Mortal Kombat Main Character Index
Main series: MK1 | MK2 | MK3 | MK4 | Deadly Alliance | Deception | Armageddon | MK vs. DC Universe | MK9 | MKX | MK11
Spinoffs: Mythologies: Sub-Zero | Special Forces
Non-video game: The Movie | Conquest | Defenders of the Realm | 2021 Movie
Individual Characters: Scorpion | Johnny Cage | Liu Kang | Raiden | Shang Tsung | Sub-Zero II | Kitana | Mileena | Shao Kahn | Shinnok and Quan Chi | Kronika
Main series: MK1 | MK2 | MK3 | MK4 | Deadly Alliance | Deception | Armageddon | MK vs. DC Universe | MK9 | MKX | MK11
Spinoffs: Mythologies: Sub-Zero | Special Forces
Non-video game: The Movie | Conquest | Defenders of the Realm | 2021 Movie
Individual Characters: Scorpion | Johnny Cage | Liu Kang | Raiden | Shang Tsung | Sub-Zero II | Kitana | Mileena | Shao Kahn | Shinnok and Quan Chi | Kronika
Spoilers for Mythologies will be unmarked
- Debut game: Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (Gary Wingert)Other appearances: Mortal Kombat 4 (Steve Beran), Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Knute Horwitz), Mortal Kombat 9 (Ken Lally, non-playable), Mortal Kombat X (Troy Baker, English; Idzi Dutkiewicz, Latin American Spanish) and Mortal Kombat 11 (Troy Baker, English; Idzi Dutkiewicz, Latin American Spanish; non-playable).
Shinnok is a former elder god and current ruler of the Netherrealm. Originally, he wanted to take Earthrealm for himself to gain immense power. To make sure he could freely enter Earthrealm without being detected, he created a special amulet which discreetly weakened the dimensional barriers. However, with the help of the other Elder Gods, Raiden discovers his plot and defeats him in battle, banishing him to the Netherrealm for good. There, he suffered constant torture until he met the sorcerer Quan Chi. With his help, Lucifer was dethroned and Shinnok became the new ruler with Quan Chi as his arch-sorcerer and right-hand man.
During the events of both Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Mortal Kombat 4, Quan Chi was working to release his master, the banished Elder God Shinnok, from his imprisonment in the Netherrealm. With the assistance of the original Sub Zero, Quan Chi managed to get the amulet and initiate Shinnok's invasion of the realms after Shao Kahn's failed attempt to conquer Earthrealm. He managed to invade Edenia and attack the heavens before Earthrealm's warriors managed to have him banished back to the Netherrealm once more by Raiden.
In Armageddon, Shinnok tricked Taven into helping him, claiming that he was no longer an Elder God for getting involved with the affairs of mortals. He wished for him to defeat the demons that inhabit his throne and he would try to locate Daegon as a reward. He successfully does the task and Shinnok tells Taven that he is most likely in Earthrealm. As he leaves, it is revealed that Shinnok was helping Daegon who was hiding in Netherrealm. In addition, it was Shinnok who alerted the many combatants to the prize at the top of the Pyramid of Argus, telling them that whomever obtained this power would be granted godlike power. His ending reveals that Shinnok created a clone of his own self to assist Daegon in Armageddon. His clone was killed off shortly after defeating Kung Lao, unable to complete his objective.
He makes a brief cameo in Mortal Kombat 9. In Mortal Kombat X, he's launched an all-out invasion of Earthrealm following the events of Mortal Kombat 9 only to be defeated by Johnny Cage. The rest of the game's story revolves around a plot by Quan Chi and D'Vorah to bring him back after 20 years. They succeed (at the cost of Chi's life) and he ends up almost winning, absorbing Earthrealm's Jin Sei and becoming a corrupted version of himself before being stopped by Cassie Cage. His severed immortal head is then used by Dark Raiden as a warning to the new rulers of the Netherrealm, Liu Kang and Kitana.
- Actually a Doombot/Fighting a Shadow: According to both his Armageddon ending and 9, the Shinnok present in Armageddon was nothing more than a clone sent by the real Shinnok. One of his intros in X references this.
- Adaptational Attractiveness:
- Though "attractive" is not the most appropriate word, it is worth noting that he had a more human-like appearance in Annihilation, instead of his pallid look in the games.
- While he's still got the pale skin in Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, Shinnok is also much buffer and taller than in the games rather than the gaunt, average-height figure of the games.
- Ambiguously Evil: Discussed by Raiden in one of his pre-fight intros with Cetrion in 11. Raiden wonders if Shinnok either willingly went with Kronika's plan as an evil fallen Elder God or was compelled into being one. Regardless of his opinion on Kronika's machinations, he's still very much malicious out of his own volition, given his various Kick the Dog moments and pettiness towards his enemies.
- Ambition Is Evil: He is described more than once as having an insatiable lust for power, which is what caused his crimes against his fellow Elder Gods. Shinnok may very well be far more brutal than Shao Kahn.
- Amplifier Artifact/Immortality Inducer: His Amulet and his Amulet Staff. Both are used to drastically increase his powers to the point of nigh-immortality (even beyond his Physical God status).
- The latter comes back to bite him in Mortal Kombat X, where he is given an And I Must Scream fate at the hands of Raiden.
- And I Must Scream: He views being trapped inside his amulet as this. At the end of X, he is reduced to a conscious decapitated head, and in obvious pain, by Dark Raiden.
- Apocalypse How: Comes close to a Class Z in his Mortal Kombat X arcade ending, as he's awakening the One Being, Mortal Kombat's Greater-Scope Villain, and it results in Cessation of Existence to all. Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms also sees him try for this.
- Arch-Enemy: To his fellow Elder Gods and Raiden, who cast him into the Netherrealm millennia before the main series started.
- In Mortal Kombat X Johnny Cage and later Cassie Cage, as the Cage family possesses ancient magic from a mediterranian cult that allowed them to defeat the former Elder God.
- Archnemesis Dad: He is this to Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
- Artifact of Doom: His amulet is among the most powerful of all mystic talismans within all the realms. Many have sought after it so they can increase their powers drastically, and serves a focal point for the plot of Mortal Kombat X.
