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YMMV: Mortal Kombat: Deception
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Shujinko's status as an Unwitting Pawn makes it possible for him to be seen as The Woobie, with shades of an Iron Woobie. While easily manipulated, he was merely a guy who wanted to face Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat, actually got the chance to join that world, never meant for any of this to happen, and works his butt off to rectify his mistake.
  • Base Breaker: Bo' Rai Cho. Either you like him for being a Fun Personified Cool Old Guy or hate him for turning his already established Toilet Humor from Deadly Alliance turned Up to Eleven.
    • Kira and Kobra also count. Kira is either a cool and Fanservicey Evil Redhead or a Replacement Scrappy with the moveset of both Kano and Sonya, and Kobra is either a subversion of the Shotoclone archetype or a blatant rip-off of Ken Masters and one of the worst characters of the franchise (along with Hsu Hao, Drahmin, Mokap, and Meat).
    • Hotaru is eiter liked for being a notable Foil to the ever-popular Havik or hated for being a fascist.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Motaro appears out of the blue in a random Earthrealm village in the Konquest mode to give you some koins, then vanishes. It's a rare occurrence and the player has to be quick to make it happen, so it's more of an Easter Egg.
    • Meat randomly appears with a British accent in the Netherrealm in the Konquest mode to give you some koins, then disappears.
  • Crazy Awesome: Havik. How many fighters do you know crack their own necks to regain health, and slide across the floor like a penguin?
  • Designated Hero: Shujinko, mostly because he can't see through Onaga being a bigger dick, but you're still encouraged to rob everyone blind for the hell of it if you want to unlock everything, and a lot of problems are "solved" by just sucker-punching random people.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Onaga happens to have quite a following. Despite his status as an SNK Boss for some, many liked his design, his stature, and his story. He was even featured as a costume in Trinidad's 2009's Carnival celebrations!
    • Havik, due to his unorthodox playstyle and hints of him and his people being Cloudcuckoolanders.
    • Nightwolf as well, which is an interesting shift considering how hated he was around the time of Mortal Kombat 3.
    • Ashrah is also this, to a lesser extent.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Fans seem to be fond of pairing up Ashrah and Raiden despite no tangible connections existing between the two aside of being members of the Forces of Light. As noted on the Characters page, this is rooted in how similar the two appear to each other, with many mistaking originally Ashrah not only as Raiden's Distaff Counterpart, but his wife.
    • Say what you want about them, but Kira and Kobra do have their supporters (see Base Breaker above), with shippers as part of those ranks. This actually is even given a degree of canonical support in Armageddon, wherein both characters' endings show them expressing affection towards the other in some manner... only to end up being backstabbed for their troubles.
  • Foe Yay: The intense, reciprocally personal rivalry between Jade and Tanya took off starting here and continued into the next game, where they single out the other to square off during the Battle of Armageddon. Jade, who was established in the DA-D-A trilogy to be deeply patriotic, does have a justifiable reason for hating Tanya (who betrayed their homeland for a second time in Deception), but the fervently negative emotion from both sides still comes on a bit too strong for some.
  • Game Breaker: A ton. The majority can be corralled under two things: moves that lead to unduckable throws, and moves that can be repeated ad-nauseum until the timer runs out. It's the core reason why this game was frowned upon by the professional fighting game community.
    • Dairou's Tombstone Drop is this. It's an unblockable ground pound that falls extremely fast and has a very quick recovery time, and the only way to avoid it is to anticipate it coming and jump. Unfortunately, given this game's mechanics, that's a lot easier said than done.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Perform a Fatality and a Hara-Kiri at the same time to get these.
    • Possibly this or Game Breaker, but for some odd reason, Liu Kang's bicycle kick ignores Onaga's defensive stat and takes off his health like you shattered one of the ring's Kamidogu. It's easy to defeat Onaga that way.. .provided that you never get sick of watching Liu Kang's ending.
  • It Was His Sled: Noob Saibot is the original Sub-Zero.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Mileena.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Shujinko was the target of a lot of hate for replacing Liu Kang. He's terminally naive and stole the special moves and even appearances of the other characters during Konquest Mode. It doesn't help that Boon hamfisted him down the fandom's throat by labeling him "the next generation Liu Kang" in an interview, or that his name literally means "protagonist."
    • Kira, who can basically be described as Kano and Sonya's lovechild.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Nightwolf. Prior to Deception, he had just as much of a Hatedom as Stryker did when he was introduced.
  • The Scrappy: Aside of Shujinko, Kira and Kobra. Kira less so than Kobra.
    • Also Darrius and Dairou. These two pale in comparison to Hotaru.
    • Zombie Liu Kang. Many fans saw it as a slap in the face that this is what happened to the Mortal Kombat Champion, and he even made ScrewAttack's "Top Ten Worst Fighting Game Characters" list.

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