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Debut game: Mortal Kombat: Deception (Johanna Añonuevo)
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Johanna Añonuevo)
Ashrah was once a member of Quan Chi's Brotherhood of Darkness, but she escaped after refusing to carry out orders. In her flight, she came across a sword that seemed to grant purification to whoever wielded it. Emboldened, she began slaying Neatherrelam demons with the belief that her soul would be purified and granted escape from the Neatherrealm. As such, she made it a priority to slay Noob Saibot.
Though she was unable to slay Noob, she eventually transcended the Neatherrealm. She was approached by ethereal forces with the task of becoming a champion by slaying various people of the vampire race. She did so, which earned the ire of Nitara. She joined the Battle of Armageddon to slay Nitara once and for all.
- All Asians Wear Conical Straw Hats: She might not be Asian per se, but she definitely has an Asian-sounding name. Unlike Raiden's more simple sedge cap, Ashrah's gasa is more festive, complete with several kanji.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: According to demons in the Netherrealm, Ashrah once resembled them, but as she began to purify herself with the Kriss, she soon took on the form she has now.
- Cleavage Window: Has a slight one in her default outfit. While all of the other ladies usually have their breasts exposed to some degree, this is notable because this is the only form of Fanservice present for Ashrah. Her alternate makes her cleavage more notable, ditches the hat, turns her sleeves transplant, and shows off her legs, but still manages to be among the more conservative outfits for the women.
- Defector from Decadence: Like Sareena, she was a former "sister" of the Brotherhood of Shadow. Eventually, she decides to stop following Shinnok's orders and escaped.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Ashrah is a demon who hunts other demons on a quest to purify herself.
- Knight Templar: In her quest to become purified, she's gone a bit crazy, especially since even after becoming pure enough to be expelled from the Netherrealm, she continued to hunt "evil" beings, turning to attention to Nitara's vampire race.
- Light 'em Up: Thanks to the power of her Kriss, Ashrah uses weaponized light in battle.
- Death from Above: One of her specials fires a ball of light into the air, which then falls upon her opponent's head, much like Kai in 4.
- Light is Good: Subverted by her Knight Templar qualities.
- Lady of War
- Mistaken Identity: A meta example. Fans tend to see her as a female Raiden due to her white garb and sedge cap (complete with a long, flowing veil that mirrors Raiden's cape), but Ed Boon says that this was not the intention. Keep in mind that this did not stop a certain number of fans from shipping them, some even going as far as originally believing her to be his wife.
- Prim and Proper Bun: It can be a little hard to see as it is largely obscured by her hat, but her primary outfit has her hair being worn in this style.
- Rule of Symbolism: It should come as no surprise that the character on the quest to purify herself has light-based powers, is garbed in white, and dresses in the most concealing, least racy outfits out of all the females.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In earlier builds of Deception, her name was occasionally spelled as Ashra.
- Spin Attack: Her Spin Cycle is the traditional variant. She also possesses a move called Nature's Torpedo, where Ashrah launches herself like... a human torpedo.
- Stance System: Had Chou Jaio and Ba Gua in Deception, the former which she keeps in Armageddon.
- Stripperiffic: She has also averted this. Played straight with her alternate outfit, though it is still relatively conservative compared to pretty much any of the other female Kombatants.
- Unwitting Pawn: Her Kriss is using Ashrah to get its revenge on the Vampire race.
- Voodoo Doll: Used in her second Fatality from Deception.
- Was Once a Man: Inverted, she is a demon that was eventually purified into human form.
- Weapon of Choice: The Datusha, a kriss sword.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Datusha itself. In its eyes, the Vampire race is Always Chaotic Evil for draining the blood of other life forms.
Dairou was once an honorable guardsman from the highly advanced and pristine Orderrealm, which as its name suggests places law, order and structure prevail above anything else. He was discharged and imprisoned after he killed a man that murdered his family in a fit of rage, and was later imprisoned. After escaping and freeing a similarly imprisoned Shujinko, he became a mercenary for hire, with one his contracts ordering him to kill his former fellow guardsman Hotaru.
For reasons unknown, he and Hotaru would put aside their differences, and join the Battle of Armageddon.
- Apologetic Attacker: Apologetic Executioner would be a more appropriate phrasing. See Morality Pet below.
- Bald of Awesome: In the front with a ponytail in the back.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His ending in Armageddon. Dairou is awarded with a golden, invulnerable suit of armor formed from the fires of Blaze that burns any who tries to attack him. He uses this gift to defeat Shao Kahn, claim the throne to Outworld, and then propose a truce between Edenia and Earthrealm.
