Nightmare Fuel: Mortal Kombat X

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    X-Rays 
  • Kotal Kahn's X-Ray move involves stunning the opponent with a blast of burning sunlight, summoning a blade and promptly stabbing it through the opponent's throat, twisting the blade to break the neck, and then kneeing the person hard in the face.
  • Ferra/Torr's has Torr smash one's skull into the ground and then punch the person so hard that their rips crack. As they fly away, Ferra springboards off Torr for a Wolverine Claws stab to the face.
  • Remember Sub-Zero's X-Ray from MK9? The same but worse - the frozen organs get pulled out and turned into a giant icicle that gets rammed into the person's eye.
  • Scorpion knees the opponent in the face so hard that they fly into the air, only to be stopped by both of Scorpion's spears, one of which hits the person in the forehead, and slams down on the head to break the neck.
  • D'Vorah lifts the opponent with her swarm, flies up, and uses one of her Spider Limbs to stab the person through the back of the head and out the mouth, only to kick both feet into his/her back, breaking it and sending him/her crashing to the ground.
  • Raiden's is one big Trauma Conga Line to the back: he sends them flying into the air with an electric blast, shocks them in the back with his hand, knocks them back down with another electric bolt, causing them to slam (back-first) so hard that they bounce, after which Raiden warps down, jumps up, and knees them in the spine, breaking it.
  • Cassie Cage's X-Ray stuns her opponent before she drops down into a splits pose and punches her opponent's balls/cameltoe so hard they explode. Following that, she takes out both her guns and claps them grip-first on both sides of the head before shooting both barrels into each eye. Like father/mother, like daughter, indeed.
  • Kano tackles the opponent, spinning them before jumping onto their back, jamming one of his knifes into their stomach before ripping it diagonally, cutting through the entire rib cage in the process, spinning them again so he could grab them like he's about to do a DDT, but instead lifts them up by the neck, breaking it.
  • Quan Chi throws a green skull at the opponent, stunning them before teleporting behind the opponent as they spin around, slamming two skulls on both sides of their head, crushing their skull before kicking them back into a portal, following them before another portal opens in the air as the opponent falls and hits the ground, Quan Chi following and stomps down on their neck with enough force to break it (and dislocate the jaw as well).
  • Kung Lao throws his hat into the opponent's forehead, spinning in blade before embedding itself in the skull with an audible crack. He then quickly runs at his opponent, vaults over them while grabbing the hat, and slams them over his head; the impact disconnects the spine from the ribs! As if that's not enough, the opponent then bounces into the air and Kung Lao warps beneath them for a flying knee strikes to said ribs, shattering them for good measure.
  • Reptile snaps the opponent's lower jaw off with his bare hands, then sticks his fingers deep into their eyesockets until their eyes burst. Afterwards, he slams the opponent down hard enough on their already battered heads to break the os frontale completely in half.
  • After stunning his opponent with soul energy, Ermac does a flying headbutt, cracking the skull, falls back, and follows up with a Diving Kick straight to the throat, breaking the spine on the far side. Once his opponent is on the ground, he stomps with both feet on the side of the opponent's head, dislocating the jaw. All of this is done in one big levitation session.
  • Kitana does a small combo that knocks her opponent into the air, where she throws her closed fans into their throat. She then jumps up and slams their head on the ground; this drives the throat-embedded fans deeper. She then yanks them back to their feet, yanks out the fans, and knees her opponent in the face hard enough to crack the skull in half.

    Fatalities 
  • D'Vorah shoots flies at her opponent and yanks them back leaving two gaping holes in their body. She does it again, this time aimed at their face, with the bugs eating at their head until a bloody skull remains and rolls off of the body (though not before the jaw falls off). And to put the icing on the cake, she stomps it (ironically, like any would do a bug).
  • Scorpion burns a hole into his opponent's chest, causing the heart to drop down into said hole, then they slump over for an entire face removal by sword; the face slides off first, then the brain flops out next, all while the vocal cords are still moving, all visible in its gory glory.
  • Sub-Zero freezes the centre of one's torso frozen then shatters it with a punch, leaving nothing but the spine, which he yanks in half shortly thereafter. He's not done with them either; he hoists them into the air by their spine and tears them in half from there.
  • The new tag team Torr and Ferra features Torr suspending the foe in the air with Ferra stabbing them through their head. Next she flips over to their back with her blades still embedded in their face and slides down (still with the blades inside). Torr pulls them apart and just tosses them to the ground in a pile, with the viewer getting treated to a pleasant view of their insides in detail.
