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Scorpion (Hanzo Hasashi)

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"Vengeance will be mine!"
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Debut game: Mortal Kombat (Daniel Pesina/Ed Boon)
Other appearances: Mortal Kombat II (Daniel Pesina/Ed Boon), Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (John Turk/Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (Sal Divita), Mortal Kombat 4 (Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat: Deception (Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (Patrick Seitz/Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat 9 (Patrick Seitz/Ed Boon), Injustice: Gods Among Us (Patrick Seitz/Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat X (Patrick Seitz/Ed Boon, English; Octavio Rojas, Latin American Spanish), Mortal Kombat 11 (Ron Yuan/Ed Boon, English; Nico Millado, Face Model; Octavio Rojas, Latin American Spanish)
Non-game appearances: Mortal Kombat (Chris Casamassa/Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (J.J. Perry/Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat: Conquest (Chris Casamassa/Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (Ron Perlman), Mortal Kombat: Rebirth/Mortal Kombat: Legacy (Ian Anthony Dale/Ed Boon), Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (Patrick Seitz)
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Originally known as Hanzo Hasashi, he is the son of a former clansman who chose to live as an assassin, yet he is very devoted to his family and generally goes on and about the game, serving his own purposes and none other. One of the most recognizable characters of the game, he starts off as your typical Antihero, looking for revenge on Sub-Zero for having killed him. In the first issues of the game, Scorpion is shown to fail and be sent to Netherealm. He has a Heel–Face Revolving Door relationship with the second Sub-Zero, his former nemesis' younger brother. In 4, he ends up entangled in the machinations of Quan-Chi, who turns him against the younger Sub-Zero again. From Deadly Alliance onwards, he strikes a deal with the elder gods to destroy Onaga in exchange for his clan's revival.

In Mortal Kombat 9, Scorpion pretty much keeps the same role as the previous games, with the notable difference of being more willing to be Quan Chi's soldier, as Quan Chi's treachery has so far not been detected by him.... until the timeskip in Mortal Kombat X, where, with the aid of Kenshi, he severs his ties to "the darkness" and is leading an effort to rescue and train orphans stranded by the Netherealm War, forming a new Shirai Ryu in the process. He eventually finds out through Kuai-Liang that Quan Chi was the true murderer of his family, not Bi-Han, as he previously thought. With this in mind, he killed Quan Chi before partnering himself with Kuai-Liang and remained that way as of Mortal Kombat 11. His past Revenant self is pulled into the present by Kronika, who promises to rebuild the Shirai Ryu.

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  • Aesop Amnesia: Poor Hanzo doesn't ever seem to learn that his Roaring Rampage of Revenge will always make things worse, both for him and for the heroes. Then again, Status Quo Is God. 11 finally sees him outgrow this mindset and well and truly move on. Hanzo even appeals to his past spectre self to follow suit. This is then subverted in his Arcade ending, where the power of Kronika's hourglass is too tempting for him to pass up.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After Bi-Han defeats him during the events of MK: Mythologies, he asks for mercy. The player is then given the (non-canon) option to grant it. It's worth noting that sparing Hanzo gets you out of fighting his spectre form in a later boss battle.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Played literally straight in one of his Fatalities, and then followed by neck snapping in Deception.
  • Animal Motifs: Scorpions, duh.
    • The raised arm from his fighting pose in the first four games and the hilt of his swords (starting in Deception) evoke a scorpion's stinger, while the pauldrons on his shoulder for both costumes in 9 are also modelled after a scorpion.
    • As a kind of apology for his Animality in 3 not being a scorpion, the MK team gave him a giant scorpion form as one of his Fatalities in 4/Gold.
    • In MK vs. DC and MK9, it's also in the mask.
    • His appearance in Injustice outright makes the motif the most prominent part of him, with his scorpion leg sword hilts to even his infamous spear in the shape of a stinger.
    • The symbol for the reformed Shirai Ryu is a scorpion, with Scorpion's spearheads in place of the pincers.
  • Anti-Villain: Of the Noble Type. The best example in the entire series. Most characters in the series are either fully good or fully bad, but Scorpion is completely neutral, participating in the games' events for his own purposes. While he has exhibited a little bit of a conscience and his actions (unintentionally) help the good guys, when all's said and done, he's in it for himself and no one else.
    • 11 steps away from this with his present self as Hanzo. He's finally officially one of the good guys and consciously works with them without letting himself be blinded by rage.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • The elder Sub-Zero (Bi-Han), for killing his family. In X, Hanzo realizes that he was sorely mistaken for murdering Bi-Han in anger due to the actions of the below party.
    • Quan Chi, for manipulating Scorps into killing Bi-Han when Quan was the real person responsible for his family's death.
