Characters: Mortal Kombat 4
Here we're going to list the characters introduced in Mortal Kombat 4 and Mortal Kombat Gold.Shinnok, Quan Chi and Fujin can be found in the Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero sheet.
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Debut game: Mortal Kombat 4
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
The abomination known only as Meat was the result of a horrific experiment conducted by Shang Tsung. It escaped the evil sorcerer's infamous flesh pits before being completely formed.
- Body Horror: LOOK AT HIM.
- Dem Bones: In 4, he was just a bloodied skeleton.
- Detachment Combat: He's capable of removing his head and rolling it to trip enemies, and just sort of falls apart to teleport.
- Ditto Fighter: In MK4, he was essentially a "skin" over whichever character you chose, acquiring all of his/her moves.
- Eye Scream: In his most recent appearance one of his eyes is hanging out of his skull by the optic nerve. He can psych himself up to regain health by pulling on it.
- Fan Disservice: Takes Naked on Arrival Up to Eleven.
- Joke Character
- Knife Nut: Armageddon gives him a pair of meat cleavers.
- Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Since he doesn't have any skin, he's bleeding before anyone even lays a finger on him.
- Palette Swap: Of everyone in 4, except Goro and Noob Saibot.
- Shapeshifter Identity Crisis: His Armageddon ending gives him the power to shape shift. He loses his sense of identity and goes to seclusion.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Something tells us this isn't for fanservice purposes, though.
- Wrestler in All of Us: His main fighting style.
Debut game: Mortal Kombat 4 (Ed Boon)
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (David Beron)
Non-game appearances: Mortal Kombat: Conquest (Jim Helsinger)
First emerging as a general in Shinnok's war against the heavens and an apparent member of the Brotherhood of Shadow. Reiko has served both the fallen Elder God and Shao Kahn.
Believed dead after Shinnok's first defeat by Raiden, he emerged during the events of Mortal Kombat 4 once as an ally of his former master. However in the wake of his masters' second defeat at the hands of Earthrealm's defenders, he disappeared once more.
Reiko later emerged as a general in Shao Kahn's army having gained promotion to the position due to his ruthlessness. His ambitions seem to go much further however as his desire to take the emperor of Outworld's throne is all too clear.
In Mortal Kombat X, he is Mileena's general in Outworld's civil war, after the death of Shao Kahn.
- Ambiguously Brown: He was a fair deal lighter in his debut.
- The Chessmaster: As seen in the prequel comics for Mortal Kombat X, he's correctly predicted every move Kotal Kahn has made and managed to have his father Kotal K'etz killed in an ambush by Goro and the Red Dragon as a result.
- Drop the Hammer
- The Dragon: To Shao Kahn's Big Bad in MK: Conquest.
- In canon, he served as both Shinnok and Shao Kahn's general in their armies at different points in time.
- Is now this to former Empress Mileena.
- Flanderization: Not that he had much characterization to begin with, but Midway took his connection to Shao Kahn and ran like hell with it. In Deception, he claims he enjoys sneaking into Kahn's throne room and wearing his helmet. Come Armageddon, he's gone from maskless ninja to a helmetless copy of Kahn (except with proper pants), complete with his weapon being changed from a war club to the Crude Hammer, further emulating Kahn. One of his attacks even generates an aura version of Kahn's helmet. And what does he do in his Armageddon ending? Defeats Shao Kahn and claim his helmet, which fuses to his head.
- His MK4 ending has him step through a portal to a throne room and sit, and then Shao Kahn's helmet magically lowers itself onto his head. At this point it was strongly implied that Shao Kahn was dead, and Reiko's bio says that he too was supposed to be dead. So the idea was that Kahn had cheated death by possessing Reiko's body, or something along those lines. The fans generally either did not like this, or did not get it (until Deception, many people believed that this meant he was Shao Kahn), and the idea was scrapped, and in Deadly Alliance it was decided to make it that Kahn had never been killed in the first place. The helmet thing is thus a Running Gag. Originally he never even served Kahn; he had only worked for Shinnok.
- In an inversion, the prequel comics for Mortal Kombat X have made no mention of this obsession whatsoever, and have instead begun to flesh Reiko out as a master tactician who Kotal Kahn recognises as the true threat to his rule.
- Flechette Storm: Throws a barrage of shuriken at his opponent for his Fatality in 4. Noob Saibot's appearance in Deception and his shuriken's Relic description in Armageddon affirms that such weapons are signs of membership in the Brotherhood of Shadow.
- Gender-Blender Name: His name is one you'd find favored by Japanese women.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- The Man Behind the Man: In the comics, while he's an advisor to Mileena, he's the person doing most of the planning, and its said he ingratiated himself with her in order to use Mileena's status as "heir" to Shao Kahn's empire in a bid for control of Outworld.
- Monochromatic Eyes
- Mr. Fanservice
- Multicolored Hair: In 4, his hair was mostly black, with some white on the sides. In Armageddon, the sides have been shaved off.
