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Baraka, while not to the same degree as the two above, but nonetheless has also been a favorite of the Mortal Kombat team, so much to the point that he was among the MK characters to make it as part of the cast for Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
Sleeper Hit: Mortal Kombat was not intended to be the tentpole franchise for Midway, but only to fill a gap in their arcade schedule. The game was developed by a team of only four members (programmer Ed Boon, artists John Tobias and John Vogel, and sound guy Dan "Toasty" Forden) in a 10 month development cycle. Due to not being an overly important project, the team had green light to do what they wanted, which meant they had a lot of freedom to make the game stand out via Rule of Cool. The rest is history.
Stopped Numbering Sequels: The first three sequels were numbered (II, 3, and 4), but every game afterward (when the series no longer had arcade releases) used subtitles instead (although the Deadly Alliance logo does have a huge "V"). The newest Mortal Kombat game is seemingly back to numbering, however, since it's called Mortal Kombat X (most likely due to most people referring the last game as Mortal Kombat 9).
Australian Trevor Goddard as the Japanese-American Kano, who ended up being such a popular example that the developers of Mortal Kombat officially changed Kano's nationality to follow suit.
Real Life Writes the Plot: The fight scene between Reptile, Johnny Cage, and Liu Kang was added after test audiences were dissatisfied with the other fights in the movie. Linden Ashby wouldn't have been on set.
Throw It In: Liu Kang was supposed to duplicate the acrobatic flips of Sub Zero's down the ramp during the fight, but Robin Shou couldn't pull it off successfully. After a few takes, instead of the acrobatics, he just ran down into the ramp yelling like a maniac. That's the shot that got used.
Steven Spielberg was supposed to make a cameo appearance in the movie. However, due to scheduling conflicts, Spielberg backed out. The director in Johnny's first scene bears a pretty good resemblance to Spielberg, making it pretty obvious where that cameo was going to slot in.