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->"''DESTROY ALL EXPECTATIONS.''"
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}'''

''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'', the second film based on the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' videogame franchise, incorporates characters and plot details from the series' first three games with a heavy emphasis on ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''.

After the events of [[Film/MortalKombat the first film]], Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won Mortal Kombat for Earthrealm and broke Outworld's streak of consecutive tournament victories...and yet, [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] (Brian Thompson) -- the Emperor of Outworld -- has somehow managed to begin Outworld's invasion anyway. While Rayden (James Remar) confronts the Elder Gods over Kahn's invasion, Liu Kang undergoes specialized training in order to face Shao Kahn (who has [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil far more power than Shang Tsung ever did]]), and Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess) reunites with her partner Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Lynn Williams) to help him fight various Outworld warriors as they arrive on Earth. Kahn's Outworld forces outnumber and overpower Earthrealm's, however, and it will take every ounce of skill and power Earth's heroes have to drive back the invasion and defeat Shao Kahn once and for all.

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!! ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'' kontains examples of the following tropes:

* AbortedArc: Quite a few, owing to the film's rushed nature. The first draft of the script had an entire subplot setup for Kurtis Stryker and Kabal, detailing what happened to them after being captured by Rain (they were going to be prisoners together in a cobalt mine overseen by Baraka; incidentally Kitana was going to be held captive in this same prison, rather than the palace as she was in the final draft). This subplot is cut in the final product, turning Stryker and Kabal effectively into [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse plot mice]]. Also notable is Sheeva, who in early drafts (and the novelization) accompanies Sindel when she attacks the heroes in Outworld (befitting Sheeva's role as Sindel's protector) and is killed in battle with Rayden. In the film, she [[DroppedABridgeOnHim gets a bridge dropped on her]] damn near literally. Finally, Baraka was a more fleshed out character in earlier scripts, being the warden of the prison that was cut from the final film release rather than just another slavering badguy attacking the heroes out of nowhere.
* ActionGirl: Sonya manages to be this in this movie.
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Jade. In the games, she is Kitana's best bud and genuinely always serve her best interest. (Incidentally, Jade did act as a servant of Shao Kahn in the games temporarily as well, but only because Jade, first and foremost, served Kitana, who had yet to know the truth about herself and Kahn[[note]]also, in ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', she's serving Kahn mainly due to a lack of options, as she doesn't know where Kitana is, and Kahn sending her and Reptile to track down Kitana would prove pretty convenient to Jade[[/note]]) Here, she more or less acts like [[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 Tanya]]: [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder complete traitor]] and [[AxCrazy psychopath]].
** Cyrax is a sort of retroactive case. Here, he's a minion of evil (serving under Shao Kahn rather than the Lin Kuei), while the games wouldn't establish him as one of the good guys until ''Mortal Kombat Gold''.
** Scorpion is a strange case. In the games he is something of a WildCard, having no affiliation with either the heroes or the villains, but solely pursuing his own goals (though he would become more heroic as the series progressed). In the first film he is a henchman of Shang Tsung, but is expressly identified as having been enslaved into this state. In this film he, by all intents and purposes, is working for Outworld again, kidnapping Princess Kitana and delivering her to Shao Kahn. What makes this a weird case is how his character bio attempts to assert that he is still the WildCard that he is in the games, and the only reason he attacks the good guys is because they inadvertently wander into his territory the Netherrealm during their journey (why he delivers Kitana to Shao Kahn is left unexplained). This is not supported at all by the film, unless the Netherrealm of the films is located deep under the Earth's surface rather than in another... well, ''realm''.
* AdaptationalWimp:
** Shao Kahn. In the games he is a genuinely terrifying threat, the first BiggerBad in the series (though later ones like Shinnok and Onaga would be established, Kahn's threat still remained constant). Here, he's little more than a ''very'' physically capable PsychoticManchild, and his DaddyIssues with [[spoiler:Shinnok]] are emphasized to the point of making him more pathetic to viewers than fearsome.
