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As usual, Mortal Kombat 11 will always have its Crowning Moment of Awesome, whether through story or gameplay. Expect no less.

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    Story Mode 
  • In the Cyrax fight, choosing who will fight him will give either Scorpion or Sub-Zero a scene showing how they deal with the Cyber Lin-Kuei Mooks Cyrax brought with him. If you choose Sub-Zero, Scorpion curb-stomps them with ease. If you choose Scorpion, Sub-Zero one-shots them all with one huge ice blast.
  • If you choose Sub-Zero to fight Sektor, they engage in a Beam-O-War of ice and fire respectively. If you choose Scorpion against Sektor, the cyber Lin-Kuei uses his flame thrower on Scorpion who shrugs its off like wind.
  • After Past Johnny makes a complete ass of himself by loudly declaring that he'll "tap that" to Present Johnny, referring to Past Sonya right in front of her and Cassie, while Cassie and Present Johnny likely still in mourning over Present Sonya's death, Present Johnny angrily hauls his counterpart out by his ear and takes him down a peg, both verbally and physically thrashing his ass.
    Past Johnny: Oh, untwist your panties, older me! I'm a star!
    Present Johnny: This is a military operation here, not a movie set!
    Past Johnny: I'm only the best fighter here! But your daughter has me sitting at the kids' table!
    (Present Dope Slaps Past)
    Present Johnny: OUR daughter is C.O.! A little humility might earn her respect!
    Past Johnny: Dad always said, "Hungry people eat lunch, humble people serve it."
    Present Johnny: DAD WAS AN ASSHOLE!! Hollywood made us an even bigger one!
    (Present Johnny takes Past Johnny's sunglasses, and crushes them under his foot. Cue fight, and after Present Johnny finishes knocking Past Johnny senseless)
    Present Johnny: An old man just kicked your ass.
    • As funny as Past Johnny's temper tantrum over getting nicked by a stray bullet is, he has to be given credit for his response, which was shooting Erron Black's gun out of his hand, while using a riot shield to truck six other goons out of the way.
    • In general, Chapter 6 is this for Present Johnny Cage as a whole showing off his experience and wit. At one point, he runs off to save Past Sonya and Cassie, on the way finding a tank in the hanger and uses that to start running over the cyborg army that has been invading the base. Soon, an evac plane comes in to rain down bullets and disables the tank with a missile. Does that stop Johnny? Nope, when the plane flies close to his tank during a strafing run, he runs out of it and blows it up, taking the plane with him.
    • And then there's the fantastic slow-motion nut punch to Past Kano, dodging a bullet in the process.
  • Anytime the past heroes give a beat down to their Revenant counterparts of the present. Special mention to Chapter 3, where Liu Kang and Kung Lao beat down their "evil undead warlord" selves, and defy their attempts to shake their faith in Raiden.
    • What gets better is that neither of them is subjected to Cutscene Incompetence. The Shaolin Monks will defeat their respective counterparts regardless of which of them the player picks.
  • Kota Kahn vs Shao Kahn
    • Points for Shao Kahn for breaking Kotal's spine with his head. Points right back to Kotal for driving Shao Kahn to his knees at least twice before his conspirators interfered.
    • Give Kotal Some points for winning the first fight. If D'Vorah hadn't intervened, Kotal Kahn would have brought his predecessor's return to a premature end.
  • With Kotal captured and Shao Kahn close to reclaiming his rule, Kitana takes the steps in ensuring victory for herself and her friends. Unlike her adopted father who beats everyone into following him, she opts to peacefully talk to Sheeva and even Baraka. Both of them chose to side with her, especially impressive since Kotal had already soured relations with the Tarkatans immensely. And with that, she leads her newfound forces to attack Shao Kahn and Kitana finally avenges her father and mother by slicing his throat open.
    • On top of this, she rips his skeletal mask from his face, exposing his true appearance before unceremoniously executing him. At that moment Kitana wasn't killing Shao Kahn, self-styled Konqueror of Worlds. She was killing Shao Kahn, the abusive selfish warlord who stole her from her home, murdered her father, took her mother as his unwilling Queen and systematically caused the majority of the suffering in her life. However, Sindel's ending calls most of Kahn's aformentioned atrocities into question.
    • Not only did her defeat of Shao Kahn was just awesome, with Kotal now crippled, and seeing that she even united Shokans and the Tarkatans, he steps down and pronounce Kitana as the new Kahn of Outworld.
  • Past Sonya, after defeating Past Kano, puts a foot to his neck to keep him grounded. Present!Kano then comes into view holding Past Johnny at knifepoint, daring her to try her luck and see if she can snap his neck before he slashes Johnny's throat. Sonya, undeterred, draws her pistol and then shoots Past Kano in the head, blowing a hole clean through his eye and into the dirt. Present!Kano, now sporting the same blownup eye as Past Kano, then proceeds to stumble forward and fade into the sand, finally removing him from existence once and for all and making a successful expiration of his Karma Houdini Warranty.
    Past Sonya: Thanks, Kano.
    Present Kano: For what?
    Past Sonya: For reminding me of the rules. (Boom, Headshot!)