  • The Artifact: In the first and second games, Scorpion wore a Lin Kuei uniform that was colored yellow to symbolize the cowardly nature of the Lin Kuei. In the third installment, Scorpion continues to wear a yellow uniform, despite learning in the previous game that Kuai Liang wasn't his clan's killer, and he still wears yellow from Deadly Allience to Armageddon, knowing full that neither of the Sub-Zero brothers is responsible for his clan's death. In X, Hanzo wears a yellow uniform to a parley with Kuai Liang, and doesn't change the color of his clan's uniforms after making peace with the Lin Kuei. Logically, the only canon games where Scorpion should have worn a yellow uniform are 1, 2, 4, 9, X (before the Time Skip), and 11 (as Past!Scorpion before joining Kuai Liang's side).
  • Author Avatar: In a sense, he could be considered to be one for series' co-creator Ed Boon, who has gone on record several times noting that Scorpion is his favorite character and provides the voicework for Scorpion's "GET OVER HERE!"/"COME HERE!".
  • Back from the Dead: After being killed by Bi-Han in Mythologies, Scorpion is back as a wraith at the start of MK1.
  • Badass Baritone: Basically a higher-pitched Garrosh Hellscream.
  • Backto Back Badasses: Becomes one with Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) of all people at the end of Sub-Zero's Arcade Ladder in MK9.
  • Badass Beard: In the X comics and Story, Scorpion has grown a beard as Hanzo Hasashi. All of Present!Scorpion's costumes in 11 have beards.
  • Badass Boast:
    Quan Chi: "You will bathe in hellfire!"
    Scorpion: "I was forged in it."
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Havik wanted Scorpion to come back. That plan had Gone Horribly Right, as Havik is now forced to endure a Fate Worse than Death at the hands of Moloch and Drahmin.
  • Berserk Button: In Mortal Kombat X, after being freed of Quan Chi's control and regaining his humanity, Hanzo abandons the moniker of "Scorpion" and takes poorly to those who refer to him as such.
    Quan Chi: Scorpion, we can -
    Scorpion: My name is Hanzo Hasashi!
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Takeda from being killed by Havik...by ripping off Havik's head.
  • Big "NEVER!": When Quan Chi forcibly sends him back to the Netherrealm in 4. Scorpion manages to drag the sorcerer with him, eliciting a Big "NO!" from Quan Chi.
  • Bilingual Bonus: One of the characters to speak a native tongue other than English. Dialogue against Takeda and Tanya in MKX has him threaten them in Japanese, and to his credit, Patrick Seitz has some good pronunciation:
    Scorpion: Itami wa kanjirou darou.Translation 
  • Breakout Character: He was just another participant in the tournaments in the first two games to the point that he made no appearance in Mortal Kombat 3, but his popularity saw him get added back into the Ultimate update of 3 after initially being excluded in the base game. He would soon start to gain a larger story presence and become a sort of mascot to the series to the point that he's in the NetherRealm Studios logo and even featured as a guest fighter in their Injustice series. Plus, he got his own animated movie.
  • Breath Weapon: His signature Fatality involves him taking off his mask and shooting fire from his mouth. He gains it as a standard move in 11 that can perform a Brutality alluding to its original purpose.
    Dan Forden: "TOASTY!"
  • The Cameo:
  • Canon Name: Scorpion's rope-and-kunai combo was often called the "Spear" in the move lists of earlier MK games. Scorpion himself refers to it as his kunai in Mortal Kombat X.
  • Catchphrase: "Get over here!"note 
    • As well as "Come here!"

  • Code Name: Before becoming the hellspawn known as Scorpion, Hanzo was given the title of "Sasori" by the Shirai Ryu's Grandmaster. Sasori is the Japanese word for "Scorpion."
  • Cool Mask:
    • Scorpion's basic ninja mask would wind up turning into one of these as an armored guard once the games went 3D. IN particular, 9 has him wear masks in both costumes that are stylized after a scorpion and his mask is customizable as a gear option in 11.
    • His Kold War costume has him wear a hellish gas mask.
  • Cosmic Plaything: In his Arcade ending in 11, it is revealed that his family's deaths happen in every timeline possible. When he finds out there are other gods on Kronika's tier, he assumes they are the reason for his tragedy, and wages war against them.
  • Creator Cameo: See all the Ed Boon co-acting credits up there? That's because the man's the one responsible for those two famous phrases. No matter who voices/plays Scorpion, Boon will always be the one to shout "GET OVER HERE!" and "COME HERE!". The only exception so far was in Defenders of the Realm, where the iconic line was delivered by his VA, Ron Perlman (who was also a regular as Stryker).
  • A Day in the Limelight: Each time averting No Campaign for the Wicked, though he's more on the neutral side.
    • In MK vs. DCU, he's the focus of the MK side's Chapter 5.
    • In Mortal Kombat 9, he's the focus of Chapter 3.
