the next chapter by Cyrax in his human form. After the Cyber Initiative, he gets beaten up three more times by Smoke, [[spoiler:Cyber]] Sub-Zero, and Nightwolf. The last time ends with him getting tomahawked in the chest, and we never see him after that.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: ''[=MK3=]'' explicitly stated that he could not be detected by Shao Kahn because he had no souls for him to steal.
* CrosshairAware: His homing missiles do this.
* DownloadableContent: For downloading Skarlet, either just as the update pack or to actually play as her, you get his ''[=MK3=]'' skin for ''9''.
* DualWielding: His weapon style in ''Armageddon'' is a pair of short [[LaserBlade Pulse Blades]].
* EvilCounterpart: To Cyrax.
* EvilOverlord: Becomes one after Sub-Zero retakes the Lin Kuei from him.
* {{Expy}}: Like the other cyborgs, of the alien from ''Predator'', but more so in appearance than in abilities. His appearance in the reboot even amplifies his resemblance.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Lin Kuei Grandmaster wanted to create a ruthless killer with no compunction. And the Grandmaster knows first hand he succeeded.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Tries this with Taven aboard the Tekunin warship in ''Armageddon'' [[spoiler:until the Special Forces attack the warship]].
* KillItWithFire: Sektor packs some flamethrowers in his wrists. When he was introduced in ''[=MK3=]'', he used these to incinerate his opponent as a [[FinishHim finishing move]]. In later installments, he can use them during the fight as well.
* KlingonPromotion: Becomes Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei by killing the old Grandmaster after his programming deteriorates. Made worse by his ''[=MK9=]'' bio stating that the Lin Kuei Grandmaster was ''his own father''. [[UpToEleven And even worse]] when ''[=MK9=]'' states that he was planning to kill his father even ''before'' he became a cyborg.
* LackOfEmpathy: Hoo boy!
* MacrossMissileMassacre
* MoreDakka
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Extremely close to that exact description, being a {{Cyborg}} [[McNinja Lin Kuei]] [[TheSoulless without a soul]] and, by ''Armageddon'', has a CoolAirship.
* OffScreenTeleportation: He drops into a hole in cyberspace... or something. According to ''9'', he had this ability ''before'' he became a cyborg.
* PaletteSwap: Until later games, where he is much trimmer than Cyrax.
* SelfMadeOrphan: An interesting example as it only becomes clear when you combine details from both canons. We know in the original canon that Sektor killed the Grandmaster to become the new Lin Kuei leader around the time of ''4'' but it's only until backstory from ''Mortal Kombat 9'' emerges that we learn the man who was killed was in fact his father.
* TheStarscream: To the Lin Kuei Grandmaster, who, as stated above, is ''his own father''.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: He and Cyrax seem to serve as this in ''9''.


-> Chameleon has long watched Mortal Kombat unfold. He was present during Liu Kang's victory in the first tournament and has constantly remained hidden in the shadows, biding his time and waiting for his opportunity to strike.

* BaldOfEvil: In ''Armageddon''.
* DittoFighter: Limited to the male "ninja" characters, not including unmasked Sub-Zero or the Cyber Ninjas.
* FlatCharacter: Chameleon had no story in his original appearance, and his backstory in ''Armageddon'' only establishes that he wants to be the true champion of Mortal Kombat.
* {{Invisibility}}: Borrowed from Reptile.
* MeaningfulName: Chameleons can blend in their surroundings by changing color and camouflaging; Chameleon constantly changes colors in battle. Additionally, a chameleon is a reptilian species, perhaps hinting at a connection to Reptile's Raptor/Saurian/Zaterran race (a connection that's more readily apparent with Reptile and Khameleon).
* PaletteSwap: Justified due to his powers.
* MysteriousWatcher: Chameleon is described as this in ''Armageddon''.
* SpearCounterpart: To Khameleon.
* TeleportSpam: Borrowed from Scorpion.

-->[[caption-width-right:298:''"I have spent a lifetime hidden from view..."'']]

--> The last female of her race, Khameleon seeks revenge on Shao Kahn for the destruction of her people. Above all else she desires the restoration of her species.

--> After searching for the longest time across the realms Khameleon discovered another of her kind, Reptile. Informing him of his races true fate at his masters hands, she hoped to take away the hold the emperor had on him. However Reptile soon fell under Shao Kahn's influence again and she barely escaped with her life. Khameleon now desperately continues to search for a means to resurrect her race and destroy Kahn for his crimes.
* AdamAndEvePlot: The reason she was searching for Reptile.
* TheCameo: You can see her in her ''[=MK3=]'' attire in one scene of ''9''. This is also her first non-Creator/{{Nintendo}} appearance to date.
* CombatStilettos
* DistaffCounterpart: Of Chameleon.
* DittoFighter: Limited to the female "Ninja" characters, not including Frost (in ''Armageddon'').
* FanservicePack: In ''Armageddon''. Still manages to be one of the more conservative ladies.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]]: Khameleon believes she and Reptile are the last Raptors (Chameleon may or not be a third). Her motivation, besides getting revenge against Shao Kahn for destroying her realm, is getting Reptile on her side and... amending this situation.
* LeotardOfPower
* LongHairIsFeminine
* MeaningfulName: See Chameleon's entry.
* [[RegionalBonus Nintendo Bonus]]: She's only playable in the {{Nintendo 64}} version of ''Trilogy'' (replacing Chameleon) and in the {{Wii}} version of ''Armageddon''.
* PrimAndProperBun: In ''Trilogy'', sharing her look with the other female ninjas.
* ShesGotLegs

-->[[caption-width-right:298:''[[BattleCry "For the Shokan!"]]'']]

