For those who do not know me, I should tell you that self-reflection is one hell of a thing.
Here I am, at the Dawn of Time, with Kitana by my side, reflecting on my long and eventful life...and in some cases, un-life.
I have been many things, troper. Shaolin Monk. Warrior. The Immortal Champion. Revenant. Netherrealm Emperor. And now, Fire God and Keeper of Time. I served Raiden as his finest champion, and both Kronika and Shinnok as their most lethal enforcer.
Funny how things come back full circle.
Four times I would go on to defend both my title and Earthrealm in the Original Timeline: On Shang Tsung's Island, in the Outworld Tournament, during Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm, and during the Netherrealm Invasion of Edenia.
My name is Liu Kang. Not much is known about my personal life, but what I can tell you is that I was born in the Hunan Province of China to Lee and Lin Kang, both deceased. I also have a brother, named Chow Kang. No one knows where he is.
I spent my childhood with the Shaolin, until I was noticed by the Thunder God Raiden, who recruited me into the White Lotus Society, a sect of Shaolin dedicated to defending Earthrealm.
You can say that I was something of a prodigy, with Shaolin Wushu being my style of choice. The Shaolin gave me a purpose. They were my family. I also built up a close friendship with Kung Lao, one that was also a friendly rivalry.
Then, I received the invitation to Shang Tsung's tournament. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.
I was one of seven chosen warriors, among them being the action star, Johnny Cage, the undead Shirai Ryu specter Hanzo Hasashi, better known as Scorpion, Bi-Han, the original Sub-Zero, the uncouth bandit, Kano, the tough-as-nails Special Forces lieutenant, Sonya Blade, and Raiden himself.
But I was The Chosen One. The one who would defeat not only Goro, but also Shang Tsung and break Outworld's streak.
In the Outworld Tournament, I fought not for honor, but for revenge, as for revenge in winning the tournament, Outworld invaded and slaughtered my fellow monks at the Wu Shi Academy. Shao Kahn felt my wrath in the same manner as Shang Tsung.
When Shao Kahn invaded Earthrealm, I fought not for vengeance, but to survive. I was the primary target for Kahn's extermination squads. But when that damned warlord killed Kung Lao...he awakened the sleeping dragon once more. For the second time, I defeated Kahn, and freed Earthrealm from his reign of terror.
We honored our dead, and moved on with our lives, rebuilding what Shao Kahn had ravaged.
That peace would not last.
Kitana and Sindel - her memory restored - freed Edenia from Outworld and ruled the realm with a velvet glove. That was, until Shinnok and Quan Chi invaded Edenia. The call for aid went out, and once again, I was among those who answered.
Cassandra Cage isn't the only one who bested Shinnok. I was the second. Bi-Han was the first.
Once Shinnok was defeated, Kitana approached me with an offer: an invitation to rule by her side in Edenia, for eternity. I refused, stating that my duties as Champion were more important.
She understood. Sometimes, it sucks being a monk.
I returned to the Wu Shi and continued to train.
Then, things began to fall apart for Raiden and his champions. And it was my death at the hands of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi that was the catalyst of the chain of events that followed.
For a time, my soul was tormented by Shang Tsung. With his demise following the Dragon King Onaga's return, it was freed. But I did not ascend to the heavens. With my friends and Kitana slain and revived as brainwashed slaves under Onaga's control, I could not leave them to such a fate. With the aid of Ermac, I was able to free my former comrades of Onaga's control.
Raiden, having been corrupted in his attempt to stop Onaga, revived my body using the forbidden art of necromancy, transforming it into a mindless killing machine. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in stopping it.
I heard that my walking corpse was finally put down in the Battle of Armageddon. How and by who, I do not know. All I know is that Shao Kahn had won the prize.
But Raiden could not let it end like this. So he sent back several cryptic messages to his past self with the words, "He must win!"
The visions were received by his past counterpart, on the eve of Shang Tsung's tournament.
As before, the tournament played out as it had done in the past. Then, things changed once we were in Outworld. Kuai Liang ended up captured and turned into a cyber-ninja, rather than Smoke. And Shao Kahn snapped Kung Lao's neck after he had defeated both Shang Tsung and Quan Chi.
Kahn should have stayed dead after I punched a hole through his torso.