- Asshole Victim: Reduced to a mere head by Dark Raiden at the end of Mortal Kombat X. The story prologue of 11 shows him at his absolute lowest point: chained up within the Jinsei Chamber, forced to look upon that which he desired most but forever beyond his reach, deprived of the amulet which granted him power, and painfully tortured via electrocution by Dark Raiden before the moment he gets decapitated.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Befitting a god of death and destruction, he has a corpse-like appearance with completely white eyes and wears muted, dark colors with the only exception of red.
- Author Avatar / Ink-Suit Actor: His Mortal Kombat 4 model is based on Midway Games' developer Steve Beran, who also provided voicework for the character.
- Bad Boss: He demands unwavering faith and loyalty from his followers and will not hesitate to kill anyone who dares to question him. One of his pre-fight animations in X has him casually vaporize one of his own minions for no particular reason than to intimidate. Perhaps the worst moment comes in Reptile's non-canon ending in 4; the Saurian pleads with Shinnok to restore his extinct race which Shinnok can very easily do as he is now master of all reality. Shinnok is angered at Reptile for having the gall to ask for a favor and kills him even though Reptile had served him loyally.
- Batman Gambit -> Xanatos Gambit: Pulls off a massively epic one through both Armageddon and MK9 that would have made Tywin Lannister either proud or jealous. Shinnok sets off the Battle of Armageddon by spreading word about the godlike power that could be gained from killing the elemental Blaze, then manipulated demigod brothers Taven and Daegon in their quest in order to guide them both along opposite paths so they would fight one another instead of working together. Through all this, he was even savvy enough to use a clone instead of personally risking his own neck. The resulting "final battle" between the Forces of Light and Darkness raged out of control until the only two kombatants left standing were a weakened and insane Thunder God (Raiden) and a vicious warrior king who the battle had left sans an army (Shao Kahn). Shao Kahn would go on to ultimately kill both Blaze (after Taven failed) and Raiden, to win Armageddon, presumably following up by conquering the realms and then going mad. With only Shinnok, Taven, Daegon, Shao Kahn, and the disembodied spirit of Lui Kang left alive, nothing short of a Reset Button could stop Shinnok from creating an Enemy Mine to go after Shao Kahn and then picking up the scraps.
Miraculously, Raiden had regained some of his sanity and used his Elder God amulet to send a message to his past self from the first MK tournament before suffering the final blow at Kahn's hand, essentially pressing said button on the entire series and foiling Shinnok's plan. Except, in a move that ups the gambit level from Batman to Xanatos, Shinnok somehow banked on this on this by sending his disciple Quan Chi in to position himself into Shao Kahn's inner circle over the course of the first three tournaments in order to work his necromancy on fallen kombatants with impunity. The ensuing alterations in the timeline result in the Forces of Light being almost irreparably crippled, with the three most powerful women of Edenia as well as most of Earth's champions killed and turned into wraiths and thralls for the Netherrealm, and the most powerful obstacle to Shinnok's ascension, would-be Armageddon victor / Outworld emperor / first link in an entire army's immortality chain Shao Kahn, eliminated from existence. By the end of MK9, Shinnok and Quan Chi are poised to begin their invasion once he's set free, with Earthrealm and Outworld FAR more vulnerable to a hostile takeover from the Netherrealm than they were in Mortal Kombat 4/Gold in the original timeline. In either timeline, Shinnok finds himself literally two moves away from becoming the evil king of the universe.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Zig-zagged and later on, downplayed. Despite weakening the Forces of Light, Shinnok is shown to be trapped in his own amulet by Raiden in the opening moments of Mortal Kombat X. However, this was before the time-skip, and Quan Chi was still on the lam. True to form, Shinnok is freed again and proceeds to corrupt the Jinsei (Earthrealm's life force), but is eventually defeated and foiled after one hell of a struggle. Also, according to a vision shown to Kitana, the one who would've been destined to lead the charge in knocking off Shao Kahn and take power in the fallout of Armageddon in the original timeline was not Shinnok, but Kitana herself, who then would've reigned as Queen of Edenia. But despite his defeat(s), he DOES manages to break his Arch-Enemy Raiden by twisting him into something as evil as himself - the thunder god is now corrupted after purifying the Jinsei of Shinnok's taint, and vows to go on a warpath after the events of X Lampshaded in the prologue of 11, where he actually praises Raiden for becoming Dark Raiden and "embracing the truth he was exiled for speaking" by wearing his amulet.
- Big Bad: Of Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Mortal Kombat 4/Gold, and Mortal Kombat X. Next to Shao Kahn he is the second most recurring antagonist of the series.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to his sister Cetrion's Abel although they are both villains.
- The Cameo: In the Sequel Hook of Mortal Kombat 9, foreshadowing his role in X.
- Cessation of Existence: This is what happens in his non-canon ending in Mortal Kombat X, which involves him awakening the One Being, allowing it to destroy all of reality and devour his fellow Elder Gods.
- The Chessmaster: The Man Behind the Man to Daegon and is trusted by Taven (who is unaware that he had fallen), and pits the two against each other. He seems to have a greater awareness of what is going on than most other heroes and villans, and he chooses to use an avatar for the final battle rather than show up in person. It is revealed in Mortal Kombat 9 that the entirety of that game is a result of his machinations in Armageddon. Quite impressive, though he's as much of an Anti-Climax Boss as a fighter as he ever was (even if, granted, he's not technically a boss).
- Chekhov's Gun: His Amulet is technically the seventh Kamidogu. If Shujinko had collected the item and placed it on the altar alongside the other relics, it would have been sent to the Elder Gods as Onaga told Shujinko originally. When combined with the Kamidogu, its power would have allowed Onaga to reshape the realms.
- Complete Immortality: The best that can be done with him is imprisoning him in the Netherrealm or his amulet and hoping he doesn't escape. Or as Raiden to does him at the end of Mortal Kombat X - cut off his head. He won't die, but he won't be able to do much either.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against Raiden, Fujin, Johnny Cage, Kenshi and Sonya Blade, in the first chapter of Mortal Kombat X.
- Composite Character: Shinnok is Shao Kahn's and Raiden's father in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
- The Corrupter:
- Preys on Daegon's fears of being The Un-Favourite to get him to kill his parents. Also subtly this to Taven, desensitizing him to murder by having him kill everything in the Spire in order to "reclaim" itcomplete with repeated orders to "Eliminate" and "Destroy".