    • In Mortal Kombat X, he's the focus of Chapter 9.
    • In Mortal Kombat 11, his present self is the focus of Chapter 4 along with Sub-Zero; and Chapter 10 also has his present self - but only for the first half, when he dies; Past Scorpion takes over the rest of the chapter.
  • Dem Bones: As revealed during his signature Fatality, under Scorpion's mask his head is actually a flaming skull. No longer the case; in MKX, he's seen unmasked after regaining his humanity, and has a face. Downplayed in MK 11 where certain abilities added does give him a flaming skeleton look but even if you have his past specter self equipped unmasked, it shows his entire face when he was younger instead of a skull.
  • Devil's Job Offer: In 9, he's a servant of Quan Chi, the Netherrealm's equivalent of Satan.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Technically, in his own arms. The past Scorpion cradles present Hanzo after the latter was fatally stabbed by D'Vorah. He uses his last breaths to convince his Revenant counterpart that the new Shirai Ryu are worth protecting.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": As seen above, after he regained his humanity during the events of MKX, he abandons the moniker of Scorpion, instead going as Hanzo Hasashi once again. Quan Chi addresses him as Scorpion on Chapter 9, causing his rage to peak and earning the sorcerer a fist before he beats him down.
  • Downloadable Content:
    • In 9, his MK1/2 and the PlayStation Vita exclusive MK3 Klassic skins and his classic "Toasty!" Fatality.
    • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Before being part of the Klassic Pack, buying GameStop's regular edition of 9 gave you these items.
    • He's one of the DLC characters in the original release of Injustice.
  • Driven to Suicide: Contemplates it in X in his arcade ending, after realizing that he nearly doomed Earthrealm by having his rage consume him again. Instead, Raiden opts for turning him and his clan into Earth's eternal protectors.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Since Deadly Alliance he's always seen coming to a fight with a pair of swords on his back.
    • One of his variations in X ("Ninjutsu") has this as the focus of his fighting style. In particular, his canon appearance in the X storyline tends toward this, as it is the variation he uses in the story exclusively after his resurrection, considering he wants to limit using Hellfire.
    • As of X, he also has two Kunai.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: To make up for the Scorpion Animality already being taken by Sheeva, Scorpion's Animality from Ultimate is a penguin which lays explosive eggs.
  • Exact Words: In Deception, the Elder Gods promised to bring back Scorpion's clan if he agreed to help them by slaying Onaga. Scorpion fulfills his part of the bargain, and the Elder Gods bring back Scorpion's clan... as undead abominations.
  • Eye Scream: His Fatal Blow in 11 consists of him throwing two spears into his opponent's eyes and driving them ever deeper.
  • The Faceless: Legacy aside, Scorpion's facial features as Hanzo were only properly shown for the first time in Mortal Kombat X.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: They went right with "Hanzo" for a first name, but his surname, Hasashi, is not even a word.note 
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: If you choose to have Scorpion fight Sektor during Chapter 4 in 11, he effortlessly No Sells Sektor's flamethrower attack in the cutscene before the battle. During the fight itself, he takes damage from Sektor's flamethrower like anyone else.
  • Good Is Not Nice: "Good" in the sense that he has taken in orphans stranded by the Netherrealm War. He is also training them as the new Shirai Ryu clan, and his training is pretty harsh.
  • Good Parents: ...You probably weren't expecting this, if so, you weren't alone. Everything about Mortal Kombat X and Takeda's backstory seems to point to Scorpion being a pretty awesome adoptive dad. This also implies how much of a Family Man he could've been hadn't Quan Chi murdered his family in cold blood.
    • It's heavily implied that he was this to his biological son, Satoshi, prior to his death. For instance, he didn't want to push his son into the life of an assassin, instead wanting him to become a normal person and lead a peaceful life.
  • Graceful Loser: In Shaolin Monks. After Liu Kang or Kung Lao repeatedly him into a bed of lava, all he can do before the hellspawns take him is flash them a thumbs up before he's completely submerged in lava and killed.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: His "Kunai-rope" is a variant.
  • Guest Fighter:
    • He's a DLC character in Injustice.
    • He also appears in The Grid, alongside Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot.
    • He's an unlockable skin in Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy.
    • He appears in older revisions of NBA Jam: Tournament Edition.
    • He and Sub-Zero appears in MLB Slugfest 2006 but only by means of cheat codes.
  • Guttural Growler: Whenever Ed Boon does his "GET OVER HERE" and "COME HERE" shouts, he does so in a very low voice. A case of Vocal Evolution since Boon's voice wasn't so deep in the original game, becoming so in following installments. Other than that, his various voice actors tend to fall into Badass Baritone rather than this trope.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: His arcade ending of X has him being Raiden's new right-hand man. However, Raiden has returned to his dark persona once again, making Scorpion's alignment unknown.