- Eye Scream: One of his Fatalities involves him ripping out two of his foe's ribs and then gouging their eyes out with them.
- Facial Markings: On his forehead.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: On the side of his head.
- Ground Pound: Has a move where he falls backwards and slams himself into the ground hard enough to knock his opponent into the air.
- Hired Guns: Once a honorable Seidan guardsman, Dairou spends his days working in Seido's underground as a mercenary, taking on assignments regardless of how inhumane they are.
- Ignored Epiphany: His bio reveals this, as Dairou seems to fondly recall his days as a Seidan guard and all of the lives he saved while in service. However, he's become too embittered and cynical from his incarceration to return back to the path of Order ("For all the good I had done, the event that had come to define me was that one moment of Chaos"), nor does he want to follow the ways of Chaos, so he chose neither, embraced neutrality, and now lives the life of a hired sword.
- Morality Pet: His former guardsman Hotaru would seem to be this, as Dairou is hesitant to kill him. Subverted in that his Deception ending has him killing Hotaru anyway, but Dairou at least announces his intent to kill him beforehand.
- Revenge: His desire to avenge his family allowed Dairou to be tricked into unwittingly killing an innocent man in a fit of rage, leading to his imprisonment.
- Stance System: In Deception he was given Wing Chun and Escrima. Both are replaced by Mi Zong in Armageddon.
- Weapon of Choice: An autumn dao.
Darrius, eventually tired and oppressed by the strict structures of his home of Orderrealm, instigated various riots and acts of terrorism to unsettle the establishment. One of these acts was to have Dairou's family murdered and lead to the chain of events that led to his discharge from being a guardsman and become a mercenary.
It was Darrius who hired Dairou on a contract to kill Hotaru, but the contract would not be enacted; all three of the Orderrealm denizens would join together in the Battle of Armageddon.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Keep in mind that he's Seidan like Hotaru and Dairou.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He dual wields them as his weapons.
- Expy: Let's see: A bald black leader guy who wears cool shades leading a resistance that seeks to take down an oppressive system? Sounds like Morpheus. Darrius is also compared with Blade (of which Blade: Trinity came out the same year as this game), though that latter one is likely more coincidental.
- Flat Character: We don't know much of him save for the fact that he's a Seidan.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: His Arm Bash Fatality.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Given the moral ambiguity in regard to Seidan Guard vs Seidan Resistance conflict, he could be interpreted as one based on some of the underhanded actions he has done (including the murder of Dairou's family).
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Practically inspired by the likeness of Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish fame. They virtually share the exact same first name as well as facial features. His alternate is based on Jim M. Kelly's character from the 1974 martial arts film "Black Belt Jones"
- Rebel Leader: He is the leader of a resistance movement that seeks to overthrow Seido's current regime and replace it with a more democratic system. Though Darrius prefers the term "Revolutionary".
- Stance System: Had Shinto Ryu and Leopard in his debut. Both are replaced by Goju Ryu for the final battle.
- Token Minority: Replaced Jax as the sole black male Kombatant on the roster for Deception (though Jax returned as a playable character in the Unchained Updated Re-release for PSP). Also, he's the only black Seidan to be seen in the series to date.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His alt.
- Weapon of Choice: Gauntlets.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He killed Dairou's family to turn Dairou against the Seidan Guard.
Debut game: Mortal Kombat: Deception (Paul St. Peter)
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Paul St. Peter)
Havik is from Chaosrealm which, as its name suggests, values disorder and chaos above all else. When Onaga returned and intended to use the Kamidogu to bring order across the realms, the Cleric of Chaos saw this as a threat and saw to it to halt the Dragon King's schemes. Aside from instigating chaos in Orderrealm, Havik was also responsible for saving Kabal from Mavado's attack, giving him the suggestion to revive the Black Dragon Clan. Havik intended to use the heroes to fight Onaga and distract them long enough to consume Onaga's essence and use the ability to resurrect the dead.
It is unknown if he succeeded in this, but he does show up alongside the Orderrealm denizens in the Battle of Armageddon.
He plays a role in Mortal Kombat X, as Reiko's adviser and the "Blood God" corrupter of the Kamidogu.
- Affably Evil: He tends to display a polite disposition even when he is about to beat an opponent to death.
- Ambiguously Human: He has half his face ripped off and he can bend in ways that would kill most people, but it's unclear if he's some sort of zombie or if that's normal for Chaosrealmers.
