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Kitana Kahn

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"You will learn respect."

Debut game: Mortal Kombat II (Katalin Zamiar)
Other appearances: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (Becky Gable), Mortal Kombat Gold, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Unchained, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Lita Lopez), Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (S.G. Willie), Mortal Kombat 9 (Karen Strassman), Mortal Kombat X (Karen Strassman, English; Mireya Mendoza, Latin American Spanish), Mortal Kombat 11 (Kari Wahlgren, English; Kaprice Imperial, Face Model; Toni Rodríguez, Latin American Spanish)
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Princess of the Realm of Edenia, Kitana has been Shao Kahn's step-daughter and personal assassin, and later an important member of the Forces of Light. Her most memorable trait is her ability to wield a pair of steel fans in battle.

Kitana was adopted by Kahn, as an infant, to strengthen his claims to the Edenian throne after he killed its king, Jerrod, and married Jerrod's wife, Queen Sindel, who were Kitana's parents. Kitana grew up dutifully loyal to Shao Kahn, whom she believed was her real father. She grew up to be one of Shao Kahn's personal assassins, alongside her good friend Jade and her evil "sister" Mileena. At some point in Kitana's life, she finally discovered the truth about her real father, Mileena's origins, and how Shao Kahn had conquered her realm. Devastated that her whole life had been a lie, Kitana vowed to overthrow the Emperor and restore Edenia to its former beauty. Kitana's chance finally came during Mortal Kombat II, when Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung lured Earth's heroes into Outworld. Kitana entered the tournament and secretly contacted Earthrealm's heroes, but Mileena discovered her efforts and she was forced to kill her in self defense. Kitana was imprisoned and sentenced to death for killing Mileena, but managed to escape and rejoin her friends from Earth. Kahn sent Jade and Reptile after her, but rather than kill her childhood friend, Jade helped the Princess to defeat and capture Reptile. Then she converted her recently resurrected mother, Sindel, to her cause, and when Liu Kang managed to defeat Kahn had his invasion forces, Kitana and Sindel freed Edenia as well. But there was little time to celebrate, as a new threat presented itself in the form of Shinnok and his grand vizier Quan Chi. They invaded Edenia and imprisoned its legitimate rulers, then Raiden and his comrades come and saved the day. Kitana Offered Liu Kang to rule Edenia by her side, but the monk reluctantly rejected to keep his role as Champion of Earth.

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Kitana would later negotiate an uneasy truce between the Centaurians and the Shokans, gaining Goro's trust. The combined armies of Edenians and Shokans, led by Prince Goro and Kitana herself, marched against Outworld's armies a few years later, with much success at first. However, in the decisive moments, Goro was mortally wounded, and the battle ended with a draw. Shortly thereafter, Kitana learned about the demise of both Shao Kahn and Liu Kang at the hands of the Deadly Alliance, and their plan to resurrect the Undead Army of the legendary Dragon King. Unfortunately, the Forces of Light and the princess were killed along the other heroes, only to be revived by Onaga into his mindless slaves. After the fall of the revived Dragon King, Kitana would gather her Edenian forces once more and prepare to face the Armageddon.

In Mortal Kombat 9, Kitana actually gets involved with the story at an earlier time than the previous games' canon, actually meeting Liu Kang during the events of the first game, resulting in her and Liu Kang becoming much closer than in the previous games. Kitana is present at the Mortal Kombat tournament, assigned as an assassin to secretly weaken Earthrealm. However her target, Liu Kang, subdues her in combat and she fails but he denies to kill her as a warrior, which starts to sow seeds of doubt in her purpose. The doubt continues to build through the Outworld tournament as she encounters other Earthrealmers who start to lead her away from Shao Kahn. Finally, Kitana embraces her doubt and investigates Shang Tsung's flesh pits, a place she had been forbidden to visit. There she learns that Shang Tsung had been committing vile experiments that resulted in the merging of her genetic code with that of a Tarkatan to create a monstrosity. Thinking Shang Tsung had been trying to subvert the emperor, she brings him before Shao Kahn for punishment. However Kahn had in fact authorized Shang Tsung's experiments, which finally causes Kitana to feel fully betrayed and she defects to Earthrealm, along with her friend Jade. The pair serve as defenders of Earthrealm until they run across Sindel. Sindel violently attacks the Earthrealm's base and kills almost everyone inside. Kitana survives the initial onslaught but dies once Liu Kang returns to find his comrades all laying dead. Her soul, like the souls of all the other Earthrealm warriors felled in the conflict, is collected by Quan Chi and revived as a revenant under his control. As of Mortal Kombat X, she is still an undead revenant and remains that way throughout the story, ultimately ending up ruling the Netherrealm alongside Liu Kang.

