Characters / Mortal Kombat 9

Here are the characters introduced in this game. For the remaining ones, check the MK1, MK2, and MK3 character sheets. For Quan Chi, check the Mythologies: Sub-Zero character sheet. For Kenshi, check the Deadly Alliance character sheet.

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    Cyber Sub-Zero 

Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O)
"You are not so fearsome!"

Voiced by: Jim Miller

In the original canon, Sub-Zero and Smoke attempted to escape from the Lin Kuei's automation program but Smoke was still captured and forcibly turned into an cybernetic assassin.

During Mortal Kombat 9's story, Smoke is about to be captured by a team of robotic Lin Kuei until Raiden, who has been receiving premonitions of the future, intervenes and destroys the assault team. This, in turn, leads to Sub-Zero being captured instead of Smoke. Cyber Sub-Zero is the end result of that and also receives a story chapter in Story Mode.

For other tropes which apply to him, check the second game's character sheet. This is only for additional tropes which appear in this game.

  • An Ice Person
  • And I Must Scream: He remembers every horrific deed he committed under Shao Kahn while a cyborg, but was unable to go against his programming. And then it happens again after Quan Chi binds his soul to him. He just can't catch a break.
  • Battle Aura: His body even emanates an icy mist.
  • BFS: Made of ice, naturally.
  • Body Snatcher: Shao Kahn's soul does this to Sub-Zero in his arcade ending.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul:
    • Ultimately subverted when Kabal knocks him out, allowing Jax to reformat him and restore his conscience. Also subverted in that the cybernetics prevented Quan Chi from being able to put Kuai Liang under his control as one of his revenants initially. While the necromancer's spells worked on Kuai's organic brain, his neuro-cybernetics could not be effected by magic and thus had to remove his technological enhancements to get rid of this impediment.
    • Machine Worship: Subverted as well. Although Kuai Liang doesn't enjoy his current predicament one bit, he pretty much comes to the conclusion that he might as well get used to it and make good use of his new abilities.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's the focus of Chapter 14.
  • Expy: His mask and the dreadlock-like cables hanging from it make him look like the alien from Predator.
  • For Want of a Nail: Thanks to Raiden's knowledge of the future and the time changes resulted, Sub-Zero has been automated in place of Smoke.
  • Good Counterpart: Could be considered one to Noob Saibot.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A Cyborg Lin Kuei, just like his fellow cyborgs... with a little Cyromancer thrown in for good measure. Add in "Outworld Emperor" for his Arcade Mode Ending and actually becomes 3 our of the 4 when his undead soul is taken by Quan Chi (making him a Ninja Robot Zombie, but no hints of piracy yet) in Story Mode.
  • Retraux: Cyber Sub-Zero has a Klassic Costume, a blue palette swap of Cyrax and Sektor's klassic costumes.
  • Status Quo Is God: Quan Chi restores his human body when he raises him as a revenant in the MKX prequel comics, which he retains when he is freed from Quan Chi's control and returned to life in MKX. In one of his intros with Jax, he appreciates the restoration as the only good thing to come out of being a revenant.
  • Taking You with Me: His first Fatality. Cyber Sub-Zero latches onto his opponent Saibaman-style and self-destructs, leaving nothing behind except for his opponent's partially frozen lower body.
  • Teleport Spam: In a fashion similar to Cyrax.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As if Sub-Zero needed it or anything, but still.
    • After his soul and free will are returned, he goes on to defeat Sektor, utterly wrecks Goro and Kintaro in a one-on-two fight, knocks Ermac's block off, and then gets to beat some sense into his big brother Noob Saibot.
    • Subverted in the end, as Sindel slaughters him to the ground.
    • Gameplay-wise, he has twice as many special moves as regular Sub-Zero, and he hits faster.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation



Voiced by: Dana Lyn Baron

Shao Kahn has many warriors under his command, but his trust lies solely in the fighters of his own creation. Warrior blood gathered from countless battlefields, fused with sorcery, produced his most effective enforcer yet: Skarlet.

An expert tracker, she preys on those deemed enemies of the empire. During kombat, Skarlet gains strength from her opponent's blood, absorbing it through her skin. Shao Kahn has a new mission for this formidable kombatant: discover Quan Chi's true intentions and kill him if he plots betrayal of the emperor.

