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* [[FictionalCountry Fictional City]]: while it can be assumed that the unnamed Earthrealm City where the Bank, Streets, Rooftop, Subway, Waterfront, and Bridge stages are set seems to be Chicago, where Midway was based, the presence of the Chrysler Building in the background of the Bank and Rooftop stages suggests its none other than [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity the Big Apple itself]]. The backstory for Stryker and his partner [[spoiler:Kabal]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' confirms that this is indeed New York City.

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* [[FictionalCountry Fictional City]]: while While it can be assumed that the unnamed Earthrealm City where the Bank, Streets, Rooftop, Subway, Waterfront, and Bridge stages are set seems to be Chicago, where Midway was based, the presence of the Chrysler Building in the background of the Bank and Rooftop stages suggests its none other than [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity the Big Apple itself]]. The backstory for Stryker and his partner [[spoiler:Kabal]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' confirms that this is indeed New York City.


* AMoltenDateWithDeath: In Scorpion's Lair in ''UMK3'' and ''Trilogy'', performing a stage fatality will have you uppercutting your opponent through the ceiling and he'll fall through the other side and fall into the lava.

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* AMoltenDateWithDeath: In Scorpion's Lair in ''UMK3'' ''[=UMK3=]'' and ''Trilogy'', performing a stage fatality will have you uppercutting your opponent through the ceiling and he'll fall through the other side and fall into the lava.


* AttractMode: This was the first game to feature a ratings board advisory screen. It also had the largest number of screen sdedicated to the game's backstory than the other two, albeit you'd have to wait through the whole thing for the next slide to show up.

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* AttractMode: This was the first game to feature a ratings board advisory screen. It also had the largest number of screen sdedicated screens dedicated to the game's backstory than the other two, albeit you'd have to wait through the whole thing for the next slide to show up.

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* AMoltenDateWithDeath: In Scorpion's Lair in ''UMK3'' and ''Trilogy'', performing a stage fatality will have you uppercutting your opponent through the ceiling and he'll fall through the other side and fall into the lava.


* AlienBlood: Sheeva (and Reptile, in ''Ultimate'') both bleed green blood, while the Lin Kuei cyborgs [[MachineBlood bleed oil]]. Averted with Khameleon and Chameleon, although ''Armageddon'' later retconned both to have green blood as well.

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* AlienBlood: Sheeva and Motaro (and Reptile, in ''Ultimate'') both bleed green blood, while the Lin Kuei cyborgs [[MachineBlood bleed oil]]. Averted with Khameleon and Chameleon, although ''Armageddon'' later retconned both to have green blood as well.


''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series was at the peak of its popularity in [[TheNineties the mid-90s]]. In 1995, the long-awaited ''Mortal Kombat 3'' premiered in arcades before being ported to the UsefulNotes/SuperNES, UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, UsefulNotes/GameBoy, UsefulNotes/GameGear, UsefulNotes/Nintendo64, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, and PC. Roughly half of the second game's cast returned, along with the {{secret character}}s. Several new characters were introduced including the cybernetic ninjas Cyrax and Sektor, the maimed warrior Kabal, the female Shokan Sheeva (a DistaffCounterpart to Goro), BadassNative Nightwolf, off-duty cop Kurtis Stryker, evil robo-[[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]] Motaro, and Kitana's resurrected mother Sindel.

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The ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series was at the peak of its popularity in [[TheNineties the mid-90s]]. In 1995, the long-awaited ''Mortal Kombat 3'' premiered in arcades before being ported to the UsefulNotes/SuperNES, UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, UsefulNotes/GameBoy, UsefulNotes/GameGear, UsefulNotes/Nintendo64, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, and PC. Roughly half of the second game's cast returned, along with the {{secret character}}s. Several new characters were introduced including the cybernetic ninjas Cyrax and Sektor, the maimed warrior Kabal, the female Shokan Sheeva (a DistaffCounterpart to Goro), BadassNative Nightwolf, off-duty cop Kurtis Stryker, evil robo-[[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]] Motaro, and Kitana's resurrected mother Sindel.


