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Tons of past events become funnier in this franchise.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat

  • Liu Kang's Fatality was considered the lamest in the game because of its complete lack of gore. It made a comeback as his X-Ray move in 9, and it was far more destructive as a "non-lethal" super move.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme was the original choice to play the titular alien in Predator. Cue the original Predator coming as a DLC character for X and facing Johnny Cage, who was inspired by JCVD's character in Blood Sport.
    • Cage was based on Belgian martial artist and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme who played Guile in the 1994 Street Fighter movie. In X, Cage became a member of the United States Military.
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    • In a Mirror Match introduction in X, Johnny stated that even he found himself annoying. In 11, he's paired with his younger counterpart and he's just as annoyed (if not even more).

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat II

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat 3

  • A commercial shows something trying burst out of a teenager's chest. Now with Alien in X, MK has actual Chest Burster finishers.
  • Cyrax, Sektor and Smoke plus Cyber Sub-Zero in 9 were more than a little visually inspired by the Predator, and other elements of the hunter found their way in their later appearances. As of X, the original Predator becomes playable via DLC with the three cyborgs following suit as Triborg.
  • During development, Sektor's placeholder name was RoboCop. Many years later and now the real Robocop himself has joined the kast as of MK11, and even has an optional skin modelled after the MK3 cyborgs.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat 4

  • In his arcade ending, Raiden flies into the sky in the classic Superman pose. Eleven years later, Raiden not only gets to fight Superman himself, but the two are rivals. Twice.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Deception

  • In Spy Hard, the antagonist General Rancor said to Dick Steele, while proclaiming what he believed to be the future of the Internet: "What's left of you will have to watch helplessly while I play Mortal Kombat with the entire world!" Eight years later Deception, the first Mortal Kombat game to feature online gameplay, was released.


Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

  • After returning from their assigned missions, Shang Tsung mocks Kano for his defeat saying "A clown? You were defeated by a clown?". In the next game, Shang Tsung would turn into a clown while recreating the Joker's Fatality from this game.
  • It's also quite ironic that Warner Bros., the owners of DC comics, the same company that collaborated with the then-Mortal Kombat franchise owner Midway Games to create this controversial game, would later successfully resurrect the franchise.
  • Richard Epcar provided ADR for the Joaquin Phoenix film Gladiator. Years after the film, Epcar voiced the Joker in several different video games and Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar for playing the Joker.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat 9

  • With Karen Strassman voicing Kitana and Lani Minella voicing Sindel, we essentially have Rouge the Bat playing both mother and daughter. Minella voiced Rouge in Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, and Sonic Battle, while Strassman assumed the role starting in Colors and Free Riders.
  • One of the achievements of Mortal Kombat 9 is "There Can Be Only One." Christopher Lambert, who played Raiden in the first movie, also played Connor MacLeod in the Highlander movie.
  • The Robot Chicken Season 1 sketch "Enter the Fat One" features Joey Fatone entering a martial arts tournament to avenge the deaths of his *NSYNC bandmates at the hands of the Yakuza. His battle with Storm Shadow has Fatone punch the Cobra ninja so hard in the face, the viewer sees Storm Shadow's skull fracture, his blood vessels burst, and his heart and intestines rupture before he completely falls apart. This was back in 2005, long before the 2011 reboot introduced X-Rays, attacks that show damage to the victim's bones and internal organs in a similar manner. It should also be noted that, during his (incredibly brutal) Training Montage, Fatone is mercilessly mowed down by the likes of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Smoke.
  • Challenge Tower #115 has players using Stryker, voiced by Matthew Mercer. Said challenge is called High Noon.
  • Stryker's ending: he rejects a movie based on his exploits because "never would he allow himself to be portrayed by Johnny Cage." Johnny's daughter, Cassie Cage, in X, has numerous similarities to Stryker in both attire and moveset.
    • Also related to that ending, one magazine cover that's shown at the end of his ending mentions "Ancient Mayans Warned of Outworld Invasion" which poked fun at the 2012 Mayan Doomsday predictions. Now in 2015's Mortal Kombat X, we have the debut of Kotal Kahn... who invades Earthrealm near the end of Story Mode.
  • Scorpion's ending with the spirits of the Shirai Ryu helping him destroy Quan Chi foreshadows both his Inferno variation in X and him canonically killing Quan Chi after discovering the truth of his family's murder.
  • Baraka's ending had the Tarkatans becoming Shao Kahn's favored race after discovering a betrayal from Shang Tsung. In X, the Tarkatan's became Mileena's (Shao Kahn's heir) bodyguard race.
  • Liu Kang's ending had him asking the Elder Gods to grant him Thunder God status at Raiden's expense, with Shang Tsung's ending revealing that he went mad after being granted such powers. At the end of this game's Story Mode he becomes King of the Netherrealm.
  • In 9, Freddy Krueger was revealed as the final DLC character for the title. Cue X, where fellow slasher movie icon and old enemy Jason Voorhees is announced as a member of the Kombat Pack DLC... on Friday the 13th, no less.
  • The Portal Kombat joke around the release of this installment. "Portal Kombat" became one of the modifiers for the Test Your Luck mode in X.
  • Jax's story chapter has him discussing with Raiden about how anybody could have won the tournament, even joking about him beating Shang Tsung. In X, his opponents in his chapter are people who defeated him or were empowered by Shang Tsung and he beat all of them in a single day.
  • One of the most infamous Challenge Tower missions was "I Hate Teddies", a mission where Scorpion tells Mileena that he hates those stuffed bears and has to fight her off so that she would leave him alone. The Vita port even got a sequel to it titled "I Still Hate Teddies". Fast foward to 11's Aftermath expansion, which reintroduces Friendships. Scorpion's Friendship? Him using his spear to pull a giant teddie bear into a hug.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat X

