Characters: Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero

Here we're going to list the characters introduced in the spin-off Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. While Quan Chi was originally introduced in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, he's included here for the sake of narrative, as this is the game which introduced him to the series proper and explained his role in the main story of the games.

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    Quan Chi 
"You will serve me in the Netherrealm!"

A sorcerer from the Netherrealm, Quan Chi is quite easily the most treacherous character in all the games. While originally supposed to serve the Elder God Shinnok, Quan Chi's true allegiance is only to himself, and he will make and break deals with anyone if it furthers his goals. Quan Chi, contrary to most characters in the series, does not actually belong to either a mortal race or the myriad gods: he used to be an oni, a demonic torturer from hell, who eventually took a humanoid form.

Quan Chi has had a behind-the-scenes presence through a myriad of major events in the series' history. Serving Shinnok, he directly caused the deaths of both Scorpion (and his clan and family...) and the original Sub-Zero, was the one who revived Sindel in order to facilitate Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm, released Shinnok from his imprisonment in the Netherrealm, and brought about Liu Kang's death during the events of Deadly Alliance. He has also betrayed every single ally he ever had at one point or another.

During the events of both Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Mortal Kombat 4, Quan Chi was working to release his master, the banished Elder God Shinnok, from his imprisonment in the Netherrealm. To this end, he also worked with Shao Kahn (bringing back Sindel for him, as previously mentioned). After Shinnok's defeat, however, Quan Chi eventually discovered the tomb of Onaga The Dragon King, which contained within his undead army, which slept in suspended animation. Wanting to control the army to conquer both Outworld and Earthrealm, Quan Chi allied himself with Shang Tsung, eventually bringing down Liu Kang together during the events of Deadly Alliance. Of course, after being victorious over Earthrealm's warriors at the end of Deadly Alliance, Quan Chi turns on Shang Tsung (with Shang Tsung doing the same, of course). They are both attacked by Onaga the Dragon King, however, and both Quan Chi and Raiden are supposedly destroyed during the events of Deception. Quan Chi did survive the events of Deception, but eventually dies along with... well, everybody else, during the events of Armageddon.

Quan Chi has an important role in the events of Mortal Kombat 9: all the aforementioned events which happen during the course of the first three games also happen during this one. It starts with the fact that he slaughters Scorpion's family to convince him to kill the original Sub-Zero, not the younger one, and it only goes downhill from there.


