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Here we're going to list the characters introduced in the spin-off ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero]]''. While Quan Chi was originally introduced in ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm 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.


[[folder:Quan Chi]]
!!Quan Chi
-->[[caption-width-right:240:''"You will serve me in the Netherrealm!"'']]

-->'''Debut game:''' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'' (Richard Divizio)
-->'''Other appearances:''' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' (Richard Divizio), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Mortal Kombat: Deception]]'' (non-playable), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe]]'' (Ronald M. Banks, non-playable), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (Ronald M. Banks), and ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (Ronald M. Banks, English; Creator/JoseGilbertoVilchis, Latin American Spanish).

-> A sorcerer from the Netherrealm, Quan Chi is quite easily, one of the most [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder treacherous]] characters 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 ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]''. He has also betrayed every single ally he ever had at one point or another.

->During the events of both ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero Mythologies: Sub-Zero]]'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'', 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 ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]''. Quan Chi did survive the events of ''Deception'', but eventually dies along with... well, everybody else, during the events of ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]''.

->Quan Chi has an important role in the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'': 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.


* ActuallyADoombot: Baraka's non-canon ending in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 Gold]]''.
* ArchEnemy: Serves as Scorpion's primary foe, at least when Scorpion isn't his pawn.
* BadassBaritone: This powerful sorcerer's voice is almost as deep as Shao Kahn's.
* BaldOfEvil: Not one strand of hair on his head and he doesn't do one single good deed throughout the whole franchise.
* BareYourMidriff: Bar the TooManyBelts, he's wearing nothing between his chestplate and his pants in his ''X'' incarnation.
* BatOutOfHell: His Summoner variation in his ''X'' incarnation has him summon a Netherrealm Bat.
* BigBad: Of ''Deadly Alliance''; he's the founder of the titular alliance and clearly the dominant one between him and Shang Tsung.
* BigBadWannabe: 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 EvilerThanThou from Onaga himself.
* BigNo:
** When Scorpion [[TakingYouWithMe drags him into the Netherrealm]] in ''4''.
** Also occurs before being killed by Scorpion in Sub-Zero's ending from the same game.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Due to Shinnok being sealed in MK9, [[{{Nerf}} he has lost a lot of his former power]].
* ButtMonkey: Scorpion killing him notwithstanding, after spending a lot of time as a KarmaHoudini, ''X'' had karma bite him back hard. 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, [[spoiler:but it gets even funnier in his Arcade ending where he's (apparently) revived by the Elder Gods with the order of killing Raiden - all without his free will.]]
* CanonImmigrant ''and'' AscendedExtra: 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.
* TheChessmaster: Especially in ''9'', where he manipulates both [[spoiler: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]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: There's not a single character he's allied or bargained with that he didn't later betray.
** [[spoiler:In an inversion, his Arcade ending in ''9'' has Shinnok betray him first, but he still gets the better of him.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted in ''MKX''. Quan Chi serves Shinnok with no doubt. He even sacrifices himself to free the fallen Elder God.]]
*** Though within the same game, pre-fight dialogue in a MirrorMatch hangs a lampshade on this.
-->'''Quan Chi 1''': We mustn't fight!\\
'''Quan Chi 2''': I'm afraid we must.\\
'''Quan Chi 1''': ''You'' were my only friend...
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: 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 [[RedEyesTakeWarning eye]] [[PurpleEyes glow]].
* DarkIsEvil: Uses black magic and necromancy as powers, plus the fact that he is a demon from the Netherrealm.
* DeadpanSnarker: Never loses the polite tone of his voice in many of his intros in ''MKX'', and has a dry sense of humor in several of those.
* TheDragon: To Shinnok in ''4'' and ''9'', but...
** DragonWithAnAgenda: He was plotting against him in the original timeline, as he does with everyone he allies with.
* DualWielding: Wields twin broadswords in the ''DA-D-A'' trilogy.
* EnemyMine: In ''MK vs. DC'', he joins the MK side.
* EvilAlbino: Like Shinnok, his skin is completely pale and he had red eyes. It's unknown if that's his real skin or just body paint, but either way, he's still a major antagonist.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood:
** In one of his intros with Scorpion in ''MKX'' (if the player chooses the Hanzo Hasashi skin), he seems to be baffled that the spectre is no longer his wraith.
** In several of his intros with the other revived revenants, he seems genuinely confused as to why they fell out of his service and calls them ungrateful despite being told that he turned them into his slaves.
** Unlike many of his fellow revenants, it's shown that Kung Lao secretly hates being one and wants to find a way to get out of the Netherrealm for good, but could not. [[spoiler:But Kung Jin did not give up hope, and he comes to help his older cousin's aid and redeems him in both of their arcade endings, enabling Kung Lao's HeroicWillpower to overcome the corruption that bound him to the Netherrealm as a revenant and [[BackFromTheDead escape to rejoin the]] [[HeelFaceTurn side of good]], something which neither Quan Chi nor Shinnok did not expect. And while it may be very hard for a revenant to embrace positive emotions as Quan Chi brainwashed them to the point of extreme hatred in ''MKX'', it also shows that HeroicWillpower and familial bonds are much stronger than the Netherrealm's taint, things that neither [[{{Necromancer}} Shinnok nor Quan Chi]] wouldn't be able to comprehend, a la [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort's assumption about Snape and Lily Potter towards Harry]] or [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 Lotso the Hugging Bear's thoughts regarding Woody, Buzz and their loyalty to each other and their friends]].]]
* EvilOverlord: 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.
* EvilSorcerer: One of the biggest users of dark 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 [[spoiler:conjures undead versions of the warriors killed by Sindel to attack Raiden]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: Richard Divizio (''4'') and Ron Banks (''vs. DCU'' onward) portray him with a deep, baritone voice that only seems to enhance his evilness.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Also a staple of his appearance. It gives him a more sinister look than he already has.
