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Trivia: Mortal Kombat 9
  • Banned In Australia: According to this article, Australia's censors have banned the game due to the graphic violence in the fatalities. It's banned to such a point that they have the border patrol on the lookout for attempts to import the game. This could have been averted if they bit the bullet and introduced an R18+ for games, but that's a contentious issue.
    • It's also Banned In Germany. However, importing "banned" games isn't a big problem here.
    • Sheeva's ending in the game pokes fun at this controversy.
    • Following the introduction of an R18+ rating for video games in Australia in early 2013, the "Komplete Edition" has received approval and can legally be sold locally, as well as imported.
  • Development Gag: The younger Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang, aka the younger Sub-Zero), according to his bio, went by the code name of Tundra before taking up his brother's title. Tundra was the original name considered for Sub-Zero.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Cyb-Zero for... guess.
    • "Portal Kombat": The release date of the game itself, simply for coinciding with that of Portal 2's; the temptation to switch out the "M" in "Mortal" for a "P" proved to be too great.
      • Scorpion and Noob Saibot's second fatalities and the latter's Babality wouldn't seem too out of place in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center.
    • Gravity Squeeze for Ermac's "Cannonball Slam" X-Ray Move, due to its aesthetic similarities to Magneto's Level 3 in MvC3.
    • Kittentaro: Kintaro's more feline appearance in this game (he more closely resembled a tiger in Armageddon). Can also be applied to his Babality.
    • Mortal Kombat 9 itself is a Fan Nickname, as the game's official title is Mortal Kombat. Depending on what community you're a part of, Mortal Kombat 2011 is also a common nickname.
    • Thunder Idiot or God of Blunder for Raiden due to his many Idiot Ball moments throughout the game.
    • Raidude (used by Johnny once in Story Mode) also seems to be picking up in certain circles.
    • Cyblax for Cyrax's human form; used primarily by the game's competitive community, as Cyrax's human and robot forms have subtle but game-altering differences in their movesets.
  • Flip Flop of God: In development, earlier reports noted that the Sub-Zero in this game was Bi-Han, the elder Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero's vignette and combo video showed that it was Kuai Liang, the younger brother instead, once again taking up his brother's title and out for Scorpion's blood. In the end, both Sub-Zeroes (and Noob Saibot), in a way, made the cut for the game, and none of them remain as human Sub-Zero: Bi-Han is killed by Scorpion and turned by Quan Chi into Noob Saibot; and Kuai Liang, the Sub-Zero of the roster, is turned into Cyber Sub-Zero. There's even a battle between them at some point. Of note is that both Sub-Zeroes have different costumes, and Bi-Han's one is the alternate.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: The "End of Rage" sound from the DC crossover comes back in several circumstances in this game.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • I Knew It:
    • Seeing as Deception's Konquest mode established that Kenshi (the blind swordsman from Deadly Alliance and one of the few Ensemble Darkhorses from the post-MK3 era) had been around since the time of the first game (he had apparently Missed the Call for joining the tournament, and thus missed his chance to enact his revenge on Shang Tsung), many assumed that he had a good chance of making it onto the roster here. He was confirmed as DLC.
    • There had also been a fan theory since the time of Gold (thanks to Cyrax's ending) that the Lin Kuei's ranks do not consist exclusively of Chinese people (or those of Chinese ancestry in the case of the Chinese-American-Cyromancer Sub-Zero bros., who were taken to China against their will by their father). Smoke and Cyrax's bios confirm this to be true; the former hails from Prague and is named Tomas Vrbada, while the latter is Motswana and was recruited to join the clan (so... Slavic and African "ninjas"?).
  • Jossed: It had been assumed for years among the fandom that Jade's parents were Edenian nobility, thus explaining how she and Kitana were so close during their childhood and beyond. In reality, Jade was actually offered as a tribute to Shao Kahn in her infant years, where she was raised alongside Kitana as one of Kahn's assassins. It's unknown, however, if this is meant to apply to the original timeline, as MK9 has a few chronological deviations likely due to Raiden's actions, such as Mileena being created during the events of MKII instead of being created after Shao Kahn adopted Kitana and raised alongside her as Kitana's twin sister.
  • The Other Darrin: Most of the VAs for the MK side from vs. DCU return here, with a few exceptions:
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Michael McConnohie voices both Ermac and Kano.
    • Karen Strassman voices both Kitana and Mileena.
    • Lani Minella voices both Sindel and Sheeva.
    • Jamieson Price voices both Noob Saibot and the Announcer.
    • Andrew Kishino voices both Shang Tsung and Sektor.
    • Bob Carter voices Shao Kahn and Baraka.
    • Ken Lally voices Smoke, Goro, and Shinnok.
    • Rhasaan Orange voices Cyrax and Kintaro.
    • Dana Lyn Baron voices both Sonya and Skarlet.
    • Patrick Seitz voices both Scorpion and Freddy.
  • Shown Their Work: All of Freddy's attacks and combos are named after the many puns and one-liners he used in his movies.
  • What Could Have Been: Needles Kane (of Twisted Metal fame) was considered as a guest character for the PS3 version.
  • Kratos has different animations for when he falls victim to certain fatalities. While the other fighters react with fear, Kratos does not, a design decision which, according to Ed Boon, was requested by Sony Computer Entertainment as they didn't want to make him look weak. (He IS a Spartan after all.)
    • When killed by Johnny Cage's "And The Winner Is..." Fatality, Cage does not plant a faux-Oscar trophy into Kratos' split head.
    • In Mileena's "Be Mine" fatality, Mileena will not eat Kratos' head after tearing it off, instead going right to throwing it away.
    • When shrunk during Ermac's "Pest Control" fatality, rather than run around panicking, Kratos will instead challenge Ermac outright before being crushed (He's faced even bigger, after all.)
    • When hit with Cyber Sub-Zero's "Brain Freeze", Kratos will not fall down in a humourous rigor mortis pose.
    • When Stryker slams a grenade into Kratos' stomach during the former's "Have A Blast" fatality, Kratos does not panic before said grenade explodes, instead growling and trembling in fury.
    • When killed by Kung Lao's "Razor's Edge" fatality, Kratos does not wave his arms in horror when being dragged through the hat and being cut in two.
    • When hit by Noob Saibot's "As One" fatality, Kratos reacts to being bisected by a portal less so than other fighters do.
    • When ensnared by Skarlet's blood pillars during her "Make It Rain" fatality, Kratos instead attempts to break free of his restrains instead of panicking.
    • Kratos does not flinch when Kenshi throws his sword during the latter's "Split Ends" fatality.
    • Kratos does not inflate when being filled up by Rain's "Bubble Burst" fatality.
    • During Freddy's "Tell 'Em Freddy Sent Ya" Fatality, as soon as Freddy vanishes, Kratos instead prepares for a possible sneak attack instead of looking worried as others do. When tossed into the boiler in Freddy's "Welcome To My Nightmare" fatality, Kratos tries to grab at Freddy before the latter slams the door on his arm.

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