  • Actually a Doombot: Baraka's non-canon ending in Gold.
  • Arch-Enemy: Serves as Scorpion's.
  • Badass Baritone: Don't even deny it.
  • Bald of Evil: Not one strand of hair on his head and doesn't do one single good deed throughout the whole franchise.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Bar the Too Many Belts, he's wearing nothing between his chestplate and his pants in his X incarnation.
  • Bat out of Hell: His Summoner variation in his X incarnation has him summon a Netherrealm Bat.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In the original timeline after he started acting on his own (how successful he was with he plotting to overthrow Shinnok is unclear). He nearly succeeds with his plan to revive Onaga's army, only to suffer from an Eviler Than Thou from Onaga himself.
  • Big "NO!": When Scorpion drags him into the Netherrealm in 4.
    • Also occurs before being killed by Scorpion in Sub-Zero's ending from the same game.
  • Brought Down to Normal/Butt Monkey: Scorpion killing him notwithstanding, after spending a lot of time as a Karma Houdini, X had karma bite him back hard. Due to Shinnok being sealed, he has lost a lot of his former power, and pretty much every appearance he makes in the story involves having the shit kicked out of him, and most of what goes right is all D'Vorah's handiwork. Given what he's done over the years, it's almost funny watching him fail so badly, but it gets even funnier in his Arcade ending where he is (apparently) revived by the Elder Gods with the order of killing Raiden - all without his free will.
  • Canon Immigrant and Ascended Extra: He appeared first in the Defenders of the Realm cartoon, with a whole episode where he used a magic jewel to increase the evil emotions in everyone's hearts except Nightwolf. Game-wise, he was introduced in both Mythologies and 4 at the same time as a major character.
  • The Chessmaster: The biggest example in the series, especially in 9, where he manipulates both Raiden's and Shao Kahn's forces so he could make conquest by Shinnok easier by having the latter disposed of by the Elder Gods as a consequence for violating the Mortal Kombat laws.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: There is not a single character he's allied or bargained with that he didn't later betray.
    • In an inversion, his Arcade ending in 9 has Shinnok betray him first, but he still gets the better of him.
    • Subverted in MKX. Quan Chi serves Shinnok with no doubt. He even sacrifices himself to free Shinnok.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In his X incarnation, parts of his outfit will change color based on his variation: green on his skull and skeleton hands for Warlock, red on his spikes for Summoner, and purple on his body markings for Sorcerer. The latter two variations also gets a corresponding eye glow.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Keeps Shinnok's real amulet in case the deal he has with him doesn't go the way he wanted and knew that Shang Tsung would betray him.
  • Dark Is Evil: Uses black magic and necromancy as powers, plus the fact that he is a demon from the Netherrealm.
  • The Dragon: To Shinnok in 4 and 9, but...
    • Dragon with an Agenda: He was plotting against him in the original timeline, as he does with everyone he allies with.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields twin broadswords in the DA-D-A trilogy.
  • Enemy Mine/Heel-Face Turn: In DC Universe.
  • Epic Fail: He's as fragile as the revenants, if not even weaker.
  • Evil Albino: Like Shinnok, his skin is completely pale. Plus, he has red eyes. It is unknown if that is his real skin or just body paint, yet it is known of his role a major villain of the series.
  • Evil Overlord: In exchange for helping Shinnok overthrow Lucifer, he was granted the chance to rule at his side in the Netherrealm, qualifying him for this trope.
  • Evil Sorcerer: One of the biggest users of black magic in the entire series, whose abilities have been so far the most plot relevant. In 9, he conjures images of Sub-Zero killing Scorpion's family, so that the enraged spectre would kill the Cryomancer; heals Shao Kahn's wounds; resurrects Sindel in Earthrealm; attempts to create a Soulnado and conjures undead versions of the warriors killed by Sindel to attack Raiden.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Richard Divizio (4) and Ron Banks (vs. DCU onward) portray him with a deep baritone voice that only seems to enhance his evilness.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Also a staple of his appearance. It gives him a more sinister look than he already has.
  • Expy: Inverted. He looks like a modern-day Kratos, but precedes him by a margin of 7-8 years (with his DA design predating GoW by almost three years).
  • Facial Markings: He seems to have a chakra painted on his forehead. Also, there are two black lines coming out of his eyebrows towards the back of his head.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Best seen when he talks to Raiden towards the end of 9, where he is dripping with contempt toward the Thunder God but never loses the polite tone in his voice.
  • Filler Villain: In Defenders of the Realm, he was only around for one episode and didn't show up after that. Not so much in the games.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Ed Boon went on record as claiming that Quan Chi had both his most AND least favorite fatalities in the series.
    • His Leg Rip fatality in 4 and 9, where he tears your leg off and beats you to death with it, was his favorite.
    • In Deadly Alliance, he stretches your neck to cartoony proportions, and while he does it, it can be assumed that he's tearing your spinal kord from the rest of your nerves while keeping your head attached. It's basically Sub-Zero's head rip, but far less bloody.
  • Hellish Horse: Can be seen riding one in some of his pre-fight dialogue if he is the first one to speak in Mortal Kombat X.
  • Insistent Terminology: Quan Chi's use of the word "ninja" to refer to Sub-Zero (who is a Lin Kuei), specifically done as a form of mockery.