  • Cassie Cage has the least gory fatality out of the ones shown, but it's still unnerving (and funny). She shoots her opponent in both kneecaps and then in the head. She decides to add the proverbial (and likely literal) cherry on top by sticking her bubblegum over the bullet wound and watch as it fills with blood and pops.
  • Kotal Kahn (much like an Aztec would) uses his spiked knife to cut into and across the opponent's chest. You'd think he'd just slip his hand inside and rip the heart out, but nope, he punches a hole into their chest instead and then he rips the heart out. He then crushes it over his face, basking in the blood that rains upon him. Blood God indeed.
  • Raiden grabs the opponent by the head with both hands, coursing electricity through them. This results in an Eye Pop before the head completely shoots into the air, Raiden zapping it in the air to blow it up before the rest of the body flops to the ground.
  • Kano takes out one of his knifes before suddenly slashing the opponent's stomach with it, causing their entrails to pour out to the ground as they look in horror before they're held up by Kano. But then, the opponent's face actually starts smoking up and brighten as they scream in pain before a laser blast bursts a giant hole where their eyes and nose should be as Kano just stares at the camera through the hole, his cybernetic eye glowing.
  • Quan Chi uses his mind control powers to make the opponent walk into a sword that happens to be at the same height as their mouth, impaling them straight through the head. You can hear the blade grinding against the teeth. He then uses his telekinesis to lift the opponent up while keeping the sword in place, slicing them in half. He then slams them down, cutting through the top of the head to complete the bisection.
    • His other fatality, glimpsed in the "Mortal Kombat X: Next" video, has him holding his opponent between two portals on opposite sides of his body, an ankle in one hand and a wrist in the other. Cue Portal Cut. Seems MKX Quan Chi likes bisecting people.
  • Kung Lao's fatality has him throw down his hat so that it spins on the ground like a buzz saw. He then trips/throws his opponent towards said hat, where they barely managed to stop themselves from falling straight into it. However, Kung Lao puts his foot on their back and presses down, forcing their head to be split in half by the spinning blade.
  • Kitana uses her fans to slash off her opponent's hands then pins them to the ground and shoves her fan blades into their forehead and jaw, trisecting their head. As she gets off, her victim's eyes roll back and close as the pieces start to fall apart.
  • Reptile spits a load of gunk directly onto the opponent's face, melting it off as they scream for dear life. Then, he dashes in, grabs their head and vertically tears it in half with his bare hands.
  • Ermac:
    • The one in his reveal trailer has him lift up his opponent into the air, telekinetically twist them around with several popping/crunching sounds, straighten them out again, and... silent Gory Discretion Shot.
    • His other one has him grab the opponent's head with telekinetic energy (with one hand) and lift it straight up, severing it from the body. He them slams it down into the body. With his other hand, he then pulls it out of the chest cavity, spilling various guts in the process. For extra humiliation value, the fatality concludes with Ermac triumphantly levitating the decapitated head right in front of him, as if he intends to keep it as a trophy.

    Brutalities 
In the previous game with brutalities, it was just a very fast combo followed by an attack that would cause the enemy to explode. Here, it's a lot more gruesome. They're like miniature fatalities based on regular special moves, taken to their lethal extreme when certain conditions are met.
  • Cassie Cage:
    • Her Brawler variation's "Tackle" move keeps punching the opponent in the face until it's bloody mush.
    • Her Hollywood variation's "Nut Cracker" hits the opponent's groin so hard that their head pops off.
  • Kano:
    • One of his knife stabs is drawn upward, slicing the opponent's upper body in half like Kratos' first fatality in MK9.
  • Raiden:
    • Electrocutes his opponent until the head explodes.
    • After his opponent's legs spark with electricity for a moment, they scream and explode as Raiden teleports where they stand. The blood-soaked Raiden is fine, the opponent goes boom.
  • D'vorah:
    • Stabs her opponent with one of her extending legs, implanting a Chest Burster bug that, well, bursts out and flies away.
    • Lifts her opponent into the air with a swarm of bugs that slice her opponent in half by the waist.
  • Scorpion:
    • Slices off both of his opponent's arms with his dual swords.
    • Stabs his opponent with his grappling kunai and sends a burst of fire through the chain; instead of simply setting the opponent on fire, their skin explodes off, leaving a charred torso on an otherwise untouched body.
    • Teleporting uppercut against an airborne opponent equals head punched off with flaming fist.
  • Kotal Kahn:
    • Slashes his opponent's shoulder with his War God macuahuitl, only to make a sawing motion, making a diagonal cut completely through his opponent's torso.
  • Sub Zero:
    • Makes his ice dagger stabs, but instead of continually stabbing the chest, the final stab gets embedded into the head.