** Stryker and Kabal can both come across as this, as in the games they are both among the most powerful Earthrealm kombatants, buth are both almost AdaptedOut here, only being given brief mentions. Although they had a subplot in earlier drafts of the script (in which they would have been shown to be prisoners in a cobalt mine overseen by Baraka and ultimately subverting this trope by rallying the rest of the prisoners after Liu rescued Kitana), this was cut near entirely, though Rain still admits to taking them prisoner rather than killing them (earning him [[YouHaveFailedMe a quick death]] from BadBoss Kahn.
** Speaking of Rain... in the games he is a very formidable ninja, established from the start as an Edenian of powerful lineage (first the son of an Edenian general, later revealed to be an Edenian demigod). In the film, although he is established as Shao Kahn's general (and thus of higher rank than Sheeva, Motaro and Ermac) he is dispatched in a single blow by Shao Kahn.
* {{Animorphism}}: Liu Kang meets Nightwolf while the latter is in his [[MeaningfulName wolf form]]. He teaches Liu to change into a [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragon]] to gain an edge over Shao Kahn, [[spoiler:[[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands who it turns out can transform into an even larger hydra]]]].
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The final fate of [[spoiler:Rayden]], who is promoted to an Elder God at the film's end.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: This trope is the law of the land in Outworld, so much so that Shao Kahn's generals Motaro and Sheeva are identified in their character bios as the leaders of their respective races (in the games they are powerful representatives, but not outright rulers). And then there's Shao Kahn who rules solely by power and fear.
* AxCrazy: Seems to be a common theme on the villain side. Shao Kahn is so much this that he kills almost as many of his henchmen as the heroes themselves do, and his generals are so much this that they can barely restrain themselves from attacking each other in war council meetings.
* BadBoss: Shao Kahn's entire character is just a combination of this trope and DaddyIssues. He kills his general Rain just because Rain took the Earthrealm fighters Kabal and Stryker prisoner rather than killing them and making them beg for their lives (echoing an earlier demand from Shinnok when he himself failed to kill or capture Rayden). Later minions fare little better, and in his [[AllThereInTheManual profile on the DVD]] it is expressly stated that Kahn is not happy unless everyone in a room with him, friend and foe alike, fears him.
* BaldOfEvil: Shao Kahn is bald and is the BigBad of the film.
* BigBad: Shao Kahn is the main antagonist this time around, instead of a looming threat like in the previous film.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Baraka and the other Tartakans.
* BroughtDownToNormal:
** Jax's cybernetics were damaged in his fight at the end. In all reality, they never seemed to give him that big of an advantage in the first place. Still he manages to hand Motaro's ass to him with his normal arms.
** Rayden suffers this over the course of the film, first from the merger of Earthrealm and Outworld weakening him, and later when he [[spoiler:sacrifices his immortality to the Elder Gods in exchange for being allowed to help the heroes resist Kahn]].
** [[spoiler:Shao Kahn]] gets hit with this midway through the final battle, [[spoiler:as punishment for breaking the rules of Mortal Kombat]].
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Shao Kahn is the Cain, Rayden is the Abel]].
* CompositeCharacter: This movie's version of Smoke has Smoke's grey paint job and ability to turn to smoke, but everything else about him comes from Sektor, the only one of the three cyber ninjas not to appear in the movie.
* DegradedBoss: Reptile. In the first film he is the last and toughest of the ninja opponents, ambushing Liu Kang in Outworld and giving him one of the most dynamic fights in the whole movie. In this sequel he himself doesn't appear, due to being KilledOffForReal, but a trio of {{Mooks}} with his distinctive appearance (presumably other members of his race) appear to fight Rayden alongside Sindel. All three are very soundly beaten.