  • Instant Expert: According to Deadly Alliance's Konquest Mode, the bulk of Quan Chi's knowledge of the martial arts comes from magic. When he was drained of his powers in the fifth plane of the Netherrealm, Quan Chi could only rely on basic Tang Soo Do attacks to ward off Scorpion.
  • Karma Houdini: The ending of 9 makes him one.
    • Karma Houdini Warranty: Subverted. His own gets torn in X, thanks to Hanzo Hasashi, better known to fans as Scorpion, beheading him off, but this comes with the consecquence of Shinnok reviving and the remaining revenants staying that way.
  • Living MacGuffin: Given his magic being the method by which the dead kombatants of 9 were turned into Revenant Zombies, he is this in X, as his magic combined with that of Raiden is the only known method by which the revenant curse can be reversed. Raiden manages to revive Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Jax, as they were present after Sonya beat Quan Chi to unconsciousness. However, years later after Jax captured Quan Chi, Scorpion attacked and killed him before any of the other revenants could be returned to life.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Quan Chi is the one who killed Scorpion's family and clan, not Sub-Zero. He told Scorpion that it was the younger Sub-Zero, because he wanted Scorpion on his and Shinnok's side during the events of MK4.
    • He does it again with Scorpion and the elder Sub-Zero during MK9. In the process, Scorpion's now a MUCH more willing pawn for him, and he has also secured Noob Saibot as his servant. He might also be manipulating Raiden himself, if Raiden's visit to the Netherrealm and the Stinger at game's end are any indication.
    • Does some with Shinnok as well. After retrieving Shinnok's amulet, he kept the real one for himself and gave Shinnok a fake.
    • MK vs. DCU also allows him to manipulate both forces of the conflict to release him from his chains on the Netherrealm. Raiden's Arcade Ladder ending also gives a bit of foreshadowing to the reboot, as Raiden is forced to use what might well be Kyrptonite as a power source. Quan Chi forces him to be a servant in order to stay alive.
  • Necromancer: As seen in the opening to Armageddon as well as in the story modes of 9 and X, although he can't do this in gameplay. He CAN exert limited control over the living as well (see People Puppets below).
  • Not Me This Time: While Scorpion has yet to find out, Havik, through the Kamidogu, is the one behind the second Shirai Ryu massacre, not Quan Chi.
  • Off with His Head!: How he is killed by Scorpion—sorry, Hanzo Hasashi in MKX.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: In Baraka's Gold ending.
  • People Puppets: Some of his moves allow him to control his opponent's body for a short period of time. Prime example of this is his X-Ray move in 9.
    • It seems he's still got that in his X incarnation. His first Fatality has Quan Chi controlling and forcing his victim to walk forward and impale themselves in the mouth on a floating blade before being vertically skewered.
  • Purple Eyes: In some of his variants in MKX.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Not immediately noticeable, but it is always there. It contributes to his demonic-looking appearance.
    • Made much more obvious in his Summoner variation.
  • Secret Character: Beat the Story Mode in 9 to unlock him.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: His chestplate in his X incarnation has a skull in the center, and it glows. His Warlock variation also gives him a pair of skeleton hands in his back, which also glow.
  • Slouch of Villainy: His win pose in 9.
  • So Long, Suckers!: Closely watch the intro to Deception. Quan Chi makes a getaway seconds before Raiden's Heroic Sacrifice kamikaze after calling him out on it.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Present on his original armor from Mythologies and 4, but also included to a degree in his current attire.
  • Stance System: Had Tang Soo Do and Escrima in Deadly Alliance. He keeps the latter in Armageddon.
    • His variations in X are Warlock, Summoner and Sorcerer.
  • The Starscream: To Shinnok.
  • Summon Magic: The appropriately-named "Summoner" variation in X allows him to call forth a demonic bat familiar to sic on his opponent.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His above mentioned Fatality where he beats the victim with their own leg. Even when the announcer deems the opponent dead, Quan Chi ignores it and keeps "beating the dead corpse", past the screen fading to black.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Travels between the Netherrealm and other realms at whim by creating magical gateways. Comes to the fore in Mortal Kombat X, using his "Warlock" variation that enables him to use these creatively to get the drop on his enemy.
  • This Cannot Be!: Has an Oh, Crap moment upon the return of Onaga. If you listen closely, he actually says this, too.
  • Too Many Belts: His X incarnation has 6 belts arranged in a checker pattern.
  • Tron Lines: His Sorcerer variation in his X incarnation has his body markings glow purple a la Kotal Kahn. Extra bonus points for glowing during certain moves.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Starting in Deadly Alliance.
  • Was Once a Man: Inverted. He was an oni who became human.
  • Weapon of Choice: Had a spiked mace for 4. Trades it in for a pair of broadswords for the next three games.
  • We Have Reserves: Casually kills one of his own demon minions in Mortal Kombat X just for standing in the way.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In the present day in X, he is noticeably weaker than he was earlier, especially during the Netherrealm War, and some characters, notably Sareena, take notice. This is because, with Shinnok being a Sealed Evil in a Can, he doesn't have the fallen Elder God to back him up with his magical potential, and he's using all of his resources trying to break him free.

