Mortal Kombat Main Character Index
Main series: MK1 (Part 1 | Part 2) | MK2 (Part 1 | Part 2) | MK3 | MK4 | Deadly Alliance | Deception | Armageddon | MK vs. DC Universe | MK9 | MKX | MK11
Spin-offs: Mythologies: Sub-Zero | Special Forces
Non-video game: The Movie | Conquest | Defenders of the Realm
Individual Characters: Scorpion | Johnny Cage | Liu Kang | Raiden | Shang Tsung | Sub-Zero II | Kitana | Mileena | Shao Kahn | Shinnok
Main series: MK1 (Part 1 | Part 2) | MK2 (Part 1 | Part 2) | MK3 | MK4 | Deadly Alliance | Deception | Armageddon | MK vs. DC Universe | MK9 | MKX | MK11
Spin-offs: Mythologies: Sub-Zero | Special Forces
Non-video game: The Movie | Conquest | Defenders of the Realm
Individual Characters: Scorpion | Johnny Cage | Liu Kang | Raiden | Shang Tsung | Sub-Zero II | Kitana | Mileena | Shao Kahn | Shinnok
Spoilers for Mythologies will be unmarked
For tropes relating to Kuai Liang, Kitana, Mileena, Jax, Baraka, Kung Lao see Part 1.
- Ambiguously Brown: She's browner-skinned than almost everyone else in Edenia; Edenia being a mishmash of Asian and Middle Eastern influences doesn't help in narrowing her race down. Fanon tends to pin her down as black.
- Bare Your Midriff: Ever since Deception, she's bound to have one outfit like this.
- Battle Couple: Her dialogue in Cetrion's reveal trailer and the names of a few of her costume parts imply a romance with Kotal Kahn. In the story, it's revealed that Kotal has been her lover long before the events of the game occurred.
- Battle Boomerang: Well, more like "razorang," but close enough. The boomerangs become a Retractable Weapon in MK11.
- Being Evil Sucks: An intro with Baraka in 11 has her agree that dying is preferable than coming back as a revenant as she has.
- Better to Die than Be Killed:
- Bodyguard Babe: Personally serves as Kitana's. A formidable kombatant in her own fight: in MK9, on her way to break out Kitana from prison, she defeats both Baraka and Sheeva. Upon fleeing at Kitana's command, she encounters Mileena, and defeats her before facing and defeating Smoke as well.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Serves as Kitana's bodyguard, though Kitana herself is no slouch in kombat.
- Bonus Boss: She was one in her debut in the second game. Also, Klassic Jade in "Goro's Lair" in 9.
- Braids of Action: Her alternate in 9. Coupled with the bikini she dons, she's a dead ringer for a darker-skinned Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi. Her alt. in Deception also sported these in the form of Girlish Pigtails.
- But Not Too Black: Jade has a brown skin tone since her introduction, however, in some of the official art and renders for Mortal Kombat 9, she's barely tan. In the mobile version of Mortal Kombat X, she again loses her brown skin tone for a tan one. Also in the movie adaption she appears in, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation she has Asian-like features that vastly differ to her portrayal in-game. In Mortal Kombat 11, her skin is back to being dark again.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in Mortal Kombat 11 after making no appearance whatsoever in MKX, barring a cameo in Kitana's ending and a reference in her Mournful variation. She also has her living selves as alternative loadouts too besides her primary revenant self.
- Cats Are Mean: Her Animality turns her into a cat that attacks the opponent in a vicious clawing flurry.
- Combat Stilettos: Most of her outfits give her heels in some fashion.
- Composite Character: Her moveset in MK11 now has her boomerangs collapse as daggers she uses in some of her moves, making Jade now share some attributes with Kitana.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in 11, where many of her intros practically ooze with sass.Jade: That Kronika chose you speaks volumes.
Shao Kahn: She'd have won, had she heeded me.
Jade: What do you know of victory, Shao Kahn?
- Demonic Possession: Possibly. Her ending in 9 implies that a nameless woman's spirit took over her body. Kitana's ending in X shows that she's still in Jade's body, despite Jade being seen among Quan Chi's revenants in the previous game. While 11 doesn't continue this thread, it does reveal in her ending that the aforementioned woman is her mother.
- Designated Girl Fight: A Designated Black Girl Fight with Tanya. That is, we think a Designated Black Girl Fight.
- Distaff Counterpart: If Kitana and Mileena are conceptually counterparts to Sub-Zero and Scorpion, then Jade has got to be one to Reptile.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In her first appearance in MK2, Jade was simply a Palette Swap of Kitana with darker skin, a green outfit and gold fans. When she was made playable in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, she received the staff and razorang she is so well known for.
- Downloadable Content: Klassic Jade from MKII/3 in MK9
- Dude Magnet: By the gods, yes. In MK 11, she has multiple guys chomping at the bit to be with her, but unfortunately for them, she's already given her heart to Kotal Kahn.
- Evil Brit: She retains her British accent as a Revenant in MK11.
- Fanservice Pack: In Deception. Like the others, it continues on to Armageddon and 9. On top of this, her victory pose in 9 (should the player choose to not perform a Fatality) has Jade doing a pole dance with her staff for everyone's viewing pleasure.
- Fate Worse than Death: What Baraka claims of her Revenant state as of Mortal Kombat 11, to which she does not disagree with.
- Friend Versus Lover: The reveal of her relationship with Kotal Kahn creates this dilemma for Jade in 11. She tells Kitana in one intro that she wishes to support them both and faces this struggles again in her Tower ending, where she must decide between creating a timeline with Kitana or Kotal in it.
- Future Me Scares Me: The living Jade is horrified of her revenant self in 11.Jade: By the Gods, it's true? This is what I become?!
- Gainax Ending: In her ending in 9, after defeating Shao Kahn, she collapses from exhaustion, and has a vision of a mysterious woman. This character, who isn't named, has never appeared in any other place in the franchise, and thus far, her identity can only be guessed. The strange woman also appears in Kitana's Arcade Ladder ending to X (where Jade makes a cameo), so it's possible this storyline will be explored further. This woman would later be revealed to be Kronika, the Big Bad of Mortal Kombat 11.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her alternate costume in Deception. Braided, too.