* FacialMarkings: 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.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Best seen when he talks to Raiden towards the end of ''9'', where he's dripping with contempt toward the Thunder God, but never loses the polite tone in his voice.
* FillerVillain: In ''Defenders of the Realm'', he was only around for one episode and didn't show up after that. [[AscendedExtra Not so much in the games.]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[WordOfGod 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.
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: In his ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' arcade ending, the Elder Gods acknowledge Quan Chi's slaying of Shinnok by taking away his free will tasking him with destroying Raiden, who had become a new liability for them.
* HellishHorse: Can be seen riding one in some of his pre-fight dialogue if he's the first one to speak in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. He and the revenants briefly ride some towards the end of story mode.
* InsistentTerminology: Quan Chi's use of the word "ninja" to refer to Sub-Zero (who's a ''[[McNinja Lin Kuei]]''), specifically done as a form of mockery.
* InstantExpert: 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.
* KarmaHoudini: The ending of ''9'' makes him one.
** KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Subverted. His own gets torn in ''X'', thanks to Hanzo/Scorpion [[spoiler:beheading him]], but this comes with the consequence of [[spoiler:Shinnok reviving and the remaining revenants staying that way]].
* LivingMacGuffin: Given his magic being the method by which [[spoiler:the dead kombatants of ''9'']] were turned into {{Revenant Zombie}}s, he's this in ''X'', as his magic combined with that of [[PhysicalGod Raiden]] is the only known method by which the revenant curse can be reversed. [[spoiler: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.]]
* ManipulativeBastard:
** 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, [[spoiler:Scorpion's now a ''much'' more willing pawn for him]], and he's also secured [[spoiler:Noob Saibot]] as his servant. [[spoiler:He might also be manipulating ''Raiden himself'', if Raiden's visit to the Netherrealm and the Stinger at the 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
** Taken to ridiculous levels in X, [[spoiler: where he manages to install D'vorah within Kotal Kahn's elite circle and somehow manipulated Kano to assist Mileena in getting Shinnok's amulet, then proceeded to set up a series of events where he would be captured by Special Forces while D'vorah would teleport to the exact location and hand him said amulet, so that Shinnok would be freed in Earthrealm and can corrupt the Jinsei. The only wrench in all of this was Scorpion showing up and cutting his head off, and even then, it only barely failed as he managed to utter the incantation anyways and free Shinnok.]]
* {{Necromancer}}: As seen in [[CutscenePowerToTheMax the opening]] to ''Armageddon'' [[spoiler:as well as in the story modes of ''9'' and ''X'']], although [[GameplayAndStorySegregation he can't do this in gameplay]]. He ''can'' exert limited control over the living as well (see PeoplePuppets below).
** One of his variaions is based around summoning a bat-like creature to use in combat.
* NotMeThisTime: [[spoiler:Havik, through the Kamidogu, is the one behind the second Shirai Ryu massacre, not Quan Chi.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:How he's killed by Hanzo in ''MKX''.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: In Baraka's ''Gold'' ending, apparently everybody except for he and Baraka. Baraka doesn't last long after he attempts to betray the sorcerer.
* PeoplePuppets: Some of his moves allow him to control his opponent's body for a short period of time.
** Used in-story in the DC crossover with Kitana, as a way to show the effects of the Rage virus to the MK warriors.
** His X-Ray move in ''9'' is all about this.
** His first Fatality in ''X'' has Quan Chi controlling and forcing his victim to walk forward and impale themselves in the mouth on a floating blade before being vertically bisected.
* PortalCut: His second fatality in ''X'', around the opponent's midsection.
* PurpleEyes: In some of his variants in ''MKX''.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Not immediately noticeable, but the red eyes are always there. It contributes to his demonic-looking appearance.
** Made much more obvious in his Summoner variation.
* SecretCharacter: Beat the Story Mode in ''9'' to unlock him.
* ShoutOut: Inverted. He looks like a modern-day [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], but precedes him by a margin of 7-8 years (with his ''DA'' design predating ''[=GoW=]'' by almost three years).
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: 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.
* SlouchOfVillainy: His win pose in ''9''.
* SoLongSuckers: Closely watch the intro to ''Deception''. [[spoiler:Quan Chi makes a getaway ''seconds'' before Raiden's HeroicSacrifice [[TakingYouWithMe kamikaze]] after [[WhatTheHellHero calling him out on it]].]]
* SpikesOfVillainy: Present on his original armor from ''Mythologies'' and ''4'', but also included to a degree in his current attire.
* StanceSystem: Had Tang Soo Do and Escrima in ''Deadly Alliance''. He keeps the latter in ''Armageddon''.
** His variations in ''X'' are [[ThinkingUpPortals Warlock]], [[BatOutOfHell Summoner]] and [[StatusBuff Sorcerer]].
* TheStarscream: To Shinnok in the original timeline. Subverted in the new timeline, where he continues to serve Shinnok [[spoiler:until his death]], but some of his intro dialogues and one-liners have him trying to take the Netherrealm.
* SummonMagic: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The appropriately-named "Summoner" variation]] in ''X'' allows him to call forth a demonic bat familiar to sic on his opponent.
* ThanatosGambit: Subverted. [[spoiler: Scorpion cutting his head off only resulted in Shinnok being freed, but part of it was because he finished the incantation in time. Shinnok is also apparently smart enough not to revive him.]]
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: His above mentioned Fatality where he beats the victim with their own severed leg. Even when the announcer deems the opponent dead, Quan Chi ignores it and keeps bludgeoning his foe's corpse, past the screen fading to black.
* ThinkingUpPortals: 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.
* ThisCannotBe: Has an OhCrap moment upon the return of Onaga. If you listen closely, he actually says this, too.
* TooManyBelts: His ''X'' incarnation has 6 belts arranged in a checker pattern.
* TronLines: 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.
* UngratefulBastard: Views those who defect from his services as this.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Starting in ''Deadly Alliance''.
* WasOnceAMan: Inverted. He was an oni who became humanoid.
* WeaponOfChoice: Had a spiked mace for ''4''. Trades it in for a pair of broadswords for the next three games.
* WeHaveReserves: [[BadBoss Casually kills one of his own demon minions]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' just for ''standing in the way.''
* TheWorfEffect: Across the series, he's shown as a force of evil to be reckoned with. Come ''X'', he's hit with the power nerf bat ''hard''.
** WorfHadTheFlu: In the present day in ''X'', he's noticeably weaker than he was earlier, especially during the Netherrealm War, and some characters, notably Sareena, notice this. This is because, with Shinnok being a SealedEvilInACan, 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.