    Sareena 
"I am not a being of Light. I am a demon of the Netherrealm, a servant of Quan Chi."

Other appearances: Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. Cameo in Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat 9, and Mortal Kombat X.

Sareena is one of Quan Chi's personal assassins. She and her two partners, Kia and Jataaka, were ordered to kill Sub-Zero before he reached Quan Chi. They were defeated, but Sub-Zero strangely spared Sareena's life. Later, as Sub-Zero battled Quan Chi, Sareena suddenly appeared and did a Heel-Face Turn by helping him in defeating the sorcerer. After expressing her desire to escape the Netherealm with him, she's shot in the back with a bolt of energy by Shinnok. She collapses into an enraged Sub-Zero's arms and seems to die...

... Turns out after the events of the game that the only thing Shinnok destroyed was her human form. In Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition, it's discovered that her essence was banished as punishment for her betrayal, where she would suffer for years. Some time later, Sareena discovered the portal Quan Chi and Scorpion used to escape the Netherealm.

Shortly after regaining her human form, Sareena encountered the younger brother of the Sub-Zero she met years before. Sub-Zero granted her sanctuary with the Lin Kuei back on Earthrealm. In gratitude, Sareena pledged her loyalty to the clan, swearing to help defend it from its enemies.

In Armageddon, it is revealed that Sareena followed Sub-Zero into the Netherrealm, saving him from being killed by Noob Saibot and Smoke. She and Sub-Zero were victorious, but after the battle, Sareena lost control of her human form and returned to her true demon self. Thinking her to be a threat, Sub-Zero attacked and she fled, not wanting to harm him. However, she was later attacked by Noob Saibot, Smoke, and her former master Quan Chi, who demanded she provide them information about the Lin Kuei. At first, Sareena refused, determined to remain loyal to Sub-Zero. But Quan Chi then cast his dark sorcery upon her, returning her to her human form and then convincing her that she can never be good and that she is simply a pure evil demon. Swayed by Quan Chi's corruption, she agreed to serve him once again.

    Fujin 
"Farewell Thunder God, I will not fail you."

Other appearances: Mortal Kombat 4 and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. Cameo in Mortal Kombat 9 and Mortal Kombat X.

Fujin is one of Raiden's god-guardians of Shinnok's amulet in Mythologies, and the first of them which was challenged by Sub-Zero. He returned in 4 as one of the Earthrealm gods not being destroyed by Shinnok. He assists Raiden in his battle against Shinnok, and after his defeat, he was ascended to the Earthrealm protector status, while Raiden (who chose him as the replacement) was re-promoted to the Elder Gods pantheon.

In Armageddon, he notices a behavior change in his old friend. While Raiden was, technically, in the good guys' side, he also gained a ruthless side after realizing that Humans Are Bastards and revived Liu Kang's corpse in order to send him to do a massive manslaughter. In spite of this, Fujin allied with Kung Lao in order to find a way to save both Raiden and Liu Kang. He learns that Johnny Cage is trying to gather the Forces of Light, and there's also a mention of the brothers Taven and Daegon, whose family has been friends with Fujin over the years. Argus (their father) sent them on a quest which was corrupted by evil. Fujin then goes to search for both brothers, hoping to prevent their progress and learn the true purpose of their quest.