- Also serves as this to Liu Kang, after the latter's FaceHeel Turn in Mortal Kombat X.
- While only implied in X, 11 reveals that he is this on a much grander scale than anticipated. He was literally made by Kronika to be this. A being made entirely of darkness and evil who brings out the worst in people and manipulates them like puppets to balance out his sister Cetrion. Anyone who is either reborn as a Netherrealm revenant or comes into contact with his essence, be it the corrupted Jinsei or his own amulet, is twisted and warped into the darkest possible opposite of what they once were.
- Dark Is Evil: A pale skinned fallen Elder God of Death who uses dark energy blasts and necromancy and rules the Netherealm.
- Deadpan Snarker: Some of his pre-battle interactions with other fighters show that he has a rather dry sense of humor.Mileena: You will not have Outworld.
Shinnok: Apparently, neither will you.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: As one of the most powerful beings in the series, the very idea of defeating Shinnok is difficult to comprehend. Characters throughout X and 11 constantly lampshade how it's feasible Johnny and Cassie Cage defeated him, or outright refusing to believe it happened.Triborg: You defeated the Elder God, Shinnok?
Johnny Cage: Former Elder God, and yes.
Triborg: A fool and a liar.
- Defiant to the End: Subverted in 11, where he continues to praise Raiden for his FaceHeel Turn while Raiden is torturing him after the events of MKX, but his smugness disappears the instant Raiden raises his arm to decapitate him.
- Dem Bones: Shinnok is able to conjure skeletal constructs of varying sizes, from scythes to giant arms.
- MKX sees his Necromancer Variation render his forearms with nothing but bare bones up to the elbow yet still functional despite lacking any connective tissue or muscle.
- Diabolical Mastermind: As a rogue Elder God residing in the Netherrealm and using the inhabitants to carry out his orders, he has shades of this.
- Ditto Fighter: He could also switch between the other characters' moves with ease in 4. He can be this in MKX, using his Impostor variation.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Before appearing in 4 and Mythologies, he was alluded to in various character bios and endings in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
- Everybody Hates Hades: The fallen Satanic Archetype Elder God who rules the Netherrealm, and is an Omnicidal Maniac. Just like his mother wanted him to be.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Like Quan Chi, he seems genuinely confused as to why some of the revived revenants fell out of his service and calls them ungrateful despite being told that he and Quan Chi turned them into their minions.
- Evil Counterpart: Another one to Raiden. while Raiden uses his God powers to help the Earthrealm and spread hop, Shinnok is a fallen Elder God Manipulative Bastard who spreads fear and death, they also both have a special powerful amulet. MKX really hammers the similarities home as while Raiden takes care of Jinsei Chamber, Shinnok corrupts it with just his touch.
- Evil Is Hammy:
- FEEL MY POWER!!! FEEL THE FORCES OF DARKNESS!!! He's certainly no slouch in 4 either, FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS, I SUFFERED IN THE BOWELS OF THE NETHERREALM! YOU, THUNDER GOD, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MY SUFFERING! NOW THE PITEOUS MORTALS OF EARTH WILL PAY FOR MY GRIEVANCE!
- Then there's this gem from Mortal Kombat X against Johnny Cage: MISERABLE WRETCH!!! INSIGNIFICANT SPECK OF FECULENT SCUM!!! HOW DARE YOU!
- Evil Laugh: MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
- Evil Mentor: Serves as this to Daegon and Taven in the original timeline, and to Liu Kang in the rebooted one.
- Evil Old Folks: Generally looks more aged than his fellow deities, and definitely not a nice guy.
- Evil Overlord: He is the ruler of the Netherrealm and plans to conquer other realms as part of his revenge against his fellow Elder Gods, especially Earthrealm.
- Evil Sorcerer: Yet another one, like all the other villains. He can use, among other moves, shape-shifting like Shang Tsung (Mimicry) and large skeletal hands to grab and throw his opponent (Summoned Fiend).
- Fallen Hero: His backstory as a fallen Elder God. His lust for power is what caused the other Elder Gods to exile him to the Netherrealm.
- Fate Worse than Death: Is reduced to a severed head by the end of MKX. Bonus points that the trope is even called word by word by Raiden.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's generally calm even when invading other realms, but when pissed off or is in Villainous Breakdown mode, he really gets nasty. And his office-like chatter towards Raiden and Fujin in X is just a veneer for the intense hatred he harbors towards his fellow Elder Gods, who exiled him to the Netherrealm for his crimes against them. When talking to Sub-Zero in Mythologies the tone of his voice is unflappably calm, even gentle.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation:
- As an Elder God, he's arguably the most powerful force of evil in the entire mythos, but he has a rather lackluster record as a gameplay character, possibly owing to the emphasis on him being a fallen Elder God. In 4, he simply copied his enemies' moves, a clear ripoff of Shang Tsung minus the shapeshifting and not much harder to beat than the other characters. He got a slightly more original moveset in Armageddon and X, but has still yet to compare to the toughest characters in the series on his own. He does powers up for the final fight in X, however, putting his boss incarnation alongside the others in the series.
- In X, after his defeat, he gets decapitated by Dark Raiden as a warning to Revenant Liu Kang and Kitana, and his head is still alive. Fighting him in Vs. and arcade modes however, subjects him in the same brutal ways as any other character, including decapitation which would kill him.
- God-Emperor: Fallen Elder God, ruler of the Netherrealm, and plans to rule over all of existence. Although he canonically usurped the Netherrealm from Lucifer, the dynamic is still the same.
- God of Evil: He's a fallen Elder God and rules over the Netherrealm as one of the main antagonists in the series.
- Gone Horribly Right: Though he's reduced to a mere living head (fallen Elder God or not, Shinnok is completely immortal) in X, Shinnok does manage to twist his Arch-Enemy Raiden into something just as evil as he himself is. During the story preview for Mortal Kombat 11, he even says this to Raiden's face as the scene takes place before his beheading, which might have been the trigger for Raiden to deliver to him his final fate.
- Got the Whole World in My Hand: His victory pose in X. His sister Cetrion shares a similar win pose in 11.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He was manipulating the events of Mortal Kombat 9 from behind the scenes, through his minion Quan Chi. To a lesser extent, he was also this during the events of Armageddon.