    • One pre-fight interaction between the two in 11 is fairly cordial, if a bit stern. Raiden simply asks if Scorpion is committed to Earthrealm's defense, Scorpion says he is, and then Raiden says he will hold him to that vow.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Started as evil, went good by the end of MK2, went evil at the beginning of MK3 before going good again at the end of it, went evil again at the beginning of MK4 before going good again at the end of it, went neutral by Deception when he was recruited by the Elder Gods to kill Onaga, reset to evil in MK9, then finally stayed neutral-good in MKX and MK 11.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam:
    • In 9, Raiden, having a premonition that Sub-Zero will become a greater force for evil if killed, tries to convince him to spare Bi-Han by offering to revive his family; and Scorpion agrees. Unfortunately, after defeating Sub-Zero and intending to spare him, Quan Chi goads Scorpion into killing him by showing him a vision of Sub-Zero murdering his wife and son. Sub-Zero becomes the wraith Noob Saibot, and Scorpion stays in Quan Chi's employ. His Arcade Ladder ending had him eventually find out the truth on his own, and then rather than tormenting Quan Chi in the Netherrealm, he flat out burns him to death. His alignment afterwards is unknown.
    • MKX averts this trope, despite the fact that he ends up putting Revenge Before Reason at a crucial moment. In the prequel comics to MKX in an apparent war between Earth and the Netherrealm, Kenshi somehow freed him "out of the Darkness"; he's still tapped into his Hellish powers, but is seen trying to aid those who lost families in the Netherrealm War by training them as a reformed Shirai Ryu.
    • Later still, in Chapter 9 in MKX's Story, he finds out the truth behind what really happened to his family and clan, resolving to make Quan Chi pay, but he comes to blows with the other heroes, as they need Quan Chi in order to free the Revenants. His arcade ending has him being Raiden's new right-hand man in atonement, so he isn't past redemption despite what he did.
    • Scorpion's MK 11's Arcade Ladder ending has Past!Scorpion, who had joined Raiden's side earlier, succumb to the temptation of using Kronika's hourglass to avert his family's death, only to find that they die in every possible timeline. Instead of moving on and attempting to secure a better future, Scorpion chooses to hunt down the Titans that he believes are responsible.
  • Hellfire: One of his variations in X has this name and focuses on his powers using fire that has been ever-present throughout the series. It is fueled by his sorrow over the deaths of his wife and child.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Scorpion's bright yellow garb isn't exactly stealthy, which is ironic, considering that out of all the "ninjas" in the series, Scorpion is the only one who was once a ninja. The original manual tried to justify it by saying that he modelled his uniform after the Lin Kuei's and chose the yellow color as a Take That! to the clan, calling them cowards. In Japan, the color yellow symbolizes courage, which makes it better since Scorpion is Japanese while the Lin Kuei are Chinese.
  • Iconic Item: His signature "rope with a tipped Kunai at the end." His spear in Injustice is in the shape of a scorpion stinger.
  • I Hate Past Me:
    • In a mirror match in Mortal Kombat X, this is what the Scorpions discuss before fighting, no doubt because of his younger self's reckless desisions.
    • Chapter 10 of Mortal Kombat 11 has Hanzo encounter his younger self, and shows disapproval of his obsession for revenge and seeing the new Shirai Ryu as "pretenders and outsiders" for not being blood descendants.
  • I Shall Taunt You: His first appearance in MK: Mytholgies involves him smugly declaring you will fail before running off cackling like a madman. Needless to say, not many players were willing to let him off the hook after that. Though given what Mythologies was like, it was practically foreshadowing.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His fate in the aftermath of the Battle of Armageddon (as seen in 9's intro).
  • Informed Flaw: According to Spawn's ending in 11, he and Sub-Zero constantly argue with each other, but this flaw is never shown in the story mode whenever they work together.
  • Insistent Terminology: After his resurrection at the hands of Raiden's magic, he refuses to use the Scorpion mantle anymore, preferring others to call him by his real name or Grandmaster Hasashi.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: Not him exactly, but rather the name of his clan, which he and everyone else in the setting pronounce as 'Shirai ri-you' instead of 'Shirai Ree-you', the latter being the actual Japanese pronunciation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After being revived, he's still quite rash and short-tempered but he has grown a lot softer and empathetic. His parent-like relationship with a Takeda show this. By MK 11, the jerk part disappears and he's become a genuine Nice Guy.
  • Katanas Are Just Better:
    • Starting with Deadly Alliance, he finally uses one.
    • He also carries an additional one on his back, although he only starts using the second katana in 9.
    • Two of them appears on his back in his Ninjutsu variation in X.
    • He carries two on his hip in 11 that can be customized with gear.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Challenge #20 in 9 has Scorpion beat up Mileena, because she made a teddy bear for him and HE HATES TEDDIES!
