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He also shows up in the second season of Mortal Kombat Legacy, again being the only character from anything beyond MK3 to make an appearance.
To a lesser extent, Li Mei. Her Plucky Girl attitude also helps.
Other popular debuting characters are Frost and Nitara.
Game Breaker: Certain characters had "impale" attacks with their weapons which would constantly sap life from the opponent until they keeled over. Granted, these attacks could be blocked, but there's a reason they never resurfaced in Deception and Armageddon.
Replacement Scrappy: Mavado is hated mainly for replacing Kabal, and to add an insult to this injury, apparently killed the latter and then stole his trademark hookswords. It earned the ire of Kabal's fans.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Frost was hated when she was announced, giving that she would ruin Mortal Kombat forever, until the game is released and she's now a fan favorite by having a cool backstory, as well as her movelist being different from Sub-Zero.
John Vogel: We were fully prepared to say "Yes, [Jax killing him] really happened. He's dead. He's gone." But Mortal Kombat Armageddon is about bringing every character back to life, so Hsu Hao is back... much to my dismay.
Drahmin, although not to the extent of Hsu Hao, also earns a similar reaction from the fans. Ed Boon notes that he's one of his two least favorite characters (the other being Hsu Hao), and he's unpopular with fans due to how newcomer-unfriendly his playstyle is. The flies swarming him and constantly buzzing was a rather distracting nuisance.
Mokap is a character most players either completely ignore or absolutely refuse to acknowledge, due to his design being the most unimaginative concept ever seen in a fighting game. He ended up making the ScrewAttack "Top Ten Worst Fighting Game Characters" list for that reason.