-->[[caption-width-right:315:''"I am not a being of Light. I am a demon of the Netherrealm, a servant of Quan Chi."'']]

-->'''Debut game:''' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'' (Lia Montelongo)
-->'''Other appearances:''' ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition]]'' and ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon''. Cameo in ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'', ''Mortal Kombat 9'', and ''Mortal Kombat X'' (cameo) (Danielle Nicolet, English; Xóchitl Ugartes, Latin American Spanish).

-> Sareena is one of [[EvilSorcerer Quan Chi]]'s personal assassins. She and her [[AmazonBrigade 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 HeelFaceTurn 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 [[TheHeartless her human form]]. In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition]]'', it's discovered that her essence was banished as punishment for her betrayal, [[YankTheDogsChain 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 [[Characters/MortalKombat2 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 [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception 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, [[FaceHeelTurn she agreed to serve him once again]].

-> In the rebooted timeline, [[spoiler: she appears as an intelligence source for the Special Forces in the Netherrealm, and aids Jax in a fight against the revenants.]]

* AbortedArc: WordOfGod dropped a few hints that she had a connection to Reiko, but nothing came of it. All that's known is that they both were once members of the Brotherhood of Shadows.
* AmazonBrigade: Was once part of one along with Kia and Jataaka.
* AscendedExtra: She appeared as a sub-boss in one of the more maligned games in the franchise, yet was popular enough to be given a role in ''Tournament Edition'', ''Armageddon'', and ''X''.
* TheAtoner
* BareYourMidriff
* BigDamnHeroes: If you [[MercyRewarded let her live]], [[DynamicEntry she pops out]] during the battle with Quan Chi in ''Mythologies'' to deliver the coup de grace. After ''Deception'', she also prevents Noob and Smoke from getting the jump on Sub-Zero.
* TheCameo: Has a storyline-online role in ''X''.
* [[BishonenLine Bishojo Line]]: Averted, as it's implied that her true demon form is vastly stronger, but Sareena hates her demonic lineage and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity will lose control of her actions]] if she stays in the form for an extended period of time. [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith Sareena assumes human guise out of preference]], making this something of an {{invoked|Trope}} PowerLimiter.
** InformedAbility: That being said, besides the mention of her demon form in her ''Armageddon'' bio, it's never been seen in action (possibly {{justified|Trope}} due to the above), and from what's been discerned, her true form is most likely ''not'' a CuteMonsterGirl or even an attractive {{Beastess}}. Also, while likely, it's unknown if Jataaka and Kia have similar demon forms.
* CombatStilettos
* DarkActionGirl --> ActionGirl
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite her dark appearance and insistence on continuing to wear the garb of the Brotherhood of Shadows, Sareena has proven herself to be a valuable ally of the heroes and a force for good. In a BreakTheCutie moment at the hands of Quan Chi, Sareena is [[MindControl manipulated]] into believing otherwise, as seen in the quote above.
* TheDragon: Arguably one to Quan Chi in ''Mythologies''; she's the only one of the trio seen reporting to him.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Before appearing in ''Tournament Edition'' and ''Armageddon''.
* FacialMarkings
* FemmeFatale: Subverted. She looks like one but never ''acts'' as one.
* GorgeousGorgon: At least her human form is. We've yet to see her true appearance as a demon.
* HellBentForLeather
* HighHeelFaceTurn
* HooksAndCrooks: During her time with the Brotherhood of Shadow, Sareena brandished [[DualWielding twin]] hookswords.
* IAmAMonster: [[FreakinessShame Loathes her demon form]] and is briefly manipulated into believing that she can't be good because of her status as such. Younger Sub-Zero doesn't seem to agree.
* KnifeNut: Her main projectile in ''Armageddon''.
* MacGuffinGuardian: In ''Mythologies'', Sareena guards one of three crystals (the other two protected by Kia and Jataaka) that, when combined together, grants access to a teleporter that sends Sub-Zero to Quan Chi's throne room.
* MercyRewarded: See BigDamnHeroes above.
* MidBoss: In ''Mythologies''.
* MiniBoss: In ''Armageddon''.
* NobleDemon: Though she really isn't very demonic.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Or so it seems. It is later revealed that Shinnok merely destroyed her human form.]]
* ReverseMole: ''MKX'' introduces her as the Special Forces' informant within the Netherrealm, but is otherwise fairly similar to her personality in previous iterations. She even mentions Bi-Han saving her when arguing with Quan Chi's revenants.
* ShesGotLegs
* ShipTease: With the Elder Sub-Zero in ''Mythologies''. With the Younger in ''Armageddon''.
** BattleCouple: Seems to be played up as the female half of one with the Sub-Zero bros. Not much happens with the elder one, as she only gets to deliver the finishing blow to Quan Chi before Shinnok "kills" her, but she comes to the younger Sub-Zero's defense to help him force Noob-Smoke to flee and in her ''Armageddon'' ending, [[spoiler:she and Sub-Zero imprison Quan Chi in the Lin Kuei temple. Take note of how Sub-Zero revives her and how she miraculously gains [[AnIcePerson freezing powers]] in this ending. [[ShipTease Coincidence, right?]]]]
** InterspeciesRomance: She's a demoness, and the Sub-Zero brothers are mostly human, partially Cyromancer.
** LovingAShadow: Her semi-sorta there relationship with Sub-Zero the Younger could possibly be seen in this light in lieu of her previous interaction with his brother in ''Mythologies''.
** RescueRomance: A variation. Part of the reason for her HighHeelFaceTurn was Sub-Zero sparing her life. She then [[BigDamnHeroes comes to his aid against Quan Chi]], and then requests that Sub-Zero take her with him back to Earthrealm. The younger Sub-Zero also grants her asylum with the Lin Kuei and Sareena pledges [[UndyingLoyalty eternal loyalty]] to the clan.
* SkunkStripe
* StanceSystem: Ba Shan Fan was her unarmed fighting style in ''Armageddon''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Her "human" form is a disguise that she prefers to appear as, although she's lost control of this on at least one occasion. Possibly crosses over with ShapeshiftingSquick and HotSkittyOnWailordAction, seeing as she's Sub-Zero's ImpliedLoveInterest and she's a demon...
* WeaponOfChoice: Demon Fang in ''Armageddon''.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
* YankTheDogsChain: Her efforts to be freed from her demonic side are often met with failure.
** ThrowTheDogABone: Her time with (the younger) Sub-Zero seems to be a complete 180 from the rest of her life, though.

-->[[caption-width-right:235:''"Farewell Thunder God, I will not fail you."'']]

-->'''Debut game:''' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'' (Tony Marquez)
-->'''Other appearances:''' ''Mortal Kombat 4'' (Tony Marquez) and ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon''. Cameo in ''Mortal Kombat 9'' and ''Mortal Kombat X'' (Creator/TroyBaker, English; Idzi Dutkiewicz, Latin American Spanish).

-> 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 HumansAreBastards 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.