-> Appointed the personal bodyguard of the resurrected Sindel during Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm, Sheeva is a powerful Shokan warrior. Despite the Shokan race having the emperor's favour for many years, she discovers that the extermination squads are being lead by the Centaurian Motaro. Bitter enemies of the Shokan race, the insulting presence of Centaurs only serves to create anger and suspicion within Sheeva.

-> When Kitana and Jade confront Sheeva in an effort to reach Sindel, the Shokan finds herself outmatch and defeated. Fleeing in shame she arrives in Outworld to find Shao Kahn has betrayed her people and is in fact launching an offensive against them. After confronting her hated rival Motaro and leaving him for dead she seeks out Kano. Sheeva releases him from his cell with the promise of riches if he aids her in Kahn's demise.

-> However Kano betrays her and informs the emperor of her intentions. Sheeva finds herself easily defeated and ''apparently'' killed.

-> Sheeva is pretty much unchanged in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. However, Kano's betrayal did not occur, thus Sheeva's still alive, probably, although her whereabouts is unknown.

* EightiesHair: A mohawk-mullet combo.
* AmazonianBeauty[=/=]{{Beastess}}
* AmbiguouslyBrown: She is first given Indian features but looks more African in ''Armageddon'' and back to Indian in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 9]]''.
* BackFromTheDead[=/=]UnexplainedRecovery: At the end of ''3'', she is betrayed by Kano to Shao Kahn, and he impales her with a sword. She is back in ''Armageddon'' with, all together now... no explanation.
* {{Bodyguard Babe|s}}: Was appointed to be Sindel's by Shao Kahn.
** BodyguardingABadass
* CuteMonsterGirl
* DistaffCounterpart: She was created as a female version of Goro and Kintaro.
* FragileSpeedster: Not in the overall scale, but certainly compared to her {{Spear Counterpart}}s.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: An ''[=MK9=]'' fatality involves lethally bitch-slapping her opponent with their own arms. After they're down for the count, she uses their severed arms to clap comically. One must fight the urge to say "Give yourself a round of applause!"
* HellishPupils: Added in ''9''.
* {{Jobber}}: Has a tendency to repeatedly show up during ''9''[='=]s story mode to get beaten up, but Reptile, Baraka and Noob Saibot all show up more than she does.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Subverted; she's anything ''but''.
* MonsterModesty
* MsFanservice: See Stripperific below as to why.
** While Sheeva tends to embody masculine traits more often than not (being part of a {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} might do that you), ''9'' shows that Sheeva is no stranger to her own femininity; her win animation should she clench a match without using a Fatality has a camera-facing Sheeva, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skAX6NVYy5o#t=4m after performing two bodybuilding poses and grunting,]] make a suggestive moan, running one pair of hands through her hair as the other slowly snakes its way down her sides and thighs. If left idle, Sheeva, [[ThirdPersonSeductress still eyeing the player, and rather seductively at that]], continues to sway back and forth while posing with her arms behind her head and her hands on her hips.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Like all Shokan, Sheeva has four arms.
** MeaningfulName: Named after Shiva, a major deity in the Hindu pantheon who also possessed multiple arms and is sometimes interpreted as a destroyer god. Possibly given a ShoutOut in her ''Armageddon'' ending, where she's turned into a destroyer goddess.
* {{Physical God}}dess: She becomes a goddess in her non-cannon ending to ''Armageddon''.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Gal]]
* PunchClockVillain: She seems this way in ''9''. See TokenGoodTeammate below.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* ScaryScorpions: Her Animality.
* ShesGotLegs
* StatuesqueStunner: {{Justified|Trope}} in that the Shokan race dwarfs most species in terms of height; Sheeva is no exception, standing a little bit over seven feet tall.
** Toned down in ''9'', where she is merely taller than human characters and much less muscular and large than in ''Armageddon''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: In ''3'', she wore a slingshot bikini that only barely covered her unmentionables. In ''Armageddon'', she at least has the decency to swap it out for a ChainmailBikini (which does a ''slightly'' better job of covering her up), but her ''3'' costume is still her alt. outfit. In ''9'', her ''3'' outfit remains as her default, while she gets an alt. that is just as lacking.
* TokenGoodTeammate:
** For the villains in ''9''. Factoring out those who lacked self-awareness or [[HeelFaceDoorSlam the choice to choose sides for themselves]] (i.e. Ermac, [[spoiler:Cyrax, Sindel]]), Sheeva's shown to be pretty cordial to her enemies, with no malice towards any of the heroes she faces. She seems pretty decent, and out of the three Shokans, she's the least bloodthirsty by a considerable degree. Also, many would say that Sonya was clearly TemptingFate by insulting her and the Shokkan in general while being held prisoner at the Dead Pool; Sheeva didn't seem offended at all. An example showcasing this would be Jade's chapter of the story mode of ''9'', where at one point she claims that Kitana's execution is "the only means of regaining her honour".
** In her arcade ending [[spoiler:after the defeat of Shao Khan, instead of ruling Outworld or slaughtering the enemy races, she and the Shokan choose to leave Outworld and live in Earthrealm in peace, with the Shokan swearing to protect their new home realm.]]
*** [[spoiler:And, in the process, received [[ShinyNewAustralia Australia]] as their new homeland.]]

