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As always, Mortal Kombat 11 antes up the violence.
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But as every title progresses through its Darker and Edgier plot, this one has eventually reached its Darkest Hour. As stated, there are, in fact, Fates Worse than Death.

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    Fatalities 

The Fatalities are no slouches in this entry, and the way the animations slow down and stop on the final blow only ups the pain factor. It's important to note that one of the game's developers was apparently diagnosed with PTSD while working on these fatalities.

  • Scorpion:
    • "You're Next" has a flaming Scorpion lunge through his opponents abdomen, leaving on their spine and burning insides. Then he decapitates, kick their head into the air and spears them through the mouth.
    • "Chain Reaction" has Scorpion delivering a heated spear into their gut. Then flips over them, dives into the Netherrealm with the chain still attached, then he moves into the position he was still in and leaps out of the Netherrealm, cutting his opponent in half. The fact that the chain was wrapped over his opponents face, causing them to scream in agony from searing pain doesn't help.
  • Sub-Zero:
    • "Frozen In Time" is yet another gruesome spin on his classic Spine Rip fatality. First, he creates an ice clone wielding a spear and ice slides into them, knocking them over his head and impaling them on the spear. He then punches into the opponent's chest and tears their spine out through the front, taking their head off with it. Not content yet, he then impales the head onto the spear through the back, spearing an eye out in the process. Depending on the kharacter, the head is still screaming after Sub-Zero has already torn it off.
  • Baraka:
  • Skarlet:
    • "Bloody Mess": Skarlet forces blood out of her opponent, then hardens it into spears and plunges them into their body. One becomes lodged in their head, which she thrusts all the way through, spearing their eye in the process.
    • "Heart Condition": Not skimping out on brutal ways to kill her opponents, Skarlet also can pump her blood right into her victim's heart a la Eisidisi, where it visibly changes color before it cannot take any more and bursts through the chest.
  • Kabal:
    • "Road Rash" is outright painful to watch. First, he hooks his opponent with one of his swords, then takes off running with his Super Speed, dragging his opponent with him and causing their face to get grinded off by the sheer speed, starting with their eyes being torn from their sockets! After their face has been reduced to a bloody skull, Kabal then stops, sending his opponent flying. He then proceeds to use his speed to teleport into his opponent's path, holding out a single sword that then proceeds to cut the opponent in half. Lengthwise.
    • "Hooked" is no slouch, either - first, he slices the opponent in the gut, spilling their intestines and turning them around. He then slices clean through their ankles, and as they fall forward, hooks his swords into their mouth. He then pulls - you can audibly hear the sound of the victim's teeth cracking - until his swords come clean through the head, bisecting it horizontally. This gets even more nightmarish when you look at the faces of the victims while this is happening. There is genuine fear. It's horrifying.
  • Kano:
  • Jade:
  • Jacqui:
    • "Spider-Mines": Jacqui plants several bombs into her opponent (with two of them going into the victim's eyes) then detonates each one in sequence to slowly tear the opponent to shreds.
    • "Nothing but Neck": Jacqui punches her opponents head into their body, then blasts what will become a viewing window in the gut. She then toses a force field grenade into the head stump, which slices the body in half, lengthwise. The worst part? You can see (And hear!) the still-beating heart as it echos off the forcefield!
  • Geras:
    • "Peeling Back" will make you wince. He smashes his victim into a rock, which they get stuck in. He then proceeds to rip their arm in half lengthwise, before ripping the entire front half of their body off.
  • Kotal Kahn:
    • "Totem Sacrifice" has him summon a sacrificial alter, throw his opponent against it, then kick their head with enough force to separate it from the body, with the spine still attached. As if the brutality of it wasn't enough, he then summons a giant stone skull to crush his victim's disembodied head. Bonus points for one of the unlucky sap's eyes flying at the screen when the Overcrank kicks in.
    • "Kat Food" is quite the terrifying throwback to the animalities of the third game. Kotal Kahn uses his sickles to slice open the opponent's chest, and then he morphs into a jaguar, pouncing on the victim and ripping their throat out before grabbing the opponent's heart in his jaws and crushing it savagely.
  • Noob Saibot:
    • "Double Trouble" first has him slice open his opponent's guts with his sickle, which causes their intestines to fall out. He then shoves his fist into the open hole and sends his clone into the opponent's body... which is followed by the clone ripping itself out, starting by ripping the jaws open from the inside and tearing the opponent in half vertically from the inside.
  • Kollector:
    • "For the Kollection" echo's one of Mileena's in X; He knocks the opponent on their back, looms over them, and proceeds to claw their ribcage and rip them to shreds as they're screaming in agony. He pockets their heart, rips off their head for his macabre collection once the spine is the only thing even holding it on, then crushes the lungs in one final overhead swing.
  • Erron Black:
    • "Melted" is a harrowing combination of violence and pure sadism, has him toss a flask of acid on the ground in front of his victim, creating a glowing green puddle of corrosive death. He then kneecaps them and, while they're doubled over, pushes their head down with his boot into the acid puddle, melting half of their head before stomping on the other half and crushing it.
    • "Deathtrap" skimps on the sadism, but doubles down on the violence by ripping out his opponent's guts with a bear trap. Then he shoves his rifle into the newly-created gaping orifice, angles the barrel up, and blows his victim's brains (and eyes, natch) out.