With each setback and loss of life to Shao Kahn's forces, my faith in Raiden began to waver. Sindel's deadly housecall on the Forces of Light and Kitana dying in my arms were the breaking point. I thought Raiden had lost his mind.
Despite Raiden's pleas for forgiveness, I cursed him with my dying breaths. "You have killed us all."
As expected, one ending can be seen as a beginning in disguise. My soul was the last to be claimed by Quan Chi.
In life, I was Raiden's greatest champion. Now, I was a Revenant; an undead denizen of the Netherrealm.
I spent over two decades in the Netherrealm as a revenant. The Blood Code Incident was one of Quan Chi's schemes to retrieve Shinnok's Amulet; using the blood magic of the vampiress Nitara to taint the Kamidogu, and gave the mad cleric Havik the task of retrieving the Amulet.
Oh, Havik was successful in retrieving the Amulet, but the plan went off the rails when he decided to invade the Netherrealm instead.
Fortunately, Scorpion decapitating that madman brought those plans to a crashing halt.
We would bide our time, waiting for the moment to strike. It came when Kano stole the Amulet from Special Forces and handed it off to Mileena. The Brotherhood spy, the Kytinn D'Vorah, was ordered to steal the Amulet from Kotal Kahn once it was in his possession and deliver it to Quan Chi.
The scheme had several setbacks, but Shinnok was released from his prison, but at the cost of Quan Chi's life. Not wanting to make the same mistake underestimating Johnny Cage yet again, Shinnok ordered him to be taken with us.
In a way, Shinnok did underestimate a Cage. Just the wrong one.
With Johnny imprisoned and Raiden incapacitated, nothing could stop Shinnok from finishing what he had started decades ago. Or so we thought.
In an act of desperation, Cassandra Cage led her team on a raid on the Sky Temple. Despite having the numbers advantage, Team S-F would repel us and Cassandra would go on to defeat Shinnok and rescue her father.
With Quan Chi dead and Shinnok imprisoned, the. Netherrealm was ripe for a takeover. Kitana and I consolidated our power and seized control, becoming the Emperor and Empress of the Netherrealm.
But before we could enact a plan of vengeance, Raiden came to the Netherrealm. Purifying the Jinsei had corrupted him. Even now, I remember his warning to Kitana and myself, throwing down Shinnok's severed head at our feet:
"Too long have I allowed Earthrealm to endure the horrors of war. Time and again we've defeated our enemies. But we've exacted no retribution. Demanded no remuneration. What have we gained for our mercy? More intrigue. More senseless violence.
"As the new rulers of the Netherrealm, heed me. No longer will I simply defend Earthrealm. I will seek out and destroy all who threaten it. No mercy will be shown. No quarter given. Shinnok was an Elder God. Impossible to kill. There are fates worse than death."
This was not the Raiden I once knew. So to play it safe, we backed down, and quietly rebuilt our forces.
Two years would pass. Then, Raiden attacked the Netherrealm. But that turned out to be a diversion from the actual target: the Fortress itself.
Inadvertently, I was responsible for the death of Sonya Blade, as I used my fire to collapse the chamber she was inside. Then, I challenged her daughter. I lost, as did Kitana and Kabal.
We barely made it outside the fortress before it was reduced to rubble, Sonya having sacrificed herself to complete her mission.
It had been, for Special Forces, a Pyrrhic victory. Our forces were decimated, but at the cost of S-F losing General Blade.
Kronika, the Keeper of Time, Architect of the Destiny of the Universe. She came to Kitana and myself with an enticing offer: a New Era, one without Raiden.
We both agreed.
In order for her plans to come to pass, Kronika summoned kombatants from the past, including myself, back when I was still alive...and naïve. I would confront my younger half alongside Kung Lao in the Dragon Grotto. I underestimated my younger self and lost that match.
Despite this setback, our forces were picking up momentum in our quest to bring about Kronika's New Era. The past and present versions of Kano captured the younger Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade and destroyed Special Forces' desert base, Cetrion retrieved Kronika's crown, aided by Jackson Briggs, and the Lin Kuei and Shirai Ryu suffered losses from Frost and the Cyber Lin Kuei.
But Raiden and his forces rallied. Cassandra Cage led the rescue mission and raided the Black Dragon's fight club. Kano finally met his end at Sonya's hands. Kitana's younger self rallied the Outworld rebels under her command and after a long, hard battle, killed Shao Kahn, thus becoming the new Kahn of Outworld.
