YMMV: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

  • Accidental Innuendo: Konquest Mode involves collectible "Relics" for each character in the game. Moloch's is the ball and chain he carries around...but it's called "Moloch's Ball." Cue Heh Heh, You Said X.
  • Base Breaker: Jarek. He gained a few fans with his new moves, but still has his detractors who continues to see him as a Kano-Klone until this day. A small difference from his debut, where he's the Replacement Scrappy for Kano.
  • Crazy Awesome: Havik, continuing one from his Deception debut. This line from his doppelganger sells it:
    Havik: "Looking for trouble, I hope?"
  • Fan Fic Fuel: The Kreate-A-Fighter allows one to make any multitude of fighters such as some Fake Secret characters (e.g. Hornbuckle, Aqua, Nimbus Terrafauz, and Skarlet), canonical non-playable fighters (e.g. Tremor), and some who had not been conceived until later sequels (e.g. Skarlet introduced in MK9, as well as Kung Jin, Erron Black, Kotal Kahn, and D'Vorah)note  along with making creative stories as to where they were in the original timeline.
  • Game Breaker: Sareena is seen as a high-tier character for one reason and one reason alone: her knives. As Ed Boon best put it, they are among the fastest projectiles in the game. You can also juggle opponents with them, leading a few combos rivaling Kitana's infamous fan lift setup in terms of litigiousness.
    • The air combo system has a fatal flaw: If you drop the 4th hit in a combo after making them spin in mid-air, you can leap right back up and do it again, resetting the combo and trapping them in an infinite loop unless they have a Combo Breaker.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Shao Kahn's position in the poster featuring the cast of the game, showing him directly under Blaze, dead center in the top row. Now, consider who won the final battle.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Though this can also be "Funny Aneurysm" Moment for some as well, Johnny Cage bumping Sonya Blade out of the way to rush to the top of the pyramid is funny based on the fact that in the new timeline they got married, had a child, and got divorced some time after Cassie's birth.
  • Ho Yay: Humorously invoked in a concept art drawing for the Evil Tower stage in the Krypt featuring Scorpion and Sub-Zero holding hands as they try to avoid being sucked into a vortex.
  • Memetic Mutation: During the intro, you can see Johnny bump Sonya off the pyramid. People have joked that this was his reaction to learning Sonya was pregnant with Cassie.
  • Mis-blamed: Motaro losing his hind legs was due to the fact that the physics engine for this game couldn't properly render a four legged character.
  • Moment of Awesome: The intro.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Mileena, again.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Stryker's new design attempted this with a new look. It would not be until Mortal Kombat 9 that the team would successfully redeem him in the eyes of fans.
    • The developers themselves were disappointed with Shinnok in Mortal Kombat 4 and were satisfied with his moves from Armageddon.
    • To a lesser extent, Jarek, basically has new moves in order to stop being called as the Kano-Klone. Altough he's more of a Base Breaker than fully rescued.
    • Rain, who was despised by fans for being a Joke Character based on a joke that fell flat, became better received with the establishment of his personality in this game.
  • The Scrappy: Two-legged Motaro, considering it removed one of his most noticable traits. However, the hate for this change by any objective reasoning is unfounded and misplaced as it was due to the fact the limitation of the physics engine wouldn't allow for a four legged character. It was either that or not including him at all.
    • Daegon. He's considered a bland and boring villain who formed the Red Dragon just to kill his brother Taven.
    • Taven also gets a lot of flack from the fanbase. Also a Replacement Scrappy for the already disliked Shujinko.
      • Though Taven is also something of a Base Breaker as fans who like him feel that he was better conceived (as a Human Popsicle in contrast to Shujinko's gullible Idiot Hero) and thus was more justified in not understanding the new world he found himself in. His penchant for some snarky lines during Konquest mode also helped.
    • Meat, who was introduced in MK4 as an oxymoronic skinless "skin" that can be put on any of the characters in that game, was considered undeserving of being included as part of the roster based on the fact that he was never an actual playable fighter in the first place. The complaints that people had about this humorless "joke" also come into play here.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Create-A-Fatalities, one of the most critically-panned aspects of this game, since it blatantly took the place of the game's classic Fatality system and replaced it with generic cut-and-paste finishing moves that any character can do.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: Motor Kombat is so well done for a minigame that you might end spending more time on it rather than on the main game.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: In contrast to all the other fighters that Shang Tsung had to struggle with to ascend to the top of the Pyramid of Argus (Shao Kahn, Zombie Liu Kang, and Mileena), all it took for him to deal with Shujinko was a single punch to the face to send him flying. Shang being the one to deliver this blow is a reference to many fans' complaints that Shujinko is "basically Shang Tsung with better hair."
    • Hsu Hao also gets this twice in this game. In contrast to everyone else's ending in which they get to absorb Blaze's power upon his defeat, Hsu Hao gets killed in the explosion and turned into a mindless demon in the Netherrealm. A more subtle example is that his relic in that rather than being something that is iconic about the character (e.g. Scorpion's kunai and rope ("Spear") for Scorpion and Raiden's hat for Raiden) it's simply his watch.
  • That One Boss: The Shao Kahn Colossus statue in Konquest mode. He's completely invulnerable to your attacks, you can only cause damage to him by activating four orbs with your fire attack, and then lure the statue to the center of the room before hitting a switch with your Ground Stomp attack. Oh, and you can't avoid his attacks. No matter where you are in the room, you will always take damage.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Motaro being reduced to having two legs. Read Misblamed above for details.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Taven. We're supposed to focus on the titular battle royale between the entire cast. Yet the Konquest Mode is about him trying to stop said battle.