  • Kitana:
    • "Gore-nado" has her split open the victim's abdomen, allowing their intestines to spurt out. She then begins creating a massive cyclone that begins vaccuming their innards out before finishing with a flourish of blood and viscera.
    • "Royal Execution" where she throws her fan at the midsection and the neck of her opponent's body. The thing that's nightmarish is that her opponent is still alive for about half of the fatality before they are trisected.
  • D'Vorah:
    • "New Species". Remember how D'Vorah killed Mileena in Mortal Kombat X's story mode? Well, her first fatality is similar to that, except even worse, looking like something from The Thing (1982) that would make John Carpenter proud. She first stabs her victim in the shoulders to bring them to their knees, then vomits bugs into their mouth. As the victim's body writhes and convulses, giant spider-like legs emerge from their torso and finally their head splits in half as a bug's head emerges and takes its place, basically turning their body into a disgusting Big Creepy Crawly.
    • "Can't Die" is just...EURRGGH. D'Vorah pins her opponent to the ground with a sticky fluid, then uses her ovipositors to peel the opponent's skin off like a sticker from their head to their torso, leaving their organs exposed.
  • Shao Kahn:
    • "Back Blown Out" doesn't skimp on any brutality: after forcing his opponent to double over with well-placed hammer blows to the gut and head, he then bashes in his victim's head like a croquet ball and sends their cranium flying out of their back, spine still attached!
    • "Kahn Sequences". For starters he slams his hammer atop of his opponents skull so hard their head gets lodged into their chest. Then he skews them with his spear, lifts the body off the ground and back down, cutting it in half while the head and intestines drop down.
  • Frost:
    • "Ice Sculpture" is utterly gruesome. She creates two ice drills: one to turn her victim's brains into a frosted slushy, and the other to disembowel them. She then places an ice bomb in her victim's gut. When it goes off, the exploded torso is flash-frozen into a macabre ice sculpture.
    • "The Cyber Initiative" is yet another twist on the iconic Spine Rip, this time with her firing a frosty Chest Blaster that freezes her opponent, shattering her victim's flesh, then ripping out the spine with the brain still attached. If that wasn't bad enough, a drone then takes the brain and spine and implants it in a Cyber Lin-Kuei body! Even Dr. Eggman, who is notorious for turning people into robots, would find this a bit too much! Granted, some of the kombatants like Shao Kahn are unpleasant to begin with but to see them being turned into robot ninjas against their will is, as Dark Raiden would say, a Fate Worse than Death. RoboCop's inclusion also adds an element of Fridge Horror to this finisher, as the second film revolves around an attempt to create a new RoboCop with the brain of a less-than-willing crime lord: Frost is channeling her inner Dr. Faxx, and can even subject Robo to this! Yikes!
  • Cetrion:
    • "Good and Evil" displays just what kind of power an Elder God possesses. First she entombs the opponent in rocks leaving only their head poking out, and then she proceeds to grow many times their height and lifts her stilettoed leg to stomp them into the ground like an evil dominatrix would. But if you thought that that was terrifying (such as she could freely do this if she wanted to), behold Cetrion's true terror as she enlarges so much that she is taller than the planet's diameter is wide, and she finally finishes off her fatality by shrieking out a massive ray of light to barrel down and destroy her enemy; bear in mind, she is opening her mouth as wide open as possible to fire a beam that looks big enough to destroy at least a country or two, but when it reaches the opponent no longer than two seconds later it is hardly bigger than they are wide, thus showing horrific levels of focus and precision on her part. What makes it scarier is if Cetrion is decked out in her "Dark Cetrion" get-up (the same look she had in her own ending and in the last chapter of the story mode), making her look completely unlike a benevolent goddess of nature and virtue —and more of an evil goddess of death like her brother Shinnok.
    • "Keep the Balance", meanwhile, is terrifying in just how unnecesary and brutal the first two parts of it are. First, Cetrion launches a stream of water powerful enough to reduce the oponent's face to a skull. Then she spouts flames from the ground that completely burn off the oponent's legs below the knees. And the coup the grace has her launching three rock spikes to the oponent, who is trying to get away still alive without a face or feet, before being sliced in three parts.
  • Sonya Blade:
    • "Supply Drop". Sonya snaps her opponents arm in half and elbows them to the ground. Then she deploys a drone right on top of them, cutting them in half. If that wasn't bad enough, the poor sap is still alive... long enough to watch the drone blow a hole right through their face.
  • Jax:
    • "Coming in Hot" starts with Jax putting a mine in his opponents back and kicking them a good enough distance for it to detonate. When it does, the explosion the opponent right to a Jax delivering a lariat that cuts them in half.
    • "Still Got It" Jax, ironically, tears off one of his opponent's arms, then behead them with one upwards blow with the arm. As the head falls down, to the sound of the "Charge!" Baseball Jingle, Jax whacks the head so hard that he smacks the skull right out of its skin, leaving the image what appears to be a screaming skull heading straight for the camera!
  • Shang Tsung:
    • "Kondemned To The Damned" is absolutely painful to behold. He holds his opponent in the air with chains, then opens a portal to the Netherrealm that looks like a pool of lava. From that portal pops two Revenants that proceed to rip his victim's guts out and their face off before yanking their skeleton out of their skin, the Overcrank kicking in just before the removed skeleton is pulled into the portal.