    • The Vita-exclusive Bonus Challenge Tower mission "I STILL Hate Teddies!" has him pile more pain on Mileena by not only beating the crap out of her but also choking the nonexistent life out of the teddy bear and subjecting it to the Subway's Stage Fatality!
    • He is also the recurrent recipient of kicking; Scorpion has the nasty habit of repeatedly losing everyone he cares about, from his wife, son and clan to the second iteration of the Shirai Ryu he founded in the Mortal Kombat X prequel comic.
  • Killed Off for Real: While the past version of him is still running around in the present day, the real Hanzo Hasashi has truly died, and since Quan Chi (the sorcerer who reanimated him) is dead, there's little-to-no chance that he’s coming back or his past version getting restored as a human, permanently stuck as an undead Revenant.
  • Kill It with Fire: Again, his Fatality, where he burns the enemy to the bone. More recent games have also shown him using fire liberally throughout his moves.
  • Knife Nut: In Legacy it is revealed that he got his codename because of his skills with the kunai. This also is reflected in the games, where he typically uses a kunai on his signature rope dart move and occasionally in other attacks.

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  • Large Ham: Prone to shouting. Besides "GET OVER HERE!"/"COME HERE!", Annihilation makes him yell "SUCKERS!" as he makes a getaway with Kitana in tow.
    • In the first movie, during his fight with Johnny Cage: "Welcome!" and "GET DOWN HERE!"
  • Me's a Crowd: In one of his fatalities from UMK3, he drags his opponent into Hell, where several copies of Scorpion maul the enemy. Cue Black Screen of Death.
  • Menacing Hand Shot: His pre-fight interactions with his opponents in X include a shot of him holding his chainblade in his hand and then dropping it to take hold of the chain before he goes into his "ready" stance.
  • The Minion Master: His Inferno Variation in X centers around him summoning a demon from hell similar to how Noob Saibot did in 9.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: As a highlight of his undead condition. He loses this trait once he's Hanzo Hasashi again.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction when he realizes that he killed the elder Sub-Zero unjustly. Hanzo's reaction is not only remorse for the pain he's caused Kuai Liang in killing his older brother Bi-Han (the aforementioned elder Sub-Zero), but also because he threw away his one chance to restore his wife and son. The sheer amount of self-disgust in his voice is palpable.
    Scorpion: (having witnessed evidence of Quan Chi's guilt in exterminating the original Shirai Ryu) Harumi... Satoshi...
    Sub-Zero: Had I known of my clan's complicity in the Shirai Ryu's extinction, our history would be different.
    Scorpion: I killed your brother because I thought he...
    Sub-Zero: Quan Chi is responsible for Bi-Han's death.
  • My Greatest Failure: His murder of Bi-Han over a crime he did not commit. Not only does he lose the one chance he had of reviving the Shirai Ryu, but he later finds out that the man who revived him and later manipulated him into killing Bi-Han, Quan Chi, was the one who slaughtered the Shirai Ryu.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Delivers a pretty tragic one before giving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Quan Chi, when the latter calls him Scorpion, in MKX.
  • Neck Snap: His Hara-Kiri (and the final blow of one of his Fatalities) in Deception.
  • Nice Guy: Finally reaches this in 11. His short fuse has finally been quelled and he is shown to be more polite towards others. He even shows more sympathy and kindness to his past Revenant self, which is quite a contrast when his antagonistic interactions with his wraith persona in the comics and complete aversion to being referred to as Scorpion in the previous game.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Gets hit with this hard in Mortal Kombat X. He takes down Sonya, Kenshi, and Johnny Cage to free Quan Chi so that he can finally kill him. This not only results in the rest of the fallen heroes staying as revenants, but it also gets Shinnok freed and Johnny Cage (the guy who beat Shinnok in the first place) kidnapped. Even though it was all according to D'Vorah, Quan Chi, and Shinnok's plan, one must wonder how Hanzo's taking this. In his Arcade ending, he contemplates hara-kiri to atone for his rashness in Shinnok's revival.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: He fits the general criteria well. He was created in the 90's, and is a mostly neutral anti-hero character, who has a cynical view of the world. He also has a code name that is very fitting of the stereotype and has a backstory that plays out much like a Super Hero Origin story. He looks like a cross between Spawn and Ghost Rider (which is one of his inspirations).
  • Ninja: Of all the MK "ninjas", he's the only one who was from Japan. Sub-Zero directly says this to Quan Chi in Mythologies.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Hounded Quan Chi throughout the Netherrealm after 4 and delivered many of these on the sorcerer (Scorpion drew on strength from the 5th plane of the Netherrealm, whereas Quan Chi's sorcery was weakened).
    • Was on the receiving end of one delivered by Sub-Zero in 9 that was so brutal it's still being referenced by people who witnessed it well into 11.