- Groin Attack: The first part of her X-Ray in 9, delivered with her staff from behind.
- Hammerspace: Jade's staff is bigger than her. Averted in MK9, where Jade holds the staff in her hand at all times. It's shown to extend and shrink in a manner similar to Goku's Power Pole.
- Averted even more in 11, where the staff is depicted as two handles kept at her waist which form the rest of the staff out of energy.
- The Heart: In 11 she's held in high regard for her moral compass, as stated by Raiden, Kotal Kahn and Kitana.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kitana. This is perhaps driven home by her post-battle exchange with Mileena in 9's Story Mode ("I am more of a sister to Kitana than you"). Similar to the Kitana/Kotal example, Jade warns Liu Kang that if he ever hurts Kitana, he'll be answering to her.
- Hitman with a Heart: Same deal as Kitana, and likely her partner for many victims.
- I Am Very British: She speaks like this in 11.
- I Hate Past Me: Her revenant self in 11 has a low opinion towards her living human self for still being loyal to Kitana.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In Aftermath, Sindel runs through Revenant Jade with her Kwan Dao. Then Shao Kahn hammers Revenant Kitana backwards onto the Kwan Dao and they die together.
- In the Hood: Her living self wears a brown hood in 11.
- Leotard of Power: Frequently wears these if not wearing Underwear of Power.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Albeit usually tied up in some fashion.
- The Lost Lenore: She's revealed to be Kotal Kahn's. It's implied that Kotal himself is this for her in both the original and reboot timelines.
- Meaningful Name: Not only does Jade favor green as the primary coloration of her attire, she also has green eyes in 9.
- Missed the Call: Jade wanted to aid Kitana and the others during Deadly Alliance, but was a bit late in joining up with them. This actually saved Jade's life in a Slept Through the Apocalypse-esque manner, as she wasn't slain by the Tarkatan horde and subsequently revived to do Onaga's bidding.
- Ms. Fanservice: Largely evident in MK9.
- No-Sell: In MKII, Jade had complete immunity to projectiles: they simply go right through her. From Ultimate 3 onward, she has a special that allows projectiles to phase through her. Klassic Jade in 9 retains the full invulnerability she possessed back in II.
- Non-Indicative Name: Why is the Jade's Desert arena named after her? No explanation has ever been given.
- Off with Her Head!: Three of her Fatalities involve ripping the opponent's head off with her staff. In her Hara-kiri move, she does this to herself with her Battle Boomerang.
- Patriotic Fervor: Heavily implied, at the very least. She's the general of both the Edenian Resistance and the Edenian Freedom Fighters and the bracelets she wears are a symbol of her unshakable loyalty to Edenia. While normally warm and friendly to her allies and loved ones, she most definitely doesn't take kindly to traitors to her homeland, as seen with Rain and (most prominently) Tanya.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Her hairstyle (shared with every other female ninja who existed as of MK3) in MK3.
- Professional Killer: Her occupation under Shao Kahn. Notably, while she's far from a bad person, she doesn't regret her job and even boasts she was the best assassin in Outworld. To Kung Lao's dismay.
- Promoted to Playable: In her debut, Jade was an unplayable secret character who was just a green palette swap of Kitana and Mileena
- Race Lift: Jade started out as a clearly darker-skinned palette swap of Kitana, then looked Asian in the movie, before finally settling on the brown-skinned tone we see above. Especially in pretty much every version of the second game developed by Probe. While a few, like the DOS and 32X versions, did darken her skin slightly, the most any of them got right was her green attire, and none of them came close to the right skin tone at all for her.
- Rapunzel Hair: She's got a long head of hair. Check out her MK9 portrait.
- Really 700 Years Old: Same deal as Kitana.
- Remember the New Guy?: Unlocking the fight with her in MKII is prefaced with text that states that she was an undiscovered warrior from Mortal Kombat. There was no such character in MK1 proper, and although the first movie would've played on this by having her appear to fight Sonya, the scene was scrapped.
- Retractable Weapon: In 9, her staff was made into a shrinking weapon akin to Goku's Power Pole, which she pairs with boomerangs that collapse into daggers in 11.
- Sassy Black Woman: Becomes this in 11, where her pre-fight dialogue with other characters ooze sass, though not in the stereotypical sense of a Sassy Black Woman, her lines being more of a Deadpan Snarker attitude.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Invoked in both timelines. When it comes between carrying out Shao Kahn's orders or saving Kitana's life, she chose the latter.
- Secret Character: She demanded that you win the fight before the ? in one player mode using only low kicks.
- Shadow Archetype: Much like how Revenant Kitana is Shao Kahn's perfect daughter, Revenant Jade is his perfect assassin. Unlike the living Jade, who is a loyal bodyguard to Kitana that is still willing to stand up to both her and Kotal when she feels they're acting out of line, Revenant Jade is a cold-hearted killer that obeys whoever she currently serves without question, taking pride in the fact that she has discarded her compassion in favor of killing whoever she's ordered to. She even tells her past self that sticking to Kitana would lead to her death, an idea she is appalled by.
- She's Got Legs: A number of her outfits have given emphasis on her legs or bared them, such as with her living self in 11.
- Spinning Out of Here: In Deception, she gains a move called Vanishing Winds where she spins around a cloud of green smoke and reappears behind her opponent. Kitana and Khameleon would borrow this move in Armageddon.
- Spoof Aesop: Well, we can only hope she's kidding when she gives this advice. (Of course, as stated below, the source probably shouldn't be considered canon.)
- Simple Staff: Her weapon of choice is usually a staff, though it gets upgraded to a Blade on a Stick in Deception.
- So Proud of You: Sports a huge smile◊ when Kitana is hailed the new ruler of Outworld.
- Stance System: Fan Zi and Kuo Shou. She only keeps Fan Zi for MKA, where none other than Shinnok's clone starts using Kuo Shou.