* AutomaticCrossbows: Has one in ''Mortal Kombat 4'', but [[ImprobableWeaponUser rarely uses it properly]] (bar in one Fatality).
* BadassCape: In ''Mythologies''. Gains it back as an alt. in ''Armageddon''.
* BladeOnAStick: His recent appearance in the ''Mortal Kombat X'' Story Mode has him wielding a spear/naginata.
* BlowYouAway
* BraidsOfAction: 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.
* TheCameo: In ''9'', in [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos']] ending alongside Raiden.
* CompleteImmortality: Like Raiden he has lived for eons and there is no known way to kill him. If he is destroyed he eventually reforms.
* CompositeCharacter: Shinnok is the Wind God in ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation''.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Before appearing in ''4'' and ''Armageddon'', he was a MidBoss in ''Mythologies''.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning
** SpinAttack
* {{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.
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist by His Own Tornado]]: How he (supposedly) dies in ''Mythologies''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: 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|s}}: He becomes this to Kung Lao, similar to Raiden and Liu Kang.
** While he's not quite fitting the trope when he's with [[spoiler: Takeda, he does outfit him with his signature [[WhipSword bladed whips]] and a skull mask (which is one associated with the Shirai Ryu) before he goes tracking down Havik]].
* NotQuiteDead: He's shown being torn asunder by his own tornado in ''Mythologies'', but he's perfectly fine afterward.
* PhysicalGod: He's the Wind God. He has a more ethereal form, but is required to take a physical one when dealing with mortals.
* RazorWind
* SoleSurvivor: 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 [[BigDamnHeroes the intervention of]] Liu Kang and Kai.
* StanceSystem: Lui He is his unarmed fighting stance in ''Armageddon''.
* ThereIsAnother: Whenever Raiden is away, the Jinsei-safekeeping duties fall into his hands. [[spoiler: Like when Raiden relapsed into possession by the corrupted Kamidogu, got Fujin impaled and joined up with Havik]].
* TimeAbyss: Like Raiden, Fujin has been around for an eon or two.
* WeaponOfChoice: A plasma crossbow in ''4''. He is later given a sword called the Devastator in ''Armageddon''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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 [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Shinnok's second invasion once freed by Quan Chi]]. However, he is more prominent in the MKX comics.

-->[[caption-width-right:338:''"Tremble before me as I absorb Earthrealm's power!"'']]

-->'''Debut game:''' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'' (Gary Wingert)
-->'''Other appearances:''' ''Mortal Kombat 4'' (Steve Beran), ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon'', ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (Ken Lally, non-playable) and ''Mortal Kombat X'' (Creator/TroyBaker, English; Idzi Dutkiewicz, Latin American Spanish).

->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 [[TheDragon right-hand man]].

->During the events of both ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero Mythologies: Sub-Zero]]'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'', 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 [[TheManBehindTheMan 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 ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', 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 [[TimeSkip 20 years]]. [[spoiler: They succeed (at the cost of Chi's life) and he ends up almost winning, absorbing Earthrealm's Jin Sei and becoming a [[OneWingedAngel corrupted]] version of himself before being stopped by Cassie Cage. His [[AndIMustScream severed immortal head]] is then used by Dark Raiden as a warning to the new rulers of the Netherrealm, Liu Kang and Kitana.]]