Another Kitana would later show up in Mortal Kombat 11, brought back from the past due to Kronika's machinations and working with the heroes to defeat Shao Kahn while her Revenant self allies with Kronika.


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     Kitana (Human) 
  • Always Someone Better: She's widely considered as Mileena's superior. She's the better fighter (Mileena has yet to even win a fight against her), ruler, and is widely more respected and favored by various people across the realms such as Raiden and Kotal. In 11, Kung Lao even outright tells Mileena that everyone prefers Kitana to her and that the only person who does prefer her is Shao Kahn, who's considered an idiot by many of the cast.
  • Ambiguously Brown: More like Ambiguously Fair-Skinned. In the live-action film, Kitana was portrayed by a Latina actress, and from then on, Kitana's character model was based on her performance capture actress, making her appear to be a fair-skinned brunette. As of 11, she now has East Asian facial features, which makes more sense, since Edenia is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of various mixed East Asian countries.
  • And This Is for...: Her intro with D'Vorah has plenty of this. Apparently, she honors the fallen of Edenia as Kahn.
    Kitana: You killed Jerrod, D'Vorah?
    D'Vorah: This One killed many on Shao Kahn's behalf.
    Kitana: On behalf of them, you die.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: 11's True Ending had Fire God Liu Kang choose her as his eternal partner in shaping the sands of fate, effectively making her a goddess.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Her name in concept was "Kitsune", which was later rejected because it was a Japanese term and not Chinese (to fit with most of the other characters). Ironically, they chose to go with "Kitana" because it was a combination of "Kitsune" and "Katana", which they figured sounded (in their own words) "generically Asian enough".
  • Ass Kicks You: Her Square Boost in 9. While she's had the attack in her movelist numerous times before (as the Square Wave Punch), here she propels herself through the air rear end-first with a hip drop. Comes back for Mortal Kombat X and it's also a Brutality. This makes for a rather hilarious moment if she says her, "That was fantastic!" win quote after performing the move in ''11''.
  • Awful Truth: Shang Tsung, under the orders of Shao Kahn, created clones of her. And then, the latter tells her the whole truth.
  • Back from the Dead: Subverted. She stays as a revenant throughout MKX
  • Bare Your Midriff: In 9 and X.
  • Battle Couple: With Liu Kang. This becomes prominent after they become the new rulers of the Netherrealm.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In 9, Kitana elects herself to assassinate Liu Kang to prevent him from progressing any further in Shang Tsung's tournament. Falling to the monk in battle, Kitana requests that he kill her as punishment for her failure to Shao Kahn, but Liu refuses, telling Kitana it was as if they never met and hoping that they could meet again under different circumstances. A shocked Kitana remains seated, deep in contemplation. This marks the start of their attraction (and Kitana's Conflicting Loyalty to the Outworld forces), indicated by their Held Gaze before Kitana returns to Outworld upon Shang's defeat.
  • Berserk Button: Nearly anyone with the title of Kahn, as well as her evil clone Mileena. The one exception was Kotal who she was able to work alongside without any major friction and even saves his life from Shao Kahn.
  • Blow You Away: Appears to have some wind-based attacks as of Mortal Kombat X.
  • Braids of Action: In the original timeline, by the time of DA, Kitana's hair had grown out to become so long that she tied and braided it up into a lengthy ponytail. She retains her hair in a ponytail in her alt. in 9 and both primary costumes in X have it braided in different styles. 11 brings back the hairbun from 3.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her win pose in MK9 (if she does not perform a Fatality), where she laughs and winks at the player.
  • Breakout Character: Although she started off as a loyal stepdaughter and assassin for Shao Kahn in MKII, she was just another contestant in the tournament and did not return in MK3 outside of a cameo in Liu Kang's ending. However, her popularity among players saw her return in the Ultimate update with an expanded story role and following her portrayal as a Love Interest to Liu Kang in the live-action film, she carried this dynamic into the games and garnered a higher profile as a prominent character.
  • Broken Tears: Her ending in Unchained when Blaze tells her that needs to be prepared for Armageddon. After everything she's already been through up until this point, she doesn't take it well. Doubles as a Tear Jerker due to Armageddon's canonical ending.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Mileena's Cain.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice in MK11 is noticeably deep.
  • Cool Chair: Her "Queen For a Day" intro in 11 has her being escorted onto the ring on a very ornate throne.
  • Damsel in Distress: She ends up briefly imprisoned by Shao Kahn in 9 and can be seen chained up in that game's rendition of the Arena if she is not selected. Spends some time in a cell in MK: Annihilation and other media, usually saved by Liu Kang and friends, being the second "damsel in distress of MK" to Sonya Blade.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Mileena. Justified since, between the two, It's Personal.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kitana does this quite a bit more in pre-fight banter in Mortal Kombat X, especially if she's facing a comedic character.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In 9, she passes away in Liu Kang's arms after a heartwrenching speech to her lover moments after Sindel kills most of Raiden's warriors.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her inclusion in the roster for II was to serve as one for Sub-Zero, with her dynamic with Mileena mirroring that of him and Scorpion.