- Statuesque Stunner: As with many Edenians, she is quite tall and is able to stand toe to toe with many male characters- and being a Dude Magnet in 11 is proof of the "stunner" part. It helps that her face model, Alexis Gaube, has cheekbones sharper than Jade's razor-rangs.
- Stripperiffic: Not only her costume and such; her non-Fatality win animation in MK9 features her planting her staff upright in the ground and twirling around it like a stripper pole.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Rare Female Example in 11, which technically makes it Tall, Dark, and Beautiful. Jade is a dark-skinned Statuesque Stunner with multiple male characters admiring her.
Jade: Sub-Zero's former student.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: And she's equal parts pretty and sassy, if her intros with other fighters are any indication.
Frost: I exceed him in every way.
Jade: In your mind, perhaps.
- Take Up My Sword: Her arsenal is now in Kitana's hands and if the Mournful variation is chosen, she will use them.
- Teleport Spam: In 11. She could teleport in previous games, but 11 is where she starts doing it even if it's not really necessary.
- They Killed Kenny Again: If Johnny wasn't the poster boy for this trope already, Jade would run a close second, especially in media outside of the main games' continuity. To list them off, she gets offed by Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, eaten by a demon in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, killed in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, does not survive the events of Mortal Kombat 9, and Mortal Kombat X's Continuity Snarl seems to imply she dies as a revenant sometime before the events of that game. Her only presence in the storyline at all is during Kitana's ending, as a wandering spirit.
- Mortal Kombat 11 reveals that she was in fact still alive as a revenant as a whole time. However, her revenant dies defending Kronika in both the main story and Aftermath. Her past (non-revenant) self fares somewhat better, as she's only implied to be killed offscreen by either Sindel or Shao Kahn in Aftermath and is presumably brought back by Liu Kang (along with all the other heroes) in his ending.
- Third-Person Seductress: This speaks volumes. Apparently, Jade was kind enough to let us know that her BWH measurements are 36-24-36 and that her astrological sign is Scorpio. (This is something of an example of Informed Attractiveness; Video Game Vixens probably shouldn't be counted as canon and while Jade is indeed a curvy beauty, she's neither wasp-waisted nor more buxom than the other females as they all pretty much have the same perfect figure. And as for being a Scorpio, being ten-thousand years old, she was born long before the Western Zodiac system — or the calendar it is based on, for that matter — was established.)
- Token Good Teammate: Same deal as Kitana.
- Underwear of Power: As her primary costume in Deception and alternate in 9.
- Undying Loyalty: To Edenia, but Kitana most of all. When Kitana is imprisoned by Shao Kahn after learning of Mileena's creation and the death of her real father at Kahn's hands, Jade immediately sets off to rescue her best friend and then seeks out Raiden's help, effectively pulling a High-HeelFace Turn on Kitana's behalf.
- Weapon of Choice: Her bo. Becomes a Blade on a Stick for her Deception-Armageddon incarnation.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While she's clearly shown to have been raised as one of Quan Chi's revenants◊ after her death in 9, Jade is curiously absent from X except for Kitana's ending, where she cameos as a spirit reaching out to her emotionally tormented revenant friend. Her living and revenant selves would show up in later in 11.
- Whole Costume Reference: Has a DLC costume in 11 patterned after The Wicked Witch of the West.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Her redesign in MK 11 is her most attractive so far, as she's gained multiple admirers and would-be suitors.
- Not only does Johnny Cage hit on her, he makes it clear that he wants to tap it, which Jade snarkily declines. A seperate pre-fight dialogue between them has Johnny tell her that he once dated a beauty queen who looked exactly like her, and one of his dialogues with Kotal Khan has Johnny ask Kotal if Jade has any sisters.
- Kotal himself also becomes taken by Jade's valor as well as her beauty. The two are confirmed to be lovers by MK 11.Past Jade: I'm surprised no woman has claimed your bed and become your queen.
Present Kotal: Many have tried.
Past Jade: Yet they failed? Why?
Present Kotal: None of them were you.
- Kung Lao is no exception and asks Jade if she'd be interested in joining him on a double date with Kitana and Liu Kang. Unlike with Johnny, Jade doesn't mince words and bluntly replies: "In your dreams, Kung Lao."
Smoke (Tomas Vrbada)
Tropes related with Smoke (human) (MKII/UMK3/MKT/MK9)
- Anime Hair: His MK9 design.
- Back from the Dead: Subverted in the main story of MKX. Played straight in the multiplayer AU, in which he also rejoined the Lin Kuei.
- Battle Aura: His body emits a constant fume of smoke. His cyborg form does the same, but this is by artificial means.
- Biseinen: By the franchise's standards at least, his long silvery hair makes him one.
- Bonus Boss: He was one in his debut in the second game. Also, Klassic Smoke in "The Living Forest" in 9.
- Came Back Strong: His ladder ending reveals that he was offered as a ritual sacrifice to a demon-worshiping cult who sought to gain mystical powers. He was resurrected as an Enenra, a creature of smoke and used his new found powers to kill his murderers.
- Canon Name: 9 confirmed his birth name to be Tomas Vrbada.
- A Day in the Limelight: In Mortal Kombat 9, he's the focus of Chapter 7.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In his debut in II, human Smoke's moveset consisted of Scorpion's "Spear" and a faster version of Reptile's stance. In 3, he retained Scorpion's moves and had Ermac's uppercut Fatality. In 9, Smoke's moveset was given a massive overhaul consisting of teleporting and turning into smoke. Unlike other returning characters in that game, most of Smoke's moves in 9 are new ones created solely for his appearance here.
- Downloadable Content: In 9, Klassic Smoke from II.
- Fanservice Pack: His redesign in 9 shows off a lot more arm and gives him long hair, making much more ample eye candy than the other ninjas.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the younger Sub-Zero. Smoke considers Sub-Zero to be like a brother to him.
- Hotter and Sexier: In 9, as noted above.