* ActuallyADoombot[=/=]FightingAShadow: According to both his ''Armageddon'' ending and ''9'', the Shinnok present in ''Armageddon'' was nothing more than a clone sent by the real Shinnok.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: 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.
* AmbitionIsEvil: He is described more than once as having an insatiable lust for power, which is what caused his crimes against his fellow Elder Gods. Shinnok may very well be far more brutal than Shao Kahn.
* AmplifierArtifact[=/=]ImmortalityInducer: His Amulet and his Amulet Staff. Both are used to drastically increase his powers to the point of nigh-{{immortality}} (even beyond his PhysicalGod status).
** The latter comes back to bite him in ''Mortal Kombat X'', [[spoiler: where he is given an AndIMustScream fate at the hands of Raiden]].
* AndIMustScream: He views being trapped inside his amulet as this. [[spoiler:At the end of MortalKombatX, he is reduced to a conscious decapitated head, and in obvious pain, by Dark Raiden.]]
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler: Comes close to a ApocalypseHow/ClassZ in his ''Mortal Kombat X'' arcade ending, as he's awakening the One Being, Mortal Kombat's GreaterScopeVillain, and it results in a CessationOfExistence.]]
* ArchEnemy: To his fellow Elder Gods and Raiden, who cast him into the Netherrealm millennia before the main series started.
* ArchnemesisDad: He is this to Raiden in ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation''.
* ArtifactOfDoom: His amulet is among the most powerful of all mystic talismans within all the realms. Many have sought after it so they can increase their powers drastically, and serves a focal point for the plot of ''Mortal Kombat X''.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Reduced to a mere head by Dark Raiden at the end of ''Mortal Kombat X''.]]
* AuthorAvatar: His ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' model is based on Midway Games' developer Steve Beran.
* BadBoss: He demands unwavering faith and loyalty from his followers and will not hesitate to kill anyone who dares to question him. One of his pre-fight animations in ''X'' has him casually vaporize one of his own minions for no particular reason than to intimidate.
* BatmanGambit -> XanatosGambit: Pulls off a massively epic one through both ''Armageddon'' and ''[=MK9=]'' that would have made [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Tywin]] [[Series/GameOfThrones Lannister]] either proud or jealous. Shinnok sets 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 ResetButton could stop Shinnok from creating an EnemyMine 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 banked on this 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. In either timeline, Shinnok finds himself literally two moves away from becoming the evil king of the universe.
* TheBadGuyWins: Zig-zagged and later on, downplayed. Despite weakening the 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 lam. [[spoiler:True to form, Shinnok is freed again and [[PyrrhicVillainy proceeds to corrupt the Jinsei (Earthrealm's life force), but is eventually defeated and foiled]] after one hell of a struggle. Also, according to a vision shown to Kitana, the one who would've been destined to lead the charge in knocking off Shao Kahn and take power in the fallout of Armageddon in the original timeline was not Shinnok, but Kitana herself, who then would've reigned as Queen of Edenia. But despite his defeat(s), he DOES manages to break his ArchEnemy Raiden by twisting him into something as evil as himself - the thunder god is now corrupted after purifying the Jinsei of Shinnok's taint, and [[FaceHeelTurn vows]] [[KnightTemplar to]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist go on]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope a warpath]] after the events of ''X''.]]
* BigBad: Of ''Mythologies: Sub-Zero'', ''Mortal Kombat 4/Gold'', and ''Mortal Kombat X''. Next to Shao Kahn he is the second most recurring antagonist of the series.
* TheCameo: In the SequelHook of ''Mortal Kombat 9'', foreshadowing his role in ''X''.
* CessationOfExistence: [[spoiler: This is what happens in his non-canon ending in ''Mortal Kombat X'', which involves him awakening the One Being, allowing it to destroy all of reality and devour his fellow Elder Gods.]]
* TheChessmaster: TheManBehindTheMan 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 revealed 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 AntiClimaxBoss as a fighter as he ever was (even if, granted, he's not technically a boss).
* ChekhovsGun: 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 [[BlatantLies as Onaga told Shujinko originally]]. When combined with the Kamidogu, its power would have allowed Onaga to reshape the realms.
* CompleteImmortality: The best that can be done with him is imprisoning him in the Netherrealm and hoping he doesn't escape. Or [[spoiler: 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.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Against Raiden, Fujin, Johnny Cage, Kenshi and Sonya Blade, in the first chapter of Mortal Kombat X.
* CompositeCharacter: Shinnok is Shao Kahn's and Raiden's father in ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation''.