- Hidden Depths: If his interactions with each Guest Fighter in MKX are not the result of possible omnipresence, Shinnok must be into Earthrealm culture to be aware of them.
- Horns of Villainy: He wears a horned headdress.
- Hunk: Thanks to animated style of Battle of the Realms, Shinnok appears to be more muscular.
- I Lied: In Reptile's ending in 4. When he asks Shinnok to hold his end of the deal, the fallen Elder God responds with this:Shinnok: A deal? I am not a god of my word, Reptile. All deals are off!
- Insult Backfire: In X.Takeda: Father of All Evil!
Shinnok: You flatter me.
- Jerkass God: Just like his fellow Elder Gods, Shinnok is a big douche for a god. Subverted in that he may have been the sole black sheep of all Gods as of 11.
- Kryptonite Factor: The Cage family's green magic are more than just a fancy effect, it's actually a Mediterranean magic passed down made to protect and strengthen themselves against even the gods. Shinnok obviously didn't know they possessed this so he was defeated by them.
- Large Ham: It seems to be a trend among MK villains, as he is no stranger to dramatic shouting. See Evil Is Hammy above.
- Leaking Can of Evil: Implied in the ending of 9. He was able to communicate with Quan Chi and manipulate the events of the game to his favor but, according to him, he is not yet free. By X, he bursts free, twice for good measure.
- Lean and Mean: He's very skinny compared to most of the cast and is one their nastiest villains.
- Losing Your Head: A rather horrifying example. This is his fate as of X, as he simply cannot die, and greatly implied by Raiden that he will remain this way.
- Manipulative Bastard: Pretty much his shtick in Mythologies, although he's Out-Gambitted by Quan Chi, who took the real Dragon Amulet for himself. Also, see Actually a Doombot/Fighting a Shadow above.
- Monochromatic Eyes: A staple of his appearance.
- The Movie Buff: Bizarrely, he, of all people, comes across as one in MKX due to being the only fighter to recognize each Guest Fighter. Whether he is omnipresent enough to know who they are due to being a former Elder God, or that he has some serious explaining to do, is up in the air.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Possibly the skinniest male character in the franchise and one of the most powerful as a fallen Elder God.
- Never My Fault: Blames Raiden for the suffering he endured in the Netherrealm, when his attempted invasions on Earthrealm is what caused Raiden to banish him there.
- Off with His Head!: Decapitates his opponents in some matter during his fatalities and Corrupted Shinnok's victory animation in Mortal Kombat X. He is also decapitated by Raiden at the end of the game, and is shown as an example to the new rulers of the Netherrealm exactly what could happen if they threaten Earthrealm.
- Omnicidal Maniac:
- His goal is to consume all the energies of everything. Except Quan Chi, as a reward for his services.
- As of Mortal Kombat X, he intends to awaken the One Being by merging the realms. This process includes wiping out existence itself, including his fellow Elder Gods. His non-Fatality outro involves him conjuring an image of Earthrealm, grunting "Death to all!" and reducing it to a burnt crisp.
- One-Winged Angel:
- In Mythologies, he transforms into a scary-ass demon... thing... as soon as Sub-Zero takes the amulet, but fighting him in this form is optional (and very difficult, though it unlocks a game blooper reel), as a portal leading to the end of the game opens up anyway.
- Said demon form returns in Mortal Kombat X when he poisons and absorbs the Jinsei's energy, and it is now officially known as "Corrupted" Shinnok.
- Parental Favoritism: Annihilation shows him favoring Shao Kahn over Raiden.
- Physical God: Like the other Elder Gods or realm gods, he possesses a more ethereal form, but takes a physical one to participate in mortal events. He may have lost this ability upon his fall.
- Power Floats: In Mythologies, he floats off of the ground in battle, an element not carried over into his playable appearances.
- Prophet Eyes: Always has these eyes, which emphasize how soulless and evil he is.
- Rage Against the Heavens: This is what he intends to do against his fellow Elder Gods for banishing him to the Netherrealm. In his non-canon ending in Mortal Kombat X, the fallen Elder God succeeds in re-merging all the realms to reawaken the One Being, allowing it to destroy all of reality upon the One Being's revival and devour the Elder Gods.
- Related in the Adaptation:
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Is not happy with his fellow Elder Gods for casting him down to the Netherrealm.
- Satanic Archetype: Although he canonically usurped the Netherrealm from Satan (well, actually Lucifer), the dynamic is still the same.
- Sealed Evil in a Can:
- Cast down into the Netherrealm by Raiden and his fellow Elder Gods eons before the series began, with the means of his escape (his amulet) being guarded by the four elemental gods in their Earthrealm temples. Is finally unsealed in 4 and in X.
- In MKX, he gets stuck inside his amulet as one. Until he's released, of course.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his sister Cetrion, who rules over life and light.
- Sinister Scythe: His Bone Shaper variation in MKX gives him a skeletal one.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Implied to subordinates with the "honor" of being directly under his tutelage. He presents himself to Quan Chi in one intro to improve his skills but makes it clear it's a life or death course.
- The Sociopath: Has the hallmarks of one: He showed no empathy or remorse when betraying his fellow Elder Gods, wants to destroy all realms by awakening the One Being, FAR more brutal and heartless than Shao Kahn, has some shades of a Straw Nihilist, able to manipulate events via proxies such as Quan Chi, has delusions of grandeur after being cast down and wouldn't hesitate to kill anybody if they cross or betray him.
- Sorcerous Overlord: With his sorcerous powers and Quan Chi's help, he overthrew Lucifer and became the new ruler of the Netherrealm in his backstory.
- Stance System:
- Stealth Mentor/Treacherous Advisor: To the Elder Sub-Zero in Mythologies, thanks in part to a False Innocence Trick (this is non-canon, though; Scorpion will fight you where you encounter Shinnok instead if you killed him back in the first stage, which is what actually happened). Pulls this again in Armageddon with Taven.
- Straw Nihilist: Has shades of this as evident in MKX. To quote him: "You [Raiden] poison their hearts with hope," and "Remove the shadow from the light and the shadow grows. The legacy of life is death, Raiden".
- Tear Off Your Face: One of his brutalities in X where he uses his amulet to tear off his victim's face and puts it over his own.