    • "Shokan Reborn". The bastard is known for taking souls, but not necessarily for reconstituting them; that's where this first one comes into play. He hot-charges the soul before flinging it into his victim's body, leaving a clear gaping hole, only for two muscular arms to rupture out the victim's sides, rip the host's own arms off, and replace them with two more. The four hands converge on the gaping hole, rip with full force, and the victim comes apart as what looks to be Kintaro emerges from within!
  • Nightwolf:
    • "War Ritual". Nightwolf buries his tomahawk in the opponent's jaw and unhinges it. What follows next is a display of pure brutality as Nightwolf grabs the jaw and rips off the front of their torso, spilling entrails on the floor. For the good measure he also throws the axe at the opponent's heart, cleaving it in two.
  • The Terminator:
    • "Target Terminated". Remember in the Terminator films the Robot War scenes? Dark skies, piles of bones, metal skeletons killing everyone in sight? Now the Kombatants get to experience that future in one of the T-800's fatalities, with an added dose of Portal Cutting their legs off, and having one of the other Skynet robots blow a hole through his victim's chest.
  • Sindel:
    • In her "Scream Queen" Fatality, Sindel holds her victim up in front of her with her hair, then screams and screams and screams until their hips and legs fly off while their torso and face get flayed. Then, just for good measure, she screams once more, blasting said flayed upper body to pieces.
    • "Hair Today Gone Tomorrow". Sindel sends her long hair down her victim's throat, which then proceeds to snake in and out of their body, wrapping them up inside and out before pulling and tearing them to shreds. And yes, she plucks out their eyes in the process.
  • The Joker:
    • "Party Pooper", Joker presents a birthday cake and a sign falls down that says "FRIENDSHIP". This seems cute... right up until the dynamite candle in the cake explodes, blowing off his opponent's limbs and hurling them into the air. Joker keeps them in the air with a hail of bullets from his tommy gun, popping the balloons on the sign behind the opponent to reveal "FATALITY" painted underneath in blood red. To finish it off, the sign falls down, splitting the mutilated opponent in half vertically.
    • "Pop goes the Mortal" has Joker blast a hole through his opponent's torso with his boxing glove gun — complete with their intestines dangling out of their back — before sauntering up to them, placing one of his special Jack-in-the-boxes inside the wound and turning the crank, which makes their head... pop up. The head is torn right off their body from the force of the spring and extends high into the air, splattering gore everywhere. If that wasn't bad enough, he sings this creepy song as he does it:
    The Joker: (to the tune of 'Pop goes the Weasel') Bats would say that I'm a bad boy, to kill without a reason!~ But bodies stacked high, never gets old... blood's always in season!~
  • Spawn:
  • What’s worse than your standard Fatality? One that never ends. Kronika’s Fatality has her bisect the opponent horizontally, then rewind time until they’re whole, before bisecting them vertically, then rewinding again, finishing off by ripping all their skin off... before starting the cycle all over again, trapping the opponent in a looping montage of their own deaths. For as long as Kronika wants.
  • Sheeva:
    • "Spinal Tap" - Sheeva grabs her opponent by the legs, drops them on their head a few time, then pull their body apart while holding down her enemies' head with her foot. To put it another way, you know how Sub-Zero's classic fatality was to rip his opponent's head off their body? Sheeva rips her opponent's body off their head! Heck, when many Youtubers did reacts for the gameplay preview for "Aftermath", many of them visibly winched when that was shown. It's that brutal.
  • Fujin:
    • "Wind Blade" - Using gusts of Razor Wind, Fujin removes an arm and leg from the opponent, following up by trisecting the body. From on high, Fujin then throws his sword at the opponent, who barely has time to beg for mercy before being impaled.
    • "Twisted Twister" - Fujin slashes his sword across his opponent's belly, causing part of their intestine to spill out. Fujin then follows this up by stomping on the intestine, and using his wind powers to tie up the opponent with their guts. For the coup de grâce, the opponent is dropped to the ground, where they EXPLODE INTO PIECES.
  • Dead Pool:
    • The "Aftermath" expansion marks the return of stage fatalities, and amongst them, the return of the iconic Dead Pool fatality. Rather than just knocking the loser into a pit of acid, this time, the loser is knocked up onto a meat hook and lowered into the deadly green goo, making for a much slower, much more painful demise. Naturally, when the hook is lifted back up, the victim is reduced to nothing but a rotted skeleton.
  • Shaolin Trap Dungeon
    • The victim is knocked into the air, whereupon they are slammed into the sealing by a swinging spiked pendulum. They then fall back down to the ground — and onto a bed of spikes. And unlike regular fatalities, there is no Overcrank. Enjoy watching the loser twitch helplessly on the ground!

    Fatal Blows 
The Fatal Blows are no slouchers in terms of Nightmare Fuel either.
  • The Kollector's Fatal Blow features him bashing his opponent in the head with his magic lamp, then brutally stabbing them in the back a couple of dozen times in a few seconds. The worst part, however, comes when he jams a knife through his opponent's head before slitting their throat with another, an insane smile on his face the whole time.
  • Shao Kahn's Fatal Blow is exceptionally brutal, featuring him slashing at the opponent with his spear before swinging upward at their chest, shoulder barging them in mid-air and throwing them hard against the ground, coming down and impaling them with the same spear before smashing their head in with his hammer - all in rapid, unrelenting succession.
  • Frost's Fatal Blow stats out with freezing her opponent, surrounding the battlefield with ice spikes. She then charges forward, stabbing them with two icicles in the lungs while another impales them in the back. She grabs them, forcing them forward, breaking several more icicles before going eye-first into one that goes all the way through their head. Finally, she tosses them up, where a final icicle stabs them through their head.