  • Downloadable Content:
    • In 9, Klassic Kitana from MKII.
    • MKX gives her a Jingu Costume as part of the Kombat Pack's "Feudal Set." She also gets her Klassic Kostume again, as well as her MKII fatality.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: It took multiple timelines for it to happen but by defeating Shao Kahn and managing to gain the allegiance of both Tarkatan and Shokan, Kitana became the new leader of Outworld, finally peacefully uniting all denizens of Outworld. And in the good ending, Liu Kang managed to prevent Kronika from going to the Dawn of Time, allowing him to reunite with Kitana and together watching the Sands of Time.
  • Enemy Mine: Kronika's Evil Plan in the official launch trailer of 11 forces Kitana to form an alliance with Baraka and Sheeva.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Jacqui seems to be rather...impressed by her in one of their MKX interactions.
  • Everyone Can See It: She tries to keep her attraction to Liu Kang a secret, but absolutely everyone can tell there's chemistry between them.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She keeps her word to Baraka on giving Tarkatans equal rights and benefits as Kahn, but she does not tolerate their cannibalistic and murderous traditions. No exceptions.
  • Fanservice Pack: Starting in Deadly Alliance (for example, both of her outfits have plunging necklines), but it's taken up a few notches in 9, where Kitana sports her most revealing outfit to date. Subverted in X, but her Revenant and Dark Empress costumes show some fanservice.
  • Foot Popping: When delivering her Kiss of Death.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Or rather, "Playing Patty-Cake with Mileena", which is exactly what she does for her Friendship in MK11.
  • Heartbroken Badass: In regards to Liu Kang in the original timeline.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jade. The two have been childhood friends for nearly 10,000 years. She tells Kotal "Hurt Jade and you answer to me".
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: In 9, her attraction to Liu Kang plays a big factor in her defection from Shao Kahn's forces.
  • The High Queen: In Mortal Kombat 11, Kotal Kahn names her empress of Outworld after she unites the Tarkatan and the Shokan and then defeats Shao Kahn.
  • Hitman with a Heart: An assassin by trade, and has never denied it. Given her advanced age, she likely has a higher kill-count than any of the hero characters.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: She has a brief crack at this to Sindel in 9. It didn't work.
  • I Was Told There Would Be Cake: She delivers one to her defeated opponents as a Friendship in MKII.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Liu Kang. She's Edenian, he's an Earthrealm human.
  • Kick the Dog: Her treatment of Mileena can easily fall into this. Kitana constantly derides her as a monster and harshly refuses to acknowledge her or the circumstances (that she is basically a child). This serves nothing more than to make Mileena fall further into evil and associate with terrible people. However, there are instances where Kitana realizes her mistakes and tries to make amends; her 9 ending sees Mileena pull a Heel–Face Turn when Kitana accepts her, and dialogue with Jade in 11 implies Kitana trying again.
  • Killer Rabbit: A literal one. When performing an Animality in Ultimate MK3, she turns into a white rabbit and then attacks the enemy in some savage manner.
  • Kiss of Death: Which inflates the victims 'til they explode.
  • Kombat Hand Fan: Her Weapon of Choice is a pair of folding fans with blades in them.
  • Kombat Stilettos: She's had these in her outfits from Deadly Alliance to X.
    • They're back for vengeance in 11. They even play the key part in her Fatal Blow!
  • Lady of War: One of the most graceful female fighters, yet no less violent than the others. In MK9 she defeats both Johnny and Smoke one-on-two, and is later forced to fight her best friend (Jade) who is also formidable fighter in her own fight. Later, she defeats Mileena and then Shang Tsung before literally dragging her to Shao Khan by the collar.
  • Latex Space Suit: Her living self's outfit in 11.
  • Leotard of Power: Her early outfits, such as her ones from II, 3 and 4.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Bet seen in her ending screen in II, yet also in 9.
  • Mind over Matter: She sometimes uses telekinesis when wielding her war fans.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially in 9, she wears quite the revealing outfit and is a remarkably beautiful woman. Even with the fanservice toned down in 11, she still shows off her beauty in skin-tight suits and some of her outfits show some cleavage.
  • Mysterious Veil: Almost always appears with the lower face variant of this.
  • Nice Girl: She's quite kindhearted and affectionate, though that does not mean that she'll take crap lying down.
  • Noble Fugitive: She becomes one in both timelines, after being sentenced to death by Shao Khan; she escapes on her own in the original, and is rescued from a public execution in the timeline of 9 by Liu Kang, both versions causing her to join the side of Earthrealm.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: Becomes this in both timelines, and defects to the side of Earthrealm.
  • Off with His Head!: One of her Fatalities.