* TheCorrupter: Preys on Daegon's fears of being TheUnfavourite 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" itócomplete with repeated orders to "Eliminate" and "Destroy".
** Also serves as this to Liu Kang, after the latter's FaceHeelTurn in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''.
* DeadpanSnarker: 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''.
* DemBones: Shinnok is able to conjure skeletal constructs of varying sizes, from scythes to giant arms.
** MKX sees his ''Necromancer'' Variation render his forearms with nothing but bare bones up to the elbow yet still functional despite lacking any connective tissue or muscle.
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DittoFighter: He could also switch between the other characters' moves with ease.
** He can be this in MKX, using his ''Impostor'' variation.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Before appearing in ''4'' and ''Armageddon''.
* EvilAlbino: His face is completely pale and he is one of the main villains in the franchise.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Like Quan Chi, he seems genuinely confused as to why some of the revived revenants fell out of his service and calls them ungrateful despite being told that he and Quan Chi [[ReforgedIntoAMinion turned them into their minions]].
** Then there's this gem from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' against Johnny Cage: '''MISERABLE WRETCH!!! INSIGNIFICANT SPECK OF FECULENT SCUM!!! HOW ''DARE'' YOU!'''
* EvilLaugh: '''MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!'''
* EvilMentor: Serves as this to Daegon and Taven in the original timeline, and to Liu Kang in the rebooted one.
* EvilOverlord: He is the ruler of the Netherrealm and plans to conquer other realms as part of his revenge against his fellow Elder Gods, especially Earthrealm.
* EvilSorcerer: Yet another one, like all the other villains. He can use, among other moves, shape-shifting like Shang Tsung (Mimicry) and large skeletal hands to grab and throw his opponent (Summoned Fiend).
* FallenHero: His backstory as a fallen Elder God. His lust for power is what caused the other Elder Gods to exile him to the Netherrealm.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Is reduced to a [[OffWithHisHead severed head]] by the end of MKX. Bonus points that the trope is even called word by word by Raiden.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's generally calm even when invading other realms, but [[BerserkButton when pissed off]] or is in VillainousBreakdown mode, he ''really'' gets nasty. And his office-like chatter towards Raiden and Fujin in ''X'' is just a veneer for the intense hatred he harbors towards his fellow Elder Gods, who exiled him to the Netherrealm for his crimes against them.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: 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. [[spoiler:He powers up for the final fight in X putting his boss incarnation alongside the others in the series.]]
* GodEmperor [[GodOfEvil of Evil]][=/=]SatanicArchetype: Fallen Elder God, ruler of the Netherrealm, and plans to rule over all of existence. Although he canonically usurped the Netherrealm ''from'' Satan (well, actually Lucifer), the dynamic is still the same.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Though he's reduced to a mere living head (fallen Elder God or not, Shinnok is completely immortal) in ''X'', Shinnok does manage to twist his ArchEnemy Raiden into something just as evil as he himself is.]]
* GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand: His victory pose in ''X''.
* GreaterScopeVillain: 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''.
** His ''[=MKX=]'' arcade ending seems to indicate that [[spoiler:even he was [[TheManBehindTheMan being subtly manipulated by the One Being]], the overall GreaterScopeVillain of the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series, into merging the realms]].
* HiddenDepths: If his interactions with each GuestFighter in ''MKX'' are any indication, Shinnok must be into Earthrealm culture to be aware of them.
* ILied: 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!
* InsultBackfire: In ''X''.
-->'''Takeda:''' Father of All Evil!\\
'''Shinnok:''' You flatter me.
* JerkassGod: Just like his fellow Elder Gods, Shinnok is a big douche for a god.
* LargeHam: It seems to be a trend among MK villains, as he is no stranger to dramatic shouting. See EvilIsHammy above.
* LeakingCanOfEvil: 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.
* LosingYourHead: [[spoiler: A rather horrifying example. This is his fate as of ''X'', as he simply cannot die, and greatly implied by Raiden that he will remain this way.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Pretty much his shtick in ''Mythologies'', although he's OutGambitted by [[spoiler:Quan Chi, who took the real Dragon Amulet for himself]]. Also, see ActuallyADoombot[=/=]FightingAShadow above.
** [[spoiler:It's also possible the [[GreaterScopeVillain One Being]] was manipulating Shinnok from [[ManBehindTheMan behind the scenes]] in ''X'', just as it did with Shao Kahn and Onaga in the past.]]
* MonochromaticEyes: A staple of his appearance.