  • Jax's Fatal Blow isn't very gory but makes up for that with sheer brutality: Jax first punches his foe's face 5 times before delivering a super punch at the end, then punches their stomach repeatedly with the last hit-making his opponent vomit blood, clapping his superheated arms around the falling opponent's head, before shooting them in the face at point-blank range with his M67 grenade launcher sending the enemy across the screen.
  • Scorpion pulls no punches in his Fatal Blow while giving a massive preference for screwing up his foe's eyes: he first slashes them with his katana before stabbing both of the opponent's eyes out with both of his kunai. Not satisfied, he then kicks them away before yanking the chain and kicking both of the kunai further into their skull, before grabbing his opponent and bashing their head, with the kunai still attached, into the ground.
  • Befitting for a crook as cruel as Kano, his Fatal Blow is brutal and cheap, with him first grabbing his opponent and stabbing them in the gut a couple of times before leaving the knife in. He then jumps, uses the knife on the opponent's gut as a stairstep and puts his boot to the opponent's face while falling down, stepping on it. He then steps aside, kicks the opponent in the ribs, and violently steps on the knife stuck on the opponent's stomach before unlocking a spike attached on his boot and stabbing the opponent in the throat before dragging them forward with it.
  • Skarlet makes creative use of blood in her Fatal Blow. She first stabs her opponent in the shoulder to stun them before going for a series of stabs in their abdomen followed by slitting it upward with an absolute expression of delight on her face, before pulling her opponent's blood out of the wounds, forming a huge blood scythe and impaling the opponent in an upward motion, launching them into the air. She then conjures a blood spear and chucks it at her opponent, impaling them through the mouth.
  • Joker's Fatal Blow is perhaps one of the most brutal in the game due to the sheer ferocity shown with his movements. He first grabs a knife, stabbing the opponent's shoulder numerous times, turning them over on their knees before tearing their cheeks open to create a grin like his own, and then start smashing away at their back with his cane, over and over and over until the screen is coated with blood, which feels very reminiscent of how he beat Jason Todd to death in the comics — the only thing being left visible after is Joker's Slasher Smile. Every one of Joker's movements during this makes him seem less like a Faux Affably Evil clown and more like an outwardly rabid animal.
  • RoboCop's Fatal Blow is nightmarish due to it taking the idea of "There Is No Kill Like Overkill" and running with it all the way to the Netherrealm: several gunshots along the torso, Pistol Whip to the skull, hole punched through the gut with the Data Spike, punch in the face, More Dakka from ED-209, and finish with a missile. OUCH!
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    Story Mode 
  • The story prologue shows Raiden slowly and brutally electrifying his Arch-Enemy Shinnok for no reason other than to punish the fallen Elder God. Despite being completely immortal, it's agonizing and he's not even interrogating him, he's just making him suffer. Shinnok is no saint but Raiden just shocking him over and over knowing that he'll never die from it is just cruel...and then he decapitates his ever-living head to present to the Netherrealm rulers as his warning, shown in The Stinger to X. Dark Raiden even briefly sports a Slasher Smile as he's about to behead Shinnok.
  • One of the stages in the game is a laboratory where soldiers of the Cyber Lin Kuei comprised are built. This includes a process where the brain and spinal cord are implanted into a robotic body. The Elder Gods only know how they got those, from whom, or even if they were willing...
    • The appearance of the factory in Story Mode confirms everyone's worst suspicions: the subjects are, indeed, unwilling. The process of getting their brains for the cyberization process are, similarly, barbaric. To make things worse, it is Frost who is behind the cyberization process, leads the Tekunin alongside Sektor, and she herself has voluntarily turned herself into a cyborg. When Sub-Zero and Scorpion face her, they are visibly disgusted by what Subby's one-time protégé has turned into.
  • Chapter 5 in the Tarkatan camp that takes place after Jade defeats the Kollector. At first everything seems hopeful, Kotal and his forces have come to rescue her and they'll be able to escape together, but then Kotal has his forces round up all the nearby Tarkatans. He then has all of them, including the ones who had nothing to do with the fight and even the children lined up to be executed! Making the scene worse is Jade's reaction, the slow shift from confusion to horrified realisation at what Kotal is doing.
    • Earlier, Jade has to escape from a group of Tarkatans by running on to their "meat wagon" — a caravan filled with flayed corpses hanging on meat hooks, ready to be cooked.
  • In Chapter 7, when Liu Kang and Kung Lao try to infiltrate the Tarkatan camp while dressed as common soldiers, they come across Skarlet while she's painfully extracting blood from Jade's head. Needless to say, Jade's screams while she's going through the ordeal are nothing short of bloodcurdling. What makes it even worse it's that it's presented in a homoerotic way that makes it seem like rape.
  • Chapter 8 has Kano's death. Deserved as it is, the way he checks out is quite gnarly. Short version: Sonya kills past!Kano, causing present!Kano to become Ret-Gone. Long version: Sonya blows past!Kano's brains out through his non-cyber eye, causing a massive hole to appear in present!Kano's head at the same spot. Present!Kano stumbles around, gasping in pain, for several moments before collapsing and vanishing like sand in the wind.