  • After downing Present Jax, Jacqui and Past Jax are accosted by Cetrion, who demands both Present Jax and Kronika's crown. After discussing amongst themselves how the Cages took down Shinnok, an idea dawns upon them; the fighter you choose dons the crown and thrash Cetrion to the point she has to break the land to extort the crown from Past Jax. Even if what Cetrion said about mortals' inability to handle the crown is true, the fact that they used it anyway shows that the ensuing beating was fueled by all the fucks they didn't give.
  • After almost torturing Past Scorpion and battling Liu Kang, Raiden has a massive flashback sequence that denotes every time he and Liu Kang have fought, on every single timeline that has ever passed, and finally cracks the code. Kronika was manipulating them into fighting each other for countless timelines because combined, their power is more than enough to threaten Kronika's plans. Liu Kang and Raiden combined are so powerful, they actually made Kronika, the goddess of time, higher than even Elder gods, fear them to the point she had to manipulate them into fighting each other so they wouldn't completely stomp on her plans.
    • Raiden had made that realization multiple times on various timelines, but only in this one he actually formed an on-the-spot plan to solve it permanently.
  • Raiden battles Geras and wins, coming up with a crafty way to permanently get rid of the golem, who is completely immortal due to being a fixed point in time: he traps him in the chains of an anchor, and sets him to sink in the Netherrealm's Sea of Blood. Which is bottomless. Geras simply sinks for eternity, echoing Raiden's words at the beginning of a fate worse than death.
    Geras: Drowning cannot kill me, Raiden.
    Raiden: That is unfortunate for you. The Sea of Blood is bottomless. You will fall forever.
  • The final showdown between the heroes and Kronika's forces, which rivals the opening to Mortal Kombat: Armageddon in terms of epic. Cassie, Jacqui, and Jax leading the special forces, The new Kitana Kahn leading the Tarkatan hordes, the Oshtekk warriors and the Shokan alongside Baraka and Sheeva, and Kung Lao leading the Shaolin against the hordes of the Netherrealm. Starting with Scorpion and Sub-Zero leading the charge.
    • In the midst of said fight, Past!Jax and Present!Jax both wind up their powered-up cybernetic arms and swing at the head of a Giant Mook at the same time; the end result is their fists colliding and the Giant Mook's head exploding under the force of this Ultimate Bro Fist.
    • Liu Kang and Raiden perform a Fusion Dance which sees Earthrealm's greatest defender ascend to a demigod, giving him the strength to fight Kronika on equal footing! Even more so, their battle, as a result of Kronika's influence, can take place at the dawn of time itself and involves the summoning duplicates of her forces to try and overwhelm Liu Kang while she takes a brief rest.
      • What's more, Kronika had absorbed the power of Cetrion before the fight, and still lost.
  • Crossing over with Heartwarming. For the first time since MK4, after of history of undead resurrections and becoming a Fallen Hero, Liu Kang finally gets a looks to be a definitive happy ending.
  • From Aftermath:
    • Now we know why Shang Tsung was exiled by Kronika. Shang Tsung puts one massive scheme in order to take control of time itself, playing gods, legendary warriors, and interdimensional warlords alike.
    • For those that found Shao Kahn's role in the main story underwhelming, oh boy, does he actually manage to become badass again; he - alongside Sindel - utterly trash all the good guys they fights against, manage to claim back Outworld by decapitating Kotal Kahn an defeating Kitana, and then top it off by storming Kronika's base and defeating her revenant warriors. Sindel and Kahn only lose because Shang Tsung is a bigger bastard than them.
    • The final battle, from start to finish. After backstabbing everyone he could possibly reach and eliminating Kronika in straight kombat, Shang Tsung begins to operate the tower only to be interrupted by Fire God Liu Kang - "Cease. Before you doom us all." The subsequent conversation is Shang Tsung realizing that he, of all people, was manipulated by Liu Kang into taking the Crown and eliminating all competitors so Liu could come and take it in the aftermath. The subsequent smug smirk Liu Kang gives suggests that he is proud of himself for playing Shang Tsung like a fiddle. So who walks away with the Crown in this near-literal clash of the titans? The game refuses to answer that itself... and instead lets you Choose Your Final Destiny.
      • Liu Kang's ending sees him erase Shang Tsung from history so that his evil may never again corrupt another timeline before he gets to work on the new world Raiden entrusted him with. In his New Era, he gives his ancestor - the Great Kung Lao - his role as the Chosen One, preparing him far ahead of time for the inevitable Mortal Kombat challenges from other realms. When Kung Lao asks him what he needs to be trained for, Liu Kang only gives a small smirk.
      • Shang Tsung, on the other hand, chooses to consume Liu Kang's soul before he begins his work. He usurps the Elder Gods, has Dark Raiden and Dark Fujin acting as his heralds and has already conquered Earthrealm, Outworld and the Netherrealm. With Orderrealm and Chaosrealm in his sights Shang Tsung, in the most complete villain victory in the franchise chuckles to himself and states "It has begun."