- Invisibility: Can disappear into a cloud of smoke and use it to turn invisible.
- Irony: At his debut, Smoke just used Scorpion's moveset in addition to being faster. Later on, when he was actually given a story, he was made a Lin Kuei member instead.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Shows some shades of this in 9. When his friend is captured by the Lin Kuei to be automated, he almost blows his cover, risking his own capture. Later, after Jade defeats Mileena and attempts to contact Raiden, Smoke believes that Jade just knocked out Kitana and challenges her to a battle, despite Jade and Raiden telling him otherwise (given his words, it's likely that he perceived Jade's relationship with Kitana to mirror that of his own with his friend).
- McNinja: 9 reveals he's actually Czech.
- Meaningful Name: Uses smoke as a means of stealth and attack.
- Mysterious Past: According to his bio in 9, Smoke has no memory of his childhood and hopes that his time with the Lin Kuei will help him uncover his past and the origin of his powers. In his Arcade Ladder ending in 9, he remembers this: as a child, he was sacrificed to a demon by an unknown cult, returning to life as an Enenra, a creature made of smoke and vapor, and slaughtering the ones who killed him.
- Mystical White Hair: As seen in 9, which finally provides a look at Smoke's backstory and gives an explanation for his unnatural abilities.
- Potty Failure: His Babality in Mortal Kombat 9.
- Prickly Porcupine: His Animality turns him into a porcupine that shoots its quills at the opponent
- Pun: His pre-battle quote in 9, reproduced above.
- Secret Character: In MKII, he required you be at the Portal. Whenever you uppercut, sometimes sound designer Dan Forden appears in the corner saying "Toasty!" If you're on the portal, hit Down and Start at the same time.
- Sensual Slavs: As of 9, where his bio states he hails from Prague and is remade as more of a pretty boy.
- Shown Their Work: His intro quote "Where there is smoke there is fire!" sounds a lot less corny once you realize that it is actually a fairly subtle allusion; traditionally, Enenras primarily manifest through open flame.
- Split-Personality Takeover: In X, the Enenra takes over Smoke's body and overrides his personality and mind, if his line in the That Man Is Dead example below is anything to go by.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: According to 9, Smoke was born in the Czech Republic. That's right, a Slavic McNinja.
- Super Smoke: It's in his name. His special moves all involve smoke.
- Smoke Out: Inverted in 9, where he throws a wispy projectile at the ground. If it connects with his opponent, they are forcibly transported into the air.
- Super Speed: In his MKII appearance, he was a Scorpion clone who had three distinguishing features: the smoke coming from his body, his throwing, and his insane speed.
- Teleport Spam: His quick teleports and teleport attack ensure a player will be aiming for this.
- That Man Is Dead: "Smoke is dead! I am Enenra!" A Justified Trope, as Smoke is literally dead, with the Enenra within him being instead a Revenant Zombie.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: For one of his Fatality moves in 3, he scatters enough bombs across the ground to blow up the entire planet.
- Undeathly Pallor: A grayish-white skin after being revived as a brainwashed minion.
- Volcanic Veins: He gains these upon being revived as a brainwashed minion of Quan Chi.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Alongside Stryker, Sindel and Nightwolf, Smoke makes no appearance in the story of 11 despite still being a Revenant. Dialogue between Nightwolf and Sub-Zero imply he was among the casualties of Raiden's war against the Netherrealm.
- The Worf Effect: A less severe case. In his chapter of Story Mode, he faces off against Kitana and Sektor and triumphs without much difficulty. When they meet again (Kitana and Nightwolf's chapters, respectively), Kitana beats him alongside Cage, and Sektor treats Smoke like a rag doll, with Smoke being unable to successfully land a blow before Sektor gets him into a chokehold and Nightwolf has to intervene.
- Wrestler in All of Us: In 9, the first part of his X-Ray move has him German suplexing his opponent. He then turns around and kicks them hard in the face while telling them to "Stay down."
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In 9, he gets:
- To escape his fate from the original canon and stay human.
- More unique specials.
- His own chapter in Story Mode.
- He's brutally offed by Sindel.
- He's resurrected by Quan Chi to serve him in the Netherrealm. Oh, and he never gets resurrected after Shinnok's war.
- It's also implied that whatever demon he was sacrificed to is what is in control of him now. That or Smoke has willingly embraced his demonic nature due to his turn to the dark side.
- He is nowhere to be seen in the story mode of 11, leaving his fate uncertain, although Noob claims in an intro that he still remains in the Netherrealm.
Tropes related with Smoke (every other game, also UMK3/MKT)
- Assimilation Plot: His ending in Armageddon.
- Assist Character: Becomes one to Noob Saibot in Deception.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: In Deception and Armageddon, he has no weapon. In Deception, this was because he was a tag team with Noob, but in Armageddon, he doesn't pick up a weapon after Sub-Zero frees him from Noob's control. Instead, he has two unarmed fighting styles, Mi Tzu and Judo.
- Canon Immigrant: As part of Triborg, since Smoke was never turned into a cyborg in the new timeline.
- Cool Mask: His alt. in Deception (later his default costume in Armageddon).
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: He's the most obvious subversion in the series. His personality and identity are suppressed, but his soul is still intact. However, while Cyrax and Sektor could not be detected by Shao Kahn for their lack of souls, Smoke did, though his couldn't be stolen as he was one of Raiden's chosen warriors, but it went From Bad to Worse for him: even his later reprogramming by Noob Saibot is implied to not be sticking.
- Dead Guy on Display: After Mortal Kombat 3, Shao Kahn kept his deactivated body as a trophy.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In 3, Smoke used a variation of the spear (a three-pronged harpoon that shot from his chest) in addition to Reptile's invisibility and Sektor's teleport uppercut. It was not until Deception that Smoke arguably acquired his first original set of moves, many of which involved using the smoke from his body.
- Eat the Bomb: One of his Fatalities in MK3.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom Used as an (obviously non-canon) Fatality.
