The Scrappy: Mortal Kombat

Undeniably, the most disliked kombatant of the bunch.

Generally, most of Mortal Kombat's scrappies emerged from the post-2D games. Given that many fans could probably count the few popular characters introduced from MK4 all the way to Armageddon on their fingers and still have a few to spare, this was a bit unsurprising.

  • The Elder Gods are widely hated by the fans. They're fully aware of the terrible things going on in the games, and even more so, that these escalating battles could undo reality as we know it. Despite this, they never lift a single finger to help.
    • It makes one appreciates Shinnok's MKX Arcade ending when he summons The One Being to chow down on these douchebags.
  • The original Mortal Kombat 1 had Liu Kang. His high-pitched screeching makes one presume that Shaolin monks castrate themselves or something. Not to mention that he had what is probably the lamest fatality ever created: a cartwheel followed by a punch to the face. Make no mistake, it looks like a pretty solid punch, but considering that Johnny Cage would punch your head off, and Sub-Zero would rip out your friggin' spine, it seemed lacking by comparison.
    • His rather 'meh' Fatality is meant to represent the fact that he's a monk, and so killing is against his principle. In II, it was made a tad more lethal since his brotherhood was attacked by the Tarkartans.
  • MK3 gave us Nightwolf. Ethnic Scrappy? Check. Game Breaker? Check. Thankfully, he was fixed by Deception.
    • Worse still was Stryker. Word of God is they wanted him to contrast the rest of the roster, but a beer gut and backwards baseball cap was taking things a bit too far. Generally fans felt he was way out of place, being a terrible male counterpart to Sonya Blade and a generic police officer in a game with a mystical storyline. And to some extent, he was a bit of a Tier-Induced Scrappy due to his move pool.
  • Mortal Kombat 4 had three Replacement Scrappies in the form of Tanya, Reiko and Jarek.
    • Tanya had been a last minute palette swap for Kitana, possessing many of her moves and even her Kiss of Death fatality. Fortunately, her treacherous personality changed the fanbase's perception on her and inmediately became a fan favorite.
    • Reiko, in the eyes of Noob Saibot's fans, who wanted the latter to be added instead of him. Along with Tanya, didn't last long when Noob is added as a secret character and another fan favorite was born.
    • Jarek was even worse given he had no real personality and all his moves were clearly Kano's, including his trademark laser-eye-beam fatality, despite not even having a laser eye. He was swapped in for Kano late in development due to a desire for a new character. He was fixed a bit in Armageddon, giving new moves, and as a result, he's currently a Base Breaker.
  • Hsu Hao (pictured above) from Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance, to the extent that even the creators dislike him. Even to this day, Netherealm Studios alluded to their dislike of his character:
    Fan: (upon seeing Kano's design) Would Hsu Hao be jealous of that chest piece?
    Ed Boon: Yes, and we don't care.
    • Actually Hsu Hao reappears in the MKX comics as well... for about one or two pages, in which he is instantly and brutally killed by Scorpion, who tells him to buzz off.
    • To a lesser extent, Mokap for being a joke character. His concept was ridiculous and scrutinized for being lazy, and even made Screw Attack's "Top Ten Worst Mortal Kombat Characters" list.
    • Drahmin for being difficult to control (he's one of the only playable characters that had no dial-a-combos), not to mention the irritating flies that follow him around.
    • Bo' Rai Cho gets a fair bit of hate. A lot of players felt the weaponized vomiting and farting weren't all that funny.
    • Moloch is also hated for being an incredibly cheap midboss.
  • In Mortal Kombat Deception most of the newly introduced Deception characters qualify for this, with the exception of Havik and Ashrah.
  • In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, DC fans seemed to view Baraka as this. Ironic since you'd think they'd enjoy the opportunity to see Batman and Superman attack a violent mutant with Blade Below the Shoulder.
    • Jax's announcement as a character was met with groans of dismay, especially when one of the other characters revealed was the Joker.
  • Mortal Kombat 9's story has gotten Sindel a lot of hatred, to the point many are labelling her as this. She appears out of nowhere and effortlessly kills many well liked characters in rapid succession.
  • Quan Chi started to become this - if not an outright Villain Sue - after the problems he caused for the heroes in the game, not to mention that they didn't like how his Karma Houdini Warranty seemed irrevocable. In X, It was satisfying for those fans to brutally beat him down with Sonya in Story Mode, complete with a QTE that ends with her boot in his crotch. Playing as Hanzo four chapters later and sealing the deal by beheading him? Even more so. It also doesn't help to note that his death also prevent some of the other scrappy characters, such as Kurtis Stryker and Nightwolf, from being resurrected as well.
  • More than a little hate has been directed at Raiden since MK9, with some fans even subtitling it variations on "It's All Raiden's Fault." This has more to do with the story than anything else, since every step he takes to avoid the premonitions of Armageddon lead him towards a mistake that could have been avoided. He gets most of the main cast killed, constantly espouses faith in the Elder Gods (who show themselves the "toothless worms" Shao Kahn describes up until the very last fight), offers the souls of everyone he got killed to Quan Chi in a desperate bid for aid, and in an accident that horrifies even himself, electrocutes Liu Kang to death. Watching all this happen, plus him surrendering to Kahn, and then having to finish the game as him? Bitter pill for some fans.