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Series: Mortal Kombat: Conquest

"In each of us there burns a soul of a warrior. In every generation a few are chosen to prove it. Centuries ago, in a time of darkness and fury, that fate befell three strangers. A monk, Kung Lao; an exiled guard, Siro; and a thief, Taja, who have to defend our realm from the forces of Outworld. By fighting for their lives, by fighting for their honor and by fighting for their realm...in a tournament called Mortal Kombat."
— Opening Narration

Mortal Kombat: Conquest was a live-action TV series based off the highly successful Mortal Kombat video games.

The series revolved around the winner of the previous Mortal Kombat, Kung Lao and his allies fights against various individuals who threaten Earthrealm.

The series is regarded as something of a cult classic. It has not been released on DVD, and has an infamous ending that divides fans to this day.

Tropes:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Mileena. Inverted when she first appears; she's uglier than her game counterpart, since her ugliness isn't limited to her lower face. Played straight after she partly loses her Kitana disguise; she still looks beautiful, save for some long teeth, wich aren't so prominent as in the game.
  • Badass Normal: Our main three.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The show ends with Shao Kahn killing everyone and gloating over a beaten Raiden, the only survivor.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Shang Tsung plots Kung Lao's demise from the Cobalt Mines, while Shao Kahn plots taking Earthrealm from his palace.
  • Canon Foreigner: Taja, Siro, Vorpax and a number of others.
  • Celibate Hero: Averted. As a monk Kung Lao should have been but he still flirted with lots of women and got some action with Mileena.
  • Chickification: An overall trend for Taja throughout the series.
  • Cool Old Guy: Raiden
  • Deadpan Snarker: Raiden. In one example...
    Kung Lao: I have no friends!
    Raiden: Maybe that's because you're trying to kill them all.
  • Doomed by Canon: Even if we ignore the Kill 'em All Downer Ending as All Just a Dream (as planned by the writers), we cannot forget that Kung Lao's fate is to be defeated by Goro.
  • Downer Ending: The show ends with Shao Kahn killing everyone.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shang Tsung.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Most dialogue between men and women tends to suggest they want only one thing. Even Kung Lao is implied to have lost an old relic in a woman's house, and the woman is very happy to see him again. Exceptions are Kitana, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero (though Scorpion could be implied to have a healthy sex life since he has a wife, until Sub-Zero kills her)
  • Expy: If you look at it in one way, the main trio are similar to the main trio of the Mortal Kombat games. Kung Lao has Liu Kang's The Hero mentality, Siro has Johnny Cage's cocky attitude, and Taja is similar to Sonya Blade in terms of Action Girl.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Unintentionally averted by being Cut Short. In the finale, the theoretically bullet-proof Contractual Immortality of a number of characters, including Shang Tsung, Kitana, and even protagonist Kung Lao (who should have been killed by Goro, or at least lived long enough to father a child) is violated.
  • An Ice Person: Sub-Zero.
  • Kill 'em All: [[spoiler: Shao Kahn literally kills every major character at the end of the season. It was going to be revealed to be All Just a Dream in season 2, but the show was cancelled, so Shao Kahn pretty much wins.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than the games.
  • More than Mind Control: In one episode a spell was cast to bring out all of the main three's worst traits.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: After Scorpion's wife kills Sub-Zero's little sister, he freezes her to death.
  • Pervert Dad: In Episode 5: "The Essence," Kitana has to repeatedly remind Shao Kahn that she is his daughter, even if adopted against her will. She goes as far as to suggest he... "admire" the picture of her in her mother's room. His implications are explicit enough that it crosses into Villainous Incest. It does explain, however, why over the course of over 11 games Shao Kahn never has a "no daughter of mine is gonna dress like that" reaction to Kitana's Stripperiffic clothing.
    • Interestingly enough, Kitana then downplays their relationship in Episode 12, emphasizing that she's his stepdaughter and thus owes him no loyalty or obedience. Shao Kahn's intentions are even more explicit in that episode, with extra Squick coming from his reaction to Mileena's offer to do "anything" if he lets her keep Kitana's beautiful face, and from his interaction with Kitana at the beginning it almost seems like Shao Kahn ordered Kung Lao killed out of jealousy that Kitana favored Kung Lao over him.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: From Shao Kahn to Raiden in the final episode's end:
    Shao Kahn: Let's see what gifts we have for our guests. a traitor...dead. Two sorcerers ...dead. A queen...dead. A daughter...dead. A bodyguard...dead. A thief...dead. A champion...dead. You... will... bow! To... Me.
  • Recycled: The Series: Sorta; the show appears to be set in the same continuity as Mortal Kombat: The Movie.
  • Ship Tease: Taja and Siro had quite a few little moments where they seemed like more than just friends. Also, Kung Lao and Kitana were massively teased in Episode 12, although it was more on Kung Lao's side than Kitana's.
  • Shirtless Scene: Although it doesn't go near to balance out the amount of female characters in bikinis, there's still a fair few of these.
  • Stripperiffic: Every. Single. Female. Character.

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alternative title(s): Mortal Kombat; Mortal Kombat Conquest
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