    Shao Kahn: Now I remember you, Scorpion.
    Scorpion: I fought Sub-Zero in your Koliseum.
    Shao Kahn: And lost horribly, as I recall.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: In MK 11, one of his pre-fight banters with Johnny has him flatly refuse co-starring in one of his films. Twice.
    Scorpion: (monotone) "The answer remains no."
    Johnny: (enthused) "But you'd be co-starring with yours truly!"
    Scorpion: "Exactly."
  • No, You: When he confronts Bi-Han in MK9 for murdering his clan, Bi-Han simply says, "To hell with your clan." Scorpion replies, "No... to hell with you!" before dragging him into the Netherrealm.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: In MKX, Tanya outright tries hitting on him during one of their pre-fight intros (showing some leg, to boot). He responds by threatening her in Japanese.
  • Now Buy the Merchandise: His Friendship in 2, in which he invites the player to "Buy a Scorpion doll!"
  • Offhand Backhand: His "You're Next" fatality finishes this way. After cutting off his opponent's head and kicking it up, Scorpion launches his spear at the head while facing backwards. This is easily shown with the aid of a camera mod, as shown here.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: He would later adopt vanishing in a swirl of flame instead.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • In Deception, he borrows the original "Spine Rip" fatality from Bi-Han and rips the enemy's head off with the spine still attached.
    • It's also present in his "Split Decision" Fatality in 9, to the point of even slicing the head in half.
    • During one of the trailers for 9 he performs Kano's "Eat Your Heart Out" Fatality on Sub-Zero where he rips off their head, rips out their heart, then stuffs their head in the hole where he ripped out their heart.
    • His Fatality from X has a "Off With His Face" variation.
    • This is how he does Quan Chi in during the events of Mortal Kombat X.
    • He finishes off Raiden this way in the announce trailer for 11, although in this case he already destroyed Raiden's torso by burning through it with hellfire. Like the "Who's Next?" Fatality from the original X trailer, this also appears as a Fatality in-game.
  • One-Winged Angel: Inferno Scorpion from Shaolin Monks, essentially Scorpion without his mask and damaged skin. He reappears in 9 on the 232nd floor of the Challenge Tower as an opponent for Kano.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Bi-Han. Once he learns the truth of his family's deaths, he transfers this hatred to Quan Chi.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Scorpion is a classic vengeance-driven revenant. Some material lists him as a Specter.
  • Palette Swap: Of Sub-Zero, originally. The same is true in reverse.
  • Papa Wolf: He had a family as a human, but they were killed. And he believed their deaths caused by the Lin Kuei, hence his grudge against them. He goes back on his vow to protect the younger Sub-Zero after Quan-Chi implicates him in the murder of Scorpion's family. His son is later kidnapped by Quan-Chi immediately after being brought back to life in his Armageddon ending. Post Scorpion regaining his humanity after MK9, and his pseudo-adopting of Takeda, threatening said adoptee immediately brings out the raging hellspawn in Hanzo. To put this in perspective, he lost to both Raiden and arch-rival Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat 9. But come the MKX comics, whenever Takeda appears to be in grave danger, Scorpion's rage powers him up so much that he manages to defeat Raiden by strangling him with his signature Kunai; then in another battle, overwhelms Kuai Liang with raw willpower and hellfire. It should be noted that both opponents were being empowered by a Kamidogu Dagger at the time. Although in Kuai Liang's case, Hanzo wouldn't claim it his victory since Sub-Zero was worn out by the time the Dagger's power ran out, thus Scorpion outlasting him as a result.
  • Parental Substitute: When Kenshi was on the run from the Red Dragons following his wife's murder, he had Hanzo take in his son Takeda for protection. For the next ten years, the Shirai Ryu was Takeda's family and Hanzo as his surrogate father.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Aside from his love for his family, he discovered back in 2 that Sub-Zero was actually the younger brother of Bi-Han—the man he had killed in the last tournament—when he saw Kuai Liang sparing the life of his opponent. He decided to become the Lin Kuei's guardian from there on out of atonement.
    • Post-MK9, he founded a new Shirai Ryu out of lost refugees with nowhere else to go, regained most of his humanity with Kenshi's guidance and pretty much adopted Takeda (Kenshi's estranged son). Then all of them are slaughtered by a blood demon, save Scorpion and Takeda.
    • Going by intro dialogue in MK11, he's downright respectful towards Jade, acknowledging both her skill and her honor and even expresses empathy for her losses, saying they're Not So Different in that regard. He also displays a lot of goodwill towards Jax in the same game due to being former Revenants; both are aware of Jacqui and Takeda's relationship, and Hanzo does his best to prove that his surrogate son is more than up to the task of protecting Jax's daughter, even going so far as to declare that all of the Briggs' enemies will become the Shirai Ryu's in turn.