  • In Chapter 11, Scorpion offers aid to Earthrealm’s forces in order to cross the Sea of Blood and attack Kronika’s Keep in the Netherrealm. However, under the influence of Shinnok’s amulet, Raiden believes Scorpion is leading them into a trap and begins torturing the undead ninja like he did to Shinnok, slipping back into his Dark Raiden persona. This causes history to once again repeat itself as a horrified Liu Kang attacks Raiden.
    • While fighting, Raiden suddenly remembers that this is not the first time he and Liu Kang have come to blows. In a series of flashbacks featuring Raiden and Liu Kang fighting each other across multiple timelines, Raiden realizes to his horror that Kronika has destroyed countless timelines over the eons, and in each one has manipulated Raiden and Liu Kang into kombating each other to prevent them from interfering with her plans.
      • Perhaps the creepiest part of the flashback is that, if you pay attention, all the different versions of Raiden and Liu Kang are performing the same moves on an endless loop. Raiden's flying kick, Liu Kang countering it, throwing Raiden against a pillar and torching him, Raiden breaking free to grab Kang and throw him across the room, to be followed up with the flying kick...
      • Worse still, Kronika confirms that this isn't the first time Raiden has seen through her deception. But in those timelines, even knowing the truth changed nothing.
  • Whatever Geras does to that one poor Special Forces soldier - the camera pans away when he stands over the guy's body and grabs his face, and we just hear the guy screaming as his body starts jerking in agony before subsiding into random twitches as a large pool of blood slowly collects under him.
    • Really, the entire scene plays out as a Mook Horror Show where all the special forces soldiers are brutally killed by Geras. He first tosses a poor soldier off a balcony before jumping down to face Sonya, Johnny, Cassie and the other Special Forces present. They all start firing his rifles at him and Geras isn't even fazed. The first guy gets his head punched off, the second gets knocked to the ground and gets his head stomped into a bloody mess, and the third gets impaled by a blunt iron bar Geras picked up and is tossed aside. Then the fourth guy bashes him with the stock of his rifle, but the hit does nothing and he gets Geras' Offhand Backhand as a prize before the golem crushes the unfortunate sap's head using nothing but his massive hands. Fifth guy gets decked in the face so hard he gets his neck snapped instantly as their body uncontrollably spins in the air, before the last guy ditches his gun, tries to slash Geras with his combat knife to no avail, and the above scene plays out.
      • It's notable that we had already seen Geras splat a guy's head like a watermelon seconds earlier with his bare hands, so what Geras actually did to the guy in the ground was probably worse.
  • All of the characters in this game are scary for their own reasons, but the Kollector stands out in particular: a greedy Multi-Armed and Dangerous servant of Shao Kahn who is obsessed with accumulating wealth at all costs. This is demonstrated in one of his intro animations, where he is seen taking a priceless ring from a dismembered hand.
    • Several of Kollector's intro quotes show just how far he'll go for money - not only does one with Johnny have him planning to set a market price for human flesh, but if he fights Cassie he'll mention needing breeding stock for his slavers. He might actually be more despicable than Kano of all people.
  • Revenant Liu Kang absorbing the soul of his human self in complete detail. The Lord of Death psychotically laughs in an incredibly unsettling manner as he literally sucks the life out of his past and former self. The past Liu Kang doesn’t look great either; he gradually withers into a pale, malnourished state. His screams of agony just make it worse. The most painful part is that in order to preserve his own existence, Revenant Liu Kang has to let his past self live, meaning that while past Liu Kang is still alive, he doesn't have enough life in him to even move. After the terrifying ordeal, Revenant Liu Kang orders his undead wife and best friend to command the armies and when asked what he's going to do, he responds with an incredibly creepy Slasher Smile.
  • Geras' fate. He ends up sinking into the never-ending Sea of Blood, and since he's immortal he can never die.
    Raiden: That is unfortunate for you. The Sea of Blood is bottomless. You will fall forever.
    • One of the intro dialogues between him and Scorpion implies this fate doesn't stick, which isn't comforting either.
  • If you lose the first round against her in Story Mode, Kronika wins; Liu Kang needing to catch a breather allows her to finish resetting time. While it's more than possible to beat her, by that point she's already Ret Goned everyone who was ever important to him, minus Raiden. Odds are, he's not feeling too victorious.
    • If you lose against her in the second round? Non Standard Game Over time! In which Kronika decapitates Liu Kang and enjoys her solitude, completely cementing her victory and dooming time to her hands.

    Aftermath 
  • In Nightwolf's chapter, there's a very good glimpse of Shang Tsung rapidly decaying and rotting away without sufficient supply of souls. He desperately absorbs Revenant Nightwolf's soul to rejuvinate himself. If he would be stopped by past Nightwolf and Fujin from doing that, he would surely die in agonizing fashion.
    • Speaking of Shang Tsung... when he finally gets Kronika's crown, he becomes unstoppable and takes the souls of his allies and enemies alike - including Shao Kahn, Sindel, and even Kronika herself. If the player chooses to end the story as Shang Tsung, he will absorb Liu Kang's soul and sculpt his own twisted version of the MK universe... where Earthrealm, Outworld and Netherrealm are all but conquered, Raiden and Fujin become servants of Shang Tsung's will, and Orderrealm with Chaosrealm are the only obstacles left in his path to rule supreme over all Realms. Not to mention his final quote that wraps it up nicely:
    Shang Tsung: It has begun!
    • Liu Kang erasing Shang Tsung from existence in the good ending is rather nightmarish as well. While Shang Tsung undoubtedly deserved it, seeing him frantically trying to crawl away from Liu Kang, terrified as his body disintegrates into sand is a rather frightening way for someone to go.