  • Automatic Crossbows: Has one in Mortal Kombat 4, but rarely uses it properly (bar in one Fatality).
  • Badass Cape: In Mythologies. Gains it back as an alt. in Armageddon.
  • Blade on a Stick: His recent appearance in the Mortal Kombat X Story Mode has him wielding a spear/naginata.
  • Blow You Away
  • Braids of Action: In Armageddon, his hair is adorned more lavishly than it was back in Mythologies and 4. And yes, this is a rare male example of this trope.
  • The Cameo: In 9, in Kratos' ending alongside Raiden.
  • Complete Immortality: Like Raiden he has lived for eons and there is no known way to kill him. If he is destroyed he eventually reforms.
  • Composite Character: Shinnok is the Wind God in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before appearing in 4 and Armageddon, he was a Mid Boss in Mythologies.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning
  • Flight: In Mythologies, the player can't throw him to the void. This is how he recovers from his supposed death in that game. Also, he has a torpedo move similar to that of Raiden.
  • Hoist by His Own Tornado: How he (supposedly) dies in Mythologies.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Actually, a crossbow is a real weapon, but you're really not supposed to use it like you would a club at close-range, like he tends to.
  • Mentor: He becomes this to Kung Lao, similar to Raiden and Liu Kang.
  • Not Quite Dead: He's shown being torn asunder by his own tornado in Mythologies, but he's perfectly fine afterward.
  • Physical God: He's the Wind God. He has a more ethereal form, but is required to take a physical one when dealing with mortals.
  • Razor Wind
  • Sole Survivor: When Shinnok broke free of his Netherrealm imprisonment, he killed the other three Elemental Gods. A wounded Fujin narrowly escaped and would've been felled himself had it not been for the intervention of Liu Kang and Kai.
  • Stance System: Lui He is his unarmed fighting stance in Armageddon.
  • Time Abyss: Like Raiden, Fujin has been around for an eon or two.
  • Weapon of Choice: A plasma crossbow in 4. He is later given a sword called the Devastator in Armageddon.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the first chapter of the MKX story, Fujin aids Raiden in protecting the thunder god's Sky Temple and the Jinsei Chamber it houses from Shinnok's Netherrealm army. He's ultimately knocked out by a blast of dark magic from Shinnok, but is shown to be relatively unscathed after Raiden traps Shinnok within his amulet and accompanies Raiden to consult with the Elder Gods about their next move. At that point, Fujin vanishes from the story, not even resurfacing for Shinnok's second invasion once freed by Quan Chi.

    Shinnok 
"Tremble before me as I absorb Earthrealm's power!"

Other appearances: Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, and Mortal Kombat X. Cameo in Mortal Kombat 9.

Shinnok is a former elder god and current ruler of the Netherrealm. Originally, he wanted to take Earthrealm for himself to gain immense power. To make sure he could freely enter Earthrealm without being detected, he created a special amulet which discreetly weakened the dimensional barriers. However, with the help of the other Elder Gods, Raiden discovers his plot and defeats him in battle, banishing him to the Netherrealm for good. There, he suffered constant torture until he met the sorcerer Quan Chi. With his help, Lucifer was dethroned and Shinnok became the new ruler with Quan Chi as his arch-sorcerer and right-hand man.

During the events of both Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Mortal Kombat 4, Quan Chi was working to release his master, the banished Elder God Shinnok, from his imprisonment in the Netherrealm. With the assistance of the original Sub Zero, Quan Chi managed to get the amulet and initiate Shinnok's invasion of the realms after Shao Kahn's failed attempt to conquer Earthrealm. He managed to invade Edenia and attack the heavens before Earthrealm's warriors managed to have him banished back to the Netherrealm once more by Raiden.

In Armageddon, Shinnok tricked Taven into helping him, claiming that he was no longer an Elder God for getting involved with the affairs of mortals. He wished for him to defeat the demons that inhabit his throne and he would try to locate Daegon as a reward. He successfully does the task and Shinnok tells Taven that he is most likely in Earthrealm. As he leaves, it is revealed that Shinnok was helping Daegon who was hiding in Netherrealm. In addition, it was Shinnok who alerted the many combatants to the prize at the top of the Pyramid of Argus, telling them that whomever obtained this power would be granted godlike power. His ending reveals that Shinnok created a clone of his own self to assist Daegon in Armageddon. His clone was killed off shortly after defeating Kung Lao, unable to complete his objective.