- And I Must Scream: He is decapitated in the X prequel comics, with his living head being in the possession of two oni that most likely tormented it. Subverted Trope, as Quan Chi quickly stomps on it, turning it to mush for failing him.
- Arch-Enemy: Hotaru.
- Badass Preacher: He's a Cleric of Chaos and can easily hold his own in a fight.
- Blue and Orange Morality: For him, Freedom and Chaos are synonymous and any sort of order is an affront to his definition of freedom. This is best demonstrated in why he seeks to aid Shao Kahn against Onaga. Despite the fact that both rulers are brutal in their governing style (with Shao Kahn possibly more so) and also share the goals of annexing other realms into Outworld, however Shao Kahn has no interest in the everyday activities of those he has subjugated (at least as long as they don't fail to pay him tribute nor seek to revolt against him) whereas Onaga is a Visionary Villain who is very interested in organizing the realms to his liking. Thus, the latter's effort to suppress chaos leads him to join with Shao Kahn by default.
- Breakout Character: In contrast to his relatively small role in his debut game, Havik becomes a poignant threat in the Mortal Kombat X comics, bordering on being a Big Bad by virtue of corrupting the Kamidogu daggers with the curse of the Blood Code.
- He jumps onto being a Big Bad the moment he gains Shinnok's amulet by sacrificing Reiko.
- Call Forward: Turns out Kung Jin wasn't the only one wondering if the power Johnny Cage had skipped a generation.
- In the MKX comics, Scorpion tears his head off to take care of him (and even this doesn't kill him). Raiden would later do the same thing to Shinnok.
- The Cameo: Appears in Noob Saibot's MK9 ending.
- Has returned in the MKX comics as the advisor to Reiko.
- Catch Phrase: "May Chaos break the rules that bind".
- The Corrupter: Implied to be this for Kabal. Kabal had reformed since 3, but when Havik resuscitated him after Mavado's attack, he was somehow able to rekindle Kabal's anarchist ideals.
- Decapitation Presentation: He rips his own head off in his hara-kiri. What's he's presenting it to? The camera.
- In issue #32 of the MKX comics Hanzo does the same thing to him.
- Dem Bones: One of his specials is a phantasmal projectile in the form of a skull.
- Foregone Conclusion: One of his primary goals in the comics is to completely erase Hanzo Hasashi from the equation and bring back his vengeful, out-of-control Scorpion persona. Given the events of the main game and Hanzo's large role in the storyline, this venture is destined to end in failure. And sure enough, Hanzo eventually tears his head off.
- For the Evulz: Or perhaps it would be better to say For The Chaoz. Havik only seeks to stir up as much chaos as possible, making him a foil to both the heroes and villains.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: The Mortal Kombat X comics reveals that he has a healing factor, hence why he can snap various pieces of his body and make it out okay in battle. Good thing too, because if he didn't Scorpion would have easily killed him at the Kang Temple.
- That said, he has trouble healing from having his head torn off, even if it doesn't kill him outright.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: His Batter Up Fatality consists of Havik tearing off his opponent's leg and then using it to knock their head off.
- A Hero to His Hometown: He is hailed as a hero in Chaosrealm and considered a psychotic terrorist by all others.
- I'm a Humanitarian: His Human Pencil Sharpener Fatality. His mouth is the pencil sharpener, by the way. When his meal is finished, Havik actually chokes on and regurgitates some meat chunks.
- In the Hood: His alt.
- I Reject Your Reality: Fancies himself to be Above Good and Evil, and just going around to spread chaos and anarchy.
- Liberty Over Prosperity: He, along with many other Chaosrealmers, desire absolute liberty (to the point of anarchy) without any sort of order to limit it.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Reiko. Keep in mind that Havik's main objective is to spread chaos, something which the Outworld Civil War and the Kamidogu, that he corrupted, are doing well on their own.
- Meaningful Name: Exactly What It Says on the Tin, really.
- Neck Snap: One of his moves has him do this to himself. And it heals him.
- Nice Headdress: Emblematic of his status as a cleric of Chaos.
- Off with His Head!: How Scorpion takes care of him in the MKX comics.
- Killed Off for Real: Quan Chi stomps on his severed head, reducing it to chum.
- Rubber Man: To an extent. Havik can freely contort his body allowing him to do insane feats such as twisting his torso like a corkscrew and snapping his own neck to regain health. In order to keep things fair, he's still affected by Fatalities that invoke breaking limbs.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: For Shujinko in Konquest mode. In order to teach the man, he has to go all out and be unpredictable. Whereas Shujinko thought it was an unpredictable and unorthodox training exercise masked as a fight to the death, Havik explicitly tells him that he was indeed trying to kill him.
