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** The names of some of his combo strings in 11 include references to Music/{{ACDC}}.

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** The names of some of his combo strings in 11 ''11'' include references to Music/{{ACDC}}.Australian pop culture, such as Music/{{ACDC}} and Butterfingers.
** His sleeveless tee/mustache combo costumes in ''11'' make him resemble Cypher from Film/TheMatrix.

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* During one of Cetrion's intros with Kitana, she tells Kitana that "[[Film/ANewHope I find your lack of faith disturbing.]]".


* '''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]''':
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Shaolin Monks]]'', he has a Fatality named [[Film/ShaolinSoccer Shaolin Head Soccer]].

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* '''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]''':
'''Liu Kang''':
** There are several aspects of him that make him a BruceLeeClone:
*** His costume in the first game is black pants, no shirt, black laceless shoes, and a mullet. Later games add color and a headband for slight DivergentCharacterEvolution.
*** One of his fighting styles in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon'' is called Jun Fan, after Bruce Lee's birth name, Jun Fan Lee. In ''Shaolin Monks'', he has Jeet Kune Do ([[YouMakeMeSic misspelled without the "e" in "Kune"]]), Bruce Lee's fighting style.
*** In ''Deception'', ''Armageddon'', and ''11'', he wields a [[FightingWithChucks Nunchaku]] as a weapon.
*** One of his fatalities in ''11'' begins with a more grotesque take on the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique from ''Film/KillBill'', and ends with an explosive One-Inch Punch as another homage to Bruce Lee.
*** He also takes after fellow BruceLeeClone [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]], having some RapidFireFisticuffs kombos and the "hopping" Jeet Kune Do stance with hand gestures.
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Shaolin Monks]]'', he has a Fatality named [[Film/ShaolinSoccer Shaolin Head Soccer]].Film/ShaolinSoccer.



*** He also takes after fellow BruceLeeClone [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]], having some RapidFireFisticuffs moves and using Ken's fighting stance, complete with hand gestures.
** One of his fatalities in ''11'' begins with a more grotesque take on the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique from ''Film/KillBill'', and ends with an explosive one inch punch as another homage to Bruce Lee.

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*** He also takes after fellow BruceLeeClone [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]], having some RapidFireFisticuffs moves and ** Also in ''X'', if Cassie Cage uses her "Selfie" Fatality, Liu Kang may post on her "Friendships" page using Ken's fighting stance, complete with hand gestures.
** One of his fatalities in ''11'' begins with a more grotesque take on
the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique from ''Film/KillBill'', and ends with an explosive one inch punch as another homage to Bruce Lee.account name "[[Music/KoolAndTheGang Kool&TheKang]]"


* One of Erron Black and Johnny's pre-fight intros has Johnny making fun of Erron's name, pronouncing it [[Series/KeyAndPeele "A-Aron"]].

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* One of Erron Black and Johnny's pre-fight intros has Johnny making fun of Erron's name, pronouncing it [[Series/KeyAndPeele "A-Aron"]]."A-A-Ron"]].


* Shang Tsung references [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow The Rocky Horror Picture Show]] in one of his intros with Geras, informing his opponent that “I can make you a man in just seven days.” He also references Dr. Frankfurter’s line about “quivering with anticipation.”

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* Shang Tsung references [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow The Rocky Horror Picture Show]] in one of his intros with Geras, informing his opponent that “I can make you a man in just seven days.” He also references Dr. Frankfurter’s line about “quivering “shivering with anticipation.”


* Shang Tsung references [[Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow]] in one of his intros with Geras, informing his opponent that “I can make you a man in just seven days.” He also references Dr. Frankfurter’s line about “quivering with anticipation.”

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* Shang Tsung references [[Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow]] [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow The Rocky Horror Picture Show]] in one of his intros with Geras, informing his opponent that “I can make you a man in just seven days.” He also references Dr. Frankfurter’s line about “quivering with anticipation.”


* Shang Tsung references [[Film/RockyHorrPictureShow]] in one of his intros with Geras, specifically the song “I Can Make You A Man.”

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* Shang Tsung references [[Film/RockyHorrPictureShow]] [[Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow]] in one of his intros with Geras, specifically the song informing his opponent that “I Can Make You A Man.can make you a man in just seven days.” He also references Dr. Frankfurter’s line about “quivering with anticipation.

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* Shang Tsung references [[Film/RockyHorrPictureShow]] in one of his intros with Geras, specifically the song “I Can Make You A Man.”

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* One of Kabal's mirror match dialogue parodies "Life is like a box of chocolate" and "Run, Forrest, run" quotes from ''Film/ForrestGump''.



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* In the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendo SNES]] version of the game, Sculptured Software continued its tradition of humorous credits, including a parody "special thanks" list titled, "People We Owe No Thanks To". The people thanked include three famous figures, namely Music/ElvisPresley, Creator/HowardHughes, and [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]]. The other two names on the list are probably just shout-outs to more personal friends of the developers.

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* In one of Frost's intros with Sub-Zero, she mentions how [[Film/ANewHope the circle is now complete and that she is now the master.]]

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* In one of Sonya Blade's intro quotes with Frost, she calls her a "Do Nothing Bitch." [[Creator/RondaRousey Yet another]] ActorAllusion.

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** Also, his [[BaldOfAwesome look]] in MK vs DC is inspired by his appearance in Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation.

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** The fatality where she shoots her opponent into helicopter blades in ''11'' is called [[Film/{{Predator}} To the Choppa]]

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* One of Erron Black and Johnny's pre-fight intros has Johnny making fun of Erron's name, pronouncing it [[Series/KeyAndPeele "A-Aron"]].

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