- Fighting from the Inside: Deception hints that Smoke's good nature has not been entirely suppressed by Noob's programming. In Ashrah's ending, he starts to short-circuit in the Netherrealm, as only demons and truly evil people can remain there unharmed. In Konquest mode, Smoke passes along several messages and plans for Sub-Zero through Shujinko, suggesting that he's acting as The Mole.
- Grey Goo: His nanomachines become this in his Armageddon ending. The realms are, simply put, screwed.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Good by default, but unwillingly turned evil in 3 and Deception. By Armageddon (or specifically, Konquest mode of that game), he's back on the side of Good, seen with the Forces of Light during the Battle of Armageddon.
- I Am Legion: His ending in Armageddon.
- A Load of Bull: His Animality.
- Nanomachines: Noob attempts to harness them in his conquest of the realms. They're responsible for repairing Smoke's robotic body, explaining his new appearance in Deception.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: From what info has been given between the two continuities, he's a Slavic human-turned Enenra-turned human again-turned cyborg.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Deception/Armageddon, he sports these as he partners with Noob Saibot. He also sports red eyes as Triborg, who is also evil.
- Stance System: Had Mi Tzu during his tag-team with Noob. In Armageddon he was also given Judo, since he was one of the two non-boss characters to not be given a weapon (the other being Mokap).
- Super Smoke: Starts using this ability in his moveset starting from Deception.
- Taking You with Me: His MK3 World End Fatality is an example of this and There Is No Kill Like Overkill. Not only did he take you with him, HE TOOK THE ENTIRE WORLD WITH HIM.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Again, his World End Fatality, which blew up both you, him and the entire planet to boot.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: He was forced into the cyberization process against his will in the original timeline.
Noob Saibot (Bi-Han)
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the original timeline it's not made clear that he was aware of Quan Chi framing him for the slaughter of the Shirai Ryu. In 11 it's explicitly mentioned that he was complicit in the undertaking, and he's vocally opposed to the idea of peace between them and his former clan.
- Alien Blood: Being a wraith, his blood is dark blackish-purple. He has standard red blood in 11.
- Ascended Fanon: Sub-Zero's transformation into Noob was the result of Dan Forden fielding a suggestion from a fan, and said suggestion being approved and enshrined in Deception.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: As a win pose in MK9 and 11, he does this with a clone he can summon during the fight.
- Badass Baritone: In Mortal Kombat 9, specifically. 11 firmly places him as a Guttural Growler.
- Bonus Boss: He was one in his debut in the second game. Also, Klassic Noob in "The Cathedral" in 9.
- Broken Pedestal: Becomes this for his younger brother in the second timeline. Whereas Sub-Zero was still trying to find a way to restore Noob back to the man he once was right up until the Battle of Armageddon in the unaltered course of history, he ultimately agrees with Noob's assertion that they are brothers no longer after defeating him in 9.
Noob Saibot: You disappoint me.Sub-Zero: The feeling is mutual, brother.Noob Saibot: Mother would be so proud.
- One of his intros with Sub-Zero in 11 hammers home the divide between them with a sledgehammer:
- Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to Kuai Liang's (the younger Sub-Zero) Abel.
- In Deception he attempts to kill his younger brother.
- In Armageddon he storms the Lin Kuei temple.
- In 9 he tries to kill Cyber Sub-Zero as Quan Chi prepares the Soulnado.
- Came Back Strong: In 11, according to one of his mirror match intros.Noob Saibot: The Soulnado made us stronger.
- Came Back Wrong: As Raiden foretold in Mythologies, the darkness in Sub-Zero's soul corrupted him upon entering the Netherrealm, stripping Sub-Zero of all compassion and moral restraint, turning him into this Humanoid Abomination. This is also what Raiden tries to prevent happening to him in MK9. Unfortunately, Quan Chi had different ideas.
- Casting a Shadow: Besides controlling his own shadow, Noob can create dark portals and ghostly fireballs that disable or reverse moves.
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: His first appearance in Mortal Kombat 9 has him wearing his alt. costume, which is exactly the same as Sub-Zero's alt. (i.e. the same one shown during the island tournament), only black. How Kung Lao, who was present at said tournament, is unable to recognize him is unknown (although he does remark that Noob seems familiar somehow).
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Is absent from 4, except as a secret character. This is pretty baffling, since he's one of Quan Chi's most powerful henchmen and should have played a major role in the conflict.
- Cold Ham: He has an overly flowery and poetic way of describing his nightmarish wrath. Cassie even compares him to The Phantom of the Opera by bringing up Andrew Lloyd Webber. He never raises his voice, however. Probably can't, with that painfully guttural voice of his.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Auditory variant. His voice in 11 heavily resembles Frank Welker's Dr. Claw.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: In-Universe, the characters barely, if ever, refer to him as Noob Saibot, always simply calling him Bi-Han. Presumably this is because the name started as an in-joke and nowadays sounds a little too silly for a character that's supposed to be scary and threatening.
- The Comically Serious: Noob's intros with Johnny Cage feature his taking Johnny's taunts seriously to the point Johnny wonders if Noob even realizes he's being mocked. Another one has Johnny concede that getting Noob to laugh is impossible, and that he is a "black hole of comedy".
- Cycle of Revenge: He still holds a grudge against Scorpion. At the end of Armageddon (as recounted in 9's intro), he's killed by him. Noob's dead body is seen near Reptile's on the path to the Pyramid of Argus, with Scorpion's katana sticking out of him.
- Dark Is Evil: Noob Saibot wears black clothing and is commonly associated with darkness, to the extent of creating portals and controlling his shadow in 9.
- Deadpan Snarker: Shows a surprising inclination for this in 11, trading barbs with several characters about their mistakes and failures. Even Shao Kahn is not immune to Noob's snark.Shao Kahn: Serve me, and conquer realms!
Noob Saibot: Name one realm you control.
Shao Kahn: Sharp tongue for a dead man...
Scorpion: Do not expect mercy.
- Here is this epic comeback to his personal killer/victim.
Noob Saibot: I expect incompetence.
Scorpion: You will burn, Bi-Han.