- Stance System: Had Snake and Tang Soo Do in MK:D. Keeps the latter in Armageddon.
- This Is Gonna Suck: If he's knocked off of the Sky Tower in Deception, Havik will briefly stop screaming to proclaim, "Man, this is gonna suck!" before resuming his scream.
- The Unfettered: As noted under Blue and Orange Morality, he despises any sort of order of which includes moral restraint.
- Weapon of Choice: A morning star mace.
Debut game: Mortal Kombat: Deception (Paul St. Peter)
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Paul St. Peter)
Hotaru is a guardsman from Orderrealm. Hotaru takes order to an extreme level, to the point of zealotry, and is willing to resort to extreme measures to uphold it. One of these being to ally himself with the resurrected Onaga, whom Hotaru sees as the one to bring order to all realms. Under Onaga, Hotaru had two goals: defeat the Cleric of Chaos Havik who was spreading discord, and apprehend Sub-Zero and bring him before the Dragon King.
Hotaru would eventually join the Battle of Armageddon, being the first to draw blood by slaying Li Mei.
- Anti-Villain: Type III as his motivations are based on what he believes is in the best interest of his realm.
- Arch-Enemy: Havik. Another figure who is this to a lesser degree is Shao Kahn being that Hotaru and his comrades have fought against him in frequent clashes with the Outworld Empire.
- Blade on a Stick: His Naginata.
- Blinded by the Light: Delivers this to Sub-Zero in Kenshi's Deception ending. Unfortunately for Hotaru, Kenshi doesn't have a dependence on sight and proceeds to slay Hotaru.
- Cool Helmet: In his alt.
- Enemy Mine: Of the members of the Forces of Darkness he fights alongside with in the Battle of Armageddon, they include the Seidan Rebels Darrius and Dairou, who both sought to kill him in Deception, and Havik.
- The Fettered
- The Fundamentalist: Hotaru, as with the rest of the Seidan Guard, believe that "Freedom leads to anarchy, anarchy leads to Chaos, Chaos leads to suffering."
- Gender-Blender Name: While the name Hotaru is more associated with men in Japan, the name is primarily thought of as a woman's name in the United States.
- Hero Killer: Slaps the Sacrificial Lamb label on Li Mei by impaling her with his naginata at the beginning of the Battle of Armageddon, marking her as the first of many casualties.
- Killed Off for Real: What happens to him in two of Deception's arcade endings, those being Kenshi Takahashi's and Dairou's, but subverted by way of both being Non-Canon with his appearance in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon alive and well. Though it is played straight when his luck runs out as shown in the intro of Mortal Kombat 9 showing him among the deceased in the Battle of Armageddon.
- Knight Templar: See the Fundamentalist above.
- Liberty Over Prosperity: Hard Inversion as one can read the Seidan Guard's motto above under the Fundamentalist.
- Light is Not Good: He may have the bright thing about him, but he sides with his debut appearance's Big Bad because he believes it will bring order.
- Magma Man: In the form of his Lava Burst attack.
- Meaningful Name: Japanese for firefly, explaining his powers (evocative of a firefly's glow and flight) and the motif of his armor (an insectoid-like exoskeleton).
- Neck Snap: As a Fatality. Thrice to be exact.
- Odd Friendship: With Shujinko, if Konquest mode is any indication. Hotaru trained Shujinko as a Seidan guardsman, and when Shujinko is thrown into jail, Hotaru had intended to come on his behalf to negate Shujinko's sentence... right as Shujinko was about to escape and Dairou had killed several of his men. Needless to say, BFF time ended there.
- Spam Attack: His Grasshopper special, similar in effect to Liu Kang's Bicycle Kick.
- Stance System: Pi Gua in both of his appearances, and Ba Shan Fan exclusively to Deception.
- Straw Vulcan: He is made to be a very unfavorable stereotype of those who are involved in maintaining and upholding societies' norms and laws (e.g. police officers). Some may even consider it heavy handed.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: His reason for choosing to serve Onaga as noted under the Well Intentioned Extremist entry below.
- Weapon of Choice: A naginata.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Wears two Seidan Guard Flags on the back of his armor as a testament to the Seidan Guard's code of ethics and discipline.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's willing to preserve order at any cost, including serving Onaga.
- White Hair, Black Heart: As can be seen in his image.
