YMMV: Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm

  • Badass Decay: Shao Kahn. A fireball tossed by Shang Tsung in the final episode sends him fleeing from Outworld, apparently for good.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At a point of Sting of the Scorpion, Sub-Zero faces a giant snake that has nothing to do with Scorpion's undead army, freezes it and moves on. Justified because they are in Outworld, where danger is at each corner.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: People generally liked the version of Raiden in this show. (He is patterned after Christopher Lambert's portrayal of the character, after all.)
  • Fridge Logic: How did Scorpion obtain jets of his own to fight against the Dragon Jets?
    • The very existence of more raptors in "Acid Tongue", when it was established since Mortal Kombat II that Reptile is the last of his species. Note that Khameleon and her backstory didn't exist until Trilogy, long after this show ended its run.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Sub-Zero/Smoke episode, two-fold. One flashback shows Sektor and Cyrax as humans, with Sektor as a large black man and Cyrax as a chinese man. Just reverse their races and the cartoon just nearly called it right.
    • Furthermore, Sub-Zero's Mortal Kombat 3 costume in Mortal Kombat 9 actually looks more like the Lin Kuei uniform he wears in one flashback of the very same episode as well.
    • One of the missions in Mortal Kombat 9 's Challenge Tower is named "It's Kombat Time!" and you play it as Sonya...
  • Memetic Mutation: Jax was the fattest kid in school.
    • KOMBAT TIME!!
  • Narm Charm: The animation is crappy, the dialog is sometimes stupid and there are lots of really weird things (portal closing device in a police baton?), but there is something charming about this cartoon.
  • Never Live It Down: Jax having been a fat kid was a thing of one episode, yet it's the thing most people remembers about the series version of the character.
  • So Bad, It's Good: As mentioned under Narm Charm, the show manages to be kind of endearing in it's stupidity.
  • They Just Didn't Care: More or less averted in terms of writing and voice-acting, but played straight with the animation. Errors abound, characters move like they have a stick up their asses, and nearly every character outside of the core team look like repaints of other characters. One memorable scene has Cyrax and Sektor get blown to pieces by Sub-Zero only to reappear on the opposite side of the room in the very next shot.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Due to the show getting Cut Short, a lot of stuff that was set up early on simply disappears because the writers were apparently saving it for later seasons:
    • Scorpion. You'd think that by being the poster boy for the entire franchise, a formidable rival to Sub-Zero and described (and shown) as a huge threat by the team would warrant him more appearances, right? Nope, he's gone by the second episode, never to be seen again.
    • Rain never fights the heroes again, despite clearly intending to do so, not even putting in an appearance for the season finale.
    • The Smoke subplot vanishes after his introductory episode, and nobody really mentions it again.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Raiden is clearly meant to come off as an overly-aloof and unhelpful jerk, but the way it's presented instead comes off as everyone on the team being ungrateful dicks to him.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Bet you would never think they could make a Saturday morning cartoon out of an ultra-violent video game series, huh?
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Luke Perry of Beverly Hills 90210 fame as Sub-Zero. He looks like the coolest character and the series' equivalent of the Wolverine. Then he starts talking.