-->[[caption-width-right:298:''"You are pathetic and weak!"'']]

-> 10,000 years ago, Sindel was the queen of Edenia. When Shao Kahn invaded her realm, enslaved its people, killed her husband, Jerrod, and took her then-infant daughter Kitana as his own, she was DrivenToSuicide. Thus was the tragic end of her story...

->... Or was it?

-> Aided by Quan Chi, Shao Kahn used dark magic to revive "his" queen, but not on Outworld. Instead, she was to be revived on Earth, thus allowing him to step through the portal between his realm and Earth and circumvent the rules of Mortal Kombat to claim her. She was brainwashed into forgetting her past and having complete loyalty to her "husband." But while Kahn may have partially merged the realms, his adopted daughter was the plan's undoing. Kitana convinced her mother of her true past, leading Sindel to complete a HeelFaceTurn. Earthrealm's victory also split Edenia from Outworld, and Sindel vowed to rebuild her once-great civilization and bring Shao Kahn to justice.

-> Sindel's story changes heavily during the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.

* AbsoluteCleavage: Starting in ''Deception''.
* BackFromTheDead: As part of Shao Kahn's EvilPlan to bridge the gap between Earthrealm and Outworld. The whole scene is seen in ''Mortal Kombat 9''.
* BarrierMaiden: Her death created a ward that prevented Shao Kahn from setting foot in Earthrealm. Her resurrection broke said seal.
* BladeOnAStick: Her weapon style in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''.
* BreathWeapon: She sends fireball projectiles from her mouth.
* CombatStilettos: How she [[spoiler:kills Kabal and Jax in ''Mortal Kombat 9''; she stabs the former in his respirator and the latter in his neck.]]
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: In ''Mortal Kombat 9'', she effortlessly defeats 10 people at once. See NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Even after her HeelFaceTurn, she keeps dressing in purple and black outfits that would befit a villainess more.
* FanservicePack: Her outfits began relatively modest, but this slowly was thrown out of the window by ''Deception'', ''Armageddon'', and ''9''. Like Sonya, however, she still shows a fair deal of less skin than the others. She's even brought back naked (albeit without the sexy bits seen) in ''9''.
** Her alternate costume in ''9'' is probably her sexiest yet, showing a lot of skin with fishnets. Possibly justified story-wise as she was under Shao Kahn's control.
* FemmeFatalons: In ''3''.
* GoshHornet: Her Animality.
* GroinAttack: Gives one to [[spoiler:Smoke]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. She then [[spoiler:[[NeckSnap snaps his neck]].]]
** Also part of her X-Ray Attack.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Starts out Good, then is brainwashed into Evil when revived, and then returns to Good after Shao Kahn's defeat and stays that way for the rest of the series.
** HeelFaceDoorSlam: In ''9''. At some point during the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', she should've realized that Shao Kahn was manipulating her, but due to Raiden's interference with the timeline she ends up [[spoiler:being empowered by Shang Tsung's soul, brutally killing most of the heroes, and dying as a villain when Nightwolf sacrifices himself to stop her.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroKiller]]: In ''9''. [[spoiler:'''Eight''' heroes, to be exact.]]
* TheHighQueen: To her homeland of Edenia after her husband's demise. [[spoiler: Goes on to take this role for ''both'' Edenia and Outrealm in her arcade ending. [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Unwillingly]] goes the GodSaveUsFromTheQueen route in ''9''.]]
* [[HypnotizeThePrincess Hypnotize The Queen]]
** BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:The "crazy" part is ''heavily'' emphasized in ''9''. See NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.]]
* IBelieveICanFly: This sort of ability is rare in Fighting Games, and she was one of the first characters who could effectively do so.
* LadyOfWar: Always looks and acts regal, even when kicking ass.
* LargeHam: While ''MK'' characters aren't known for their subtlety, Sindel stands out with her gothy makeup, regal persona, signature powers being a [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic scream]] and PrehensileHair, and purple leotard. She's had at least one {{Drag|Queen}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYb1063yxr8 impersonator.]]
* LeotardOfPower
* LongHairIsFeminine
* MakeMeWannaShout: Her signature fatality, as well as her stun move.
* MonochromaticEyes
* NakedOnRevival: Her revival from nothing more than a skeleton in ''9'' leaves her alive, but without a stitch of clothing.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Delivers a ''vicious'' one on the heroes in ''9''. Of the group assembled (Cage, Sonya, Jax, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke, Kitana, Jade, Nightwolf, Stryker, and Kabal), [[KillEmAll only Cage, Sonya, Kitana, and Nightwolf survive]]. Kitana soon succumbs to her wounds afterward, and Nightwolf [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] [[TakingYouWithMe in a kamikaze attack]] to ultimately kill her.]]
** Let's count the ways:
*** [[spoiler:She kills Cyber Sub-Zero in three hits. She stomps Kabal in his respirator. She puts her heel in Jax's throat. Snaps Smoke's neck. Rips out one of Jade's vital organs. Punches a hole through Stryker's head and slowly beats down Kitana and rips out part of her soul.]]
* PrehensileHair: In ''3''. It took until ''9'' for it to show up again, in both her X-Ray move and [[spoiler:her attempt to steal Nightwolf's soul in Story Mode.]]
* PowerFloats: As a special, Sindel is able to levitate. Also seen in her VictoryPose in ''3'', three times in ''Deception'' (her getting up pose, her victory pose if you didn't perform a Fatality, her Sonic Screech Fatality), and twice in ''9'' (her intro pose and non-Fatality win pose).
* PunnyName[=/=]MeaningfulName: Her name is an unintended pun for "she's dead" (''shinde'ru'') in Japanese.
* RapunzelHair: It can attack people too. It's been cut a bit shorter since her debut.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Kitana is young at over 10,000, so Sindel has be older than ''that''.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Wears the tiara-like Royal Crown of Edenia in her alt. from ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''. The tiara (in a slightly altered form) reappears for her alt. in ''9''.
* ShesGotLegs
* {{Shoryuken}}: Gains one in ''9'' as a command normal named Rising Fist.
* SkunkStripe: Reversed - white hair with a black stripe.
* StatuesqueStunner
* [[spoiler:[[ThatManIsDead That Woman Is Dead]]: Tells Kitana that she is not her mother during the aforementioned NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. Sure, it was the brainwashing talking, not Sindel herself, but the comment still hits Kitana pretty hard.]]