But Kronika had several tricks up her sleeves. She kidnapped my younger self and brought him to her Keep. Using the sorcery I learned from Shinnok, I absorbed my younger self's soul, while keeping him alive.
Despite my newfound power, it was enough to defeat Raiden. We had our final confrontation at the Sea of Blood. Even now, he refused to kill me, deciding on a third option.
He imbued his godly powers and combined the younger Liu Kang with me. Thus, Raiden was gone, and I remained. I was now a God of Fire, with control over fire and electricity.
With my revenant's knowledge, we initiated our attack on Kronika's fortress. However, we were too late. As I and my allies stormed the Hourglass, Kronika began to rewind time, leaving me alone against herself, Cetrion and the three remaining revenants, Kitana, Jade, and Kung Lao.
I had no other choice but to kill my former comrades. Then, Kronika ordered Cetrion to kombat me. She had the power, but lacked the heart to win. At Kronika's request, she sacrificed herself to Kronika, giving her the power to rewind time, erasing the timeline.
For all she had done...for the pain she had wrought...Kronika had to die.
Now, we're back where we started, here at the Dawn of Time, with Kitana by my side. I was able to reach her before she was gone completely. No more will man be at the whim of a mad Titan. Each person shall choose their own destiny. No matter what the trials, Kitana and I shall face them together.
Thanks in part to that annoying buffoon, I somehow made it into what he calls the Cage Cinematic Universe. And although it pains me to say it, I am very impressed with my live-action counterpart. It also incorporated one important aspect: my attraction to Kitana.
Before Kronika pulled off her Temporal Armageddon, I was among several of Raiden's champions who fought with and against the Justice League and their enemies. But with what Kuai Liang and Raiden told me, that world and the one where Superman went insane and became the leader of a tyrannical regime could possibly be one and the same. And with the re-emergence of that insane clown back in Earthrealm, I must agree with my comrades in that he must be put down like the mad dog that he is. Also, this shrinking superhero (apparently the third one) from the same world as Superman sounds like me, and he has even said that he and this woman named Vixen were like Jacqui and Takeda.
Follow these tropes, and see my life through your eyes.
- The Ace: I was Raiden's champion, and did my job well. Then certain events led me to having a falling out with Raiden.
- The Ageless: As the Eternal Champion of Mortal Kombat.
- Amazon Chaser: Granted she tried to kill me in our first encounter, I cannot deny that I am attracted to Princess Kitana.
- A God Am I: It was a dream that I had. Or was it a vision? I dreamt that after I overthrew Raiden and became the new Fire God, I went down the path of Superman and became a tyrant.
- It became a reality when Raiden merged with my revenant self, becoming the new Fire God, yet retaining my sanity.
- Animal Motifs: Dragons. When you think about it, it's quite fitting.
- Arcade Cabinet On Head: I swear that Cage has been rubbing off on me. Not many people can claim to use an actual arcade cabinet to kill their opponents.
- Arch-Enemy: Shang Tsung, obviously. And for the misery he had wrought, Shao Kahn as well.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The most recent outcome should I possess Kronika's Hourglass has me replacing the slain Elder Gods with those of my closest friends and allies, among them being Kitana. While the realms are at peace, it brings me no satisfaction, as I desire a more simple life with Kitana. Maybe in another timeline...
- The Atoner: After Cassandra Cage and Jacqueline Briggs told both Kung Lao and myself our fates as revenants, it left me with a new resolve to break Kronika's cycle.
- Came Back Wrong: Twice in both timelines. The first, as a zombie due in part to Raiden's machinations. The second, as a revenant under Quan Chi.
- Celibate Hero: Sometimes, being a monk has its downsides. After besting Shinnok, Kitana offered me the chance to rule at her side for all eternity. I refused.
- The Champion: Before my...fall, I was Raiden's finest champion. After I died, Johnny Cage succeeded me as champion.
- The Chosen One: One of Raiden's many chosen warriors to defend Earthrealm...and a credible threat to Shao Kahn and Kronika's schemes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: A combination of being burned by my own fire and electrocuted by Raiden's lightning. I admit that my death was my own fault.