In the mountains of Afghanistan, there was a man who was selling weapons to terrorist organizations. During a deal that went wrong, that "man" was revealed to be a woman, named Kira. Kira fended off her attackers and was victorious, and to congratulate her was Kabal, leader of a reformed Black Dragon Clan. Impressed by her skills, Kabal offered Kira membership, which she gladly accepted. She and eventual recruit Kobra help carried out the new Black Dragon's goal of total anarchy.
Kira and Kobra would be fought by Taven on his quest, and the two fought alongside Kabal and original Black Dragon members Kano and Jarek in the Battle of Armageddon.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her alt. By default, Kira has more of a Cleavage Window going on, thanks to the corset and all.
- Bare Your Midriff: Again, her alt.
- Blue Oni: To Kobra's Red. Ironically, she's the one who has red hair and wears outfits with a good bit of red in them.
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Her Deception ending indicates that she doesn't think very highly of Kobra, yet in her Armageddon ending, the first thing she does with her newly attained power is resurrect the slain Kobra. Unfortunately, this makes him view her as a soft-hearted weakling and he kills her without a moment's hesitation.
- Combat Stilettos
- Composite Character: Moveset-wise, she's Sonya and Kano rolled into one.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Before Kabal found her and recruited her for the Black Dragon, Kira was posing as a man in Afghanistan, selling weapons to terrorists.
- Dark Action Girl
- Distaff Counterpart: The developers referred to her as a "female Kano."
- The Dragon, Evil Genius, and the Dark Chick: In the new Black Dragon (with Kabal as the Big Bad, Kobra as The Brute, and Havik possibly as The Man Behind the Man), she kind of fulfills these roles by default. The latter is most prominent. Her Deception ending, in which she exploits Kobra's lack of focus and his blind ferocity to open him up for attack and subsequently kill him, causing Kabal to give her the chance to handpick two more recruits to be tested in the same manner she and Kobra were, does cement the former two tropes, though.
- Girlish Pigtails: Missing in her alt.
- Femme Fatale: Shades of it, as seen in her Sexy Walk below and her getting-up animation between rounds should she lose.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: In her alternate costume.
- Kiss of Death: A variation in that she blows the kiss, much like Sonya would do in later games.
- Knife Nut: Dual-wields elegantly-designed knives (the Dragon Teeth) as her Weapon of Choice.
- Mix and Match: Her regular attire is mostly red, with the exception of the corset she wears under her jacket and her heels, which are black. Her alternate mostly inverts the color scheme of her default outfit.
- Punny Name: Could be unintentional, but "Kira" sounds similar to how a Japanese dialect would render the English word "killer."
- Rolling Attack: Directly lifted from Kano.
- Sexy Walk: During her Torso Rip Fatality in Deception.
- Stance System: Xing Yi and Kenpo in Deception, Yuan Yang in ''Armageddon".
- Unholy Matrimony: In Kobra's Armageddon ending, he takes her as his wife, though she (possibly unintentionally, given her ending) kills him with a Kiss of Death.
- And in her own, she resurrects Kobra with her powers to take him as her lover but then HE betrays and kills her.
- Weapon of Choice: Dragon Teeth.
Kobra was once a proficient fighter in New York, but years of fighting in dojos and mock fights made him wonder just how useful they were. He started beating up street thugs, but the bloodlust eventually led him to killing his opponents and making him a wanted criminal. He eventually got the attention of the new Black Dragon Clan under Kabal, and he and Kira sprung him from the police and inducted him. Kobra worked with his new clan members in making the Black Dragon Clan a feared name.
Kobra would fight Taven during his quest, and Kobra would fight alongside the Black Dragon, old and new, in the Battle of Armageddon.
- And Show It to You: In fitting fashion for a Black Dragon member, one of Kobra's Fatalities is this. He puts a unique spin on it by slamming the heart back in the opponent's face. He also inverts this with his Hara-Kiri, where he rips out his own heart.
- Blood Lust: At first, he tried to sate his violent urges by going after scumbags, but he became addicted to the thrill of killing and eventually he gets to the point where he'd kill whoever was in sight.
- Captain Ersatz: He's near-unanimously seen as Mortal Kombat's own version of Ken Masters, but he's a downplayed version of this trope since the reasons are purely aesthetic. Especially not helped by his placeholder name as seen in the Mistaken Identity entry below.
- Expy: A cocky, blond guy named Kobra who wears a sleeveless gi? There's absolutely no way in Hell that he wasn't modeled after Cobra Kai bully Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid. His design outright spells this out; an omnipresent black and gold color scheme, a cobra design on the back of his gi, almost the exact same symbols on his outfit (not the same amount of symbols though) and a black gi for his second player outfit that is advertised quite often. Even one of his combos is called "Kobra Kai". After all of this you can't say that this wasn't intentional.