-->[[caption-width-right:298:''"Let's see what you're made of..."'']]

->A mysterious masked stranger who joins the Earthrealm warriors in their fight against Shao Kahn, Kabal is actually a former member of the Black Dragon, Kano's outfit. During Shao kahn's initial assault wave on Earthrealm, he is heavily scarred by his annihilation squads, leading to his masked appearance. While initially helping the Earthrealm's warriors to face Khan, Kabal eventually reverts to his former criminal ways. During the events of '"Deception'', he reforms the Black Dragon and hunts down Mavado, the leader of the Red Dragon, who had wounded him and humiliated him between the events of the third and fourth games.

->''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' has a slight change on this.

* ArchEnemy: To Mavado.
* [[spoiler:TheAtoner]]: Hinted in his ''Deception'' bio, fully seen in ''9''. [[spoiler:Putting his skills to use to combat the underworld forces he once aided apparently eases his mind and helps him forget about his dark past.]]
* [[BadassBeard Badass Goatee]]: Sports one in ''Shaolin Monks''.
* BadassLongcoat: From ''Deception'' onward. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen It was intended to be included in his design from the beginning]], but had to be left out due to size constraints with the digitized actors.
* CoolMask: Which comes complete with a respirator, lasers, and a pretty sweet [[PowerEchoes echo effect]].
* CoveredWithScars: Especially in ''9''.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 13.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Shades of it can be seen in his bio from ''Deception'', [[spoiler:but it's much more prominent in ''9''.]]
* DragonAscendant: Kano's disappearance in ''Deadly Alliance'' gave Kabal room to revive [[MurderInc the Black Dragon]] as its new leader. At least in ''Deception'' anyway.
* [[spoiler:EmpoweredBadassNormal]]: According to ''9''.
* {{Expy}}: Of Darth Vader (His backstory and usage of swords) and the Tusken Raiders (His look) from ''Franchise/StarWars''. The developers outright admitted to basing his look off the Tuskens.
* TheFaceless: Unless you perform the appropriate Fatality. His mask can also be damaged in ''9'', revealing a sizable chunk.
** When he's seen without a mask in ''Shaolin Monks'', he looks perfectly normal. Of course, the game takes place prior to the attack that scarred him.
** ''Mortal Kombat 9'' reveals that [[spoiler:he was part of Stryker's riot control unit, until he was burnt by Kintaro and kidnapped by Kano to be operated upon.]]
* [[spoiler:FairCop: As seen in ''9'', before his EmergencyTransformation. Was BashBrothers with Stryker.]]
* FlashStep: Part of his moveset since ''3''. Explained in ''9''; [[spoiler:when Kabal was dying of his burns from Kintaro, Kano got Shang Tsung to heal him up with his magic. As a side effect of said magic, he gained SuperSpeed.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: He's seen with a ring on his finger before [[spoiler:he's viciously burned by Kintaro]], indicating that he's engaged at the very least.
* {{Gas Mask Mook|s}}: Later Gas Mask Boss.
** GasMaskLongcoat: From ''Deception'' onwards, including the reboot. Points for being a sleeveless coat.
* GirlishPigtails: In ''9''. Of all the hairstyles to have...
* TheGrotesque: Not as bad as most, but still quite noticeable, especially in ''9'', where his design makes his injuries even more gruesome. A deformed face, mangled ''strips'' of flesh (think [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]]), charred lungs, a blind left eye... Kabal's got it ''bad''.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Starts out evil before ''3'', becomes good in ''3'', ends up evil again from ''Deception'' onward (Havik's resuscitation of Kabal may have had to something to do with that last part, though).
** In ''9'', [[spoiler:his backstory places him as Evil (one of Kano's Black Dragon buddies in the past), but he remains Good throughout the story (having renounced his past to start clean as a police officer).]]
* HooksAndCrooks: He [[DualWielding dual wields]] Chinese hookswords.
* [[spoiler:IAmAMonster: His initial reaction to being revived by Kano in ''9'', and although it soon turns to pure rage because Kano didn't leave him to die. He later decides to put his skills to good use as one of Raiden's chosen defenders.]]
* [[spoiler:LongHairedPrettyBoy[=/=]TallDarkAndHandsome: According to ''9'', [[IWasQuiteALooker this is what he looked like before his disfigurement]]. The latter trope also applies to his appearance in ''Shaolin Monks''.]]
** [[spoiler:MrFanservice: Again, pre-disfigurement Kabal in ''9''.]]
* NightmareFace: His Fatality in ''Mortal Kombat 3'', with one foot in UglyCute territory in his ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm Defenders of the Realm]]'' appearance.
* RhinoRampage: His Animality.
* SuperSpeed: Gains this as a side-effect of [[spoiler:Shang Tsung's]] healing magic.
* StealthMentor: To Kira and Kobra. Their journey to Outworld at Havik's behest to deal with Onaga will help Kabal weed out members for the revived Black Dragon clan. It's revealed in Kira's ending that only one of them would be chosen and the two would have to battle to the death to receive that honor.
* WeCanRebuildHim: His respirator saved his life. [[spoiler:His ending in ''9'' has this happen again, with Kabal's respirator being permanently damaged during his fight with Shao Kahn, forcing him to track down Kano and the cyberneticist who developed Kano's eye laser. He's saved in the nick of time, but now must fight to repay his hefty debt.]]