- Stalker with a Crush: His relationship with Kahn comes off like this, especially the creepy sneaking into his throne room and wearing his helmet. In Armageddon his outfit's even similar...
- The Starscream: Possibly to Shao Kahn. He certainly wants that helmet.
- Very blatantly one to Quan Chi. He even revels in the fact that his failure to stop Taven in Shao Kahn's war room could possibly lead to the sorcerer's death.
- Treacherous Advisor: To Mileena, as he intends to take the Outword Kahnum for himself by gaining the power of Blood God.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Mileena in the prequel comics to X. This is all a ruse, as he doesn't like sharing her bed and instead uses her for his own goals.
Debut game: Mortal Kombat 4 (Lia Montelongo)
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat X (Jennifer Hale, DLC)
The daughter of an Edenian ambassador to new realms, Tanya allowed fleeing refugees to enter Edenia in order to find safety. However these unfortunate victims turned out to be Shinnok, Quan Chi and their deadly Netherealm forces. Tanya had betrayed her own realm to the fallen god.
Despite attempting to lure Liu Kang into a trap, she was eventually undone with Shinnok's defeat at the hands of Earth's warriors. Her treachery known to both Edenia and Earth she fled to Outworld. Eventually she found herself an an enforcer for the Deadly Alliance and imposing the will of her masters on Outworld.
Their defeat left her contemplating a return home but after a confrontation with Baraka was drafted into the ranks of the Dragon King Onaga's army. Later bringing her new master to her native realm in search of information on the Kamidogu.
- Absolute Cleavage
- Ambiguously Brown: Same deal as Jade, only minus the whole Race Lift deal.
- Ancient Egypt: Her MKX look evokes this a lot, right down to her Cleopatra-like hair bob.
- Arch-Enemy: Jade took it personal when Tanya betrayed their people.
- Bare Your Midriff
- The Baroness
- Beauty Is Bad/Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Deception's Konquest Mode even specifically states, "Tanya is beautiful, but she is not to be trusted." Considering that this angel-faced dame went on to betray her Edenian and Earthrealm allies, this is understandable.
- But Not Too Black: Her inital Mortal Kombat X character model was noticeably lighter skinned than her previous appearances. After the Internet Backdraft hit Netherrealm Studios for the change, she went back to her brown skin.◊
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Possibly more untrustworthy than Kano. And that's quite a statement.
- Combat Stilettos
- Dark Action Girl
- Designated Girl Fight: A Designated Black Girl Fight with Jade. The alternate timeline have her fight D'Vorah instead, with Jade being still dead.
- Downloadable Content: Is included in Mortal Kombat X's "Kombat Pack" alongside Jason Vorhees, Predator, and Tremor.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She shows up as an enemy fighter in the Story Mode but is clearly incomplete (she uses Kitana's stance and has no variations).
- Face-Heel Turn: 4 describes her as a freedom fighter trying to take back her realm. But it isn't until her ending that you find out she's a bad guy.
- Heel Realization: Possibly, in a sense. Her bio for Deception notes that Tanya, now lonely after the fall of the Deadly Alliance, felt an urge to return to her homeland of Edenia (y'know, the same realm she betrayed back in 4?). However, this is where the Tarkatan horde intercepts Tanya and forces her to lend her talents to Onaga's cause.
- Hot Witch: Said to have great proficiency with the dark arts.
- Hidden Depths: In MKX her goal is to restore Edenia, since Edenia was never unmerged from Outworld in the current timeline. This is why she joined Mileena, who promised to restore Edenia if she became Empress again. However, she seems to be privy to Rain's plan to usurp power once Mileena has killed herself through prolonged use of Shinnok's amulet, so her long game beyond said goal is unclear.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Rationalizes her actions as necessary steps for ensuring her own survival.
- Invisibility: Gains a move like this starting in Deception. Appropriately, the technique is named "Find Me."
- Les Collaborateurs: Tanya is this trope for betraying her homeland of Edenia.
- Kiss of Death: Like Kitana and Sonya, she had a similar move as a Fatality in 4 (called Kiss of Deceit; perhaps a nod to her true nature). This fatal peck causes the receiver's body to agonizingly contort before exploding.
- Lady of Black Magic: Something that she prides herself on.
- Leotard of Power: And in Deception, it heavily resembles a corset.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: In Deception, although tied up in her alt. Back in 4, had it not been for the ponytail, Tanya might've been very well mistaken for having a bob.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: In Deception and Armageddon, she wields a pair of tonfas with kama-like blades attached known as Kobu Jutsu. Tanya is seen brandishing the armaments again in the new timeline when squaring off with Kotal Kahn during the attempt on his life by Mileena's forces.
- Monochromatic Eyes, Glowing Eyes of Doom: From Deception on.
- Prophet Eyes: More noticeable in renders.
- Playing with Fire: Shows up in multiple special moves of hers, particularly during her appearances in Deception and Armageddon.