- Tempting Fate: In the trailer for ''Mortal Kombat 11', when Dark Raiden threatens to kill him, Shinnok has this to say before being decapitated and left with a Fate Worse than Death:Shinnok: (laughs) How, Raiden? Not even you can kill an Elder God.
- Time Abyss: Existed before the universe was created making him older than millions-year old Raiden.
- Ultimate Evil: He is the god of such in the universe and numerous characters lampshade how evil he is even compared to other villains. This is because Kronika created him as a being of pure evil.
- Underestimating Badassery: His plans in X are seriously derailed by Johnny Cage of all people. He later repeats it with Cage's daughter Cassie.
- The Unfought: In Armageddon; see Actually a Doombot/Fighting a Shadow.
- Unwitting Pawn: 11 reveals that he is one to his mother Kronika, the Titan of Time. He was birthed as a force of pure darkness to balance out his sister Cetrion's pure light, and was used to uphold a very twisted form of Balance Between Good and Evil under Kronika's manipulation. He and Cetrion exist so that the realms are eternally thrust into conflict via Mortal Kombat instead of achieving peace and unity. It's possible that even his desire to merge all realms into the One Being is an acceptable outcome by Kronika's standards.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has a mild one in his intro banter with Johnny Cage in MKX.
- Voice of the Legion: His corrupted form sounds just as beastly as it looks.
- Weapon of Choice: He had a naginata in 4, and a staff encrusted and empowered by his amulet in Armageddon.
- Wicked Cultured: In contrast to all the other kharacters, Shinnok seems to be something of a movie buff if his recognition of the Xenomorph, Predator, Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface are any indication in MKX.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Best seen in his ending in 4. When he tells Raiden about how he will rule all eternity, Raiden says he is mad.
- Debut game: Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (Richard Divizio)Other appearances: Mortal Kombat 4 (Richard Divizio), Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (Richard Divizio), Mortal Kombat: Deception (non-playable), Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (Ronald M. Banks, non-playable), Mortal Kombat 9 (Ronald M. Banks), and Mortal Kombat X (Ronald M. Banks, English; José Gilberto Vilchis, Latin American Spanish)
A sorcerer from the Netherrealm, Quan Chi is quite easily, one of the most treacherous characters in all the games. While originally supposed to serve the Elder God Shinnok, Quan Chi's true allegiance is only to himself, and he will make and break deals with anyone if it furthers his goals. Quan Chi, contrary to most characters in the series, does not actually belong to either a mortal race or the myriad gods: he used to be an oni, a demonic torturer from hell, who eventually took a humanoid form.
Quan Chi has had a behind-the-scenes presence through a myriad of major events in the series' history. Serving Shinnok, he directly caused the deaths of both Scorpion (and his clan and family...) and the original Sub-Zero, was the one who revived Sindel in order to facilitate Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm, released Shinnok from his imprisonment in the Netherrealm, and brought about Liu Kang's death during the events of Deadly Alliance. He has also betrayed every single ally he ever had at one point or another.
During the events of both Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Mortal Kombat 4, Quan Chi was working to release his master, the banished Elder God Shinnok, from his imprisonment in the Netherrealm. To this end, he also worked with Shao Kahn (bringing back Sindel for him, as previously mentioned). After Shinnok's defeat, however, Quan Chi eventually discovered the tomb of Onaga The Dragon King, which contained within his undead army, which slept in suspended animation. Wanting to control the army to conquer both Outworld and Earthrealm, Quan Chi allied himself with Shang Tsung, eventually bringing down Liu Kang together during the events of Deadly Alliance. Of course, after being victorious over Earthrealm's warriors at the end of Deadly Alliance, Quan Chi turns on Shang Tsung (with Shang Tsung doing the same, of course). They are both attacked by Onaga the Dragon King, however, and both Quan Chi and Raiden are supposedly destroyed during the events of Deception. Quan Chi did survive the events of Deception, but eventually dies along with... well, everybody else, during the events of Armageddon.
Quan Chi has an important role in the events of Mortal Kombat 9: all the aforementioned events which happen during the course of the first three games also happen during this one. It starts with the fact that he slaughters Scorpion's family to convince him to kill the original Sub-Zero, not the younger one - and it only goes downhill from there. Quan Chi manages to get the entire army of fallen Earthrealm fighters under his command, resurrecting them as his revenant slaves.
After Shinnok was imprisoned in his own Amulet at the prologue of Mortal Kombat X, Quan Chi spends the rest of the game finding a way to release him. 25 years later, he manages to recruit D'Vorah - one of Kotal Kahn's servants - to his side. In his weakened state, Quan Chi was captured by Special Forces. The sorcerer counted on this, however: releasing Shinnok in Earthrealm would allow the fallen Elder God to easily get the access to Jinsei Chamber and corrupt it. The intervention of Scorpion (who was resurrected to his former self, Hanzo Hasashi) put an end to Quan Chi's life... but Shinnok was freed from imprisonment in the process.
- Actually a Doombot: Baraka's non-canon ending in Gold.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: In Scorpion's Revenge he has the ability to shapeshift a power he never shows in the main games.
- Arch-Enemy: Serves as Scorpion's primary foe, at least when Scorpion isn't his pawn.
- Asshole Victim: He's subjected to a lot of physical abuse in Mortal Kombat X and ends up killed by Scorpion, but hardly any sympathy can be mustered for him and the heroes only wanted him alive to restore the Revenants to their original form.
- Badass Baritone: This powerful sorcerer's voice is almost as deep as Shao Kahn's.
- His portrayal in Scorpion's Revenge fluctuates between this and Guttural Growler.
- Bad Boss: Zigzagged. He is remarkably polite and cordial to his revenant servants and seems to see them as "friends" if pre-match dialogue is anything to go by. On the other hand, he will kill lesser subordinates like Moloch and Drahmin for the pettiest reasons and thinks absolutely nothing of them.
- Bald of Evil: Not one strand of hair on his head and he doesn't do one single good deed throughout the whole franchise.
- Bare Your Midriff: Bar the Too Many Belts, he's wearing nothing between his chestplate and his pants in his X incarnation.
- Bat Out of Hell: His Summoner variation in his X incarnation has him summon a Netherrealm Bat.