-->[[caption-width-right:298:''"Ancestors, give me strength!"'']]

->An Apache warrior, shaman and historian, Nightwolf learned of Shao Kahn's impending invasion from Raiden. He used his magic to set up protection for his people, then headed off to defend Earthrealm. He got [[PutOnABus put on a bus]] after ''MKT''...

->... [[TheBusCameBack then it came back]]. In ''Deception'', he began having visions again, this time of [[BigBad Onaga]] [[BackFromTheDead returning from the dead to wreak havoc]]. He chose the role of a Sin Eater, which basically meant that he would absorb all of his tribe's sins, then release them all at Onaga at once. The plan worked, and Onaga was stuck in Outworld to be beaten into submission by Shujinko.

->In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Nightwolf's role gets heavily expanded.


* AnAxeToGrind: Or more appropriately, a tomahawk.
* AttackReflector: As a special, he can create [[BattleAura a green aura around his body]] that redirects projectiles.
* TheAtoner: His "Sin Eater" role let him do this for HIS ENTIRE CLAN.
* BadassBookworm: Makes his living as a historian.
* BadassNative
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 15.
** [[spoiler:ADeathInTheLimelight]]
* DeadlyUpgrade: The Sin Eater ritual will allow Nightwolf to descend into the Netherrealm and use his clan's sins to attack Onaga's spirit, but the transformation will alter his temperament and eventually cause him to become a danger to his allies. Understanding the ramifications of such actions, Nightwolf works in seclusion during the events of ''Deception''.
* FacialMarkings
* FusionDance: With Kiva [[note]] From ''WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm'' [[/note]] causing Nightwolf to assume his appearance from ''3'' and effortlessly kick the villains' asses from here to the moon.
* {{Geek}}: In ''Defenders of the Realm''.
* GeniusBruiser: In ''[=DotR=]''.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: A [[TakingYouWithMe kamikaze variant]] in ''9''. As the only one on the heroes' side not currently out of commission, he faces down Sindel (and prevents her from immediately killing Kitana) but ultimately has no success. Sindel then attempts to steal his soul. In return, Nightwolf begins a chant as a last-ditch effort. The end result? The spiritual equivalent of a KillSat [[FrickinLaserBeams rains down destruction]] [[DeathFromAbove from the heavens]], [[MutualKill killing them both.]]]]
* MagicalNativeAmerican
* MissionControl: In ''Defenders of the Realm''.
* NervesOfSteel: Particularly noticeable in ''9''. One such instance is during [[spoiler: Sindel's entrance to the heroes' stronghold in The Cathedral where she screams and manages to shake, distort, and knock down some of the warriors but Nightwolf's stance remains firm and he keeps a cool head throughtout the attack.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In [[GuestFighter Freddy Krueger's]] ending in ''Mortal Kombat 9'', Nightwolf is the one who recognizes Freddy as a malevolent spirit and quickly seals him back in the Dream Realm before he could cause harm with the power he gained from killing Shao Kahn. Unfortunately, Freddy wanted to return to the Dream Realm as he was immortal in that Realm and now capable of causing a global massacre without resistance.
* NumberTwo: To Raiden in ''9''. Due to his status as one of the few humans with spiritual awareness, he knows Raiden on a personal basis and apparently goes looking for/recruiting Raiden's chosen warriors during the Outworld invasion (he's also seen with the [[TrueCompanions Nakama]] that is [[BadassCrew Raiden's warriors]] during the time of Shang Tsung's tournament). He even leads the heroes when Raiden [[spoiler:leaves with Liu Kang to enlist the Elder Gods' help and subsequently leads the charge against the Lin Kuei and Sindel.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: In his arcade ending, after defeating Shao Kahn, [[spoiler:his soul attaches itself to Nightwolf's spirit wolf guide. His evil infects Nightwolf himself, turning him into a vicious werewolf and plans to infect each single mortal in Earthrealm]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: Calls out Scorpion for this in ''9'', telling the wraith that he's channeled his anger over his clan's fate and put it towards better uses. [[WarriorTherapist Nightwolf attempts to knock some sense into Scorpion himself]], but fails.
* ShockAndAwe: His shaman magic lets him zap his foes with lightning, both as a special move and as a Fatality. He also gives himself a jolt in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' as his pre-fight intro.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TookALevelInBadass: In ''Deception'', he voluntarily descends into the Netherrealm and binds Onaga there using the sins of his ancestors, allowing Shujinko to finish off the Dragon King. Even more so in ''9''; How does he [[spoiler:stop Quan Chi's Soulnado? By beating the tar out of the sorcerer and then '''[[MemeticMutation Sparta-kicking]]''' '''[[HumanoidAbomination Noob Saibot]]''' '''into it'''. He then tramples Cyrax and Sektor when the Cyber Lin Kuei attack the heroes' stronghold. He's then one of '''four''' heroes to survive Sindel's initial onslaught and is ultimately the one to fell her (see HeroicSacrifice above).]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: How he turns into a wolf. [[spoiler:[[InvoluntaryShapeshifter Not so]] in his ''[=MK9=]'' ending thanks to Shao Kahn.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* WarriorPoet
* WolfMan: His Animality is a wolf.