  • Kung Lao:
    • Throws his Buzz Saw hat into the air, which arcs down, sawing the head in half, and then slowly works its way down the torso...
    • Does his "throw" series of punches, but keeps punching, doing a last three hit strike that punches his opponent's head partially off, hanging on just by a little skin/cloth.
  • Ferra/Torr:
    • Torr holds the opponent still while Ferra stabs the opponent's head twice, the second stab tearing the head off as she pulls back.
  • Ermac:
    • With his Mystic variation, he can Tele-Hang his opponent and then vertically pull them in half with telekinesis.
    • With his Master of Souls variation, he can stun his opponent with a Soul Ball, then blast the stunning aura with a Soul Burst. This will cause the aura to explode and sever torso from legs, the former launching into the air.
  • Kitana:
    • Her Assassin Strike tears off the head with the EX / sharpened third strike.
  • Quan Chi:
    • Does his throw, pushing his opponent into the ground portal. Instead of appearing in the portal above Quan Chi, however, a shower of blood and guts pours onto the posing sorcerer. Then the intact head falls out.

    Characters 
  • Scorpion: He's sporting a more simplistic design this time around in comparison to his last two appearances, but now he is rocking a slight Hades Shaded complexion (very likely due to his connection with the Netherrealm), deeper vocal cords that still echo and make him sound more intimidating than ever, and more hellish moves to match. Special mention goes to how he is now able to summon demonic minions to control the space of the battlefield akin to how he controlled the hellspawn Shirai Ryu clan in Armageddon, all with just a wave of a skull device on his waist. He's not dicking around this time, eloquently cemented with his new fatality (the absolute goriest one seen yet in the series) and an X-Ray that he can stall or teleport to catch his prey off guard. Let's just hope for the best for his enemies, especially Quan-Chi as the recent intro quotes between the two shows that Scorpion's after him, and we know how Scorpion gets when he's after someone...
  • Sub-Zero: Let's hit all these points in order here. A deeper voice than even Bi-Han? Check. A dark personality much closer to Bi-Han's and very little of Kuai-Liang's and a more foreboding appearance (Cryomancer Variation takes the cake)? Check. Supposed new Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei (with a Medallion on the same side the Dragon Medallion is worn) taking the above into account? Check. An even more gruesome spine rip fatality? Check. An Ice Hammer and a Shao Kahn-esque ice sculpture winpose? Oh no...
  • D'Vorah: She is half human and half insect (while sporting a creepy wasp motif) who controls all manner of horrible pests such as flies, locusts, wasps, and giant maggots (the last of which she affectionately licks). Despite her curvaceous physique and Stripperific get-up that shows off those assets, she is certainly Fan Disservice from her dark violet and black compound eyes, the occasional venom oozing, her lack of hair, her distorted vocal chords, and her pure, unadulterated Body Horror.
  • Ferra/Torr: A smidget of a lady who sounds like a little girl that wants to horribly maim you, dressed with war paint all over her and skimpy clothing that just enhances the fear factor instead of invoking Fanservice, and she's wielding retractable metal claws that she knows how to use; she's also ridiculously fast (seriously, look at how fast she runs when she gets knocked off of Torr in a fight). And who can forget that she is piggybacking on and easily commanding said man who is a hulking hooded giant and looks very reminiscent of Bane appearance wise. The fact that these two fight like a team just like Noob-Smoke and that Torr is capable of fighting solo if need be is scary.
  • Kotal Kahn: The Aztecs were known for being brutal warriors, what with their horse decapitating swords that Kotal Kahn happens to carry around with him. Him looking like a spitting image of Huitzilopotchli and the elite eagle warriors of the Aztec Empire, complete with glyphic Power Tattoos, he's a natural source of nightmare fuel. This especially became the case after it was recently revealed that he is the current emperor of Outworld. Looking at Outworld's past emperors (Onaga and Shao Kahn) and looking at the type of person Kotal Kahn seems to be (especially considering his rivalry with Raiden), he's a virtually perfect candidate for an Outworld emperor.
  • Kano: He's never been a nice guy, but this time around he is said to have enhanced himself greatly with various cybernetics, including a new metal plate that looks to span across nearly half of his head (not that he had much of a choice: Sub-Zero froze his cybernetic eye, forcing him to upgrade), and a new cybernetic heart (ala Hsu Hao), which he puts in at the start of the match. Hsu Hao himself died not having his own cyber-heart in him, and Kano's walking around with his in his hand yet he still retains his human heart, and Lord knows what else cybernetics he fitted himself with. It's also been stated that this version of Kano is older than his Mortal Kombat 9 appearance; seeing as how he's been with Sonya, it's safe to say that he's possibly after Cassie as well (And given her dialogue, even D'Vorah is disgusted with him).