- Hammerspace: There are no kali sticks on his model. Or the machete.
- In a Single Bound: In the intro to Armageddon, he can be seen high in the air fighting Shujinko.
- In the Hood: His alternate costume.
- Killed Offscreen: Erron Black mentioned how he killed Kobra in a pre-fight dialogue against Kano.
- Machete Mayhem: Gains one as his weapon stance in Armageddon.
- Mistaken Identity: His placeholder name was "Ken Masters" due to their aesthetic similarities. When images of this prototype footage was released, many believed that Kobra actually was Ken.
- My God, What Have I Done?: A very slight case that's immediately averted. Some time after one of his sprees, he wonders how many lives he's ultimately ended and ruined, but then decides it really doesn't matter to him.
- Off with His Head!: One of his Fatalities.
- Red Oni: Red to Kira's Blue.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He is seen as this to Johnny Cage.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Kira, despite not having a great deal of respect for him, still decides to save her comrade after getting Blaze's power. Kobra sees this as weakness and kills her without a second thought.
- Unholy Matrimony: In his Armageddon ending, he takes Kira as his wife, but she ends up killing him. Unwittingly, actually, as the Elder Gods decided to turn Kira into a Goddess of Death to punish Kobra for his arrogance.
- And in Kira's ending, she uses her newfound powers to resurrect him and, to thank her, he betrays and kill her.
- Weapon of Choice: A pair of kali sticks in Deception, a weapon he trades in for a machete in Armageddon.
Debut game: Mortal Kombat: Deception (Max Crawford)
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Max Crawford)
As a youth, Shujinko dreamed of fighting in Mortal Kombat and defeating Shang Tsung. His chance for glory came when an entity known as Damashi, an envoy of the Elder Gods, was looking for a mortal with the courage and strength to find the six Kamidogu. Shujinko accepted, and, through the decades, looked for them. Armed with a power bestowed by Damashi to observe and wield the abilities of various kombatants, Shujinko traversed many realms and met many kombatants before obtaining the six Kamidogu. Shujinko however, had been deceived.
Damashi turned out to be the Dragon King Onaga, former emperor of Outworld. Onaga cast his pawn aside and took the Kamidogu for his own, intending to reshape the realms. Feeling immense guilt, Shujinko gathered remaining kombatants from the battle against the Deadly Alliance, helped them defeat Onaga, and banished Onaga's soul to the Neatherrealm. Shujinko would later partake in the Battle of Armageddon alongside many of the kombatants he has met throughout the decades.
In the rebooted timeline, Shujinko is head of the Kang Shaolin Temple, and in charge of guarding the Kamidogu of Chaos. Unfortunately, Havik deceives him into giving up his Kamidogu after convincing him that Raiden could not be trusted. Later, Raiden sends Cassie Cage to kill Shujinko in order to prevent him waking Onaga and beginning the path towards Armageddon.
- All Your Powers Combined: Uses his ability to learn the skills of any fighter (given to him by Onaga himself) to unite the powers of the entire cast of Deception into himself. He then finishes off the Dragon King with a rainbow Falcon Punch.
- Ascended Fanboy: It had been his dream since childhood to enter Mortal Kombat and defeat Shang Tsung. He was given the chance to enter this world, but at what cost?
- Bald of Awesome: In his alt.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Courtesy of Havik.
- The Cameo: He is "mistaken" as Shang Tsung in Cassie Cage's Mortal Kombat X ending, and presumably dies at her hand.
- Ditto Fighter
- Face Death with Dignity: When Cassie kills him, he whispers her his name with "a mixture of sadness and relief".
- Face–Heel Turn: Happens in his Armageddon ending where he uses his newfound power to kill all the other Kombatants.
- For Want of a Nail: Raiden invokes this in the new timeline by sending Cassie Cage to kill him before he can free Onaga, thus also preventing Armageddon.
- Idiot Hero: "I will do as you ask" is basically a Catch Phrase for him, and he allows himself to be tricked by Damashi, an entity whose name means "deceiver" in what is presumably Shujinko's native tongue.
- In the rebooted timeline, he gives up the Kamidogu of Chaos to Havik, an Obviously Evil looking being who tricks him into thinking Raiden can't be trusted. In fairness to him, Havik isn't so much about evil so much as he is about chaos, and Havik did aid him in the original timeline. In fact, he was one of the few who didn't end up betraying him.