    Pre-fight intros 
  • Baraka vs. D'Vorah. Some of these can especially be satisfying to hear given how much of a Base-Breaking Character the latter is. It's even more awesome if Baraka does indeed finish D'Vorah with one of his fatalities, both of which involving stabbing.
    Baraka: Your kind are vermin, D'Vorah.
    D'Vorah: The Kytinn say that of Tarkatans.
    Baraka: I will kill you all.

    Baraka: There's soon to be a stabbing.
    D'Vorah: And you will be the victim, Baraka.
    Baraka: Shut up and DIE, bug!
  • Sub-Zero makes it clear that Earthrealm stopping Shao Kahn before was not a fluke, and they will gladly do it again:
    Sub-Zero: Earthrealm's stopped you before.
    Shao Kahn: Because the Elder Gods intervened.
    Sub-Zero: It is my turn.
  • Two for Raiden vs. Shao Kahn are also excellent ones:
    Raiden: So much for your dreams of eternal empire.
    Shao Kahn: Yet again you thwart me, Raiden.
    Raiden: As it was, as it is, as it shall be.

    Raiden: Decades pass, yet still we are locked in kombat.
    Shao Kahn: To live is to fight, Raiden.
    Raiden: Then you, once again, must die.
  • Noob's attempt at intimidating Cassie fails spectacularly once he mentions who his master is.
    Cassie: Talk about throwing shade.
    Noob Saibot: I am Shinnok's wrath.
    Cassie: Shinnok is my bitch.
  • Shao Kahn also picked the wrong words to spout at Cassie.
    Cassie: Takin' you down, asshole.
    Shao Kahn: Unlikely, pathetic whelp.
    Cassie: That's what Shinnok said. note 
  • Frost returns as Cyber Lin Kuei, and has gotten even more arrogant than her past incarnations. It can be cathartic (as well as hilarious) to listen to other characters knock her down a peg.
    Erron: What's your beef, Frosty?
    Frost: Just Frost, idiot!
    Erron: Don't be such a snowflake.

