Characters / Mortal Kombat: Special Forces

Check the MK1 sheet for Kano, the MKII sheet for Jax, and the MK4 sheet for Jarek.


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Other appearances: Mortal Kombat X (Fred Tatasciore), and MKX Latin American (Octavio Rojas).

Your death will satisfy my rage.

  • Adorkable: For a given measure considering he's a rock throwing juggernaut, but he has his moments. He apparently thinks Kitana is quite lovely, unironically likes Johnny Cage's movies, and will sometimes spout off cheesy one-liners after a Brutality or during his intros.
  • Affably Evil: He seems to be genuinely reluctant to fight Kitana and sincerely respects Johnny Cage. He also compliments Jacqui on her gauntlets.
  • Ascended Extra: He started out as a boss in an obscure spin-off game, was promoted to a random "bonus fighter" in the Play Station Vita port of Mortal Kombat 9, and ended up a full-fledged playable character in MKX.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: In large-scale battles, his ability to cause earthquakes can easily make a joint Shokan-Oni army lose their footing... and risk making collateral damage to nearby cities. Hence why Kano recalled him after a while and shoot a handheld nuke at Kintaro's army.
  • Badass Baritone: While Mortal Kombat has no shortage of deep voiced guys, Tremor takes the proverbial cake in this regard. His voice straight up sounds like his vocal cords are made out of stone.
  • Baddie Flattery: If he's having a good day, he might give you a compliment before trying to kill you.
  • The Big Guy: Out of Kano's team in the MKX comic.
  • The Comically Serious: Tremor is a giant and violent weapons dealer who can make the earth tremble beneath him. He's also one of the only characters who likes Johnny's movies and sometimes says "Let's rock!" after performing a Brutality.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His primary power set. As of MKX this extends to all earth based substances, including metals, crystals, and magma
  • Downloadable Content: In the Kombat Pack for Mortal Kombat X.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures: Almost brings down Kotal Kahn's palace when making an entrance.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: His Metallic variation in MKX shows that he also has control over metals in addition to stone. It also allows him to turn into a Magma Man.
  • Gemstone Assault: His Crystalline variation in MKX, which replaces the stones on his chest and forearms with a green crystalline substance that he can use to form shields or create his own stage interactables.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice is really gravelly.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of his Fatalities in MKX involves using three stone spikes to impale his victim through the head, chest, and groin before he turns his hands into stone hammers and smashes their head apart. The brutality using his X-Ray just has him slam a rock through the enemy's gut and then impale them on a stalagmite through the midsection.
  • Magma Man: See Playing with Fire below.
  • Mistaken Identity: Played with; in Special Forces many fans, including the series' creator, Ed Boon himself thought Tremor was Scorpion at first glance, due to the similar colors. This is referenced in MKX with Tremor accusing Scorpion of mimicking his appearance during their intro.
  • Ninja: Or at least ninja-esque.
  • Palette Swap: A bizarre example, see Mistaken Identity above. His first appearance in 2000 was a few years after the series was trying the transition into 3D, when the games started to diversify the ninja castmembers, but he is designed like them with a brown color scheme and his appearance in 9's portable version uses this appearance as well. X has since given him his own unique design.
  • Playing with Fire: Invoked in that he appears to shoot fireballs, though based on his elemental power it's actually molten rock.
  • Revenge: In the Non-canon Challenge Tower missions, he is presented as having a vendetta against Jax for besting him and Kano for using him as an expendable pawn and leaving him for dead. In X during his intro with Kano, Tremor decides to quit the Black Dragon on his own, but not before finishing Kano first.
  • Shockwave Stomp: His main ability; he can create earthquakes by punching the ground, like Jax.
    • In issue 20 of the MK X comic he used this technique to decimate Kintaro's army. After a while, Kano recalled him because he could risk making Z'Unkahrah fall.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: According to his MKX arcade ending, he was responsible for acquiring a "psych bomb" that Kano used in his snare for Raiden, forcing the god out of the picture while trying to undo its effects and weakening him before the finale.
  • Stance System: His variations are Aftershock, Metallic, and Crystalline.
    • Metallic takes it further, controlling either metal (making his specials hit harder) or molten rock (which lets his specials burn enemies).
  • Taken for Granite: Another of his abilities. He can fire a stone missile that petrifies his opponent for a short duration.
    • While he loses this ability in X, a few of his brutalities involve petrifying the opponent.
  • Unexpected Character: Shows up in the Vita version of Mortal Kombat 9 as one of the playable characters of the Challenge Tower, with most of Jax and Smoke's moveset and some modified specials of Sub-Zero's.
    • And then he returned for Mortal Kombat X as a DLC fighter with a unique moveset.