- Despair Event Horizon: Seeing Kung Lao die before my eyes...Sindel slaughtering the Forces of Light...Kitana dying in my arms... and losing my faith in Raiden... these events happening in rapid succession drove me to the breaking point. I would later find out that it was all Kronika's design.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the old timeline, I defeated Shinnok and sent him back to the Netherrealm from whence he came.
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: To go along with my motif. The energy blasts early on were shaped like a dragon's head. And I can either transform into a Chinese Dragon or summon one made of fire if the occasion calls for it.
- Eternal Recurrence: Kronika was right to see me as a threat to her design. Hence her manipulating both Raiden and myself into fighting each other over ideological differences. Only when I became the new Fire God, was the cycle broken.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Cassandra Cage and Jacqueline Briggs warned me and Kung Lao about our Revenant counterparts. But to see them face-to-face inside the Dragon Grotto... the thought of falling so far horrifies me. He may see me as being blind, but I see him as being deluded.
- FaceHeel Turn: That insane jester was right about one thing: It does take a single bad day to drive the sanest man into insanity. Losing Kitana, losing most of my allies during the Outworld invasion and finally dying was mine.
- Famous Ancestor: Like Kung Lao, I am a descendant of the Great Kung Lao, which makes his namesake and myself distant relatives.
- Fighting with Chucks: Once in a while, I fight with a set of nunchucks.
- Foil: I am this to Cassandra Cage. Like her father before her, and me, she became Raiden's champion. But like me, she would prefer a more simple life than that of a soldier. She could restrain herself from making jokes and wisecracks, if I can be frank.
- Friendly Rivalry: I have this with Kung Lao. While we share a common ancestor, I am more dedicated to my training, whereas Lao is anything but.
- Go and Sin No More: Ah, yes... I remember my first encounter with Kitana. She tried to kill me. I could have finished her off, but I chose not to. You can say that I somewhat convinced her to change, albeit subtly.
- Gratuitous Disco Sequence: Ugh...yes, I had this as my Friendship, in which a disco ball dropped down and I began to dance. Johnny still teases me over that.
- Impossible Shadow Puppets: Shaolin trade secret. I can make a puppet in the form of the Mortal Kombat dragon.
- In Spite of a Nail: How could anyone not see the irony? Yes, I die, but depending on who you ask, I am either a zombie or a revenant.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: I discovered the perfect balance between my kicks and quick projectiles. I'm flexible this way.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Three times have I displayed an odd ability to drop a Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet on my foe. I've putt my quarter up. Up to the challenge?
- Martial Arts Headband: I admit that I was inspired by a certain Japanese Ansatsuken warrior regarding that article of clothing. But it does work for me.
- Mirror Match: Twice, by my count. Both regarding the undead versions of myself; the first being against my reanimated body, of which I failed to stop, while I was more successful against my Revenant counterpart.
- Mr. Fanservice: With the exception of the occasional shirt or tanktop, I am usually naked from the waist up.
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Shaolin Wushu has no equal, regardless of what Kung Lao claims. Between you and me, his arrogance is only matched by his ignorance.
- Neck Snap: The method in which Shang Tsung dispatched me in the original timeline, with assistance from Quan Chi. One sidegame saw me repay the favour.
- Nice Guy: Or as Johnny likes to call me, "Mild-Mannered Monk." Stating the obvious, given my Shaolin background.
- Not Myself: Another of Kronika's manipulations that my Revenant failed to see before his first death. My rising arrogance would inevitably lead to both Raiden and myself coming to blows. Kronika will not deceive me again.
- Off with His Head!: I am as capable of punching a head off as Johnny is. If he can acrobatically soccer kick it back at the headless enemy as I could, well...
- Our Hero Is Dead: It seems that every time that I die, nothing good happens for Raiden and his forces.
- Playing with Fire: Dragon-shaped flares. Even Johnny admits that they're pretty effective...and they hurt.
- Rage Against the Mentor: After so many losses following Raiden's resetting of the timeline, I finally reached my breaking point, believing him to be mad. Even as I lay dying, I cursed him in my final breaths.
- Red Baron; They call me 'The Immortal Champion of Mortal Kombat' for a reason.
- Red Is Heroic: Red headband, red trim in my pants. And I am The Hero.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: I still carried the splashes of red over during my time as a revenant.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Twice. The first following the massacre of my fellow Shaolin at the hands of Baraka and his Tarkatans. The second and third time was after Shao Kahn killed Kung Lao in both timelines.