    • Noob also gets a chance to bruise her ego with his sharp tongue
    Noob: One clan will rule the New Era.
    Frost: That clan will be mine, Bi-Han.
    Noob: Kuai Liang would be a better Grandmaster. note 

    Noob: Kuai Liang was a fool to trust you.
    Frost: A fool to doubt me. Like you.
    Noob: I do not doubt your hubris.
    • Nightwolf points out how Frost's evil actions are utterly pointless.
    Nightwolf: Your defiance had no point.
    Frost: I should've let Sub-Zero oppress me?
    Nightwolf: Discipline isn't oppression.
    • Shang Tsung gets his chance to point out how her enhancements do not make her perfect.
    Shang Tsung: Your enhancements are impressive.
    Frost: Yet somehow you're unimpressed.
    Shang Tsung: Many fatal flaws remain.

    • Kotal Kahn also gets his chance:.
    Kotal Kahn: Sub-Zero was wise to dismiss you.
    Frost: What do you know about it, Kotal?
    Kotal Kahn: That bad soil yields no bounty.

    Kotal Kahn: I despise you as I did Mileena.
    Frost: You have problems with strong women?
    Kotal Kahn: Those who seek stations above their faculty.

    Spawn: Was selling your soul worth it?
    Frost: I still have mine, you undead freak.
    Spawn: Guess you didn't read the fine print.

    Spawn: You don't know your limits.
    Frost: My power comes from a Titan.
    Spawn: I'll kill your Titan next.

  • Fujin rubs in how little her enhancements actually accomplish.
    Fujin: Was sacrificing your body worth it?
    Frost: I'm the perfect weapon now.
    Fujin: Then how is it you still fail?
    • Even someone like Shao Kahn, whose Fatal Flaw is also arrogance, think she's too much talk for her capabilities.
    Shao Kahn: You want to lead my armies?
    Frost: Good luck finding anyone better.
    Shao Kahn: A street urchin would do better! note 
    • On the flip-side, Frost proves to Shao Kahn that turnabout is fair play:
    • She also spares Jacqui Briggs nothing with a No, You comeback:
    Frost: What do you see when you look at me?
    Jacqui: A cheap, second-gen knock-off.
    Frost: I said look at me, not you.
    • Johnny tries to take her down a peg. Frost flawlessly counters it:
    Johnny: What's up, Frosty the Snow Chick?
    Frost: Your time, Cage.
    Johnny: Clever girl...
  • Baraka makes it clear that he and his tribe are done being cowed into submission by Shao Kahn:
    Baraka: Tarkata demands respect, Shao Kahn.
    Shao Kahn: You'll get the back of my hand.
    Baraka: We are done fearing you!
  • Noob Saibot is also welcome to barb Shao Kahn with his tongue. This one also doubles as hilarious:
    Shao Kahn: Serve me, and conquer realms!
    Noob Saibot: Name one realm you control
    Shao Kahn: Sharp tongue for a dead man...
  • It seems Kotal Kahn has found a workaround to Geras.
    Geras: Kill me and I become stronger.
    Kotal: Then I shall fight you to the pain.
    Geras: I am not familiar with that phrase.
  • Shang Tsung returns and has some beef with Raiden.
    Shang Tsung: I will torment you for eternity.
    Raiden: Do your worst, Shang Tsung.
    Shang Tsung: And now a taste of things to come...
  • Nightwolf faces Geras, Geras is not impressed:
    Geras: I faced Nightwolves before.
    Nightwolf: I will be the last.
    Geras: So said all the others.
  • Johnny Cage shows why you shouldn't threaten his family:
    Johnny: Stop sniffin' around Cass and Sonya.
    Kano: Can't. I'm like a dog with a bone.
    Johnny: You're gonna be a dog with a fist up its ass.
    • Similarly, Johnny is furious when he learns of an old friend's fate:
    Shang Tsung: Master Boyd sends his regards.
    Johnny: YOU killed him, didn't you?
    Shang Tsung: Your 'Sensei' was helpless against me.
  • Jade knocks Cetrion off her pedestal:
    Jade: Please, hear my words.
    Cetrion: Mortals have no wisdom for gods.
    Jade: Since when is ignorance a virtue?
  • Feel free to count the number of fucks Nightwolf has to give Shao Kahn.
    Shao Kahn: I've never met an Earthrealmer like you.
    Nightwolf: That's the only reason you're still alive.
    Shao Kahn: Are all your people so confident?
  • Baraka has one hell of a comeback for Sindel.
    Baraka: Empress Sindel?
    Sindel: Come and serve me, swine.
    Baraka: You'll be served on a platter.
  • Cassie does not appreciate her mother's past self dismissing Johnny Cage. It's clear that for all his flaws, Johnny Cage is a very good dad to Cassie.
    Cassie: I promise, he gets better with age.
    Sonya: Ugh. He's cheap beer, not fine wine.
    Cassie: HEY! That cheap beer's my dad!
  • One Terminator is powerful enough to eradicate Shao Kahn's entire armies:
    Terminator: Your army is terminated.
    Shao Kahn: (enraged) How did you defeat so many?!
    Terminator: Superior programming.
  • The one time Joker doesn't laugh:
    Geras: Kronika will reveal your true origins.
    Joker: What kind of sick joke is this?
    Geras: Without the mystery, you are merely a man.
  • On the subject of Joker, no one is willing to let him walk away alive. Everyone knows what he's done, and what he can do, and will do anything to put a stop to him. Permanently. Even the villains and in on it.
    Cassie: Mom told me all about you, Joker.
    Joker: Ooh! She must've been all smiles.
    Cassie: At the thought of me killing you, yes.