- Beating A Dead Player: Quan Chi's signature finisher, the Leg Beatdown, involves him ripping off his opponent's leg and endlessly smacking them with it long after they're already dead. In 9 this also gets accompanied by Your Head Asplode (though he still just keeps pounding away).
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Shang Tsung in Deadly Alliance; though he's the one who founded the titular alliance and clearly the dominant one between him and Shang Tsung.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Serves as this with Shang Tsung in Scorpion's Revenge being the more personal threat the The Protagonist Scorpion and the one who is behind the massacre of his clan, as well as the Final Boss at the end. While Shang Tsung is the one controlling the tournament so Shao Kahn can conquer Earthrealm.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In the original timeline, after he started acting on his own (how successful he was with he plotting to overthrow Shinnok is unclear). He nearly succeeds with his plan to revive Onaga's army, only to suffer from an Eviler Than Thou from Onaga himself.
- Big "NO!":
- When Scorpion drags him into the Netherrealm in 4.
- Also occurs before being killed by Scorpion in Sub-Zero's ending from the same game.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: In 4, Quan Chi foolishly reveals that he was the one who killed Scorpion's family just as the ninja specter is about to kill Sub-Zero. Bare in mind that Sub-Zero had simply denied killing Scorpion's family meaning he didn't know who the culprit was either so Quan Chi revealed his actions for nothing. Scorpion grabs onto the sorcerer as he is about to teleport away and he spends the remainder of his time being hunted and tortured by Scorpion until he finds away to escape the Netherealm in Deadly Alliance.
- Breakout Villain: He was a one-shot villain created for Defenders of the Realm, but ended up showing up in Mythologies and 4, becoming a major antagonist by Deadly Alliance and a major player for the rebooted timeline in 9 and X.
- Brought Down to Normal: Due to Shinnok being sealed in MK9, he has lost a lot of his former power.
- Butt-Monkey: Scorpion killing him notwithstanding, after spending a lot of time as a Karma Houdini, X had karma bite him back hard. Pretty much every appearance he makes in the story involves having the shit kicked out of him, and most of what goes right is all D'Vorah's handiwork. Given what he's done over the years, it's almost funny watching him fail so badly, but it gets even funnier in his Arcade ending where he's (apparently) revived by the Elder Gods with the order of killing Raiden - all without his free will.
- Canon Immigrant and Ascended Extra: He appeared first in the Defenders of the Realm cartoon, with a whole episode where he used a magic jewel to increase the evil emotions in everyone's hearts except Nightwolf. Game-wise, he was introduced in both Mythologies and 4 at the same time as a major character.
- The Chessmaster: Especially in 9, where he manipulates both Raiden's and Shao Kahn's forces so he could make conquest by Shinnok easier by having the latter disposed of by the Elder Gods as a consequence for violating the Mortal Kombat laws.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: One of the most treacherous characters in the franchise, probably more so than Shang Tsung. There's not a single character he's allied or bargained with that he didn't later betray.
- In an inversion, his Arcade ending in 9 has Shinnok betray him first, but he still gets the better of him.
- Subverted in MKX. Quan Chi serves Shinnok with no doubt. He even sacrifices himself to free the fallen Elder God.
- In the same game, pre-fight dialogue in a Mirror Match hangs a lampshade on this.Quan Chi 1: We mustn't fight!
Quan Chi 2: I'm afraid we must.
Quan Chi 1: You were my only friend...
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In his X incarnation, parts of his outfit will change color based on his variation: green on his skull and skeleton hands for Warlock, red on his spikes for Summoner, and purple on his body markings for Sorcerer. The latter two variations also gets a corresponding eye glow.
- Dark Is Evil: Uses black magic and necromancy as powers, plus the fact that he is a demon from the Netherrealm.
- Deadpan Snarker: Never loses the polite tone of his voice in many of his intros in MKX, and has a dry sense of humor in several of those.
- The Dragon: To Shinnok in 4 and 9, but...
- Dragon with an Agenda: He was plotting against him in the original timeline, as he does with everyone he allies with.
- Dual Wielding: Wields twin broadswords in the DA-D-A trilogy.
- Empty Promise: He sees Scorpion as a pawn and nothing more, in every timeline. He even confesses as much to Kuai Liang in 4.Scorpion agreed to fight for us in exchange for freedom from the Netherrealm; a deal I had no intention of fulfilling. By killing him, you saved us the trouble. Both you and Scorpion were pawns for Shinnok.
- Enemy Mine:
- His "Deadly Alliance" with Shang Tsung is this. They only ever teamed up because they wanted to eliminate their opponents and what they wanted in the end were not mutual and very different. Once they took out the opposition, they quickly fight one another, with Quan Chi prevailing. Eventually, Tsung kills him in the Battle of Armageddon much later on.
- Also briefly forms one with Raiden and again Shang Tsung to help fend of Onaga when he returns though they arne't able to stop him.
- Confirmed even further in 11, where Tsung outright thanks Scorpion for killing him.
- In MK vs. DC, he joins the MK side.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
- In one of his intros with Scorpion in MKX (if the player chooses the Hanzo Hasashi skin), he seems to be baffled that the spectre is no longer his wraith.
- In several of his intros with the other revived revenants, he seems genuinely confused as to why they fell out of his service and calls them ungrateful despite being told that he turned them into his slaves.
- Unlike many of his fellow revenants, it's shown that Kung Lao secretly hates being one and wants to find a way to get out of the Netherrealm for good, but could not. But Kung Jin did not give up hope, and he comes to help his older cousin's aid and redeems him in both of their arcade endings, enabling Kung Lao's Heroic Willpower to overcome the corruption that bound him to the Netherrealm as a revenant and escape to rejoin the side of good, something which neither Quan Chi nor Shinnok did not expect. And while it may be very hard for a revenant to embrace positive emotions as Quan Chi brainwashed them to the point of extreme hatred in MKX, it also shows that Heroic Willpower and familial bonds are much stronger than the Netherrealm's taint, things that neither Shinnok nor Quan Chi wouldn't be able to comprehend.
- Evil Overlord: In exchange for helping Shinnok overthrow Lucifer, he was granted the chance to rule at his side in the Netherrealm, qualifying him for this trope.
- In Scorpion's Revenge, Quan Chi is the ruler of the Netherrealm. Until Shinnok gets free from his imprisonment, that is.