* DesignatedGirlFight:
** Sonya versus Mileena, which plays out just like a CatFight. Rolling in the mud and everything.
** Also, Kitana versus Sindel during the final battle.
* DirtyCoward: Shao Kahn, who cynically takes a hostage after it becomes clear that he cannot defeat Rayden fairly.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** Kahn kills Rain for not making Stryker and Kabal beg for their lives and/or killing them. He gave Rain no orders to do either of these acts beforehand, mind, but Kahn killed him anyway so he could vent his daddy issues on someone.
** After their little ruse fails, Jade and Sindel make a tactically correct move by retreating from a force they could not defeat on their own. Kahn then basically kills Jade for ''[[ForTheEvulz not]]'' [[YouHaveFailedMe failing]].
* DropTheHammer: As in the games, Shao Kahn uses a warhammer as his WeaponOfChoice, though he strangely only uses it once (to kill Rain with) and does not carry it with him into battle.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim:
** [[spoiler: Johnny Cage]] is killed off as soon as possible into the film to show [[TheWorfEffect how powerful Shao Kahn is.]]
** Rain gets a hammer dropped on him, simply to establish Kahn as a Bad Boss of the distinctly irrational flavor.
** Sheeva [[spoiler:gets a cage gets dropped on her]]. The filmmakers seem to really hate the Shokan. There were plans to have a fight scene between her and Raiden which never panned out. Her actress Marjean Holden herself lamented that they gave her character such an inglorious send-off.
* DuelsDecideEverything: {{Defied|Trope}}. Just because Shao Kahn lost the last Mortal Kombat tournament doesn't mean he's not going to simply invade anyway. [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted at the climax, when the Elder Gods declare the fight between Liu Kang and Shao Kahn to be a tournament anyway.]]
* EnemyMine: Sub Zero II doesn't like Liu Kang for killing his older brother, but he's willing to help him protect Kitana for the greater good.
* EnigmaticMinion: Ermac, rather fittingly, is this, if only as a consequence of being yet another FlatCharacter. In the games he is a [[IAmLegion gestalt entity]] made up of the souls of millions of Shao Kahn's victims during his conquest of Edenia, that was then brainwashed into working for Kahn. Here he works for Kahn as in the games, but there is no indication if he does so out of MoreThanMindControl as in the games, or if he is truly evil here. Notably, he is not depicted as particularly malevolent (or benevolent), and if anything seems to be a PunchClockVillain, which makes him stand out amidst all the AxCrazy types Kahn otherwise surrounds himself with. In the final battle, [[spoiler:Noob Saibot spawns from his chest]], which just raises further questions... [[spoiler:though they don't particularly matter as Sonya quickly kills him off regardless]].
* ExcusePlot: A rare ''film'' example, as characters mostly wander around to get into fights every five minutes.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: You can tell which role Jade is playing at any given moment just by looking at her do: while she's pretending to be with the good guys, she has a fringe and a ponytail. When she's playing evil (not just after she reveals her allegiance to Shao Kahn, but also when she fights Liu Kang for the first time), she has her hair completely combed backwards and tied in a bun.
* FirstGirlWins: Jade attempts to seduce Liu Kang but is rejected in favor of Kitana.
* FlatCharacter: Plenty. The first movie wasn't exactly high on character development, but this movie had Smoke (showed up with no introduction and lost his fight), Ermac (stood around and did nothing until the end, then lost his fight), Mileena (showed up out of nowhere, lost her fight), Rain (killed off so quickly his appearance was more of a cameo)... this movie had a problem with forcing characters in for no real reason other than to have them.
* FlexibleTourneyRules: The tourney rules are well and truly [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections screwed]] and Shao Kahn invades directly without so much as setting up a tournament at all. As Nightwolf says to Liu, "The Tournament had rules. This time, anything goes." [[spoiler: The Elder Gods spring a trap by calling a tourney and removing Kahn's immortality when he least expects it, allowing Liu to destroy him for good]].