- Death Is Cheap: He's the original Sub-Zero resurrected as a Wraith after being killed by Scorpion.
- Disappointed in You: An intro dialogue in Mortal Kombat 11 has him phrasing this toward Kuai Liang. The feeling is mutual.
- Discard and Draw: Upon his revival, Bi-Han lost his cryomancy in favor of shadow and darkness-aligned powers.
- Doppelgänger Attack: In 9, Noob gains an ink-like shadow clone of himself who sends out to attack his foes.
- Downloadable Content: In 9, Klassic Noob Saibot from II.
- The Dragon: Apparently, plays this to Quan Chi (ironically, Scorpion—in his less rational moments—could also be seen in this light), although various bios throughout the series state that he's simply biding his time before carrying out his own agenda. In 11, he also says he answered to Shinnok directly.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Mostly because he now lacks any positive qualities he had in life, but Noob most certainly does not lament this change. He instead revels in it, going as far to state in 9 that his new form and allegiance to Quan Chi suits his purpose.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
Noob Saibot: Your soul is black as pitch.
- Noob, Made of Evil incarnate in the franchise, remarks on how Kano is so evil his soul is dark black. Kano lampshades the trope right back.
Kano: Coming from you, that means something.
- When Frost states that she will control the Lin Kuei, Noob Saibot is so disgusted by this that he even says his brother (who he looks down upon any chance he gets) would be a better fit than a whiny Entitled Bastard like her.
- When Kollector states that he should respect him as they're both thieves, Noob dismisses him as being nothing more than a common thug.
- When he tells Shang Tsung to join hell already, the man claims he would rather raise Onaga from the dead. Noob expresses that would be most unwise.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Kuai Liang. Perhaps driven home in 9, where Cyber Sub-Zero notes that they are both corrupted versions of their former selves.
- Can also considered to be one to Scorpion. A spectre of a ninja? Check. Killed by his arch-nemesis? Check. Gets resurrected in the Netherrealm? Check. His death and resurrection are result of Quan Chi's manipulations? Check.
- Evil Feels Good: He actually enjoys his new position as an evil wraith working for Quan Chi and says it suits his purposes.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice was already deep when he was human, but has turned more raspy and gravelly not unlike Dr. Claw by the time of Mortal Kombat 11, serving as a sign of his character progression.
- Facial Horror: His unmasked face is depicted for the first time in 11 during certain Fatal Blows and Fatalities, being revealed to be a skeletal looking black face with wrinkled skin and no nose.
- Fallen Hero: Well "hero" is a stretch. As an Earthrealm dweller Bi-Han wasn't particularly "nice" or even "good", just a man "earning his living", by his words. Being turned into Noob Saibot made him a lot nastier than he already was.
- Flechette Storm: Used as a Fatality in both 4 and Deception (in the former, it was directly lifted from Reiko) and as a special in both Deception and Armageddon, both via shuriken (the Weapon of Choice for members of the Brotherhood of Shadows).
- Foreshadowing: Aside from the hints given in Mythologies, in MK4 he's given his brother's Ice Shatter Fatality, perhaps hinting to The Reveal in Deception. It's also possible the developers were simply reusing assets to cut down on development time.
- Godhood Seeker: Usurps Kronika's position as the master of time in his Arcade Mode ending in 11, and uses her Sands of Time to reshape and dominate a new universe completely devoid of light, rechristening himself as "Death".
- The Grim Reaper: Becomes the real deal in his Arcade Mode ending in 11, to the point where he even renames himself "Death".
- Guttural Growler: His voice is a deep, raspy growl in 11, instead of the mostly normal voice he had in previous appearances.Erron Black: Goddamn, your voice is like nails on a chalkboard.
Noob Saibot: It will be the last thing you hear.
Erron Black: Aw, hell no...
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Both of his Fatalities in 9 involve severing the opponent in two — one horizontally, the other vertically. One of them is infamously one of the most sadistic and brutal fatalities in the entire franchise, as a matter of fact. It even made Ed Boon squeal. Additionally, his Deception ending has him and Smoke killing Sub-Zero in a manner not unlike that of his "Make a Wish" Fatality from 9.
- He-Man Woman Hater: One of the reasons he's ashamed of the Lin Kuei's current incarnation is because it allows female warriors.
- Hell Has New Management: Takes over the Netherrealm with help from Havik in his Arcade Ladder ending from 9.
- Hidden Depths: In 11, it is clear that some of the original Bi-Han has resurfaced, namely there are plenty of intro dialogues where he wants his original identity back even if he thinks his new form better suits him. Even though he has no desire of rejoining the Lin Kuei, he loves to state his varying opinions of how his old clan has changed.
- In the Hood: In his MK9 and MK11 incarnations. Also used as an alt. in 4.
- Invisibility: Had this ability as a special in Deception and Armageddon.
- He gets killed by one of his personal victims.
- He ends up serving the very same forces he fought adamantly against in his past life.
- Similar to Smoke, he was also just a Scorpion Moveset Clone when he debuted but once a story had been established for him, he was made an ex-Lin Kuei and the former Sub-Zero (in fact the one who had originally killed Hanzo Hasashi).
- Jerkass: Bi-Han was never nice, but he naturally takes the callousness up a notch as Noob Saibot. Taken Up to Eleven in... well, 11, where being freed from Quan Chi has allowed Noob to be much more expressive with his scathing personality toward others.
- Jobber: Has a tendency to repeatedly show up during 9 and 11's Story Modes to get beaten up.
- Kick the Dog: You could say that he does this to all of his former allies, but Smoke and his little brother (who once adored him and originally sought to avenge him) get the short end of the stick. He even tells Cyber Sub-Zero this in 9:"We share blood. We are not brothers."
- Every interaction he has with other kharacters in 11 is this - or trying to be this. It's saying something when even Shao Kahn is capable of friendliness - but not Noob Saibot.
- Literal Split Personality: Possibly. In 9, Noob gains an ink-like shadow clone of himself; according to developer notes, this entity is Saibot, while Bi-Han is Noob, the main body and controller of said shadow creature (see Living Shadow below).