  • During the confrontation between Sheeva and Baraka in the Dead Pool, negotiations go south when Shang Tsung "accidentally" knocks one of Baraka's men into the acid pits. Everything stops, as all parties watch the poor Tarkatan scream and thrash in agony as the acid bloodily consumes him. Even Baraka and Sheeva both look horrified to watch it happen. Then we get a cold look at Shang Tsung, who's clearly enjoying the show. He then has the audacity to apologize while barely hiding a grin.
  • After her resurrection, Sindel seems to be her old self without any supposed Mind Control... and then she suddenly betrays her closest allies (as well as her own daughter) without having any second thoughts. Seeing mighty Sheeva - her long-time bodyguard - becoming visibly horrified at this speaks for itself.
    • It gets worse. Sindel betrays her allies without any second thought because she already planned it thousands of years ago. She's not a poor queen who committed suicide to avoid Shao Kahn from using her as a Sex Slave. She was murdered by Quan Chi because he wanted to replace her as Shao Kahn's confidant, because she loves him. Sindel betrayed Edenia by murdering their king — and her husband, whom she considered a pacifist weakling — so Shao Kahn could merge the realms as one. She does not care about Edenians, Sheeva, or even her own daughter. Her only allegiance is to Shao Kahn.
    • And then, after she escapes Kitana's suspicion, Sindel immediately sets out to free and heal Shao Kahn. The two unfortunate Shokan guarding him get her signature Banshee Scream so powerful that it strips them to bare flesh.
  • When he sees his beloved (future) wife and daughter knocked down, past Johnny Cage sharply drops his casual laid-back attitude. Given that he gets angry at mighty Battle Couple of Shao Kahn and Sindel, saying that it will not end well for him might be an Understatement...
    Johnny: Okay, bozos! No jokes, no gimmicks - just Kombat! You wanna get nuts? O-ho... let's get nuts!
  • Remember the fight between Raiden and Revenant Liu Kang in the original Story? In Aftermath, it gets a literal twist... as in, Revenant Liu Kang suddenly gets his leg shattered so much that the bone is protruding out of his ankle. At first, it seems to be coming out of nowhere... but as it turns out, Shao Kahn is beating past Liu Kang into a pulp with his warhammer. Just like with Johnny Cage(s) and Kano(s) from main Story Mode, any damage inflicted onto your past self gets immediately transferred onto your future self - no matter if you're alive or undead.
  • In the climax of the Aftermath story, Shang Tsung finally gets his hands on the crown. The sheer power from all the souls poured into it not only restores him to his physical prime, but gives him the power to completely and utterly dominate everyone who crosses paths with him. Sindel? Dead. Shao Kahn? Dead. Kronika? Dead! Raiden and Fujin? Spared, but only so Shang Tsung can use them to draw upon their immortal souls, a Fate Worse than Death. Fire God Liu Kang? If the player chooses to play out the Final Battle as Shang Tsung, oh so very dead! And that's before going into the ending, with Shang Tsung enslaving Raiden and Fujin, using them to carry out a konquest of all the realms, and succeeding! Have a nice day.
  • When Shang Tsung and Nightwolf explore the training monostary. Shang halts Nightwolf for a moment and uses a pole to activate one of the traps. When it does, we see there's a fresh and familar corpse still lodged on the spears, the explorer from the Krypt portion. Poor guy, guess he wasn't so lucky in this timeline.

    Arcade Mode 
  • Kronika's death upon finishing Arcade Mode is quite gruesome compared to Shao Kahn in 9 and Corrupted Shinnok in X, which were more or less Defeat Equals Explosion. The player punches her into the massive Hourglass in her keep's background, causing the glass on it to crack and her crown to fall off her head. The Hourglass then shatters, the shards strong enough to slice her legs and left arm off. As the Hourglass starts sucking everything in, Kronika's desperately trying to crawl toward her headwear. Right when she's nearing it, one last glass shard bisects her head and kills her, allowing the Hourglass to suck her in, restore itself to normal and leave her crown behind.
  • Some of the Arcade endings certainly count:
    • D'Vorah's Arcade ending: Reasoning that humanoid races are inferior to insectoids, and disgusted that insectoids are regarded as nothing but vermin, D'Vorah uses the Hourglass to somehow alter the course of evolution so that all humanoid races are tiny, and that the Kytinn such as herself are colossal, all-powerful giants. The result is a scene right out of Attack on Titan, showing humans and Outworlders fleeing in terror as D'Vorah and other Kytinn scoop them up and devour them, or simply crush them underfoot.
      D'Vorah: Time for This One to write a more just history. One in which pesky humanoids finally take the rightful places they deserve... scrambling beneath our feet!
    • Baraka's Arcade ending: Taking in Kronika's power to share with the Tarkatan tribe, Baraka rewrites history so that Tarkatans were all-powerful. He and his forces immediately seized Edenia, Outworld and the goddamn Netherrealm, before finally challenging Earthrealm in one last Mortal Kombat before Baraka takes that over too, and take it over he does. Enslaving all residents of all realms they touched, the realms now belong to the Tarkatan horde.
      Baraka: Within a thousand years, all realms fell to Tarkatan blades...and we have not run out of meat since! DAH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAA!!