-->[[caption-width-right:238:''"The Edenian race is descended from the gods. That is the reason for our longevity, our nobility, and our strength. But I am more than a distant relation to the deities of old. [[spoiler:I am a direct descendant of Argus himself.]]"'']]

->The son of an Edenian general, Rain was smuggled away during Shao Kahn's invasion of Outworld and hostile takeover of Edenia. Thousands of years later, during Shao Kahn's attempted conquest of Earthrealm, Rain reappeared and was attacked by Kahn's extermination squads. Rather than die, Rain saved his own skin by pledging allegiance to Shao Kahn. In ''Trilogy'', Kitana revealed to Rain the valiant last stand of his father, sending Rain into a blind rage and a suicide mission against Kahn. By the time of ''Armageddon'', Rain discovered his true heritage. Still on the side of evil, but no longer in servitude to Shao Kahn, Rain now sets off to kill Taven and Daegon, aiming to take the prize of Blaze's power for himself.

-> His backstory undergoes a few changes in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. A refugee orphan taken in by the Edenian Resistance, Rain's prowess in battle allowed him to quickly jump through the army's ranks. This shaped Rain into [[ArrogantKungFuGuy a very arrogant warrior.]] When he was denied command of his own charge, Rain, seething with anger, left their employ and offered his services to Shao Kahn. [[spoiler: After Shao Kahn's death, he has been recruited by Reiko to help the fallen empress Mileena against Kotal Kahn, proving himself by weakening Kotal K'etz's sun powers in an ambush, allowing Goro to finish off his enemy's father. He's later incinerated by Kotal Kahn's solar beam, but WordOfGod states he survives this]].