- Living Lie Detector: While he has no such powers naturally, Noob is both jaded enough to see directly through Kronika's empty promises (in his Arcade ending, he notes that with her making so many of them, it would be difficult if not outright impossible to keep all of them) and abrasive enough to call several characters out on their mishaps- he called out Shao Kahn for trying to sell him the promise of conquest in exchange for servitude, states that he does not doubt Frost's hubris, as well as calling Kotal out for being an appeaser, and- when Kotal tries to spin it as trying to buy time to fight Shinnok on his terms- saying that he deceives no one but himself.
- Living Shadow: If you look closely, in MK9, Noob's shadow disappears when he uses his clone, and doesn't return until it finishes its attacks. This is averted in 11, where his shadow is still present to his character when he sends out his clone.
- Made of Evil: Having been stripped of his humanity, Noob Saibot might just be the most malicious character in the series. At least the other villains choose to be evil; Noob simply is.
- Meaningful Name: His name is both "Boon" and "Tobias" spelled backwards, after developers Ed Boon and John Tobias. Note that Tobias leaving Midway has nothing to do with "Saibot" being removed in gameplay for Deception and Armageddon.
- Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes - the only non-black part of him - are completely white.
- Nightmare Face: His face is shown for the first time in certain moves in 11 and it is rather off-putting, resembling a blacknote Red Skull.
- The Night That Never Ends: In his Arcade Mode ending in 11, he uses Kronika's Sands of Time to create a universe completely devoid of light.
- Not Brainwashed: Kuai Liang initially thinks Quan Chi's magic corrupted Bi-Han. Good news is, it hasn't. Bad news is, Noob himself states that he is aware of what he has become- and he has embraced it.
- Not So Stoic: The one time he seems to show any emotion is when Kuai Liang reminds him that he abandoned the title of Sub-Zero after his death. Bi-Han's response is seething with rage.Noob Saibot: Still trading on my name?Sub-Zero: A name you forsook long ago.Noob Saibot: Not. Willingly.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: As D'Vorah learns in one of their intros together.Noob Saibot: I should be glad you killed Hanzo.D'Vorah: Then why attack me?Noob Saibot: His life was mine to claim!
- Paint It Black: His body, skin and outfit alike, is pitch black (excluding Deception, where his default costume gives him normal-colored pigmentation; his regular and alt. outfits would be swapped around in Armageddon). Played straighter with his alt. in 9, which is the same as Sub-Zero's alt. in that game (supposed to represent Noob himself while he was still human), only black.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: In 11, he's dismissive of the concept of a female Lin Kuei in one of his intros against Frost. She instantly declares him to be worse than Kuai Liang.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: One dialogue with Cassie implies that he of all people knows the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and another against himself has him reference Harry Potter.
- Power Echoes: In 9, his voice has an ethereal quality to it, but is fairly similar otherwise to his original voice when he was alive.
- Power Nullifier: His Disabler/Ghostball technique temporarily prevents enemies from using their specials.
- Portal Cut: His second Fatality in 9.
- Pretender Diss: In MK9, when he meets Kuai Liang again, he declares that his younger brother is unworthy of the Sub-Zero mantle.
Sub-Zero: I disown you in every way.Noob Saibot: Then disown my name, "Sub-Zero".Sub-Zero: The name was Grandfather's first.
- This bit returns in 11:
- The Reveal: Deception (specifically Noob-Smoke's ending) confirmed that Noob Saibot is Sub-Zero from the first Mortal Kombat game revived as a wraith after his death at Scorpion's hands.
- Sdrawkcab Name: His name is a combination of the creators of the series, Ed Boon and John Tobias, spelt backwards.
- Secret Character: In II. He asked for 50 (25 in some versions) wins in a row.
- Notably only Ed Boon knew of the character's existence since he was the lead programmer. In a documentary on Mortal Kombat 3, Tobias and several developers unintentionally suggested using backwards names for characters and end up agreeing that Saibot would be a great name for a robot character but not Noob. None of them at the time knew Boon had hidden a character with the name in their previous game.
- Shadow Archetype: He's established as an Evil Counterpart of his younger brother, being what he could have been had he decided to fully embrace the corruption after they both Came Back Wrong. Unlike Sub-Zero, who both manage to regain their humanity in X even after being transformed into a cyborg in 9, the few redeeming traits that Noob had as the older Sub-Zero were stripped entirely in the process of becoming a wraith. He also serves as an even worse version of Kuai Liang's Revenant, as while he is merely a corrupted servant of Quan Chi and Shinnok, Noob Saibot is a wraith with no true loyalty to anyone except himself and has zero qualms about faking loyalty to get what he wants, as seen in his ending in 11.
- Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice, which first debuted in Mortal Kombat 4, and is part of his regular fighting style in 11.
- The Sociopath: Being literally Made of Evil, decency doesn't really apply. While Bi-Han was relatively close to this, his few redeeming traits were stripped entirely in the process of becoming Noob Saibot.
- Stance System: He had the Monkey fighting style persist for both Deception and Armageddon.
- Tele-Frag: One of his fatalities in 11. He slices open his opponent's stomach with a scythe, then sticks his hand near the wound to let his shadow enter into their body, before his clone emerges his hands from their mouth and rips them in half.
- That Man Is Dead: Zig-zagged. Bi-Han embraces his current identity and spitefully renounces his old one, except to boast that he was the better of the two Sub-Zeros. The rest of the cast begs to differ.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Smoke in Deception.
- Troll: In 11, he's a lot sharper with his barbs, making very personal and pointed taunts against anyone he's matched with. Including his own brother.
- Unfortunate Names: The first name may be Boon backwards, but is embarassing with what "noob" means to gamer culture and the Internet in general, and for that matter "Saibot" is rather silly too. In some MK games, he was broken enough to fit the name, others just shortened the name. And then, Midway decided to play to the joke by giving Noob a Troll Hammer in Armageddon. In the reboot, characters in story mode conspicuously avoid using the name "Noob Saibot", instead referring to him as Bi-Han.