* TheMovieBuff: Bizarrely, he, of all people, comes across as one in ''MKX'' due to being the only fighter to recognize each GuestFighter. Whether he is omnipresent enough to know who they are due to being a former Elder God, [[HiddenDepths or that he has some serious explaining to do]], is up in the air.
* NeverMyFault: Blames Raiden for the suffering he endured in the Netherrealm, when his attempted invasions on Earthrealm is what caused Raiden to banish him there.
* OffWithHisHead: Decapitates his opponents in some matter during his fatalities and [[spoiler: Corrupted Shinnok's]] victory animation in MortalKombatX. [[spoiler: He is also decapitated by Raiden at the end of the game, and is [[DecapitationPresentation shown as an example]] to the [[FallenHero new rulers of the Netherrealm]] [[FateWorseThanDeath exactly what]] [[AndIMustScream could happen]] if they threaten Earthrealm.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: His goal is to consume all the energies of everything. [[PetTheDog Except Quan Chi, as a reward for his services.]]
** As of Mortal Kombat X, [[spoiler: he intends to awaken the One Being by merging the realms. This process includes wiping out existence itself, including his fellow Elder Gods.]] His non-Fatality outro involves him conjuring an image of Earthrealm, grunting "Death to all!" and reducing it to a burnt crisp.
* OneWingedAngel: In ''Mythologies'', [[spoiler: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 [[HilariousOuttakes game blooper reel]]), as a portal leading to the end of the game opens up anyway]].
** [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: Annihilation shows him favoring Shao Kahn over Raiden.
* PhysicalGod: Like the other Elder Gods or realm gods, he possesses a more ethereal form, but takes a physical one to participate in mortal events. He may have lost this ability upon his fall.
* PowerFloats: In ''Mythologies''.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: This is what he intends to do against his fellow Elder Gods for banishing him to the Netherrealm. In his non-canon ending in ''Mortal Kombat X'', [[spoiler: 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 devour the Elder Gods.]]
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: ''Annihilation'' shows him as father to Raiden and Shao Kahn.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Is not happy with his fellow Elder Gods for casting him down to the Netherrealm.
* SealedEvilInACan: Cast down into the Netherrealm by Raiden and his fellow Elder Gods 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'' and in ''X''.
** Until ''[=MKX=]'', whereupon he's now been stuck ''inside'' his amulet as one. [[spoiler:Until he's released, of course.]]
* SinisterScythe: His ''Bone Shaper'' variation in ''MKX'' gives him a skeletal one.
* TheSociopath: Has the hallmarks of one: He showed [[LackOfEmpathy no empathy or remorse]] when betraying his fellow Elder Gods, [[OmnicidalManiac wants to destroy all realms by awakening the One Being]], FAR more brutal and heartless than Shao Kahn, has some shades of a StrawNihilist, able to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate events via proxies such as Quan Chi]], [[ItsAllAboutMe has delusions of grandeur after being cast down]] and [[BadBoss wouldn't hesitate to kill anybody if they cross or betray him]].
* SorcerousOverlord: With his sorcerous powers and Quan Chi's help, he overthrew Lucifer and became the new ruler of the Netherrealm in his backstory.
* StanceSystem: His only unarmed stance in ''Armageddon'' was Kuo Shou.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', his variations are [[DemBones Necromancer]], [[DittoFighter Impostor]], and [[BallisticBone Bone Shaper]].
* StealthMentor[=/=]TreacherousAdvisor: To the Elder Sub-Zero in ''Mythologies'', thanks in part to a FalseInnocenceTrick (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.
* StrawNihilist: 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".
* TearOffYourFace: One of his brutalities in X where he uses his amulet to tear off his victim's face and puts it over his own.
* TimeAbyss: Existed before the universe was created making him older than millions-year old Raiden.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: His plans in X are seriously derailed [[spoiler: by Johnny Cage of all people.]]
* TheUnfought: In ''Armageddon''; see ActuallyADoombot[=/=]FightingAShadow.
* VillainousBreakdown: Has a mild one in his intro banter with Johnny Cage in MKX.
--> '''Shinnok''': ''I will rip your insolent tongue from-''!\\
'''Johnny Cage''': [[DeadpanSnarker Yeah, yeah]], [[ShutUpHannibal shut up]].
* WeaponOfChoice: He had a naginata in ''4'', and a staff encrusted and empowered by his amulet in ''Armageddon''.
* WickedCultured: In contrast to all the other kharacters, Shinnok seems to be something of a movie buff if his recognition of the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]], Franchise/{{Predator}}, [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]], and [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]] are any indication in ''MKX''.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Best seen in his ending in ''4''. When he tells Raiden about how he will rule all eternity, Raiden says he is mad.