He makes a brief cameo in Mortal Kombat 9. In Mortal Kombat X, he's launched an all out invasion of Earthrealm following the events of Mortal Kombat 9 only to be defeated by Johnny Cage. The rest of the game's story revolves around a plot by Quan Chi and D'Vorah to bring him back after 20 years. They succeed (at the cost of Chi's life) and he ends up almost winning, absorbing Earthrealm's Jin Sei and becoming a corrupted version of himself before being stopped by Cassie Cage. His severed immortal head is then used by Dark!Raiden as a warning to the new rulers of the Netherrealm, Liu Kang and Kitana.

  • Actually a Doombot/Fighting a Shadow: According to both his Armageddon ending and 9, the Shinnok present in Armageddon was nothing more than a clone sent by the real Shinnok, who was Genre Savvy enough to not sully his hands with either the big battle itself or the in-fighting of the villains.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Though "attractive" is not the most appropriate word, it is worth noting that he had a more human-like appearance in Annihilation, instead of his demonic look in the games.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He is described more than once as having an unsatiable lust for power, which is what caused his crimes against the Elder Gods.
  • Amplifier Artifact/Immortality Inducer: His Amulet and his Amulet Staff. Both are used to drastically increase his powers to the point of nigh-immortality (even beyond his Physical God status).
    • The latter comes back to bite him in Mortal Kombat X, where he is given an And I Must Scream death at the hands of Raiden.
  • And I Must Scream: At the end of Mortal Kombat X, he is reduced to a conscious decapitated head, and in obvious pain, by Dark!Raiden.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Raiden, who cast him into the Netherrealm millenia before the main series started.
  • Author Avatar: His Mortal Kombat 4 model is based on Midway Games' developer Steve Beran.
  • Batman Gambit -> Xanatos Gambit: Pulls off an epic one through both Armageddon and MK9 that would have made Tywin Lannister either proud or jealous. Shinnok set off the Battle of Armageddon by spreading word about the godlike power that could be gained from killing the elemental Blaze, then manipulated demigod brothers Taven and Daegon in their quest in order to guide them both along opposite paths so they would fight one another instead of working together. Through all this, he was even savvy enough to use a clone instead of personally risking his own neck. The resulting "final battle" between the Forces of Light and Darkness raged out of control until the only two kombatants left standing were a weakened and insane Thunder God (Raiden) and a vicious warrior king who the battle had left sans an army (Shao Kahn). Shao Kahn would go on to ultimately kill both Blaze (after Taven failed) and Raiden, to win Armageddon, presumably following up by conquering the realms and then going mad. With only Shinnok, Taven, Daegon, Shao Kahn, and the disembodied spirit of Lui Kang left alive, nothing short of a Reset Button could stop Shinnok from creating an Enemy Mine to go after Shao Kahn and then picking up the scraps.