- Evil Sorcerer: One of the biggest users of dark magic in the entire series, whose abilities have been so far the most plot relevant. In 9, he conjures images of Sub-Zero killing Scorpion's family, so that the enraged spectre would kill the Cryomancer; heals Shao Kahn's wounds; resurrects Sindel in Earthrealm; attempts to create a Soulnado and conjures undead versions of the warriors killed by Sindel to attack Raiden.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Richard Divizio (4) and Ron Banks (vs. DCU onward) portray him with a deep, baritone voice that only seems to enhance his evilness.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Also a staple of his appearance. It gives him a more sinister look than he already has.
- Facial Markings: He seems to have a chakra painted on his forehead. Also, there are two black lines coming out of his eyebrows towards the back of his head.
- Faux Affably Evil: Best seen when he talks to Raiden towards the end of 9, where he's dripping with contempt toward the Thunder God, but never loses the polite tone in his voice.
- This is also frequently demonstrated in his intro dialogue in X, in which he maintains a calm and collected tone, even when making threats against his opponent. He even occasionally tries to strike up a "friendship" with his opponent and expresses false sorrow when said opponent wisely rejects the sentiment.
- Filler Villain: In Defenders of the Realm, he was only around for one episode and didn't show up after that. Not so much in the games, as well as another animated adaptation.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Could be seen as this in the MKX comic series as he is the one who made an alliance with Havik and got him started on the track to enact his plan. Though Havik ends up betraying him and Quan Chi is pretty much uninvolved in the main conflict after that.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Ed Boon went on record as claiming that Quan Chi had both his most and least favorite fatalities in the series.
- His Leg Rip fatality in 4 and 9, where he tears your leg off and beats you to death with it, was his favorite.
- In Deadly Alliance, he stretches your neck to cartoony proportions, and while he does it, it can be assumed that he's tearing your spinal kord from the rest of your nerves while keeping your head attached. It's basically Sub-Zero's head rip, but far less bloody. Ed Boon has repeatedly stated that this is his least favorite fatality, and it has the honor of being the only fatality in Mortal Kombat history that he outright regrets putting in an MK game.
- Hated by All: His Outworld allies, including Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung, distrust and despise him, while his allies in the Netherrealm aren't fond of him either. Scorpion, Drahmin, and Moloch want to kill him for his treachery, Noob Saibot feigns loyalty and secretly wants to overthrow him, and Shinnok hardly acknowledges his sacrifice in Mortal Kombat X. Only the Netherrealm Revenants are loyal to him and that's only because they're under his influence.
- The Heavy:
- He is this in Mythologies as he is the one who is driving the plot by employing the Lin Kuei and attempted to get Shinnok's amulet while he is working for Shinnok.
- Also serves as this is in MKX while Shinnok is the one Quan Chi is working for and ultimately the one who takes center stage at the end. Quan Chi is the one actively working to free him throughout the game and is eventually the one to do so.
- HeelFace Brainwashing: In his Mortal Kombat X arcade ending, the Elder Gods acknowledge Quan Chi's slaying of Shinnok by taking away his free will tasking him with destroying Raiden, who had become a new liability for them.
- Hellish Horse: Can be seen riding one in some of his pre-fight dialogue if he's the first one to speak in Mortal Kombat X. He and the revenants briefly ride some towards the end of story mode.
- Hoist By T Heir Own Petard: Quan Chi's non-canon ending in Deadly Alliance sees this slam dead-on into him. With Onaga's army resurrected, Quan Chi no longer needs Shang Tsung, and shuts off the portal to the heavens before having Kano gut Shang Tsung like a fish. He then realizes Kano has no reason not to kill him, too, so he uses his necromancy to drain the life from him. Unfortunately for Quan Chi, killing Shang Tsung released the souls inside his body, one of which promptly reanimates Kano. To Quan Chi's terror, Liu Kang is alive once again...
- Insistent Terminology: Quan Chi's use of the word "ninja" to refer to Sub-Zero (who's a Lin Kuei), specifically done as a form of mockery.
- Instant Expert: According to Deadly Alliance's Konquest Mode, the bulk of Quan Chi's knowledge of the martial arts comes from magic. When he was drained of his powers in the fifth plane of the Netherrealm, Quan Chi could only rely on basic Tang Soo Do attacks to ward off Scorpion.
- Karma Houdini: The ending of 9 makes him one.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Subverted. His own gets torn in X, thanks to Hanzo/Scorpion beheading him, but this comes with the consequence of Shinnok reviving and the remaining revenants staying that way.
- Killed Off for Real: He makes no appearances in 11 despite the circumstances. An intro with Jacqui and Raiden has them discussing this, and Raiden expresses Kronika's plot did not bring him back in any form.
- Living MacGuffin: Given his magic being the method by which the dead kombatants of 9 were turned into Revenant Zombies, he's this in X, as his magic combined with that of Raiden is the only known method by which the revenant curse can be reversed. Raiden manages to revive Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Jax, as they were present after Sonya beat Quan Chi to unconsciousness. However, years later after Jax captured Quan Chi, Scorpion attacked and killed him before any of the other revenants could be returned to life.
- Manipulative Bastard:
- Quan Chi is the one who killed Scorpion's family and clan, not Sub-Zero. He told Scorpion that it was the younger Sub-Zero, because he wanted Scorpion on his and Shinnok's side during the events of MK4.
- He does it again with Scorpion and the elder Sub-Zero during MK9. In the process, Scorpion's now a much more willing pawn for him, and he's also secured Noob Saibot as his servant. He might also be manipulating Raiden himself, if Raiden's visit to the Netherrealm and the Stinger at the game's end are any indication.
- Does some with Shinnok as well. After retrieving Shinnok's amulet, he kept the real one for himself and gave Shinnok a fake.
- MK vs. DCU also allows him to manipulate both forces of the conflict to release him from his chains on the Netherrealm. Raiden's Arcade Ladder ending also gives a bit of foreshadowing to the reboot, as Raiden is forced to use what might well be Kyrptonite as a power source. Quan Chi forces him to be a servant in order to stay alive.
