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
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 in the US, and has an infamous ending that divides fans to this day.
This series contains examples of:
- An Ice Person: Sub-Zero.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Shao Kahn does this to Raiden in the series finale.
- Kill 'em All: 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.
- Mr. Fanservice: Shang Tsung.
- 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.
- Race Lift: Chinese Shaolin monk Kung Lao is portrayed by Filipino-American Paolo Montalban.
- 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.