** Further elaboration: [[spoiler:Shinnok is an Elder God (in the games, he'd fallen from grace long ago, but that's another story), and as such he's not supposed to directly interfere with the running of the Mortal Kombat tournament--but he's violated that rule by giving Shao Kahn the power to invade Earth despite Outworld having lost the tournament. He manages to keep that info secret from the other Elder Gods, but it's when he directly tries to kill Liu Kang that the Elder Gods ''finally'' see fit to intervene (when earlier they didn't care despite Raiden's protests)]].
* ForTheEvulz: You'd be forgiven for thinking the Lin Kuei ninja clan were AdaptedOut; as it turns out they were ''not'' (something only mentioned in the DVD character bios), but willingly allied themselves with Outworld for... reasons?
** This is also the motivation of Shinnok, who has near-unlimited power as an Elder God yet wants even ''more'' power by proxy through Shao Kahn.
* HappyEndingOverride: The first film with ended with our heroes winning Mortal Kombat and defeating Shang Tsung, greeting the arriving Shao Kahn with a cocky, "Who cares? We're gonna kick your ass!" attitude and AssKickingPose. Here, Kahn's arrival is treated as a major deal, all the heroes are scared, Raiden starts losing his powers, and [[spoiler: Johnny Cage]] is killed off in the first three minutes.
* IShallTauntYou: Scorpion to Liu Kang and Sub Zero after he catches Kitana.
--> '''Scorpion:''' SUCKERS!!!!
* AnIcePerson: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin As his name unsubtly indicates]], Sub-Zero has ice-based powers.
* ImmediateSequel: Picks up right after the first movie left off, though it leaves out Shao Kahn being a giant.
* ImmortalImmaturity: Ageless Shao Kahn is over hundreds of thousands of years old but has little interest in anything beyond being the BadBoss to end all Bad Bosses and making his Daddy proud of him. The first comes to him easily, but the latter eludes him to the very end.
* InTheHood: Shinnok, who in a departure from his depiction in the games appears to be a simple old man in a hood and robes.
* IndecisiveDeconstruction: An Unintentional Deconstruction of DuelsDecideEverything. The trope is deconstructed when Shao Kahn [[DefiedTrope refuses to abide by the rules]] and just invades Earth [[AppealToForce by force of arms]], while the Elder Gods just watch, and it's mentioned that "this time, there are no rules." Then the Elder Gods call a tournament when Liu Kang and Shao Kahn face off. The resulting message amounts to "the rules are as strong as the PowersThatBe's ability to enforce them," which is clearly deconstructive, but it emerges from a RandomEventsPlot and it's clear that nobody was actually intending to criticize the premise of the franchise.
* KudzuPlot: The film goes so far into the politics of the Elder Gods and Outworld that there is no way the uninitiated can understand it. Hell, so little of it comes from the games even the initiated can't understand it. And the story basically takes a backseat to the protagonists [[PinballProtagonist finding the rest of the cast.]]
* LargeHam: Shao Kahn ''tries'' to be this, but his constant DaddyIssues overshadow even this aspect of him. A better representative of the trope is Sindel, who is expressly identified as such by her actor on the DVD character profiles. Rayden also indulges in some scenery-chewing when opportunity permits.
* LeftStuckAfterAttack: Jax ripping his roboticized arm out of a wall just in time to deflect an evil robot's acid attack.
* LivingShadow: Noob Saibot, who makes a downright ''bizarre'' last-minute appearance as [[spoiler:some kind of animated shadow/duplicate thing of Ermac]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Nearly every character from the first three games appear. A few, such as Mileena and Cyrax, end up only being named in the DVD bios or the credits.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Poor Jax has [[RuleOfThree this 3 times.]] The first and major is that he had no idea of Sonya's adventures in Outworld and Mortal Kombat. The second, was that the repercussions of said tournament resulted Shao Kahn sending his squads to exterminate potential threats including him. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And the Third, was that he didn't know about Johnny Cage or his death.]] The latter of which sparked some jealousy.
--> '''Jax:''' Who the hell is Johnny!?
* TheMole: Jade is introduced as part of the series for Liu Kang, but is later revealed to part of the ploy to capture the main characters together with Sindel.