- Taken to ridiculous levels in X, where he manages to install D'vorah within Kotal Kahn's elite circle and somehow manipulated Kano to assist Mileena in getting Shinnok's amulet, then proceeded to set up a series of events where he would be captured by Special Forces while D'vorah would teleport to the exact location and hand him said amulet, so that Shinnok would be freed in Earthrealm and can corrupt the Jinsei. The only wrench in all of this was Scorpion showing up and cutting his head off, and even then, it only barely failed as he managed to utter the incantation anyways and free Shinnok.
- Subverted in Scorpion's Revenge. Quan Chi makes a mistake of revealing that he himself killed Scorpion and his family while in disguise.
- Mind over Matter: In Scorpion's solo movie. To show that he's not as defenseless as titular character might think, Quan Chi lifts him telekinetically into the air and breaks his bones... and then casually continues the conversation.
- Necromancer: As seen in the opening to Armageddon as well as in the story modes of 9 and X, although he can't do this in gameplay. He can exert limited control over the living as well (see People Puppets below).
- One of his variaions is based around summoning a bat-like creature to use in combat.
- Not Me This Time: Havik, through the Kamidogu, is the one behind the second Shirai Ryu massacre, not Quan Chi.
- Off with His Head!: How he's killed by Hanzo in MKX.
- Offscreen Inertia: One of the reasons why his leg beating fatality is well-liked. In 4 the game would continue to the next screen while 9 keeps it going until you exit out of the menu.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In Baraka's Gold ending, Quan Chi has stolen the powers of Shinnok and used it to kill all of the other kombatants as well as everybody in Edenia save for himself and Baraka, his ally. Baraka is infuriated that Quan Chi is such a madman that he is happy to rule over a dead realm and turns on him, so Chi kills him as well.
- People Puppets: Some of his moves allow him to control his opponent's body for a short period of time.
- Used in-story in the DC crossover with Kitana, as a way to show the effects of the Rage virus to the MK warriors.
- His X-Ray move in 9 is all about this.
- His first Fatality in X has Quan Chi controlling and forcing his victim to walk forward and impale themselves in the mouth on a floating blade before being vertically bisected.
- Portal Cut: His second fatality in X, around the opponent's midsection.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Not immediately noticeable, but the red eyes are always there. It contributes to his demonic-looking appearance.
- Made much more obvious in his Summoner variation.
- Secret Character: Beat the Story Mode in 9 to unlock him.
- Shapeshifter: While he never shows this ability In-Canon in Scorpion's Revenge he uses it to shapeshift into Sub-Zero to both slaughter the Shirai Ryu and pin it on Sub-Zero.
- Shout-Out: Inverted. He looks like a modern-day Kratos, but precedes him by a margin of 7-8 years (with his DA design predating GoW by almost three years).
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: His chestplate in his X incarnation has a glowing skull in the center and he wears skull knee pads. His Warlock variation also gives him a pair of glowing skeleton hands in his back.
- Slouch of Villainy: His win pose in 9.
- So Long, Suckers!: Closely watch the intro to Deception. Quan Chi makes a getaway seconds before Raiden's Heroic Sacrifice kamikaze after calling him out on it.
- Spikes of Villainy: Present on his original armor from Mythologies and 4, but also included to a degree in his current attire.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: His "On Your Knees" and "Mind Game" Fatalities have him creating a sword of green energy to kill the opponent in gruesome ways. In Scorpion's Revenge, he uses this ability in the climactic fight with the titular character.
- Stance System: Had Tang Soo Do and Escrima in Deadly Alliance. He keeps the latter in Armageddon.
- The Starscream: To Shinnok in the original timeline. Subverted in the new timeline, where he continues to serve Shinnok until his death, but some of his intro dialogues and one-liners have him trying to take the Netherrealm.
- Summon Magic: The appropriately-named "Summoner" variation in X allows him to call forth a demonic bat familiar to sic on his opponent.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In 4, he is this to Shang Tsung as an Evil Sorcerer who fights with skull fireballs and serves as the chief minion to a more powerful villain.
- Thanatos Gambit: Subverted. Scorpion cutting his head off only resulted in Shinnok being freed, but part of it was because he finished the incantation in time. Shinnok is also apparently smart enough not to revive him.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: His above mentioned Fatality where he beats the victim with their own severed leg. Even when the announcer deems the opponent dead, Quan Chi ignores it and keeps bludgeoning his foe's corpse, past the screen fading to black.
- Quan Chi himself gets killed in this fashion as of Scorpion's Revenge.
- Thinking Up Portals: Travels between the Netherrealm and other realms at whim by creating magical gateways. Comes to the fore in Mortal Kombat X, using his "Warlock" variation that enables him to use these creatively to get the drop on his enemy.
- This Cannot Be!: Has an Oh, Crap! moment upon the return of Onaga. If you listen closely, he actually says this, too.
- Too Many Belts: His X incarnation has 6 belts arranged in a checker pattern.
- Tranquil Fury: Quan Chi never really raises his voice, or seems to give any indication he feels anything other than mild disgust and a sense of self-superiority. But if his "Leg Beatdown" fatality and the general sadism of his others are any indication, he is a very spiteful man.
- Tron Lines: His Sorcerer variation in his X incarnation has his body markings glow purple a la Kotal Kahn. Extra bonus points for glowing during certain moves.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Views those who defect from his services as this.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Starting in Deadly Alliance.
- Was Once a Man: Inverted. He was an oni who became humanoid.
- Weapon of Choice: Had a spiked mace for 4. Trades it in for a pair of broadswords for the next three games.
- We Have Reserves: Casually kills one of his own demon minions in Mortal Kombat X just for standing in the way.
- The Worf Effect: Across the series, he's shown as a force of evil to be reckoned with. Come X, he's hit with the power nerf bat hard.
- Worf Had the Flu: In the present day in X, he's noticeably weaker than he was earlier, especially during the Netherrealm War, and some characters, notably Sareena, notice this. This is because, with Shinnok being a Sealed Evil in a Can, he doesn't have the fallen Elder God to back him up with his magical potential, and he's using all of his resources trying to break him free.
- Would Hurt a Child: A few of the Shirai Ryu members included children one of which being Hanzo's own son.
- You're Insane!: On the receiving end of this from Baraka of all people in the latters MK Gold ending, with Baraka calling him out for being an Omnicidal Maniac rather than just a regular conqueror.