* BadassCape: His redesign in ''Armageddon'', as seen to the right.
* CoolMask: Used to hide his identity as Edenian nobility [[spoiler:[[DivineParentage and Argus' son]]]].
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPT4VjZd8G8 His backstory in the 2011 game.]]
** In his ending in ''9'', [[spoiler:he does it again to Shao Kahn, for the ''same'' reasons he did the Resistance.]]
* DownloadableContent: In ''9''.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim:]] Though instrumental in Reiko's ambushing plans, he finally makes his appearance in Issue 8 of the ''MortalKombatX'' prequel comics. [[spoiler:Two panels later, he gets fried to a crisp by Kotal's sunbeam. Though according to the writers, he survives this and will appear later.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Kitana apparently turned Rain against Shao Kahn after ''Trilogy'' (after telling him of his [[spoiler:adoptive]] father's death), but he's back to Evil by the time of ''Armageddon''.
** He seems to have settled on Heel in ''9''.
* InTheBack: This is how he dropkicks Kotal Kahn in one scene of the story mode, shown in the trailer, no less.
* ItsAllAboutMe: After discovering his true heritage, Rain becomes ''extremely'' egotistical, calling himself the prince of Edenia and venturing forth to stop Taven and Daegon despite the realms being at catastrophic risk. He's also painted in this light in ''9''. Doesn't get command of his own army within the Resistance? Joins Shao Kahn. [[spoiler:Shao Kahn also doesn't give him an army? Kills Shao Kahn. Thanked by Raiden and finds out he's Argus' son? Decides that the right to rule is his and goes on a campaign to conquer all the realms, starting with Earthrealm.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Has been heading this way ever since ''Armageddon''. See ItsAllAboutMe above.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Not quite proper katanas, but they certainly fit the basic aesthetic. And he has [[DualWielding two of them]].
* [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Kicked Across The Room]]: Has a [[ChuckNorris roundhouse kick]] which causes the opponent to exit from one extreme and appear in the other.
* KillItWithWater: Both of his Fatalities from ''9''.
** The first involves him summoning a ball of water that surrounds the victim's head, they are then inflated with the water until they explode like a living water balloon. In the second, Rain uses a highly pressurized stream of water like a sword to decapitate his opponent.
* MakingASplash
* MeaningfulName: Several of his specials involve weather elements such as [[KillItWithWater water]] and [[ShockAndAwe lightning thunders]].
** PunnyName: '''Rain''' wears a '''purple''' costume, and ''Armageddon'' reveals that he's a '''Music/{{prince}}'''.
* PaletteSwap: Started out as a purple Lin Kuei palette swap; one of the last created for the series.
* PeoplePuppets: His Mind Control Orb special allows Rain to briefly control his opponent's movements. In ''9'', the move is changed to instead ensnare them [[FloatingWater in a bubble]] using Rain's hydrokinetic powers to control the path of the bubble.
* PurpleIsPowerful
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Kinda par the course for an Edenian. [[spoiler:Even more so for Rain, seeing as he's half-god.]]
* RedHerring: His appearance in the intro for ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' is this.
* ShockAndAwe
* StatusBuff: His [=H2O=] Boost in ''9''. It gives Rain a damage boost, but removes his ability to block as a tradeoff.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TheUnfavourite: In regards to [[spoiler:half-brothers Taven and Daegon]], which prompted his FaceHeelTurn.
* WarElephants: His Animality turns him into a small elephant that [[MakeMeWannaShout blows a loud sound from his trunk]], making the opponent's skin [[BodyHorror dissolve]].
* WeatherManipulation: His powers in a nutshell. [[spoiler: That made him instrumental in the ambush Reiko planned out against Kotal K'etz.]]

[[folder:Kurtis Stryker]]
-->[[caption-width-right:324:''"Police brutality, coming up!"'']]

->Before the events of ''Mortal Kombat 3'', Kurtis Stryker was just a member of the NYPD's Special Riot Control Department. He was chosen by Raiden to be one of [[TheChosenMany a handful of mortals]] to survive Shao Kahn's genocide of the human race. Even Stryker himself doesn't know why.

-> In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Stryker is pretty much the same, although his joining Earthrealm's champions is not as ambiguous, since he is hand-picked by Nightwolf, who sensed his determination to protect Earthrealm and his skills as a fighter.

* BadassNormal
** TookALevelInBadass: In ''9''. During Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm, [[spoiler:he singlehandedly takes out Reptile, Mileena, Kintaro, and Ermac.]] Outworld invaders, '''Stryker will have none of your shit'''.
** Prior to Kahn's Invasion of Earth, Stryker's badass credentials include [[Film/DieHard thwarting terrorists in the Greenberg Tower Incident,]] and [[{{Film/Speed}} rescuing civilians on a city bus wired to explode.]]
* BloodSplatteredWarrior: His victory pose if he doesn't use a Fatality to end a match in ''9''. He simply throws a grenade at his foe's unconscious body, and ends up getting sprayed by their blood due to the ensuing explosion. One way or another, Stryker's opponent won't be leaving the battle alive.
** It also appears in his second Fatality in ''9'', which is pretty much the same thing, only with Stryker jamming the grenade directly into their midsection.
* BoomHeadshot: For his first fatality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' he starts by shocking his opponent with a tazer then draws his pistol and [[YourHeadAsplode blows their head off.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Apparently, his gun has infinite ammo, although he's shown reloading it if he wins a round in ''9''.
* CombatPragmatist[=/=]PoliceBrutality: Given that he's the most normal member of the cast, this was a given. For example, his X-Ray move in ''9''. He blinds his opponent with a flashlight, smashes the top of their skull in with it (causing the skull to actually cave in), and then knocks them upside the jaw with his baton (breaking their neck) before finally tazing 'em. When he delivers the quote reproduced above, ''he's not kidding''.
* CoolShades: ''Armageddon'' only.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 12.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: In the original ''[=MK3=]'', he couldn't use the gun he used in his victory pose. Ever since then, creators have been sure to let him use his gun.
* [[spoiler:EyeBeams]]: When Stryker runs up the pyramid in ''Armageddon'', [[spoiler:Kano hits him with one, killing him.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: His T-Rex animality.
* FairCop
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: His X-Ray attack opens with him blinding his opponent with a flashlight to make them vulnerable for his attack. Apparently, this works on cyborgs, hellspawns with no real eyes, celebrities with sunglasses, and an ''already blind person''.
* GenreSavvy: Again, in ''9''. He and his partner ([[spoiler:Kabal]]) see Mileena standing across the street during the invasion. The below conversation follows.
-->'''[[spoiler:Kabal]]:''' Whaddaya think? Friend or foe?\\
'''Stryker:''' Foe.\\
'''[[spoiler:Kabal]]:''' Dressed like [[{{Stripperiffic}} that]]?\\
'''Stryker:''' [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains Definitely foe.]] Cover me.
** Which is a CallBack to the intro to ''Armageddon'', where he punched out a distracted Mileena before heading up the pyramid.
* MoreDakka
* NiceHat: In ''3'', as a part of his [[TheEveryman "everyman"]] appeal. He gets it back in ''9'', but it's no longer turned backwards.
* {{Retcon}}: Played with in ''Mortal Kombat 9'', which can be looked at as either badass, hilarious or even jarring. Originally, fan reaction to the Kurtis Stryker character was overwhelmingly negative, despite [[WordOfGod the creators']] belief that he would be considered one of the franchise's most popular characters. Regardless of the fandom's views of him, they still forged ahead with his character development with many efforts of making him cooler and winning him over with players. Well, in his ''Mortal Kombat 9'' [[spoiler:Ladder ending, he is considered ''wildly popular with fans AND a hero'', so much that he is given a parade in his honor, the key to the city,[[note]][[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield and which city would ''that'' be, again?]] [[/note]] The Congressional Medal of Honor, his own book regaling his heroic experience (titled ''I Was Doing My Job''), action figures, [[note]]which is rather ironic in real-life, considering he is one of the only characters introduced before ''Mortal Kombat 4'' '''not''' to have his own action figure[[/note]] and a movie about his life, which he personally cancelled himself since he would NEVER allow Johnny Cage to play him in a movie. This all could be considered jarring considering it is a retelling/reboot of the original timeline of the games/the games themselves and that it may almost look like [[TrollingCreator the creators]] are trying to ''[[TakeThatAudience retcon the fans' original reactions to him.]]'']]
* ShoutOut: Stryker tosses a grenade on a defeated enemy for his win pose. [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Sounds familiar?]]
** His chapter plays out like an episode of [[COPS]], almost.
* SimpleStaff: Your standard issue police baton rod.
* SociopathicHero: Since you are basically incapable of showing an opponent mercy when using Stryker (as opting not to do a Fatality with him simply results in Stryker taking the matter into his own hands and finishing the deed as part of his win pose) and Stryker is apparently one of the heroic Earthrealm defenders, he's gotta be this.
* SuperCop
* StaticStunGun: As a Fatality since ''3'', as a special since ''Armageddon''.
* TheTeamNormal: Of Raiden's chosen warriors. Even Sonya and Jax (the two other warriors closest to Stryker in terms of being regular Joes) have stuff like [[KissOfDeath death-dealing smooches]] and [[ArtificialLimbs cybernetic arms]] respectively.
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Of the AllAPartOfTheJob variety during his arcade ending in ''9''.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet

-->[[caption-width-right:297:''"Without your weapons, you are no match for Motaro!"'']]

->Motaro is a Centaur, a race of half-man, half-horse beings that reside in Outworld. His people are vicious enemies of the Shokan, the race of four-armed half-dragons that Goro, Sheeva, and Kintaro belong to. During the events of ''Mortal Kombat 3'', he is the commanding general of Shao Kahn's Earthrealm invasion squads and serves as the mid-boss before Shao Kahn. He returns during the events of ''Armageddon'', though his appearance now takes the form of a minotaur as a curse placed on his people by the Shokan have stripped them of two of their legs. He arrives at the pyramid in a gambit to make Goro and his people pay for what they wrought upon his race.

->He has merely a cameo in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.

* ALoadOfBull: In ''Armageddon''.
* BackFromTheDead: It was mentioned that he died by Sheeva's hand in Kano's Konquest story in ''Deadly Alliance'', but is back without any explanation in ''Armageddon''.
* BewareMyStingerTail: Though he never physically attacks with it, he has a powerful projectile that he fires from the tip of his tail while holding it arched over his head.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[BroughtDownToBadass Sort of.]] He and the rest of the Centaurs are transformed into Minotaurs by a Shokan curse in ''Armageddon'', which reduces their fighting abilities.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''[=MK9=]''. He only makes a handful of appearances in the story mode and his role in the ''[=MK3=]'' portion has been downplayed.
** DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Raiden rams him through a bridge (no pun intended) to save Cage, killing Motaro. Unfortunately, this action causes Shao Kahn [[GodzillaThreshold to take off his kiddie gloves]] and [[SuperEmpowering empower]] Sindel with Shang Tsung's soul, leading to her [[KillEmAll bloody]] NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of the heroes.]]
* TheDragon: To Shao Kahn in ''[=MK3=]''.
* ForWantOfANail: [[spoiler: And he's the nail.]]
* FantasticRacism: He's apparently victim of this, due to the Shokan and Centaur's long standing blood feuds. Of course, once the Centaurs gain favor with Shao Kahn, they become the perpetrators.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Rat-tailed, ram-horned centaur.
* NoSell: Motaro scoffs at the idea of being hurt by projectiles or being juggled (you ''can'', however, combo him if you can catch him in midair). Note that in ''[=MK3=]'', only ''most'' projectile attacks can't hurt him (Sindel's can, but still, she's better off with physical attacks against him.)
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Apparently, the Outworld Centaurs have horns and scorpion-like tails.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* SNKBoss
** ArtificialStupidity: In the iPhone port. On lower difficulties Motaro will ''literally walk into your punches'', all you have to do is stand still and repeatedly tap the punch button.
* TheUnfought: In ''[=MK9=]''.