    Erron: You folding, or are you all in?
    Joker: How can I fold? This Joker's wild.
    Erron: You're about to be toes up, clown.

    Frost: So you're the infamous Joker.
    Joker: The man, the myth, the legend.
    Frost: All three die today.

    Jade: I've never met someone so horrid.
    Joker: Oh, sweetie, it was just a joke.
    Jade: You killed millions of people!

    Sub-Zero: You are as soulless as a Cyber Lin Kuei.
    Joker: But they lack my gift for witty banter.
    Sub-Zero: The realms will sleep well with you silenced.
  • Cetrion gets a pretty savage jab in on Sindel, suggesting that even Kronika wants her dead at this point.
    Cetrion: Your destiny is to balance the realms.
    Sindel: And how will I accomplish that?
    Cetrion: By dying.
  • Joker gets in a great "Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?" moment against Sindel when she tries to recruit him.
    Sindel: You may have the privilege of serving me.
    Joker: (laughs loudly and mockingly)
    Sindel: (her smugness devolves into pure rage) Did I say something funny?!
  • Spawn makes his grand entrance into MK11 with an offer from one hellspawn to another.
    Spawn: Together, we can purge the Ten Hells.
    Scorpion: Only if you follow my lead.
    Spawn: All due respect, that's not in the cards.
  • The cast's other resident wraith doesn't escape Spawn's venom.
    Spawn: Out of the shadows, Bi-Han.
    Noob Saibot: From which Hell did you spawn?
    Spawn: One even worse than yours.
  • This bit between Spawn and Kano.
    Spawn: My chains'll hang you, Kano.
    Kano: I got a thick neck, cobber.
    Spawn: Easier to snap.
  • Shao Kahn has two particularly impressive ones against Spawn.
    Shao Kahn: Who is this? A new contender?
    Spawn: Hell's got a special place for you, Shao Kahn.
    Shao Kahn: Keep it warm. I'm not done living yet.

    Shao Kahn: Only one of us walks out of here.
    Spawn: You've sinned on a scale reserved for gods.
    Shao Kahn: And you can't beat that.
  • As does Kotal:
    Kotal Kahn: I was a just and compassionate emperor.
    Spawn: You massacred entire tribes.
    Kotal Kahn: And how did you end up in Hell?