- She's Got Legs
- Spin Attack: In Deception, a special known as the Human Cannon Drill is added to her repertoire. It involves Tanya corkscrewing under opponent's legs like... well, a drill.
- Summon Magic: Her ending in Armageddon has Tanya transforming into a being known as a Dragon Caller. With the ability to conjure ethereal dragons and give them a corporeal form, Tanya then goes on to conquer all of the realms with her new army.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In Mortal Kombat X, she basically disappeared from the story after D'Vorah beats her. Cassie stopped D'Vorah from killing her but that's about it.
- According to her arcade ladder ending, she eventually turned herself into Kotal Kahn, and provided Rain's location in return for her life, and was allowed to live as a prisoner, though she seems content with that for the time being.
Debut game: Mortal Kombat 4 (Sultan Uddin)
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
An-ex member of the secret White Lotus Society. Kai gained his skills learning from the great masters throughout Asia. After a chance meeting with Liu Kang looking to train future Shaolin warriors, Kai joined him in China for further instruction.
However his training was halted by the invasion of Shinnok's forces. Kai then joined the other Earthrealm warriors to battle alongside Raiden against the fallen Elder God. After Shinnok's defeat, he decided to walk the Earth in search of self-enlightenment. As a sign of thanks and approval Raiden entrusted him with his Lightning Staff to help guide him on his quest.
- Ambiguously Brown: An odd sort — he is Nepalese, but his skin tone and facial features more resemble that of a Black African.
- Badass Beard: In Armageddon.
- Death from Above: His fireball move in Mortal Kombat 4. He can also invert this and shoot the fireballs downward, causing them to shoot up out of the ground under his opponent.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Pretty much his ending in a nutshell (see Walking the Earth).
- Flat Character: What else do you know about him other than the fact that he's a monk seeking self-enlightenment?
- Journey to Find Oneself: If his ending in 4 is any indication, he's the God of this trope.
- This screws the Elder Gods completely over in Armageddon, where he finally finds oneself — or more rather, the One Being.
- Kukris Are Kool: His weapon in 4, although he switches to Raiden's staff after completing Arcade Mode.
- Martial Arts Headband: In 4.
- Martial Pacifist
- Put on a Bus: After the events of the fourth game. Possibly justified because he's searching for self-enlightenment.
- The Bus Came Back: In Armageddon, where he joins the Forces of Light in the final battle.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In 4.
- Walking the Earth: He searches for spiritual enlightenment.
- Warrior Monk
- Warrior Poet
Debut game: Mortal Kombat 4 (Herman Sanchez)
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
After learning of Kano's apparent demise, Jarek fled to the realm of Edenia. Pursued by special forces members Jax Briggs and Sonya Blade who believe him to be the last member of the criminal Black Dragon clan. However their plan to bring him in is halted by Shinnok's invasion of the realm. This leads Jarek to reluctantly join forces with them and the rest Earthrealm's warriors to deal with the greater threat.
After Shinnok's defeat Jax throws Jarek to his death over a cliffside. Jarek managed to break his fall by digging his blade into the rock face. However his injuries were still substantial. The time taken to hone his skills and recover, whilst presumed dead, did little to lower his bitterness over having to overcome his wounds. Eventually his desire to kill Jax extended to everyone.
Has a short appearance in the Mortal Kombat X comics, where he and Tasia captured both Cassie Cage and Jacqui Briggs at the direct orders of Erron Black.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Author Avatar: His facial appearance was based on Mortal Kombat character designer and modeler Herman Sanchez.
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon in Armageddon. Eventually becomes his Weapon of Choice in the MKX digital comics.
- Ax-Crazy: Ends up as this in Armageddon.
- Beard of Evil
- Blade Brake: How he survived Jax dropping him off a cliff at the end of 4.
- The Cameo: Shows up along with Tasia in the Mortal Kombat X prequel comic, interrupting Cassie's fight against Frost and slaughtering civilians in the process. He even managed to capture both Cassie and Jacqui off-screen thanks to Erron Black, no less.
- Dirty Coward
- Divergent Character Evolution: Originally a clone of Kano in 4, he becomes this in Armageddon.
- The Dragon: Seems to have been this to Kano.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with Sonya and Jax (and the rest of Earthrealm's warriors by proxy) to defeat Shinnok in 4. It takes all of five seconds after the Elder God's defeat before Jarek and Sonya are at each other's throats again.
- Eye Beams: In MK4, because of his previous status as that game's Kano. In an effort to include more new characters in-game, they reskinned Kano as Jarek (hence the reason Jarek has mostly Kano's moves).
- Ground Pound: In the form of his signature Rhino Stomp.
- Kill 'em All/Blood Knight: If this scene from the MKX comic is to go by.◊ Also, his ending in Armageddon.
- Moveset Klone: Of Kano in MK4. Doubles as a Replacement Flat Character.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: 4 only.