YMMV / Mortal Kombat II

  • Polished Port: Unbelievably, the Game Boy version turned out really well. Yes, the character roster had to be cut down due to hardware limitations, but the graphics and music are very good, the controls are perfect, and the gameplay is actually faster than the other versions.
  • Porting Disaster: The Midway Arcade Treasures 2 version had the start button exclusively function as the pause button. This made unlocking Smoke impossible.
  • Self-Fanservice: Mileena is probably the character subjected to this trope the most, likely because of the whole "smoking hot body, hideous face" dichotomy she presents. Fan-Art tends to either outright give her Cute Little Fangs or somehow display/downplay her teeth in a way that doesn't detract from her beauty. She also tends to be hit with Adaptational Attractiveness in the live action adaptations. That being said, there are fans who disagree with these kind of depictions, seeing Mileena's Tarkatan features as part of the allure of the character, not to mention that she's arguably been approaching Ugly Cute territory since Deception.
  • The Woobie:
    • Kitana has a history of being repeatedly deceived and/or manipulated by several villains throughout the series. She, during Mortal Kombat 2, falsely believes Shao Kahn to be her father. In Deception, she is under the control of Onaga; and in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, she's being manipulated by both the rage sent by Dark Kahn, and then by Quan Chi. It hardly seems to affect her though. She breaks in her Unchained ending, though, after Blaze tells her that her premonitions were true and Armageddon is coming.
    • Smoke's misfortunes also seem to pile up with each sequel. To date, he's been converted to a cyborg against his will, deactivated and hung as a trophy after Mortal Kombat 3, and reprogrammed as an evil minion in Deception. The reboot spares him the cybernetics and instead reveals that he was sacrificed by a cult as an infant. Plus he's killed off in 9, enslaved by Quan Chi and remains a revenant in X while a copy of his brainwaves are uploaded into another cyborg. Smoke: one way or another, his life sucks.
  • Uncanny Valley: In today's standard's, the graphics are a bit... off... For proof, just check Shao Kahn's introduction or Mileena's face in her ending.