- Villain Has a Point: Noob is, put simply, Made of Evil and has of late embraced it. However, in some of his pre-match intros, he's not that wrong with the points he makes.
- He was unjustly killed by Scorpion as he tells Raiden. And no, "losing trust" in him is not justice at all.
- He was also killed before he could pass on the Sub-Zero mantle to next of kin. So no, he did not relinquish the name willingly even if, as Kuai said, "the name was Grandfather's first".
- When Frost states she will become the Lin Kuai Grandmaster, Noob points out that his younger brother Kuai Liang would be a better fit to lead than a whiny, entitled brat like her.
- Shao Kahn makes him the offer to join him and conquer realms. Noob demands Shao Kahn (who is now a fugitive) to name one realm he controls, to which he obviously can't answer.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: His X-Ray move in MK9 results in this from his opponent.
- Walking Spoiler: By the time of Deception, considering he was an enigmatic figure before The Reveal that he was the original Sub-Zero. Whether this is a Late-Arrival Spoiler is played with in the reboot.
- Weapon of Choice: A scythe for 4 and 11. He was also given a Troll Hammer in Armageddon. There's a Stealth Pun lying there somewhere.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- It's actually not clear on what exactly happened to Noob at the end of 9, whether he was Killed Off for Real or he managed to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence or what. In one of his brother's intro dialogues, he states that Noob's whereabouts are unknown, which might suggest that he wasn't killed when he was tossed in the Soulnado, though Revenant Kung Lao in the same intro states that Bi-Han is calling to Kuai Liang from the other side, but this might just be a taunt. He returns in 11 as part of the regular playable roster, and still holds animosity towards his brother. His appearance in the story mode has him directly confirm to his brother that he survived his experiences, noting that Quan Chi's creations are hard to kill.
- This happens again in 11, where after showing up at the Cyber Lin Kuei Factory, he only shows up once again in Goro's Lair to protect the Well of Souls from Jax and Jacqui and disappears from the story afterwards.
- Whole Costume Reference: MK11 gives him a DLC costume resembling The Batman-Who-Laughs.
- Beast Man: According to his bio in 9, Kintaro hails from a lower lineage of Shokan known as the Tigrar (as opposed to Goro and Sheeva hailing from the more noble and aristocratic Draco lineage).
- Been There, Shaped History: In 9, it's revealed he's the one who nearly killed Kabal during the events of Mortal Kombat 3.
- Breath Weapon: By MK9, has breathing a stream of fire as a move.
- The Brute: He has more use as muscle for Outworld than Goro.
- The Cameo: In Mortal Kombat 11, Kintaro's soul is used in one of Shang Tsung's fatalities, forced to manifest a corporeal form inside Shang's opponent and tear his way out.
- Co-Dragons: With Mileena to Shao Kahn after replacing Shang Tsung and Goro.
- Cute Kitten: What happens to him during his MK9 Babality transformation.
- Fantastic Racism: He seems to have a big distaste for humans.Kintaro: "Humans, less ugly when they burn!"
- In Name Only: He's named after a Japanese folk hero, but has nothing to do with him at all. The original Kintaro was more of a Japanese version of Tarzan.
- The Juggernaut: He is not so stunned from getting hit, and can sometimes counter attack you when he's blocking.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Losing a match to this guy is going to be humiliating even if he doesn't kill you; his non-Fatality winning pose in 9 consists of knocking his opponent into the air, catching him or her by the leg, and then holding the victim aloft by the heel, upside-down.
- Kill It with Fire: What he delivers to Kabal via Breath Weapon in 9, minus the killing part.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He can be peacefully persuaded to stop hostilities, seeing how he made peace with Kotal Kahn.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Originally designed as a tiger/human hybrid,◊ this look was ultimately scrapped due to it not being feasible to construct at the time and replaced with the "Shokan plus tiger stripes" look he sports in MKII. For his return in Armageddon he was given more tiger-like characteristics, an aspect carried over to MK9.
- During an interview Gamepro did with John Tobias, John stated "Even in Mortal Kombat II, we still didn't have all the time to do everything we wanted", citing Kintaro. He says, "I based him on Goro's species, adding different markings, but I was never fully satisfied with the Kintaro character."
- Loincloth: Same deal as Goro.
- Monster Modesty: Like his fellow Shokan, Kintaro merely wears a loincloth and some light armor on his arms.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Like Goro, he sports four arms.
- Noodle Incident: An intro between Kung Lao and Kollector reveals Kintaro owed the latter a debt for unknown reasons that was made void upon his defeat by Kung Lao in 9. Kollector attempts to kill Kung Lao over it.
- No True Scotsman: For him, true Outworlders do not ask for aid from Earthrealm (with Mileena enlisting the Red Dragon and Kotal Kahn being backed by the Special Forces until being relieved by the Black Dragon). No wonder the Shokan remained neutral, even at the price of becoming outcasts.
- Off with His Head!: He suffers this fate by a Blood Code controlled Sonya in the new timeline.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He comes from the Tigrar lineage of Shokan, which are as proud as the Draco one.
- The Siege: What Kotal Kahn thought he would be doing to his capital. Until the Oni warlords show up...
- SNK Boss: All the stuff that made Goro hard applies to him, plus he has a really damaging air throw.
- Stance System: Has a style called Tiger Fist in Armageddon.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Goro, status-wise as a Shokan sub-boss.
- Super Drowning Skills: The MKX comics have revealed he can't swim, and he thus finds himself in trouble when Havik blasts a ship he's on with Shinnok's Amulet, causing it to explode. Fortunately,Sheeva has no such issues.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Par the course for the four armed characters in the series.
- Weapon of Choice: Saber Teeth in Armageddon.
- The Worf Effect: Gets his ass handed to him in every battle he's in 9's Story Mode, even though his bio states he became Shao Kahn's bodyguard by slaughtering several Centaurs single-handedly out of sheer grandstanding.