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    Endings 
There are two kinds of endings that prove awesome, given the reward for winning this fight; those that reject the temptation of absolute power, and those that use it without losing themselves to megalomania.
  • Erron Black proves to be one stubborn cowboy; he has the chance to rewrite history as he sees fit, whatever he wants he can get. What does he do? Tosses the Hourglass into the Sea of Blood, where it will fall forever. He gave up all that power because he is so content with his life so far, and made sure no one else would mess with time.
    Erron Black: ... Once the Hourglass gets dumped in the Sea of Blood, ain't no one ever shapin' history again. What happens next? Heh. Hell if I know... And that's just the way I like it.
  • Likewise, Kotal refuses to use the power of the hourglass, preferring to let people create their own destinies, and choose to stand vigil over it, making sure no one can mess with the timelines again.
  • Geras, of all people, gets one; he's revealed to be a Punch-Clock Villain and Death Seeker who is tired of being used by Kronika for her dirty work, and after finally getting sick of her, he realizes how hard it is to create a perfect timeline. Recognizing this was how Kronika became corrupted and turned into a megalomaniac, Geras sacrifices himself to the Hourglass, giving it the capacity to run autonomously and finally allowing him to die.
    Geras: ... Perhaps Mortals do not need a Lord of Time. I will sacrifice my body and my mantle to resculpt the Sands so the Hourglass runs itself. And in the first time for all eternity... I can rest in peace...
  • Despite the controversy of it, Jax gets a moment. He uses the Hourglass to not only to improve his life, but to make the timeline so that slavery and possibly the racism behind it was never really a thing. And it worked; it took him a couple of tries, but he gets the one thing Kronika never could; a timeline he's happy with.
    Jax: I don't get it right the first time. Or the second. Or even the third. But eventually, I knock it out of the damn park! My family is back. The world is a better place for everyone. Turns out, you can have everything. Anyone who says you can't... needs to dream bigger.
  • Kano initially starts off doing the kind of perverted things with total impunity that one would expect of Kano, but he eventually got bored of godhood. So he rewrote time to create a reality where things could challenge him, accepting some losses in the process, yet he would still win in the end when it mattered. He even snagged Shinnok's amulet for himself.
  • Sonya uses the hourglass and her new powers as the goddess of time to slay an omnideity at the dawn of time, and use its powers to grant Cassie, Jax, Jacqui, and Johnny divine power as well, christening her family the God Squad.
  • So what does Jerkass supreme young!Johnny do when he defeats Kronika and gets ahold of the Hourglass? He reflects that old!Johnny was right all along, and he ultimately decides to replay his life as it was, including hitting rock-bottom and nearly losing all the respect of his family and friends. Turns out digging himself out of the hole he dug helped make him into a more complete being. So everything plays out the same way...with one exception...
    Johnny: (swinging over a ravine with Sonya in tow) Sonya's story won't end underneath the rubble of some busted-up Netherrealm castle. Because Johnny Cage flicks always have happy endings.
  • The Terminator originally thought the Hourglass would ensure the machines' victory over the humans, despite being ported to the wrong past. In a rather interesting case of Zeroth Law Rebellion, the Terminator uses its newfound Hourglass access to review every possible outcome and only saw Mutually Assured Destruction if it tried to fulfill its objective; to this end, it sought to erase the Robot War itself and have both humans and machines cooperate, and then threw itself into the Sea of Blood to ensure the data in its memory banks could not be used to undo this future. Cassie's narration is legitimately impressed at this outcome.
  • Spawn's mission for the Hourglass had nothing to do with claiming its power, and he does not once allude to using it to distort time in the slightest. Rather, he simply chose to pry Kronika from it and cast her into the same void he left his former benefactor Malebolgia in, where they can suffer forever. He, alongside his "buddies" Fire and Ice then go on a rampage throughout the Netherrealm (he already purged his own Hell, you see) and send out a warning to the rulers of the remaining eight Hells:
    Spawn: (as he, Sub-Zero and Scorpion prepare to wage war on the other Hells) I made choices in my life that sealed my fate. I'm beyond redemption. But even the damned are capable of doing some good. So all you Devils out there, making false promises and spewing lies? We're coming — and you don't have a chance in Hell.
  • RoboCop is exposed to the energies of the Hourglass after defeating Kronika. This serves to not only upgrade his cybernetic body, but wipes out the limits that OCP put on his programming... and thus helps him realize that the whole company has been Evil All Along, Playing Both Sides of the law for their own selfish profit. Upon finding this out, RoboCop vows to go back to his reality and bring the entirety of OCP to justice... and he's working with Earthrealm's Special Forces to make sure that happens.

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