* MudWrestling: The CatFight between Mileena and Sonya very quickly devolves into this.
* MurderousThighs: Sonya uses Murderous Ankles on Ermac.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Nightwolf, though you'd either have to read [[AllThereInTheManual the novelization or the characters bios on the DVD]] to know it. While the body Nightwolf inhabits is that of a young man, Nightwolf himself is identified as an ancient guardian of his people, presumably passing from one warrior to the next over the years.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Shao Kahn's Hydra Animality, which is a form exclusive to this film. It might actually be cool, if not for the silly transformation effects and how brief the fight between him and Liu Kang's Dragon Animality is]].
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Nightwolf isn't inflicted with lycanthropy, he's just a VoluntaryShapeshifter with only one form.
* PlayingGertrude: Musetta Vander, who plays Sindel, is only four years older than Talisa Soto, who plays her daughter Kitana. Probably justified given Edenians' [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ridiculously long lifespan]] as established in the games, though.
* ThePowerOfBlood: After Shao Kahn and Liu Kang's Animality fight, both kombatants crash to the ground and demorph to their regular forms, bruised and bleeding. Liu Kang copes with this, but Kahn is downright ''horrified'', [[spoiler:as his bleeding indicates that he is no longer immortal, a fear which his father quickly confirms]].
--> '''Liu Kang:''' [[WhamLine Your blood flows, Kahn]]. [[spoiler:Just like the blood of a mortal]].
* PragmaticVillainy: In stark contrast to Shao Kahn, Shinnok has little use for CartoonishSupervillainy, and would easily be the film's KnightOfCerebus if he was not bound from acting by [[spoiler:the rules and limits of his position as an Elder God]]. Near the end of the film, when it becomes clear that Kahn is going to lose, [[spoiler:he sneers at his sniveling son "Must I do everything for you?" and prepares to use his godlike power to dispatch Liu Kang himself, wasting no time with threats or boasts as his son would. Only the timely arrival of the Elder Gods saves Liu]].
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Motaro wastes no time in bragging about the hunting prowess of his race the Centaurians.
* PsychoticManchild: Behind the thin veneer of his near-PhysicalGod strength Shao Kahn in this film is little more than an immortal manchild whose every act invariably goes back to pleasing Daddy.
* RaceLift: In the games, Jade varies from being AmbiguouslyBrown to having more African features. In the film, she's played by Irina Pantaeva, a Buryat model.
* RandomEventsPlot: In a cross with PinballProtagonist, the story is mostly the main characters meeting [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the enormous roster]] of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', fighting them, and supposedly driving a storyline forward.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation:
** [[spoiler:Rayden and Shao Kahn are brothers, and Shinnok is their father]].
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Kitana and Mileena, though their physical similarity is noted by Sonya]].
* SealedEvilInACan: The final fate of [[spoiler:Shinnok, who is sealed away by the Elder Gods as punishment for breaking the sacred rules of Mortal Kombat]].
* ShapeshifterShowdown: [[spoiler:Liu and Kahn at the end, though each only uses one form.]]
* ShootTheMessenger: In the novelization only, one of the Tarkatans from the Baraka battle survives the fight with Liu Kang and reports his and Kitana's escape to Shao Kahn. Ever the Bad Boss, Kahn prepared to do this, only to be stopped by, of all people, Shinnok (though Shinnok is by no means benevolent, he ''is'' [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]]).
* SmugSnake: Shao Kahn's total overconfidence, which Shinnok warns him about (and is expressly identified as his only weakness in his bio on the DVD), and near-absolute contempt for everything and everyone that is not himself or his father, turns him into one of these. Being an immortal PhysicalGod warlord, Kahn has utterly no understanding of the human capacity for HeroicWillpower.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the novelization Shinnok's name is spelled as "Shinnock", though it is spelled correctly in the DVD bios. Raiden's name is also spelled "Rayden", as was the standard spelling for the character's name at the time.