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* MythologyGag: Insomuch as anything about ''Mortal Kombat Advance'' could be considered thoughtful, Ermac's Friendship has him open a jack-in-the-box which produces a computer, a nod to his origins as a bit of debugging text that took on a life of its own.

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* RemixedLevel: The Nintendo 64 version of ''Trilogy'' includes what is billed as a brand new stage, the Star Bridge, but in practice is just The Pit II given a starry sky texture.

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* ShoutOut: Shang Tsung’s Friendship has him turn into the player character from ''VideoGame/{{Joust}}'', another Midway title.


* [[FictionalCountry Fictional City]]: while it can be assumed that the Tunnamed Earthrealm City where the Bank, Streets, Rooftop, Subway, Waterfront, and Bridge stages are set seems to be Chicago, where Midway was based, the presence of the Chrysler Building in the background of the Bank and Rooftop stages suggests its none other than [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity the Big Apple itself]]. The backstory for Stryker and his partner [[spoiler:Kabal]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' confirms that this is indeed New York City.

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* [[FictionalCountry Fictional City]]: while it can be assumed that the Tunnamed unnamed Earthrealm City where the Bank, Streets, Rooftop, Subway, Waterfront, and Bridge stages are set seems to be Chicago, where Midway was based, the presence of the Chrysler Building in the background of the Bank and Rooftop stages suggests its none other than [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity the Big Apple itself]]. The backstory for Stryker and his partner [[spoiler:Kabal]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' confirms that this is indeed New York City.


* AlienBlood: Sheeva (and Reptile, in ''Ultimate'') both bleed green blood, while the Lin Kuei cyborgs bleed oil. Averted with Khameleon and Chameleon, although ''Armageddon'' later retconned both to have green blood as well.

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* AlienBlood: Sheeva (and Reptile, in ''Ultimate'') both bleed green blood, while the Lin Kuei cyborgs [[MachineBlood bleed oil.oil]]. Averted with Khameleon and Chameleon, although ''Armageddon'' later retconned both to have green blood as well.


''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series was at the peak of its popularity in [[TheNineties the mid-90s]]. In 1995, the long-awaited ''Mortal Kombat 3'' premiered in arcades before being ported to the UsefulNotes/SuperNES, UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, UsefulNotes/GameBoy, UsefulNotes/GameGear, UsefulNotes/Nintendo64, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, and PC. Roughly half of the second game's cast returned, along with the {{secret character}}s. Several new characters were introduced including the cybernetic ninjas Cyrax and Sektor, the maimed warrior Kabal, the female Shokan Sheeva (a DistaffCounterpart to Goro), BadassNative Nightwolf, off-duty cop Kurtis Stryker, evil robo-[[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]] Montaro, and Kitana's resurrected mother Sindel.

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''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series was at the peak of its popularity in [[TheNineties the mid-90s]]. In 1995, the long-awaited ''Mortal Kombat 3'' premiered in arcades before being ported to the UsefulNotes/SuperNES, UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, UsefulNotes/GameBoy, UsefulNotes/GameGear, UsefulNotes/Nintendo64, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, and PC. Roughly half of the second game's cast returned, along with the {{secret character}}s. Several new characters were introduced including the cybernetic ninjas Cyrax and Sektor, the maimed warrior Kabal, the female Shokan Sheeva (a DistaffCounterpart to Goro), BadassNative Nightwolf, off-duty cop Kurtis Stryker, evil robo-[[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]] Montaro, Motaro, and Kitana's resurrected mother Sindel.



* TheChooserOfTheOne: Until ''Trilogy'' made him playable in the MK3 storyline again, this was all Raiden could do for the warriors of earth due to deity laws.