    Miraculously, Raiden had regained some of his sanity and used his Elder God amulet to send a message to his past self from the first MK tournament before suffering the final blow at Kahn's hand, essentially pressing said button on the entire series and foiling Shinnok's plan. Except, in a move that ups the gambit level from Batman to Xanatos, Shinnok somehow counted on this to happen and would capitalize on this by sending his disciple Quan Chi in to position himself into Shao Kahn's inner circle over the course of the first three tournaments in order to work his necromancy on fallen kombatants with impunity. The ensuing alterations in the timeline result in the Forces of Light being almost irreparably crippled, with the three most powerful women of Edenia as well as most of Earth's champions killed and turned into wraiths and thralls for the Netherrealm, and the most powerful obstacle to Shinnok's ascension, would-be Armageddon victor / Outworld emperor / first link in an entire army's immortality chain Shao Kahn, eliminated from existence. By the end of MK9, Shinnok and Quan Chi are poised to begin their invasion once he's set free, with Earthrealm and Outworld FAR more vulnerable to a hostile takeover from the Netherrealm than they were in Mortal Kombat 4/Gold in the original timeline.
    Either way…
    • The Bad Guy Wins: Averted. Despite the weakened Forces of Light, Shinnok is shown to be trapped in his own amulet by Raiden in the opening moments of "Mortal Kombat X". However, this was before the time-skip, and Quan Chi was still on the loose. True to form, Shinnok is freed again, but is eventually defeated and foiled after one hell of a struggle.
  • Big Bad: Of Mortal Kombat 4 and Mortal Kombat X.
    • Bigger Bad: He was manipulating the events of Mortal Kombat 9 from behind the scenes, through his minion Quan Chi. To a lesser extent, he was also this during the events of Armageddon.
  • The Cameo: In the Sequel Hook of Mortal Kombat 9, suggesting that the new timeline would see some adaptation of the storyline from 4, which it would indeed see in X.
  • The Chessmaster: The Man Behind the Man to Daegon and is trusted by Taven (who is unaware that he had fallen), and pits the two against each other. He seems to have a greater awareness of what is going on than most other heroes and villans, and he chooses to use an avatar for the final battle rather than show up in person. It is implied in Mortal Kombat 9 that the entirety of that game is a result of his machinations in Armageddon. Quite impressive, though he's as much of an Anti-Climax Boss as a fighter as he ever was (even if, granted, he's not technically a boss).
  • Chekhov's Gun: His Amulet is technically the seventh Kamidogu. If Shujinko had collected the item and placed it on the altar alongside the other relics, it would have been sent to the Elder Gods as Onaga told Shujinko originally. When combined with the Kamidogu, its power would have allowed Onaga to reshape the realms.
  • Complete Immortality: The best that can be done with him is imprisoning him in the Netherrealm and hoping he doesn't escape. Or as Raiden to does him at the end of Mortal Kombat X - cut off his head. He won't die, but he won't be able to do much either.
  • Composite Character: Shinnok is Shao Kahn's father in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
  • The Corrupter: Preys on Daegon's fears of being The Unfavourite to get him to kill his parents. Also subtly this to Taven, desensitizing him to murder by having him kill everything in the Spire in order to "reclaim" it—complete with repeated orders to "Eliminate" and "Destroy".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Some of his pre-battle interactions with other fighters show that he has a rather dry sense of humor.
    Mileena: You will not have Outworld.
    Shinnok: Apparently, neither will you.
  • Dem Bones: Shinnok is able to conjure skeletal constructs of varying sizes, from scythes to giant arms.
  • Ditto Fighter: He could also switch between the other characters' moves with ease.
    • He can be this in MKX, using his Imposter variation.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before appearing in 4 and Armageddon.
  • Evil Albino: His face is completely pale and he is one of the main villains in the franchise.
  • Evil Is Hammy: FEEL MY POWER!!! FEEL THE FORCES OF DARKNESS!!! He's certainly no slouch in 4 either, FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS, I SUFFERED IN THE BOWELS OF THE NETHERREALM! YOU, THUNDER GOD, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MY SUFFERING! NOW THE PITEOUS MORTALS OF EARTH WILL PAY FOR MY GRIEVANCE!
    • Then there's this gem from Mortal Kombat X: MISERABLE WRETCH!!! INSIGNIFICANT SPECK OF FECULENT SCUM!!! HOW DARE YOU!
  • Evil Laugh: MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
  • Evil Sorcerer: Yet another one, like all the other villains. He can use, among other moves, shapeshifting like Shang Tsung (Mimicry) and large skeletal hands to grab and throw his opponent (Summoned Fiend).
  • Expy: He's Ritz to Quan Chi and Sakuri Kunikai to Raiden