  • Absolute Cleavage: More prominent with her alt. and her UMK3 outfit for the Vita version.
  • Ascended Extra/Ascended Glitch: Like Ermac and Blaze, she was born from an initial rumor. In the older arcade games, Kitana, Mileena, and Jade sometimes appeared in red outfits due to a programming glitch; fans named the glitch-character Scarlet (or Skarlet, if you prefer). Fans found her Dummied Out, and the first batch of DLC has revealed her.
  • Ax-Crazy: So much that Shao Kahn keeps her chained up when he doesn't need her in order to prevent her from killing people he doesn't want dead. She's that unstable.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Blood Lust: Just look at her Fatalities... Skarlet might very well be Interplay of Sex and Violence personified.
  • Blood Magic/Bloody Murder: Shao Kahn created her from magically fused blood collected off of battlefields, she enters fights via a pool of blood, and she also uses a projectile attack that's like a blood version of Johnny Cage's. According to her ending, she also grows stronger when the blood of others splashes upon her skin.
    • Becomes a plot point in Chapter 18 of the X comics, as she wants to learn blood magik itself.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Using her Blood Ball drains her health. In exchange, it's the most powerful
  • Cat Fight: Downplayed (in that it not strictly for fanservice only) and mildly invoked in the Mortal Kombat X comics. During her fight with Mileena, the latter berates her for choosing to work with Reiko. Considering that Mileena had previously had an intimate relationship with the spoiler protected individual and Skarlet was involved with one with him at that time combined with Kotal Kahn quipping that "Earthrealmers say 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.'", the implications are rather strong.
  • Combat Stilettos: Used in her Eye Scream-worthy X-Ray Attack.
  • Contract On The Sorcerer
  • Distaff Counterpart: Basically a female Ermac with blood replacing souls. Skarlet is a being composed of countless warriors defeated by Shao Khan and was conceived as a rumor in the earlier games and eventually became an Ascended Glitch and is a red Palette Swap, pretty much mirroring Ermac's conception and design
  • Downloadable Content
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before being introduced as DLC, in Story Mode, she appears among the entrants in the background during both Shang Tsung's Mortal Kombat tournament and Shao Kahn's Outworld tournament. Aditionally, she appears tied up in Shao Khan's colloseum.
  • Humanoid Abomination: According to her storyline. She's nothing more than a construct of the blood of fallen warriors mixed with sorcery and made to be entirely loyal to Shao Kahn; additionally, her strength increases when the blood of other fighters comes in contact with her skin. Essentially, Skarlet is to blood as Ermac is to souls.
  • Knife Nut: Her weapons of choice appear to be throwing knives.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Mileena does a roll that obliterates her legs, Skarlet proclaims that "Brutality... won't kill me...". Considering that Mileena does indeed have a Brutality in Mortal Kombat X, Skarlet's statement is rather metaphysical in that way.
  • Leave No Survivors: Anybody opposing Shao Kahn's empire is fair game for her to go after, although Quan Chi takes priority and by said control she unwillingly kills her own master Shao Kahn.
  • Mistaken Identity: A meta example. Many mistook her for Kira at first. When Ed Boon leaked her leg in a Twitter pic, she was originally believed to be a redesign for Sareena or Sindel.
  • Power Echoes
  • Power Limiter: The reason you see her chained up in Kahn's Arena, despite the fact that Kahn created her.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Given that she appears as early as the MK1 portions of the story, she's at least a minor case of this.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Once Quan Chi's mind control wears off and she realizes what she has done by killing her master Shao Kahn, it is on.
  • Screaming Warrior: She speaks as much as Reptile does in this game, yet seems to be as proficient as Liu Kang in terms of warcries.
  • She's Got Legs
  • Spy Catsuit: In the X prequel comics.
  • Spell My Name with an "S"
  • Stripperiffic: Even more than usual. Skarlet was based on Kitana's already scanty outfit, and then the design department started carving away at that. You could swallow her entire wardrobe with a glass of water.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Shao Kahn, as he created her to have such. Unfortunately, this doesn't stop her from being mind controlled in her non-canon ending in which she kills him. In the Mortal Kombat X comics she is shown to give her allegiance to Reiko rather than Shao Kahn's designated heiress Mileena.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In issue #26 ("Watch the Throne") of the Mortal Kombat X comics, she has her legs obliterated by Mileena and is about to be pummeled by her before she shifts her focus on Reiko. After the battle on the beach, Skarlet doesn't appear for the rest of the comics. In addition, she hasn't received any mention at all in the Mortal Kombat X game itself either.

Guest Fighters


"You will not see the end of this day!"

Voiced by: Terrence Carson (credited as T.C. Carson)

An exclusive character for the PS3 and Vita versions of the game, Kratos is the main character of the God of War Series, making his second fighting game appearance since Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny.

For other tropes which apply to him, check the GoW character sheet. This is only for these tropes which appear in this game.