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat 11

  • This game involving having use of travel traveling elements which ultimately in the end is set to be used to rebuild the universe once Liu Kang becomes a god thanks to Raiden and takes control of the hourglass after Kronika is defeated. Ironically enough, this game came out right on the week of Avengers: Endgame which likewise ended with time travel being used to fix the problem caused in Avengers: Infinity War. Heck the heroes even have to fight the past versions of Thanos and his Black Order in the climax of the film. Talk about strange minds thinking alike. It was also likewise the End of an Era for both franchise. MK finishing its new universe trilogy and Endgame capping off it's Myth Arc started in Iron Man, with both franchises leaving on the door opening of new adventures to follow from the previous continuity.
  • Zasalamel from Soulcalibur VI was compared to Raiden due to having a similar role to what Raiden did in Mortal Kombat 9, having a vision from his future self and attempting to change it from there. Then we got Geras, who, like Zasalamel, is a Scary Black Man with a time motif and Resurrective Immortality.
  • In Injustice 2, The Atom (voiced by Matthew Yang King) compares himself and Vixen (voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke) to Jacqui and Takeda during one of their pre-battle intros, only for the reference to go right over Vixen's head. Come 11, and not only does Echikunwoke voice Jacqui herself, but King lends his voice to Liu Kang.
    • In fact, Mortal Kombat 11 reuses some of the voice actors from Injustice 2
      • Raiden tells Starfire that she reminds him of Sindel. In 11, her voice actress, Kari Wahlgren, voices Kitana, Sindel's daughter. There's also the fact that Kitana, like Starfire, faces sibling issues.
      • Power Girl calling Sub-Zero "Frosty" becomes hilarious when her voice actress, Sara Cravens, voices Frost and is called Frosty by both Erron Black and Johnny Cage.
      • Shao Kahn is just an angrier Atrocitus (Ike Amadi).
      • In an interesting aversion of this case, Raiden also says Black Canary reminds him of Sindel. In 11, Black Canary's voice actress, Vanessa Marshall, does not voice Sindel, but she does voice Sheeva.
  • Cassie has now been voiced by two navigators from the Persona franchise. First Rise Kujikawa, now Futaba Sakura.
  • Cetrion's reveal trailer prompted comparisons between her and Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender. It is therefore fitting that her final fight in the game is against a man with power over fire and lightning.
  • One of Shang Tsung's intro's with Raiden ends with the Pre Ass Kicking One Liner "And now a taste of things to come...". The Aftermath expansion introduced an expanded Story Mode with Shang Tsung as one of the central characters; plus considering the events that unfold during it (Major spoilers ahead) , it's safe to say the battle between the sorcerer and the thunder god was, indeed, "a taste of things to come".
  • With the Terminator being added to the roster in this game, on the heels of Jason Voorhees in the previous game, people were quick to compare the two characters and their Implacable Man style of play. Many even bemoaning that the Terminator is just a carbon copy. Back in 1984, when The Terminator was released, it was initially just a sci-fi version of your typical Slasher Movie. In a hilarious way, it makes complete sense that the T-800 would be a carbon copy of Jason's playstyle because in a way, he owes his existence to Jason.
  • Violator in Spawn: Armageddon is voiced by Steve Blum. He would later voice Baraka who would encounter Spawn in this game.
  • In one of the pre-fights intros, The Joker calls Jax "Robo-Cop". The actual RoboCop would become part of the game's roster some time later.
  • In VHFSMACVUSMRRM, Robert Cop and Scorpion are both playable fighters that are able to duke out with each other. Almost three years later, Scorpion gets to fight the real deal.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero

  • In this game, Shinnok could go One-Winged Angel in his boss battle. In X, he can do it again via poisoning and absorbing the Jinsei's power.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: The Movie

  • The "Real ninjas wear Nikes" meme takes on a whole new meaning, considering Special Effects Failure where freeze frame bonuses allows us to see Nike's swoosh on Scorpion and Sub-Zero's shoes.
  • The Belligerent Sexual Tension between Johnny and Sonya rides the line between this and Harsher in Hindsight come Mortal Kombat X - they're just as belligerent as ex-spouses.
  • In Evil Con Carne, Hector let Boskov get Cod Commando. Hector tells Boskov to finish him. Goro and Boskov's vocal effects were both done by Frank Welker.
  • In WMAC Masters, Chris Casamassa (Scorpion's actor) had the Red Baron of "Red Dragon", years before Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance introduced a clan called Red Dragon.
  • One of the more noticeable differences fans noticed was that Shang Tsung, portrayed by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, was depicted much younger than his original elderly appearance, drawing comparisons to his younger appearance seen in MKII. Twenty years later, Tagawa would reprise the role in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, now as an older Shang Tsung. It finally comes full circle with Mortal Kombat 11, where Tagawa finally appears in a proper game itself reprising his most famous role, now sharing the soul stealing sorcerer's original elderly appearance.
  • This movie has Liu Kang on a quest for revenge against the main villain for killing his brother. His actor, Robin Shou, would then play Gen in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li who mentors the main hero who is also out for revenge against the main villain for killing a family member. Shou's involvement in the film as a whole is rather funny given the Fandom Rivalry between Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
    • The fact that Warner Bros., via the Turner-Time Warner merger in 1996 that saw New Line Cinema, producer of this film, become a sister studio (and ultimately get absorbed into WB in 2008), owned the film before they bought the entire franchise after Midway's demise.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

  • The film features a scene where Rain announces to Shao Kahn that he's captured Kabal and Stryker, and later both of them would be killed. In 9, they are partners in the NYPD. It could also double as Harsher in Hindsight given MK9 also had them die together just like this film.
  • Michael Jai White bowed out of playing Jax in favor of the title role in Spawn. 23 years later, DLC for 11 would let the two characters finally clash against each other.
  • Thuy Trang, well known for playing Trini in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, auditioned for the role of Jade but didn't get it. Sixteen years later and we'd have a Power Rangers actor get to play an MK character for real with Dan Southworth (Eric from Power Rangers Time Force) as Kenshi in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Another two years, and we'd have another Power Rangers actor voicing an MK one in the games.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Conquest

  • The show featured the Kreeyans, an all-female race who are born by being spawned in a hive like bees despite their human appearances. 16 years later, the games introduced an insectoid character in the form of D'Vorah.
  • One of Quan Chis's female servants is played by Jamie Presley. Presley would later star as Tina Armstrong in DOA: Dead or Alive alongside fellow Mortal Kombat alumnus Robin Shou. For extra hilarity, Presley's character in Conquest was an enemy of the Great Kung Lao and her first scene in DOA has her beating up the guy who played the Great Kung Lao's descendant in the movies.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm

  • The show being done in Timm Style long before events such as Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Warner Bros. going on to officially own the franchise, and DC's tie-in comic to Mortal Kombat X.
  • Related to the above, Raiden and Stryker are voiced by Clancy Brown and Ron Perlman respectively who have served as the voices of Lex Luthor in the DCAU and Slade Wilson in Teen Titans. In fact, Raiden being voiced by Superman's arch nemesis makes Raiden and Superman being rivals in MK vs DCU hilariously appropriate.
  • The Sub-Zero/Smoke episode, two-fold:
    • One flashback gave us a non-canon glimpse of Cyrax and Sektor before they underwent automation; they were respectively shown to be Asian and Black. While we've known that (in canon) Cyrax has been shown to be dark-skinned at the least since his ending in Gold (additionally, his bio for this game confirms that he's Motswana), this game's story shows us all of the major Lin Kuei warriors before they were converted into cyborgs. Sektor is shown to be Asian, thus meaning that he and Cyrax swapped races between the games and the cartoon.
    • Furthermore, Sub-Zero's Mortal Kombat 3 costume in Mortal Kombat 9 actually looks more like the Lin Kuei uniform he wears in one flashback of the very same episode as well.
  • One of the missions in 9's Challenge Tower is named "It's Kombat Time!" and you play it as Sonya.
  • An episode has Shang Tsung using an orb that grants the user control over earth, wind, water and fire. MK11 features a villain with control over those very elements.

Characters and elements introduced in Malibu Comics' Mortal Kombat

  • Hydro tends to be a cyber-ninja version of Sub-Zero in the aforementioned MUGEN full games. Then it happened for real. On a lesser scale, Hydro also used water-based powers. Then came Rain. And then Hydro became a Tower Konsumable item in Mortal Kombat 11, bringing it all full circle.
    • There's a Mortal Kombat fangame made using M.U.G.E.N known simply as Mortal Kombat Project. The default roster includes all the characters from the 2D games, plus one original character, Hydro, who originated in the comics. While he was a human Lin Kuei who could control water in the comic, in the game he's a cyborg who can control ice, essentially making him a cyborg version of Sub-Zero. Then the game came with Cyber Sub-Zero having a very similar movelist.
    • This gets even better with the release of his Klassic Costume DLC, a blue version of Cyrax and Sektor's appearance from 3. It looks exactly like the MUGEN Hydro.
    • And if that isn't enough, some of those MUGEN games also feature a female cyber Lin Kuei. Say hello to the rebooted timeline version of Frost.
  • The Sub-Zero seen for most of the comic series is Bi-Han, the Elder Sub-Zero brother. Considering that almost every other media based off of Mortal Kombat has Bi-Han dying during the first tournament and becoming Noob Saibot and his younger brother Kuai Liang taking up the mantle, it becomes quite funny that this media saw fit to keep Bi-Han alive for far longer, even letting him save the day at the end of ''Tournament Edition II''. Add to the fact that Noob Saibot appears in this as a wholly separate, almost heroic-aligned character from Bi-Han and...
  • One plot point in the Battlewave comics have an anti-Shao Kahn alliance consisting of Kitana, Kung Lao, Sub-Zero (Bi-Han) and Baraka of all people. Considering that Baraka is a violent, short tempered mutant, its surprising he'd work with the likes of Kitana against Shao in any MK media. Then came the story of Mortal Kombat 11 where Kitana is able to win Baraka's allegiance, becoming part of her army when she topples Shao Kahn.
  • The Malibu comics portrayed Kung Lao as excessively humble to the point of self-hatred, only overcoming his doubts in his one-shot issue. Compare that to later games in the series, especially Mortal Kombat 11, where Kung Lao has an ego rivalling, if not surpassing that of Johnny Cage.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Legacy

  • In season 1, Johnny Cage is stated to have started out his acting career on Power Rangers. Season 2 has Kenshi played by Dan Southworth who portrayed the sixth ranger on Power Rangers Time Force.
  • Related to the above. Mortal Kombat X has Johnny Yong Bosch, another Power Rangers alumnus (one who got the role Southworth once auditioned for no less), serving as the voice actor for new character Kung Jin.

Characters and elements introduced in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth

Alternative Title(s): Mortal Kombat X


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