  • Fallen Hero: His backstory. His lust for power is what caused the other Elder Gods to exile him.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Is reduced to a severed head by the end of MKX. Bonus points that the trope is even called word by word by Raiden.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: As a Fallen Elder God, he's arguably the most powerful force of evil in the entire mythos, but he has a rather lackluster record as a gameplay character. In 4, he simply copied his enemies' moves, a clear ripoff of Shang Tsung minus the shapeshifting and not much harder to beat than the other characters. He got a slightly more original moveset in Armageddon but has still yet to compare to the toughest characters in the series.
    • Fallen god is first and foremost in his description. He powers up for the final fight in X putting his boss incarnation alongside the others in the series.
  • God Emperor of Evil/Satanic Archetype: Fallen Elder God, ruler of the Netherrealm, plans to rule over all of existence. Although he canonically usurped the Netherrealm from Satan (well, actually Lucifer), the dynamic is still the same.
  • I Lied: In Reptile's ending in 4. When he asks Shinnok to hold his end of the deal, the fallen Elder God responds with this:
    Shinnok: "A deal? I am not a god of my word, Reptile. All deals are off!"
  • Large Ham: It seems to be a trend among MK villains, as he is no strange to dramatic shouting. See Evil Is Hammy above.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: Implied in the ending of 9. He was able to communicate with Quan Chi and manipulate the events of the game to his favor but, according to him, he is not yet free. By X, he bursts free, twice for good measure.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Pretty much his shtick in Mythologies, although he's Out-Gambitted by Quan Chi, who took the real Dragon Amulet for himself. Also, see Actually a Doombot/Fighting a Shadow above.
  • Off with His Head!: Decapitates his opponents in some matter during his fatalities and Corrupted Shinnok's victory animation in Mortal Kombat X. He is also decapitated by Raiden at the end of the game, and is shown as an example to the new rulers of the Netherrealm exactly whatcould happen if they threaten Earthrealm.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His goal is to consume all the energies of everything. Except Quan Chi, as a reward for his services.
    • As of Mortal Kombat X, he intends to awaken the One Being by merging the realms.
  • One-Winged Angel: In Mythologies, he transforms into a scary-ass demon... thing... as soon as Sub-Zero takes the amulet, but fighting him in this form is optional (and very difficult, though it unlocks a game blooper reel), as a portal leading to the end of the game opens up anyway.
    • Said demon form returns in Mortal Kombat X when he poisons and absorbs the Jinsei's energy, and it is now officially known as "Corrupted" Shinnok.
  • Physical God: Like the other elder gods or realm gods possesses a more ethereal form, but takes a physical one to participate in mortal events. He may have lost this ability upon his fall.
  • Power Floats: In Mythologies.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Annihilation shows him as father to Raiden and Shao Kahn.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Is not happy with his fellow Elder Gods for casting him down.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Cast down into the Netherrealm by Raiden eons before the series began, with the means of his escape (his amulet) being guarded by the four elemental gods in their Earthrealm temples. Is finally unsealed in 4.
    • Until MKX, whereupon he's now been stuck inside his amulet as one.
  • Sinister Scythe: His Bone Shaper variation in MKX gives him a skeletal one.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: With his sorcerous powers and Quan Chi's help, he overthrew Lucifer and became the new ruler of the Netherrealm in his backstory.
  • Stance System: His only unarmed stance in Armageddon was Kuo Shou.
  • Stealth Mentor/Treacherous Advisor: To the Elder Sub-Zero in Mythologies, thanks in part to a False Innocence Trick (this is non-canon, though; Scorpion will fight you where you encounter Shinnok instead if you killed him back in the first stage, which is what actually happened). Pulls this again in Armageddon with Taven.
  • Straw Nihilist: Has shades of this as evident in MKX. To quote him: "You [Raiden] poison their hearts with hope," and "Remove the shadow from the light and the shadow grows. The legacy of life is death, Raiden".
  • Time Abyss: Existed before the universe was created making him older than millions-year old Raiden.
  • Underestimating Badassery: His plans in X are seriously derailed by Johnny Cage of all people.
  • The Unfought: In Armageddon; see Actually a Doombot/Fighting a Shadow.
  • Weapon of Choice: He had a naginata in 4, and a staff encrusted and empowered by his amulet in Armageddon.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Best seen in his ending in 4. When he tells Raiden about how he will rule all eternity, Raiden says he is mad.

    Lin Kuei Grandmaster 

    Earth God 

    Water God 

    Fire God 

    Jataaka 
Other appearances: Cameo in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

    Kia 
Other appearances: Mini-Boss cameo in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.