- Magikarp Power: When you first get him, he has no moves; you have to go back into Story Mode and unlock his moves.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He unleashes one of these on Onaga.
- Old Master: For Li Mei anyway.
- Power Copying: His entire repertoire of special moves is assembled this way. He uses Scorpion's Spear, Sub-Zero's Freeze, Liu Kang's Bicycle Kick, Raiden's Flying Thunder God, Ermac's Telekinetic Slam, Sindel's Sliding Foot Grab, Li Mei's Flipping Heel Kick, and Kobra's Flaming Fist. Shujinko also borrows Havik's Chaos Axe Kick (his throw).
- Punny Name: Sound innocuous at first, but in Japanese, "Shujinko" means "Main Character."
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: He defeats Onaga at the end of Deception, though Onaga's soul is pulled out of Reptile's body before he can land the final blow.
- Stance System: Mantis and Shaolin Monk in Deception, the former he keeps for Armageddon. In Konquest, you play as Shujinko travelling the realms and learning the fighting styles and stances of other characters.
- Unwitting Pawn: In both timelines.
Onaga, also known as the Dragon King, was once the emperor of Outworld. His undead army of soldiers was feared by many as being unstoppable. His rule would come to an abrupt end when he was poisoned and killed by his chief adviser Shao Kahn. For the next millennium, Shao Kahn ruled outworld and Onaga was forgotten. His chance for a return came when, posing as an ethreal essence name Damashi, he tasked Shujinko with a false quest to find the Kamidogu and grant him power. At the same time, a delirious Reptile chanced upon a dragon egg that corrupted Reptile and allowed the soul of Onaga to inhabit his body. Revived, Onaga immediately went to reclaim his army and defeated the former Deadly Alliance of Quan Chi and Shang Tsung, and Raiden. He then revived all those killed by the former sorcerers and made them his slaves, and set about reconquering the realms.
Shujinko, feeling immense guilt for the deception, gathered as many remaining kombatants as possible and defeated Onaga together, exorcising him from Reptile and locking his spirit in the Neatherrealm. Shinnok, also banished to the Neatherrealm, promised Onaga freedom and reclaiming Outworld by informing him of the power that Blaze held, and Onaga, alongside a reluctant alliance of Quan Chi, Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn, escaped from the Neatherrealm and partook in the Battle of Armageddon.
- Assimilation Plot: Unknowingly under the influence of the One Being, he has plans of fusing all reality into himself.
- Back from the Dead: During his fight with Shujinko, Nightwolf casts a sealing spell that drags Onaga's essence out of Reptile's body and down into the Netherrealm. Shinnok later releases him in exchange for his cooperation. He also possesses the ability to constantly resurrect his mooks, thus their reputation for being invincible.
- Berserk Button: Shao Kahn. His white-hot hatred for his backstabbing former adviser makes the Scorpion/Sub-Zero rivalry look tame. In the intro to Armageddon, Onaga is nowhere to be seen while the other combatants duke it out in a battle royale. Where does he come in? Swooping down to interrupt Shang Tsung's battle with Shao Kahn just so that he can be the one to give Shao Kahn his just desserts.
- Big Bad: He is the main villain and Final Boss of Deception.
- Blow You Away: The flap of his wings generates enough gust to push opponents away as the Dragon King propels backwards.
- Boss Arena Idiocy: Both played straight and subverted. If you try to tackle Onaga head-on, he'll probably come across as a SNK Boss. However, if you walk into one of the six Kamidogu located in the corners of his arena, Onaga will immediately be knocked out of any attack he was attempting and will kneel over in a pain for a second, opening him up for a free combo. However, the Kamidogu don't regenerate between rounds, so you only get six shots in all of opening up a can of whup-ass on Onaga before you have to resort to fighting him fairly. Also, his arena contains a Death Trap; you can't knock him into the spikes, but he can knock you into them if you're by the edge.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He does this to the five fallen heroes in Deception, making them his slaves. The five heroes being Kitana, Kung Lao, Jax, Johnny Cage, and Sonya Blade.
- Breath Weapon: He's the Dragon King. What did you expect?
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned in Deadly Alliance, rises to prominence in Deception.
- He was originally planned to appear in Deadly Alliance but was cut as the designers wanted to focus on the titular villains.
- Eldritch Abomination: Concept art indicates that he would have become the One Being in his ending.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In Armageddon when Quan Chi is making his case for organizing the Forces of Darkness, Onaga objects to allying with any of those present (Quan Chi, Shang Tsung, and Shao Kahn) stating "I will not join an alliance of traitors!"