[[folder:Lin Kuei Grandmaster]]
!!Lin Kuei Grandmaster

-->'''Portrayed by:''' Michael Garvey

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: He raised his own son (Sektor) to be the perfect killing machine. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard He got]] [[GoneHorriblyRight exactly what]] [[KilledOffForReal he wanted]].
* TheCameo: The games strongly implied that the Lin Kuei have a Grandmaster. So far, ''Mythologies'' is the only game where we see him. He finally makes a reappearance in Sektor's Arcade ending from ''9'', as he is Sektor's father.
* LargeHam
* MissionControl
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn]]: This can be applied to the Lin Kuei as a whole in ''Mythologies''.

[[folder:Earth God]]
!!Earth God
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: He takes up almost the entire screen in height.
* BadVibrations: [[SublimeRhyme With every step he takes, the entire screen shakes.]]
* DishingOutDirt
* {{Golem}}: Raiden, Fujin, and the other two gods look distinctly human (with the Fire and Water Gods [[ElementalEmbodiment also being entirely composed of their physical element]]). The Earth God is the least humanoid of the five by a large margin.
* LiterallyShatteredLives
* MidBoss
* MightyGlacier: Big, strong, and slow.
* NoNameGiven: Though {{fan|on}}s gave him the name "Ohana."
* PhysicalGod

[[folder:Water God]]
!!Water God

-->'''Portrayed by:''' Brian Glynn

* GenderFlip: He's female in ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation''.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: Each time you freeze and punch him.
* MakingASplash
* MidBoss
* NoNameGiven: Though {{fan|on}}s gave him the name "Kumari."
* PhysicalGod
* TeleportSpam: Has teleports similar to those of [[Characters/MortalKombat3 Cyber!Smoke]] and [[Characters/MortalKombat Raiden]].
* YouAreAlreadyDead: How he dies.

[[folder:Fire God]]
* GlassCannon ''and'' MightyGlacier: Hard as hell to hit, strong attacks, but also slow.
* KillItWithFire
* MidBoss
* NiceHat
* NoNameGiven: Though {{fan|on}}s gave him the name "Hinoka."
* NoSell: Being the fire god makes him immune to any of Sub Zero's ice attacks, so it's a straight up fist fight against him.
* PhysicalGod: Can be described as Raiden if he was a fire elemental.
* PlayingWithFire
* TeleportSpam: Has one similar to Raiden's.


-->'''Portrayed by:''' Erica Grace (cutscenes), Rachel Herbert (sprites)
-->'''Other appearances:''' Cameo in ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon''.

* AmazonBrigade
* DarkActionGirl
* DarkSkinnedBlond
* EarlyBirdCameo: Before appearing in ''Armageddon''[='=]s Konquest Mode.
* FacialMarkings
* HellBentForLeather
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:She apparently died at Taven's hands in ''Armageddon''.]]
* LaserBlade: Her WeaponOfChoice in ''Mythologies''. [[BoomStick It's able to fire blue bolts of magical energy.]]
* MacGuffinGuardian: Same as Sareena.
* MidBoss: In ''Mythologies''.
* MiniBoss: In ''Armageddon''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}


-->'''Portrayed by:''' Kerri Hoskins
-->'''Other appearances:''' MiniBoss cameo in ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon''.

* AmazonBrigade
* BattleBoomerang: Her WeaponOfChoice in ''Mythologies''.
* BoobsOfSteel: Arguably the strongest of the assassins, and the most buxom.
* DarkActionGirl
* EarlyBirdCameo: Before appearing in ''Armageddon''[='=]s Konquest Mode.
* FacialMarkings
* HellBentForLeather
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:She apparently died at Taven's hands in ''Armageddon''.]]
* MacGuffinGuardian: Same as Sareena.
* MidBoss: In ''Mythologies''.
* MiniBoss: In ''Armageddon''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}