  • Quan Chi: he comes packing an even more Obviously Evil design as if you couldn't tell he was evil before, complete with his MK4 chestplate (with a sometimes glowing skull in its center), Spikes of Villainy (which are crossing into High Collar of Doom territory) and Too Many Belts prisoner style. Each of his variations are also pretty chilling; the Sorcerer variation with his damn near instant spell circles with effects that will NOT benefit you (and one that let's him No Sell an attack), the Warlock variation with the aforementioned glowing skull along with glowing skeletal arms and unpredictable dark portal mix-ups giving Noob Saibot a run for his money, and the Summoner variation with glowing red spikes of villainy and he outright summons a demonic beast (a bat) to assist him in combat like how Scorpion does with demonic minions but without the skull device (he's even got a giant demonic horse/ram hybrid that he rides atop). He is stated to have his schemes fully realized, which means nothing short of all Netherrealm breaking loose this time around, and his X-Ray and Fatality are of course unsettling without question (especially his fatality). And one of his intros shows him holding the decapitated head of Moloch; the original story had him as a tormentor of Quan Chi alongside Drahmin, and if he's carrying around the oni's head as a trophy...
  • Reptile: His design update is truly a sight to behold, including much closer detail on his scales that make his face look less like a mask and more like the horrifying man-lizard he is supposed to be. Combine that with what look like bones or teeth of some huge creature adorning his outfit, a two-piece ninja mask that grants his full range of mouth-based attacks without having to be removed, a new fatality that features him spitting acid so corrosive it can melt your face in seconds before just straight up tearing your head in half, and an X-Ray move where he dislocates your jaw, jams both his thumbs into your eye sockets until they pop, and then slamming your already mangled face into the ground so hard your skull splits in half, and you have one hefty dose of terror.
  • Ermac: This amalgamation of souls has gotten even creepier than ever. Where once he had a mask or head-wrappings is... well, still head-wrappings, but significantly less. This means we get a good look at a face that looks, for lack of a better word, withered; on top of that, he looks thinner than usual. His voice has gone from a more neutral reverberation to a deeper gravely tone, and dialogue suggests that the late Shao Kahn still holds an unknown amount of sway over him. His powers have increased, granting him abilities like outright flight (a rarity in the MK universe) where once he simply hovered and soul bindings that can remain in place to devastating and dismembering effect.

    Other 
  • Scorpion killing Sub Zero in the announcement trailer. He drives his spear through his head, rips his head off, and uses a dagger to pin it to a tree.
    • The worst part? When Sub Zero's head gets pinned to the tree, we see that HE WAS STILL ALIVE.
  • Outworld itself has presumably gotten worse in Shao Kahn's absence. Ed Boon recently stated that there is currently some form of a power vacuum going on, and that Kotal Kahn is just one of the people in Outworld who rose to claim the throne. And that he loses the spot too to someone else. The question is, to who? Going by issue #4, it's Mileena, who has seemingly allied herself with Reiko. And if it isn't her, the other likely candidate would be Ermac, who has Shao Kahn's soul.
    • Issue #6 confirms it as Mileena, who has been dubbed "The Mad Empress" and is working with Reiko and Goro against Kotal Kahn.
  • In issue #2 of the comics, Forrest Fox gets possessed and CUTS HIS FUCKING FACE OFF!
  • Issue #4 involves Cassie Cage and Jacqui finding out that the former gets herself into a death match at an adult's club. Cassie's reaction is a simple "F.M.L" and her opponent? None other than Frost. The horror on Jacqui's face seals the deal to what her best friend got herself into.
  • Issue #6 has Kotal Kahn (who surprisingly isn't that bad a guy, all things considered) messily crushing the skulls of two Spanish soldiers who were threatening a young Amazon girl. He then goes on to defend the Amazon people, and earns his title as "Blood God" by gruesome means (he regularly drinks the blood of his enemies) and then it all goes to pot when, after returning from a visit to Outworld, he discovers to his horror that the Amazon tribe has been eradicated - they couldn't deal with the viruses and diseases in the Spanish blood. Oh, and at one point he punches a guy's face off.
  • The curse of the Kamidogu, as explained by Kano: anyone wounded by those daggers can be possessed by a demon (like what happened to Fox) and the only way to free them of it is to kill the possessed. Doesn't help that in the end of Issue #3, said demon took over Raiden's body and started to fight Scorpion.