- Evil Overlord: The one who preceded Shao Kahn as the ruler of Outworld.
- Eviler Than Thou: Pulls this on the Deadly Alliance on Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, and in Armageddon gets into an argument with Shao Kahn over which of them is The Emperor.
- Greater Scope Villain: He was the original ruler of Outworld before Shao Khan. Also, the Deadly Alliance immediately recognize him as this when he first appears in Deception's opening FMV, which is what prompts their subsequent Enemy Mine with Raiden to fight him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His bio in Armageddon states that his defeat was caused by Shujinko the Power Copying ability he gave him to become strong enough to break the kamidogu (making him no longer unbeatable) and then kill him.
- Iconic Logo: He's the dragon of the Mortal Kombat logo.
- The Juggernaut: All the dialogue states that while he had the six kamidogu, he was invincible.
- Large and in Charge: The largest character in the series.
- Manipulative Bastard: "Oh hai, Shujinko. My name's Damashi, and I'm here to tell you that you're the Elder God's Champion, fated to embark on a great adventure!" This is Deception's Konquest mode in a nutshell.
- Mascot: Word of God stated that he was the reason why Mortal Kombat has a dragon as its symbol.
- Meaningful Name: He's the Dragon King, and his name is made up of the Japanese word for king and the Sanskrit word for serpent.
- No Sell: Projectiles are damn near useless against Onaga. This is even foreshadowed in Deception's intro cinematic, where he takes the full brunt of the combined powers of Raiden, Shang Tsung, and Quan Chi and brushes it off quite effortlessly.
One being, the One Being is considered to be the origin of the Realms of Mortal Kombat (Earthrealm, Netherrealm, Outworld, Orderrealm, Chaosrealm, Edenia, and others yet to be mentioned in the storyline). According to ancient legend, in the beginning of time, there only existed the One Being and the Elder Gods.
The One Being fed off of the essences of the Elder Gods, but eventually, the Elder Gods defeated the One Being, and, in efforts to weaken the One Being's omnipotence, the Elder Gods separated the One Being's consciousness into the realms and created six Kamidogu, which held the essence of the One Being. The legend decrees that if one were to obtain all six Kamidogu with the Sacred Amulet, he or she would be granted ultimate power.
The One Being's disembodied consciousness seeks to reunite all the realms in order to make itself whole again. It is implied that it has acted through beings such as Onaga and Shao Kahn, and is responsible for their attempts to merge all realms - particularly Earthrealm - into Outworld.
Although the storyline of Deception would seem to hint that the One Being would be the villain of the next title, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, this was later proven false, as Blaze would end up as the final boss in this game. The One Being is only mentioned twice in Armageddon: once in a passing statement about the kombatants "tapping into the power that make the realms", which may or may not refer to the One Being, and more directly by name during Kai's game ending.
In Mortal Kombat (2011), Shao Kahn is hinted at being under the influence of the One Being as he stands atop the pyramid, prepared to begin Armageddon and destroy the realms. This event, in the second timeline, is hastened to the final events of Mortal Kombat 3, when Shao Kahn has almost merged Earthrealm with Outworld, and at the same time he is ending all things in existence. However, the Elder Gods intervene and destroy Shao Kahn, thereby halting whatever plans the One Being may have had. In the Mortal Kombat X comic series, it is revealed that the six Kamidogu, now daggers in the rebooted timeline, have all tasted the blood of the One Being and its essence lives within them, serving as the source of the daggers' Blood Magik. In Shinnok's Mortal Kombat X ending, the fallen Elder God succeeds in re-merging all the realms to reawaken the One Being, allowing it to destroy all of reality upon the One Being's revival and devoured the Elder Gods.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Subtly implied to have happened in the original timeline. While it has yet to happen in the new one, Shinnok's non-canon ending involves him awakening the One Being himself to achieve his Rage Against the Heavens.
- Cessation of Existence: The fate of all Kombatants and Realms if he were to awaken.
- God: He is the most powerful being in Mortal Kombat series.
- Greater Scope Villain: He is responsible for all events that occur and subtly manipulates powerful beings such as Shao Kahn and Onaga, to achieve their goals. It's possible that Shinnok may be under the One Being's influence in Mortal Kombat X.
- The Man Behind the Man: Seems to be this for Shao Kahn and Onaga. Shinnok's MKX arcade ending implies the fallen Elder God was under the One Being's influence.
- The Unseen: Though he does appear in Shinnok's arcade ending in Mortal Kombat X