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* TheChooserOfTheOne: Until ''Trilogy'' made him playable in the MK3 ''[=MK3=]'' storyline again, this was all Raiden could do for the warriors of earth due to deity laws.


Though popular, the reception to this game from longtime fans was underwhelming due in part to the new combo system and Run button, as well as the removal of fan-favorite characters Scorpion and Reptile in lieu of new characters who [[ReplacementScrappy failed to measure up to]] ''[=MK2=]'''s memorable newcomers; without fail, Stryker and Nightwolf top the lists of least-popular 2D-era characters. At least Paul Blart...er, Stryker has undergone [[ProgressivelyPrettier a makeover]], even if he'll always be compared with Sonya ''i.e.'' [[BadassNormal a regular cop who can hold their own against the forces of Outworld]]. Nightwolf was a part of a Create-A-Character contest hosted by Midway Games after the release of ''[=MK2=]'', so his blandness is a product of his time. Another entrant created Kabal (they didn't screw him up, though).


* AttractMode: This was the first game to feature a ratings board advisory screen. It also had the largest number of screen sdedicated to the game's backstory than the other two, albeit you'd have to wait through the whole thing for the next slide to show up.



* TheChooserOfTheOne: Raiden.

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* TheChooserOfTheOne: Raiden.Until ''Trilogy'' made him playable in the MK3 storyline again, this was all Raiden could do for the warriors of earth due to deity laws.



* [[FictionalCountry Fictional City]]: The unnamed Earthrealm City where the Bank, Streets, Rooftop, Subway, Waterfront, and Bridge stages are set seems to be none other than [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity the Big Apple itself]]. What appears to be the Chrysler Building can be clearly seen in the background of the Bank/Rooftop stage. The backstory of Stryker and his partner [[spoiler:Kabal]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' confirms that this is indeed New York City.
** Though, in the original game's case, it could also have been Chicago, where Midway was based.

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* [[FictionalCountry Fictional City]]: The unnamed while it can be assumed that the Tunnamed Earthrealm City where the Bank, Streets, Rooftop, Subway, Waterfront, and Bridge stages are set seems to be Chicago, where Midway was based, the presence of the Chrysler Building in the background of the Bank and Rooftop stages suggests its none other than [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity the Big Apple itself]]. What appears to be the Chrysler Building can be clearly seen in the background of the Bank/Rooftop stage. The backstory of for Stryker and his partner [[spoiler:Kabal]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' confirms that this is indeed New York City.
** Though, in the original game's case, it could also have been Chicago, where Midway was based.
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* IShallTauntYou: Shao Khan taunts you throughout the final battle.

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* IShallTauntYou: Shao Khan Kahn taunts you throughout the final battle.


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* YourSoulIsMine: According to the game's AttractMode, Shao Kahn managed to pull this on almost the entire population of Earthrealm. The moment he invaded, he started stealing every single soul that wasn't nailed down or protected by Raiden.


''[=MK3=]'' spawned a GaidenGame titled ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero,'' an ambitous-but-failed BeatEmUp/[[PlatformGame platformer]] hybrid. It led to two other hated spinoffs before Midway's focus returned to [[FightingGame fighting]] with ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''.

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''[=MK3=]'' spawned a GaidenGame titled ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero,'' an ambitous-but-failed BeatEmUp/[[PlatformGame platformer]] hybrid. It led to two other hated spinoffs before Midway's focus later returned to [[FightingGame fighting]] with ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''.


''[=MK3=]'' spawned a GaidenGame titled ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero,'' an ambitous-but-failed BeatEmUp/[[PlatformGame platformer]] hybrid. It led to two other hated spinoffs before Midway's focus returned to [[FightingGame game]] with ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''.

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''[=MK3=]'' spawned a GaidenGame titled ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero,'' an ambitous-but-failed BeatEmUp/[[PlatformGame platformer]] hybrid. It led to two other hated spinoffs before Midway's focus returned to [[FightingGame game]] fighting]] with ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''.

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