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Debut game: Mortal Kombat: Special Forces
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat 9, Mortal Kombat X (Fred Tatasciore, English; Octavio Rojas, Latin American Spanish).
A mysterious, brown-garbed ninja employed by the Black Dragon as an arms dealer, Tremor possesses the ability to manipulate the earth. He was broken out during a prison riot by Kano, but was seemingly killed by Jax. Notable for appearing in a spin-off as a boss, the creators of the series considered implementing him into the series as a playable fighter, but never seemed to get around to it during the original timeline despite heavy demand. Fans speculated this likely had to do with the nature of his origin, as Special Forces was ill-received and seemingly subject to Canon Discontinuity due to a lack of references to it in later games, although Ed Boon refused to claim the brown ninja would never show up.
However, come the reboot, Tremor unexpectedly showed up as a bonus character during Challenge Mode for the Play Station Vita port of Mortal Kombat 9, sparking renewed interest in the character. Finally, Mortal Kombat X revealed him as a DLC kharacter in his first fully playable appearance. In this new timeline, the events of Special Forces are ignored and Tremor serves Kano as an enforcer and arms dealer during the events of MKX and its prequel comic, albeit with some tensions brewing between the two...
- 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, Sonya, and Cassie, even going so far as to offer the latter two to leave quietly, and sincerely respects Johnny Cage. He also compliments Jacqui on her gauntlets.
- Maybe bordering on Heel–Face Turn. His intros with Bo' Rai Cho say he wants to ally with the drunken master. Another intro has Bo' Rai Cho say he wishes to test Tremor before he can trust him, which Tremor accepts without any seeming hostility.
- 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 shot 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.
- Breakout Character: One of the biggest examples in the series. Despite appearing as a boss in a panned spin-off, Tremor gained a following demanding him to be playable unlike the other original characters, slowly building into a guest appearance in the PS Vita port of Mortal Kombat 9 before culminating in his playable debut as a DLC kharacter in MKX.
- The Comically Serious: Tremor is a violent, musclebound 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Offers two of his enemies the chance to leave without fighting.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a earth-powered ninja with a decent amount of skill to a being with elemental powers on par with Raiden and Fujin.
- Bald of Evil
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome\What Happened to the Mouse?: Completely absent in the rebooted timeline, despite the return of his teammates.
- Evil Albino
- Mad Bomber/Pyromaniac: He has extensive knowledge of incendiary and explosive devices. Wields a flamethrower and has sticks of dynamite strapped to his chest.
- Meaningful Name: No nose, ears, or hair.
- Playing with Fire
- Absolute Cleavage
- Bare Your Midriff
- Blinding Bangs: In the Mortal Kombat X prequel comics.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dual Wielding: Uses twin katanas.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Somewhat subverted given her status as a Black Dragon underling.
- McNinja: In nature.
- The Smurfette Principle: Until Deception introduced Kira, Tasia was the only known female member of the Black Dragon.
- Spin Attack
- Token Minority: Aside of being one of the few known females of the Black Dragon clan, she's the only one of the group who appears to be of African descent.
- Teleport Spam