- Series Mascot: While Scorpion has the honor of being on the NRS logo, my popularity is on par with Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
- Spam Attack: The Bicycle Kick. And The Windmill Fists.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: I denied that Kitana was this, at first, but now, what is the point in denying it?
- Token Good Teammate: While some of the kombatants are competing in Mortal Kombat for fame, honor, wealth or vengeance, my goal was a simple one: end Shang Tsung's hold on the tournament and restore it to its original purpose.
- Took a Level in Badass: When Raiden imbued his powers into me, making me the new God of Earthrealm.
- The Unchosen One: The Malibu comic timeline oddly showed the Shaolin masters place their hopes in Siang, though they let me tag along. After Goro killed Siang, however, I ended up as the Chosen One regardless.
- World's Best Warrior: The best that Earthrealm has to offer.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: I was dead for quite some time, hence the beginning stages of decay.
- Back from the Dead: Just my body. My spirit remained in Outworld.
- Best Served Cold: I had not forgotten how Shang Tsung killed me. I paid that damned sorcerer back in kind during the Battle of Armageddon.
- Came Back Wrong: Raiden turned my body into a killing machine, minus my soul.
- Chained by Fashion: Bloody ceremonial chains from the Houan cult. Combined with necromancy and Raiden's lightning, it brought my body back to life.
- Chinese Vampire: No, I was not a Jiang shi. Just merely a Chinese zombie.
- Monster from Beyond the Veil: Me as a zombie. Johnny, I better not see this in one of your films.
- Off with His Head!: I somehow had the ability to possess my foe and force them to rip their own head off. Not a favourite of mine and odder still was that I could perform it as a human.
- Arch-Enemy: For my entire duration in the Netherrealm, I was this not only to Raiden, but to also his surviving champions and Team S-F.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: I blame my time in the Netherrealm for my change in attitude. I was self-centered and arrogant, not to mention angry towards Raiden.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: I went from being Raiden's champion to a willing servant and enforcer of Shinnok.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: After Shinnok's final defeat, Kitana and I became the new rulers of the Netherrealm.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: When I was alive, I defended Earthrealm from any and all threats. As Emperor of the Netherrealm, I am the threat.
- Being Good Sucks: As a revenant, it felt good not being restrained by Raiden.
- Berserk Button: One word, six letters: Raiden.
- Broken Pedestal: I could see the disappointment in my former allies' eyes when they gaze upon me as a revenant.
- Co-Dragons: Kitana and I as the new rulers of the Netherrealm.
- The Dark Side: Willingly, I pledged my allegiance to Quan Chi after my resurrection.
- Darth Vader Clone: Hmm...former protege and champion of Raiden? Check. Former Champion of Earthrealm? Check. Enforcer to Shinnok? Evil Costume Switch, amplified powers, and being burned alive? Check to all.
- Defector from Decadence: With all that has happened to me, I accepted my new role with enthusiasm, given my intense hatred towards Raiden for killing me.
- The Dragon: I was Quan Chi and Shinnok's most deadliest of enforcers.
- The Emperor: After Quan Chi's death and Shinnok's final defeat, I seized control of the Netherrealm.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kitana, who rules at my side as my Empress.
- Evil Costume Switch: I traded up my usual Shaolin attire for armor forged from the Netherrealm.
- Evil Feels Good: Boy, does it ever...
- Evil Former Friend: Raiden, of course, and his champions, including that annoying buffoon, his former spouse and their pathetic child. The traitors Jackson Briggs, Kuai Liang and Hanzo Hasashi as well for escaping the Netherrealm.
- FaceHeel Turn: I chose to serve the Netherrealm of my own free will.
- Fallen Hero: I'll admit that I've scrimped notes from Jin Kazama on how to pull this off. Remind me to send him a thank-you note.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Formerly Raiden"s disillusioned champion, now the Dark Emperor of the Netherrealm.
- Heroine Killer: Inadvertently, I am responsible for Sonya's death.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Aside from the slate-gray skin, another characteristic of a revenant is the hellish-looking eyes.