  • Orcus on His Throne: She comes into the fight by sitting on the throne in MK11. She, of course, is getting out of it to chat with her opponents and properly doing the fighting.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Her Weapon of Choice and Iconic Item. They appeared to just be paper fans in MKII, but in more recent versions they strongly resemble Japanese war fans, most likely tessen.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Unintentionally. Due to the shape of her eyebrows in 11, Kitana looks to be perpetually upset, even when she's smiling happily.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: She may be a princess, but she's a fierce combatant.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Her hairstyle (shared with every other female ninja who existed as of MK3) in MK3 and 4.
  • Race Lift: Kitana sports Asian facial features in MK11 after being portrayed as Ambiguously Brown in MK9.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Since Deadly Alliance, Kitana has been portrayed with unusually long hair she frequently braids.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She may look like a young woman, but she has lived for ten thousand years. Even if she were to have a relationship with Liu Kang, she'd outlive him several times over. Or, as far as the new timeline was concerned, she would have, but both are now reigning over the Netherrealm post-mortem. Though due to Liu Kang being the Champion of the Mortal Kombat tournament (At least, until he dies at Raiden's hands, though he's still not aging as one of Quan Chi's revenants), he can't die from age.
  • Rebellious Princess:
    • After she learned the truth behind king Jerrod and Sindel, she rebelled against Shao Kahn's rule, while still remaining the rightful princess of Edenia.
    • Also becomes this in the new timeline, where she sides with Earthrealm after learning about Mileena and how Shao Kahn used her as a tool.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Kitana sharpens her fans for a damage boost in X, her eyes glow red.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Her design in 9 gives her a tiara in place of her headband from II.
  • The Mole: In II and X.
  • The Rival: Mileena.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Kitana is frequently on the front lines in defending her realm and Earth from nefarious forces.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: A Downplayed Trope between her and Mileena. While Kitana's outfits do show some skin, Mileena's have been more revealing since Deception.
  • Sensual Spandex: Her alternate outfit in Deadly Alliance (which became her main outfit in Unchained and Armageddon). The ad for the Edenia Golf Outfitters from DA shows a closeup of her backside. In 11, her outfits consist of this.
  • She's Got Legs: Her outfits strongly accentuate her shapely legs.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Or rather "He's Not My Boyfriend" about Liu Kang towards Tanya and herself in one of her intros in X.
    Tanya: "So, you and Liu Kang..."
    Kitana: "None of your business."
    Tanya: "I'll take that as a yes."
  • Ship Tease: With Liu Kang. There's a romantic subtext between the two despite the two telling others they're Just Friends. Raiden, Jade, and even Cetrion like to think otherwise.
  • Simple Staff: Present in X in her "Mournful" variation. It's from her friend Jade.
  • Stance System:
    • Has Ba Gua in her appearances in the 3D games. Also had Eagle Claw-style Kung Fu in Deadly Alliance and Unchained, which becomes Khameleon's style in Armageddon.
    • Her variations in X are Mournful, Royal Storm and Assassin.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Liu Kang in both timelines.
  • Statuesque Stunner: 5'9".
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Her Tower Ending in 11 has her use the Sands of Time to remake Edenia, only to realize that the entire culture is alien to her, having been robbed away from Edenia as a child. She may be Edenian by blood, but she was raised an Outworlder.
  • Stripperiffic: She was always stripperiffic even in comparison to the other ladies, but in MK9 she'd be more modestly dressed in a pair of shoelaces.
  • Swapped Roles: In 3, her mother is Brainwashed and Crazy, forcing her to fight against her own mother. Come Deception, the situation is reversed.
  • Thong of Shielding
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Dialogue with other Outworlders in 11 hint Kitana was a haughty girl in her youth that loved the privileged life under Shao Kahn until she grew older and realized her life was built on the labor of slaves.
  • Token Good Teammate: She and Jade are basically the only members of Outworld's forces to not be a total monster, until at least Kotal's rule.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her glaive and staff in her "Mournful" variation in X are Jade's.
  • True Blue Femininity: One of her most famous traits in her association with the color blue. All of her outfits have blue as their primary color.
  • Warrior Princess: Do not mistake her title for a lack of fighting ability.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her bladed fans.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Has a DLC outfit based on Catwoman in 11.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Kitana and Liu Kang's relationship was fraught with difficulties that prevented the two from wedding or consummating. For the most part, that comes to an end in 11, where the two (hesitantly) decide to pursue a relationship, with several characters going so far as to acknowledge that the two are a couple. In the end, she and Liu Kang are the only two beings left to use the Sands of Time as they see fit.

    Kitana (Revenant/Dark Emperess) 
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"I am a victim no longer."

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