    • Sonya's Arcade ending is mostly hopeful with her forming a god squad with her family and the Briggs. There is, however, one detail that's terrifying to think of. Evidently, cosmic horrors exist in the Mortal Kombat franchise, which Sonya's describes one she finds as an "omni-deity" and needing her squad to win against. Sure, it's a little Lovecraft Lite due to actually winning, but keep in mind that not only was she and her family gods, but she only barely made it against one.
    • Noob Saibot's Arcade ending. Infusing Kronika's Sands of Time with his own shadowy essence, Noob comes to the realization that he can now shape destiny as he sees fit, and gains a twisted new ambition. He uses the hourglass to sculpt a universe in which there is no light. There is only a cold, bleak cosmos of eternal night where only darkness and evil reign. With his new power, the being once known as Bi-Han has become something much, MUCH worse than a wraith: he has become Death itself.
    • Shao Kahn's Arcade ending: Merging all timelines into one, Shao Kahn rewrites history so that the singular timeline is a world entirely under his rule: the weak serve the strong, who compete in Mortal Kombat tournaments for power, wealth, his own favor, and perhaps even for sport. For centuries, the tournament has had a champion that's gone undefeated. That champion is none other than Shao Kahn himself.
      Shao Kahn: For centuries, the tournament's Champion has gone undefeated. That Champion... IS ME! HAIL THE KONQUEROR! HAIL SHAO KAHN! MWAHAHAHAHAHA! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    • Skarlet's Arcade ending. By binding the Blood Code to the Sands of Time, Skarlet becomes a Blood Goddess and creates a universe in which she reigns supreme over all of Outworld. Even Shao Kahn, her former master, bows to her. She even describes in detail the glory of being a god with disturbing glee, reveling in having temples and disciples devoted to her and sacrifices to appease her, in addition to the slaughter of those who would dare oppose or refuse to worship her.
    • Shang Tsung's ending. With his sheer mastery of sorcery, he is easily able to take Kronika's soul and power. Combining his newfound status as Master of Time with his deadly intelligence, Shang Tsung decides not to flaunt his position as Kronika once did, leaving traces of her existence as rumors and legends. Instead, he remains in the shadows while others do his dirty work for him. And who does he decide to use as his pawns? The other Titans. Yes, you heard correctly. Shang Tsung manipulates beings more powerful than even the Elder Gods like it was mere child's play. Now with an infinite supply of souls, he creates a universe where the concept of morality has no meaning and the cunning prosper while the good suffer. Have a nice day.
    • Sindel's ending, where she talks about how Shao Kahn murdered her husband Jerrod and forced her to be his bride... Only to reveal it's a lie and that she killed Jerrod herself, seeing him as weak and Shao Kahn as the conqueror who could unite all realms under Sindel's rule. Then when she learns from Kronika that she dies and that Kitana will become the new Empress, she viciously beats her own daughter into submission then goes on to defeat Kronika, with the last scene showing Sindel being waited on hand and foot by Shao Kahn and Skarlet, with a despondent Kitana chained to her throne.
      Sindel: I have no more family. No more rivals. No more gods. I sit above them all, on a throne that unites all realms and all realities. Whoever you are, wherever you are, when you are before me, kneel. For I am Sindel, Empress of Time... And you exist only to serve me.
    • Joker. Just... the Joker. By the time of his Arcade ending, he's killed everyone in Earthrealm and the Netherrealm… and now he's got the Hourglass. And how does he use it? To find a timeline where Havik of Chaosrealm is still alive. Cue the two psychopaths striking a Villainous Friendship, forming a legion that includes such resurrected lunatics and murderers as Mileena and Hsu Hao, and viciously attacking Orderrealm. And, if Joker's ending monologue is any indication, that's just Phase One...
    Joker: Meet the League of Misunderstood Maniacs! We're giving Orderrealm an enema! And when we're done, who knows where we'll crash next? Maybe we'll come to your house and slip live grenades under your pillow. Maybe we'll gut your favorite pet. Or maybe we'll just... BREAK YOUR TV RIGHT NOW!
    (BLAM! Through the shattered screen and sound of static, Joker's distorted, maniacal laughter can still be heard)

    Brutalities 
  • One of Baraka's Brutality victory animations has him pull out a severed brain and start eating it on the spot.
    Baraka: Save me the eyes!
    • His other Brutality victory animation is his signature x-blades pose, but even it seems...different. From when he whips out the blades to after he poses, Baraka's movements are visibly deranged looking, his bestial nature barely keeping still after having violently slaughtered his opponent. It can even be interpretated that the reason behind his animalistic movements even after killing his opponent, is because he wants to do it again.
  • While pretty much all the brutalities are terrifying in their own right, Geras' stone cold one-liners add to the horror of his brutalities, regardless if he's erasing you from existence or snapping your neck with one of your eyeballs popping out of its socket. His voice doesn't make it any better.
    Geras: Your death serves Kronika...
  • Nightwolf's "Pure Guts" brutality, in which he shoves his tomahawk into his opponent, embedding it in their thigh. The opponent then pleads for mercy before Nightwolf pulls the tomahawk up through their body, up to the neck, after which blood sprays out and the intestines spill out through the crotch. It could be a fatality in its own right.
  • Joker's newest Brutality, "Deep Cuts", is perhaps one of the most disturbing brutalities due to how simple but realistic the execution is. Kicking the opponent into a wheelchair, Joker lets out a cackle as he turns the opponent around, readying a knife and slitting their throat with it, blood spraying onto the ground as the opponent lets out final anguished gargles followed by a final twitch. While not the most eventful brutality, much like Leatherface's "Tenderizer" from the previous game, it can certainly be one of the worst; as having your neck slashed open would be far likelier than having your head uppercutted off.
