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YMMV: Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
  • Anticlimax Boss: The mighty four-armed Shokan Sheeva gets a cage dropped on her.
    • Believe it or not, she's not even the first four-armed character to be presented as a credible threat only to be killed off anti-climatically. Ĉon Flux did that first, but at least Sheeva lived for more than 15 seconds in the movie.
  • Fan Discontinuity: When compared to Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, fans would prefer to think that the latter happened instead of this movie, since they both apparently follow the canon of the first movie.
    • This is hilariously lampshaded in Death Battle when Wiz and Boomstick immediately discard this movie from memory when they came across footage of Shao Kahn changing into a Hydra. Keep in mind that Death Battle is usually pretty liberal with its source material, but it appears that even they have their limits.
    Wizard: Shao Khan can also access his inner beast to transform into...this thing.
    Boomstick: Quick! Make me forget that shit!
    Wizard: Right! (screen fades to white) Never happened!
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Jax's talk to Raiden about trusting humans rather than gods comes after one screw-up by the Elder God. It becomes harsher when keeping in mind the events of Mortal Kombat 9 and how they turned out due to Raiden's actions. In a similar vein, there is an earlier scene where Sindel tells she doesn't love Kitana. Such similar rejection happened in 9, moments before Kitana's death.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The tagline for Annihilation is "Destroy All Expectations."
  • Narm: "Too bad YOU..........will die!"
  • Pandering to the Base: Annihilation vomits new character after new character at the audience in an attempt to fit in all the new arrivals from Trilogy and earn some cred from the faithful. General feedback on the movie should be an indication of how well this worked.
  • Snark Bait: The movie is so horrendously bad, that much of the entertainment can be derived from making fun of every single thing that's wrong with it.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The more charitable viewpoint some people have of this film.
  • Special Effects Failure: Where does one even begin with this mess? Well for starters, there's all those post-production enhanced moves that obviously look the part.
    • Sonya and Jax diving away from a stock explosion on a green screen.
    • The battle at the end between Liu Kang and Shao Kahn. The dragons they turned into made the Stained-Glass Knight from Young Sherlock Holmes look like Jurassic Park.
      • Plus the... flying creature that emerges from Shao Kahn's body after he's beaten. Neither it nor the body husk it leaves behind is any believable.
    • On a related note, the gargoyle that appears is arguably either the film's best effectnote , or is worse than either of the creatures in the aforementioned fight scene.
      • When it grabs Sonya at one point, she too becomes a rather obvious CGI double.
    • Ermac's mask falls off during the fight between him and Sonya. This bit occurs when the latter grabs the former's head with her legs.
      • A similar event happens during the fight between Scorpion and Sub Zero. Only this time, it occurs when the former catches the latter.
    • When Liu Kang does his flip kick, there's a visual flash of when he kicks the camera.
    • Rain gets knocked into a flaming pit by Shao Kahn. When Baraka gets knocked towards the same pit, we see... Rain falling in again.
    • There are cables visible all over the place, but none more noticeable than during Scorpion and Sub Zero's fight.
    • Motaro's front legs are obvious human legs with human feet instead of horse legs with hooves.
    • In other words, pretty much everything. Even the titles are bad by virtue of reusing the titles from the original movie, as explained below.
  • They Just Didn't Care: They use the exact same title sequence than the first film, with the only change being that the letters of "Mortal Kombat" flip to reveal the subtitle. What's more, they reuse clips from the first movie in several places.
    • See also the Rain example above.
  • Video Game Movies Suck: Even compared to other video game movies this one has an especially awful reputation, with more than a few regarding it as the worst game adaptation of all time... or at least the worst one that Uwe Boll didn't have a hand in.
  • What an Idiot: Shao Kahn, who seems to enjoy killing off his minions (and in so doing, thinning his own ranks) if they do so much as sneeze. Even in the final battle, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever why he doesn't simply use his armies to overpower the heroes like he did at the start of the movie.
    • Shinnok even lampshades one moment of Shao Kahn's stupidity when he leaves Raiden alive instead of killing him outright when he had the heroes sorely outnumbered:
      Shinnok: YOU LET HIM LIVE?!!
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Zig zags with this trope. Fans of the first film will say this about the recasting of Johnny Cage, Sonya and Raiden, but this is somewhat averted with the casting of American Gladiators in the roles of Jax and Motaro, who seem like logical choices due to their athletic builds. And then it zags right back with the casting of supermodels for the roles of Sindel and Jade, who really can't act, and don't look the parts for their characters.

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