  • Playing with Fire: He started out with his Toasty Fatality, and gained more fire moves throughout the series.
  • Power Echoes: MK vs. DC and onward gave his voice an ethereal quality enhanced in X. His voice sounds more metallic in 11.
  • The Power of Hate: If this emotion was a metal and Hanzo was a blacksmith, then Scorpion most certainly forged a BFS out of it. A BFS that he promptly drove through Bi-Han's heart. Subverted for his actual powers over hellfire though, which is actually the Power of Sorrow.
  • Pretender Diss: Scorpion's past self in 11 dismisses the new Shirai Ryu as "pretenders and outsiders," and serves Kronika to have the original restored. However, he's ultimately convinced of the opposite by his future self.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: According to Deadly Alliance, Scorpion's true forte is... cooking. He's particularly good at chopping.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • He's the Blue Oni to his more hotheaded apprentice Takahashi Takeda.
    • Serves as the red to Sub-Zero's blue, befitting their respective fire and ice motifs.
  • Revenge: Pretty much the only reason he walks among the living as Scorpion. As a corporeal spirit of vengeance and rage, his only mission is to right whatever believes wronged him by any means. Unfortunately, this makes him susceptible to manipulation (as shown when Quan Chi dupes him into killing Sub-Zero, amidst the latter's protests).
  • Revenge Before Reason:
    • Double subverted in 9. Raiden tells him not to kill Bi-Han as Sub-Zero, so an even more evil being would show up. After defeating Sub-Zero, he actually spares him. Then Quan Chi shows Scorpion a vision of Sub-Zero killing his clan and family and... Sub-Zero is no more.
    • He falls victim to it again in Mortal Kombat X when he fights Sonya and the others because they were in his way of killing Quan Chi. The end result is ultimately Shinnok being freed.
    • Scorpion's MK 11's Arcade Ladder ending has Past!Scorpion vow to kill all of the Titans under the belief that they're responsible for causing his family's death in every possible timeline. He doesn't bother to look for evidence on how they would be able to accomplish such a thing.
  • The Rival: By the time of X, he is no longer an Arch-Enemy relationship with Kuai Liang, and instead is this, even to the point where they help one another.
  • Screw Destiny: In 9, Raiden tried to talk his way out of him murdering Bi-Han, because an even more evil being might be spawned from Scorpion's actions. It doesn't work for the Thunder God thanks to Quan Chi.
  • Series Mascot: Netherrealm Studios' logomark is suspiciously similar to Scorpion, even with a slightly different weapon than a Kunai, sickle in this case, fixed to the chain.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kind of hard to envision Scorpion of all people being this, but it comes with his being a Papa Wolf to Takeda. Hanzo's overall supportive of his relationship with Jacqui, and most pre-fight dialogues in 11 with her and Jax show him treating the Briggs family with nothing but respect. One of his intros with Jacqui even has him voice his approval of her, telling her in as many words that "Takeda chose wisely".
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He never pursued another women despite his wife being dead for over 25 years, so it’s safe to say that he is this trope.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Several of his outfits have a skeleton motif in them, alluding to his undead nature.
  • Skull for a Head: Only shown in his Fatalities, in Shaolin Monks, by way of a glitch in 4 and his alternate costume in "Deadly Alliance". No longer the case as of X.
  • Split Personality: The Mortal Kombat X comic implies that he had split his mind into two: "Hanzo" embodies his humanity and "Scorpion" his wrath.
  • Slashed Throat: In 2, Scorpion uses his kunai-rope-thing to slash the opponent's throat as part of a Fatality. Then he follows up by cutting the enemy in half.
  • Spam Attack: In the GBA versions you can "GETOVERHERE" quite easily.
  • Stance System:
    • In Deadly Alliance, he has Hapkido and Pi Gua as unarmed styles, and Ninja Sword as weapon stance.
    • In Deception, he replaces Pi Gua with Moi Fah, and Ninja Sword with Mugai Ryu (which probably is the name of his sword, but still).
    • In Armageddon, he has Hapkido as unarmed style and Mugai Ryu as weapon stance.
    • In X, his variations are Ninjutsu, Hellfire and Inferno. Ninjitsu has him dual-wield ninjatos, Hellfire allows him to throw fireballs and coat himself in fire, and Inferno gives him the ability to summon beasts from the Netherrealm.
  • Stripped to the Bone: In MK vs. DC, Scorpion summons a pool of lava and drags the opponent in it. Moments later, the body is thrown back out of the pit, now reduced to a skeleton. This returns as his second Fatality in 9, with the addition of stabbing them with his kunai and wrapping it around their neck.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: the Scorpion persona is this, giving him access to hellfire and inhuman strength.
  • Tear Off Your Face:
    • His trademark Fatality has him doing it to himself.