** Shao Kahn's name is consistently spelled in the DVD bios as "Shao-Kahn", with a hyphen.
* SpinningOutOfHere: Queen Sindel literally dances in a circle, ''Series/WonderWoman''-style, to teleport.
** This trope also comes into play with the "Velospheres", man-sized hollow metal balls that the heroes make use of early in the film. They are propelled through a series of tunnels in the Earth by volcanic gases, and allow their users to travel across the planet in a matter of hours.
--> '''Kitana:''' They are faster than I remember.
* StrongerSibling: [[spoiler:Rayden]] is established as this, with the late revelation that he [[spoiler:was pitted against his brother Kahn millions of years ago and was able to beat Kahn, though his brotherly compassion kept him from being able to kill him]]. This status has not changed in the present day, at least not until [[spoiler:Rayden is depowered]].
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Johnny Cage]], which probably happened because of his death in the third game, from which the movie takes most of its story.
* TailSlap: Motaro makes generous use of this when he fights Jax in the final battle.
* TakeMeInstead: Rayden offers himself up as Kahn's prisoner in exchange for [[spoiler: Johnny Cage]]. Kahn, [[ForTheEvulz for some reason]], accepts, then immediately declines anyway and kills [[spoiler: Johnny]].
* ThisIsTheFinalBattle: Shao Kahn at the end. "Prepare for final battle!"
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: [[spoiler:After being beaten at the end, Shao Kahn's body devolves into a living version of the dragon crest tattoo that is his family's crest, which then blinks out of existence just like the fake crests used by his minions]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Sonya Blade. In the first movie, she beat up some mooks, got smacked around by Kano after he was told to go easy on her, eventually managing to get her legs around his neck, and then was dragged off by Shang Tsung to give the guys someone to rescue. In this movie, she kills Cyrax, Mileena, Ermac, and a whole bunch of mooks. A definite upgrade.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Though the movie does not state this, it is indirectly implies that this is the reason behind Shao Kahn's defeat: being an ageless warlord with ImmortalImmaturity, it has been eons since Kahn last had a fight with anyone on his level, and he has long since gotten used to crushing anyone who challenges him with raw brute force, having nothing to fear from any comer thanks to his immortality. [[spoiler:When said immortality is taken from him by the Elder Gods, he is rendered utterly demoralized, allowing Liu Kang to dominate and ultimately defeat him]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: Shinnok offers this to [[spoiler:his son Rayden]] shortly before the final battle, and of course is turned down.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Nightwolf's "test" involves three stages. We never see the third nor given an explanation of what it is, though in the novel it is identified as [[spoiler:Liu finally overcoming his self-doubt and facing Shao Kahn in the final battle]].
** One of the major criticisms of the movie involved characters simply disappearing after their allotted scenes. Sub-Zero disappears after his fight with Scorpion, who disappears after capturing Kitana. Nightwolf doesn't show up again either despite the story seeming to position him as a major character.
** Due to their subplot being cut, Kurtis Stryker and Kabal are both this as well, with neither character appearing though they are identified as having been captured and not killed (Kahn could have simply had them killed later, of course, but if he did, it is never mentioned).
* WomanScorned: The DVD character bios imply that this is the reason why Jade betrays the heroes, asserting that she genuinely wanted Liu Kang's affection (rather than cynically seducing him as the film itself implies) and then turning against him after he rejects her in favor of Kitana.
%%* WorldOfHam
* YouHaveFailedMe:
** Rain tells Shao Kahn that Outworld's forces captured two fighters (Kabal and Stryker) without making them beg for their lives or killing them. Kahn shows his displeasure by hitting Rain with a giant hammer and knocking him into some sort of Hell Well.
** Jade, Kahn's [[TheMole mole]] in the ranks of the heroes, gets it even worse when she fails at her job -- Kahn [[FedToTheBeast feeds her to a monster carving in the wall]], which gives out a great big burp when it's done with her.
** Subverted in the novelization by Shinnok, who tells his AxCrazy son not to ShootTheMessenger.

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