  • Badass Adorable: Usually when a Babality happens the victim usually does something funny, then realizing their failure throw a tantrum. What does Kratos do? Yank the head off of a Medusa plushie and display it proudly. Not only that but Baby Kratos still has his six pack and Badass Beard. Even as an infant he's still a BAMF.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not above blinding his opponent with the head of Helios before attacking him.
  • Defiant to the End: Born of Executive Meddling. Sony didn't want one of their most iconic badasses looking weak in the game, so Kratos is the only character who keeps up his menacing sneer even during X-Ray Attacks and Fatalities. He still makes the appropriate grunts and spits blood and such, though.
  • Guest Fighter: From God of War. As the 1Up article said, this role could be the best fit for him.
  • Lighter and Softer: As hard as it is to believe for someone like him, one of his two Fatalities is this game ("Medusa's Gaze") is downright tame compared to any other in this game. He uses Medusa's head to turn the victim to stone and then uses the Nemean Cestus to shatter the statue. No blood or gore in it at all. That's how petrification works in his series, so is only Lighter and Softer here.
  • Quick Time Event: As part of his moveset.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: His arcade ending, where he becomes allies with Raiden and Fujin. Possibly the only time gods has shown him respect without being back stabbed. Kratos himself is taken aback by their friendliness, having rarely met a fellow deity who was genuinely kind to him.
  • Weapon of Choice: He brings along an impressive arsenal from God of War III, including:
    • Bow of Apollo: As one of his specials. The normal attack fires two, the enhanced attack fires three.
    • Blade of Olympus: Involved in the "Blade of Olympus" fatality, and as the third hit of his enhanced Quick Time Event.
    • Blades of Exile: His punches, also involved in the first hit of his X-Ray, as well as in his "Blade of Olympus" fatality.
    • Head of Helios
    • Nemean Cestus: Involved as the second hit of his X-Ray and in his "Medusa's Gaze" fatality.
    • Medusa's Head: Involved in his "Medusa's Gaze" fatality.

    Freddy Krueger 

Fred "Freddy" Krueger
Voiced by: Robert Englund

The Big Bad of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Appears here as he did in the remake.

A malevolent spirit of the Dream Realm, Freddy Krueger preys on the souls of the living as they sleep. When Shao Kahn began to steal Earthrealm's souls - souls Freddy considered his own - Freddy battled the emperor in the Dream Realm. But Shao Kahn's will was too strong. He pulled Freddy into the real world, where he was mortal, and defeated him. A badly injured yet determined Freddy fitted both his hands with demonically enhanced razor gloves. Once he has killed Shao Kahn he will find a way back to the Dream Realm, where he will torment Earthrealm's souls for eternity.

For other tropes which apply to him, check the A Nightmare on Elm Street character sheet. This is only for these tropes which appear in this game.
  • Composite Character: This version of Freddy uses Jackie Earl Haley's likeness but pretty much all has moves and fatalities are derived from Robert Englund's tenure as Freddy
    • On A related side note, the woman in his arcade ending, who is most likely Nancy Thompson/Holbrok uses Heather Langenkamp's likeness but the bedroom she's in resembles the remake version
  • De-Power: Shao Kahn pulled Freddy into the real world to deprive him of his Dream Realm immortality.
  • Downloadable Content
  • Dual Wielding: After getting his ass kicked by Shao Kahn due to being deprived of his reality warping and immortality, Freddy arms himself with a pair of demonically-augmented gauntlets that bear a striking resemblance to his original glove but let him access his powers outside the Dream World.
  • Evil Laugh: His only voiced line in the game is a sinister chuckle.
  • Full-Name Basis: On the character selection screen, he's one of only four characters (the others being Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao) whose full name is displayed and read by the announcer. During gameplay, however, his victories are only announced with "Freddy wins."
  • Guest Fighter: From the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
  • High-Pressure Blood: His first fatality involves him physically dragging his opponent into the dream realm, leaving only a fountain of blood where they once stood, just like in the movies.
  • Home Field Advantage: Subverted twice. Khan simply pulled him out of the Dream Realm and subjected him to a humiliating Curb-Stomp Battle in the real world, but then Freddy's ending shows him ultimately returning the favor on Khan's turf.
  • Jump Scare: His Babality has the camera pan into the carriage to show a slash-marked teddy bear... and then baby Freddy attacks the camera.
  • Murder by Cremation: Freddy has a fatality called "Welcome to my Nightmare". During this fatality, Freddy summons a large furnace. He then stabs the opponent in the neck and stomach, and chucks them straight into the furnace. As they burn in agony, Freddy waves goodbye and shuts the door, cutting their arm off, and burning them to death. This is a Shout-Out to A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In his ending, Nightwolf's attempt to seal him away so that he can no longer harm the people of Earthrealm only puts Freddy right back into the Dream Realm, the place he's most at home at, so he can continue his killing rampage.
  • Nightmare Face: Covered in burns, as always.
  • Silent Snarker: Played with; one of his attacks involves him telling his opponent, "Shhh."
  • Shout-Out: All of his Fatalities and a lot of his moves are based on some of his most memorable kills in the movie franchise. His ending also features a recreation of his first movie's cover art.
  • Wolverine Claws: Now on both hands (due to the fact that it's hard to animate a character with claws on one hand in a fighting game).