    • His Fatality in X ends this way towards his opponent.
  • Teleport Spam: His "Teleport Punch" move introduced in 2, which gains a flaming effect in the 3D games.
  • That Man Is Dead: In X, on account of being resurrected by Raiden and freed of the Scorpion wraith by Kenshi, he absolutely hates being called Scorpion, instead going by his given name of Hanzo Hasashi.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: His "Get over here!" line had "Bitch!" put at the end in Shaolin Monks. There was even a "get the fuck over here!" variant! Of course, this happened very rarely, making this and the former additive probably the only times in MK that there's been profanity before MKX.
  • Too Many Belts: His Mortal Kombat X costume, according to a promotional image. He has over 40 belts on his entire outfit.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's far nicer as Hanzo than he ever was as Scorpion, though some lingering anger issues persist. In Mortal Kombat X this trope is demonstrated in his own chapter when he told his underlings specifically "strike to wound, not kill" when he tries to exact his vengeance. His old persona would never make that attempt whatsoever.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in well, 11. He's now unambiguously one of the good guys as Hanzo and steps up to protect Earthrealm alongside Kuai Liang without any friction between them. He even offers sanctuary to Raiden and the heroes at the Shirai Ryu's Fire Gardens, no questions asked.
    • In MK 11 he even imparts this upon his angry past self. After fighting and defeating the younger Scorpion he tells him that the Shirai Ryu aren't just a bloodline but a close-knit community of warriors and that even though their family is gone they still have something worth fighting for. The younger Scorpion agrees to honor the pact to help Raiden and continues on with the original plan in Hasashi's place.
    • In spite of his aforementioned hatred of teddies, Scorpion's new Friendship finisher is him happily snuggling a humongous teddy bear.
  • Tranquil Fury: Ron Yuan's take on Scorpion is quiet with a lingering current of fiery anger underneath it, as opposed to Patrick Seitz's Kratos-esque Large Ham take.
  • True Companions: In 11, he sees the Shirai Ryu as this. Against Jacqui, Hanzo says that the "family bonds" among his clan are sacred and, against Kabal, states that the Shirai Ryu is family, not mercenaries. This also comes with a darker side: Jade warns him in one intro not to let his loyalty to his clan become an obsession after Scorpion had considered that he is nothing without his clan.
  • Unfinished Business: He got to return from the Netherrealm as a spectre in order to kill Sub-Zero. He actually comes and goes depending on what's happened.
  • Uniqueness Decay: He came back as a revenant to get his revenge on Sub-Zero. In Mortal Kombat X Quan Chi brings back all the dead heroes of 9 as revenants. Curiously, none share Scorpion's hellfire powers and he keeps them when resurrected. This was explained in the comic book by his ability to control hellfire actually stemming from his sorrow over the deaths of his wife and child.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Scorpion is on the warpath, run.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He served as one to Quan Chi before he learned the truth of his clan's demise from the younger Sub-Zero.
  • Variable-Length Chain: In 9, a chain replaces the rope of his rope-kunai combo weapon.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: If the way he hung his head after killing Bi-Han was any indication. He didn't even feel that cathartic after killing Quan Chi, as his unthinking drive for revenge ended up nearly dooming Earthrealm. It got so bad that he contemplated suicide.
  • Wild Card: Strides the limit between good and evil. His only consistent motivation is revenge.
  • Wolverine Publicity: If a Mortal Kombat character makes a cameo in other media or franchises, it'll practically ALWAYS be Scorpion. He's pretty much the franchise's poster boy. Sub-Zero is too, but to a lesser extent than Scorpion. It's notable that the silhouette of the figure in the logo of Netherrealm Studios (the current developer of the Mortal Kombat series) is none other than Scorpion. Probably enforced, as Ed Boon has said that Scorpion is his favorite character.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • In MK 9, Kuai-Liang tracks him down and basically uses him as a bar rag to clean the proverbial tavern floor that is Shao Kahn's arena. His every appearance in the story-mode from then on involves him getting beaten up by various characters, such as Raiden when he goes to the Netherrealm.
    • In MKX, he suffers a deep wound from D'Vorah, of all people, before Shinnok instant KOs him via Amulet Blast. Though to be fair, that thing basically spells "Instant Win!" for whoever possesses it.
  • Worthy Opponent: In 11, he is shown to greatly respect Liu Kang, Kuai Liang, Kotal Kahn and the Briggs. In particular, he is very impressed that the Briggs take family as important as the Shirai Ryu and tells Jacqui that "Takeda has chosen wisely".
  • Your Head A-Splode: As a way to finish off his opponents in Deadly Alliance, by means of violently pulling on the rope attached to the kunai that he just lodged in the enemy head.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: The reason for bringing his enemies closer with his Weapon of Choice. Followed by a "Get over here!"

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