- He Who Fights Monsters: As a revenant, I have become the thing that I swore to defend from Earthrealm: a threat.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: It was my own hubris that brought about my downfall. In my obsession to finally defeat Raiden, I absorbed the soul of my younger self. It gave me a power boost, but provided Raiden with the opportunity to make me a God, with the younger version being the dominant of my personalities, complete with my memories as a revenant.
- I Hate Past Me: I never realized how big a fool I was in following Raiden until I confronted my younger self at the Dragon Grotto. Though he sees me as him becoming deluded.
- It's Personal with the Dragon: Raiden's former champions are nothing but fools with how they follow him. Like lambs to the slaughter.
- Jerkass: You thought how Sonya treated her former spouse was bad? Give me five minutes, and I will make you reconsider that line of thought.
- Kick the Dog: Oh, did it feel so good when the other revenants and myself attacked Raiden en masse.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Raiden appeared in the Netherrealm following Shinnok's defeat, it was not the same benevolent god that I once served, now loathe with my entire being. Then, he presented both Kitana and myself with Shinnok's head, along with the warning that should Earthrealm is threatened, then all bets were off.
- Rage Against the Heavens: I joined Shinnok in his quest to overthrow the Elder Gods. Then, I joined Kronika with the promise of Raiden not existing in her New Era.
- Ripple Effect Indicator: I became this courtesy of the pain my foolish human self was dealt at the hands of Shao Kahn. The moment the bastard Emperor smashed his legs, mine burst open as well before I could rightly put Raiden in his place.
- Rogue Protagonist: Of course.
- Transhuman Treachery: I find that being a revenant was more my speed rather than a human.
- Your Soul Is Mine: I drained the soul of my good counterpart for a power boost to kombat Raiden. It backfired spectacularly. That's what I get for trying to imitate Shang Tsung...
- The Ace: Kronika was right to fear my power once I merged with Raiden.
- Big Good: Taking over Raiden's place when he merged with myself and my revenant.
- Book-Ends: Both the first chapter of Mortal Kombat and the last end with me and Shang Tsung locked in, well, kombat.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After all of the pain I went through, I managed to save Kitana before Kronika wound back time to the point of no return. Now, with the woman that I love, we can make things better for everyone.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Not that Kronika made it easy for me, but I was able to put a stop to her plans single-handedly.
- Big Good: By becoming the new Keeper of Time, I have redeemed my name and my honor.
- Deity of Human Origin: I was quite possibly the first Fire God when Raiden merged both my human and revenant selves with his power.
- The Dreaded: Kronika concluded that should I merge with Raiden, then I would be powerful enough to stop her plans, hence the never-ending cycle of Raiden and I fighting each other. She was right. As it happens, this applied to me, Raiden and Shang Tsung, of all people.
- Good Counterpart: To Kronika. Unlike Kronika and her obsession with order, I shall allow mortals to choose their own destiny.
- Guile Hero: I was no fool. I knew Shang Tsung would betray us the second he claimed the Crown of Kronika. I thus lied about having to stay at the Hourglass and allowed him to carry out his misdeeds until at last he had the Crown, and I was in position to take it from him. This unfortunately meant that, to succeed in this endeavour, a lot of my friends and other good warriors would have to meet with unfortunate fates, my past self included. But in my New Era, they will fare better.
- I Lied: I told Shang Tsung I would have to remain at the Hourglass. Then, at the final second, I appeared without incident and stopped him. A consummate liar like him should have been able to tell when someone else lies.
- Invincible Hero: Even after Kronika stacked the odds against me by rewinding time and robbing me of my allies, leaving only herself, Cetrion and the remaining Revenants, I bested them all in kombat.
- Kirk Summation: Cetrion couldn't defeat me because her heart wasn't in the kombat. Despite my attempts to sway her to my side, her loyalty to Kronika was absolute. Admirable, yet misguided, Cetrion.
- Locked into Strangeness: Upon becoming the new Fire God, my hair has become white to show off my new status.
- Physical God: The merging of powers made me strong enough to take on the Revenants, Cetrion, Kronika and a massively powered Shang Tsung in rapid succession.
- Power Glows: As the Fire God, one distinguishing characteristic is the glowing tattoos of light.
- The Watcher: As Keeper of Time, I allow free will to all, rather than manipulate them like Kronika had done.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After all the time Kung Lao spent in my shadow, I felt it only right that his ancestor be my champion in the New Era.