    • On the subject of the Joker, one of his post-Brutality taunts is to pull out a Jack-in-the-Box and wind it, revealing a standard clown head. However, if Joker performs his "Head Case" brutality, which has him launching said clown head out of the box and magicking it onto his opponent's neck (somehow), when he goes to wind the box again, out pops his opponent's head in its place. It’s a total Joker move, in that it’s equal parts funny and horrifying.
  • RoboCop comes into the series with a brutality which, similar to "Deep Cuts" mentioned above, deserves mention for how subdued, yet realistic it is. He blasts the opponent's legs to get them on the ground, then proceeds to unload a clip from his gun into the victim. As he falls back, he stomps the victim's arm to pin them down, blasts their hand off, then makes one last shot to the head to finish the job. It's a display of police brutality made all the more disturbing when you recognize how eerily similar it is to how Murphy was killed by Boddicker's gang.

    The Krypt 
  • The Krypt continues piling on the disturbing imagery, as well as continuing the gag of sudden jumpscares. If you put on Kenshi's blindfold, very rarely you'll be attacked by a roaring, skinless, angry spirit from the Spirit Realm. If you don't remove the blindfold or attack it fast enough, it grabs you by the neck and pops your head like a blister.
    • Goro's Lair in the Krypt has a few "lesser" jumpscares when you walk past certain parts of the scenery, such as seemingly dead prisoners suddenly trying to escape from dungeon cells, and heavily mutilated corpses emerging out of the blood pits with a loud roar before dissipating into a red mist. There are also death traps which gruesomely mutilate your body if you fail to figure out the timing to run past them. Venture down far enough into the depths of Goro's Lair while in the Krypt, and you'll find D'Vorah's hive, which is a nightmare for anyone with trypophobia and arachnophobia. The malevolent spiders are also back this time around, only this time, they can shoot flames out of their mouth to instantly incinerate you.
    • The Courtyard itself in the Krypt, while relatively calm compared to other areas, has its own set of nightmarish aspects. Occasionally, a meteor will fall from the sky and land in a random spot in the Courtyard. In the wrong place at the wrong time? The meteor will smash you without warning, and you're greeted with a nice closeup of the player character's disembodied head with your eyes still frozen in shock. Even if you're not hit by the meteor, you'll still hear the unexpected boom in the areas surrounding the Courtyard. The meteor makes a distinct sound before it crashes, but sometimes it fails to play properly, which means that the loud impact may occur with no warning whatsoever. Made worse by the fact that there's no music and it's almost dead silent outside some creepy ambient noises. There are also bodies hanging at the scaffolding in the center of the Courtyard. Some of which are still wiggling and making noises. Yeesh.
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    Other 
  • One of the Joker's intros has him putting on some of his clown make-up. Specifically, his signature red lip-paint, using his own blood.
    • Joker's basic moveset involves sending hostages and goons to their demise as a brief distraction or a way to send an explosive in the direction of his target. Even when he's not doing a proper Fatality, he's killing multiple people every match.
    • Jax admits in his Intro vs. Joker that makes Kano look more of a saint in comparison, and that he will never forgive him. Given the bad blood he has with Black Dragons in general, this must mean Joker is much more diabolical in, what can be assumed, as short time span.
    • If you get certain of Joker's intros, you get snippets of a gruesome mini-story that happens mostly offscreen: he tortures and kills Takeda in order to get to Jacqui in their intro, and then claims to have then taken Jacqui in order to get to Cass or Jax in their intros (in Jax's forcing him to choose between her and Sonya). Likewise, he claims to have done the same to Kung Lao when fighting Liu Kang and to Frost when fighting Sub-Zero: generally coming off as hunting down Earthrealm's defenders, going on a swath of pain that each hero (or villain) attempts to stop in turn, systematically kidnapping the ones who fail in order to use them in his sick games against the next.
    • It got so bad that Sheeva says as much in her intro against Joker. Joker has apparently done so much damage and chaos that he's done the impossible and basically united all the realms together to put an end to his evil. In a realm filled with mad dictators,gods and titans, a sole man who wants nothing more but to cause mayhem in a world like Mortal Kombat says something.
  • Noob Saibot returns in this game, with a yet more decrepit wraith-like appearance. To make matters worse; since Quan Chi's death, Noob had begun to act on his own free will. Which means that all of his intros stating how he is "Death personified" are not because he's Brainwashed and Crazy; it's just Noob Saibot, with no traces of Bi-Han remaining.
  • With the appropriate move equipped, the Terminator will enter a last-ditch Turns Red mode upon reaching a certain low amount of health. He kneels to the ground as his skin burns away, unveiling the unstoppable coltan endoskeleton beneath. While he loses several of his abilities (including fatalities), he also gains Super Armor which would mean that no matter how much you hit him, he will continue to approach. It can seem like an awesome but also jarring revelation for new players.
  • One of Spawn's outros, shown in his debut trailer, has him Dragged Off to Hell and forced to kneel before Malebogia, whose massive, monstrous face appears through the hellfire.
  • You would think the Friendships would be Sweet Dreams Fuel instead of this, and for the most part, you would be right. However, for Frost's Friendship, she spins around in a circle on ice skates while never moving her head at all, staring right at the camera.


Noob Saibot: There are fates worse than death.
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