* BrokenBase: The story in a nutshell.
** Part of what makes the story so difficult to reconcile with the rest of the series is certain elements that would drastically change the canon if accepted as official but which are never addressed elsewhere. For example, in no other game is it even remotely implied that, in this timeline (so any game released prior to the reboot), [[spoiler:Jade ever got killed]]. If true, [[spoiler:it would require she got resurrected later, as she has a pretty significant role in games like ''Deception''; however, her getting resurrected is not implied either]]. Decisions like these would have huge consequences for the series, yet no attempt was made to deal with them, further clouding its canonicity.
* CharacterRerailment: Towards Jax (retroactively from ''Special Forces'' and ''Deadly Alliance''), the game seem to be closer in line with Jax's original characterization. Justified in that it's supposed to be a [[BroadStrokes retelling]] of ''[=MK2=]''.
* DemonicSpiders: Shadow Priests. They "always" appear in pairs, can call down [[ShockAndAwe lightning]], [[TeleportSpam teleport]], shoot energy bolts at you, grab you to drain your health, and, if you leave them alone, they "will" summon [[GoddamnedBats Tarkatans]] to fight you, and [[StatusBuff buff]] any other enemy around. Luckily, they aren't any more durable than the other enemies, so take them out first.
* DorkAge: Kung Lao's portrayal in ''Shaolin Monks''. He's jealous of Liu Kang, when in the past he had only cared for the protection of Earthrealm. It became canon as of ''Armageddon'', with his ending, and sticks in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', although there he at least has the primary motive of avenging his ancestor's death at the hands of Goro.
* GoddamnedBats: Tarkatans show up in almost every stage once they're introduced. On their own they aren't any harder than any other mook, but they tend to come in groups.
* NarmCharm: Whereas the voice acting in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' seemed to be unintenionally hilarious and terrible, there's a lot of moments in ''Shaolin Monks'' where they seem to be squarely aiming for deliberately corny acting and lines in a meta design, a la ''Film/BlackDynamite''.
--> '''Kung Lao''': (to Liu Kang, after Sub-Zero freezes the area around) You know what they say about a cold day in Hell... this is it.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Mileena.
* ThatOneAttack: Shao Kahn's spinning swing with his hammer. It takes up a ton of reach, you fight in a small area so it's hard to avoid and if it hits you, you get hit repeatedly, so you can lose as much as half of your life bar.
* WhatAnIdiot: This could be applied to everybody. Liu Kang and Kung Lao fall really easily to Shang Tsung's trap and Raiden never tries to stop them from fighting his assassins. Raiden does stop them, but right at the end when Tsung is already done with his plan.