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Here it goes- every reference in the Mortal Kombat saga which isn't a reference to other MK games or Mythology Gags related to the Guest Fighters' home franchises.

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat

  • The code used to unlock the blood mode in the Sega Genesis version is "ABACABB", which also doubles as one of the most out-there puns in a video game.
  • Scorpion's Spear and Sub-Zero's Freeze were, by Ed Boon's admission, directly influenced by Street Fighter II's dizzy mechanic; he loved the idea of having a free hit on an opponent and looked to incorporate it into the characters' actual movesets.
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  • The designs of the ninjas, black tight fitting clothing with a split down robe thing, looks remarkably similar to Luke's outfit in Return of the Jedi only more colorful.
  • Johnny Cage was inspired directly off of Jean-Claude Van Damme's character in Bloodsport. This is because the game was originally planned as a tie-in for the film.
    • In Deadly Alliance, apparently, he was a contestant on a celebrity edition of Smash TV. From the same game, one of Johnny's films was entitled Exiting the Dragon of Death. He starred opposite Hong Kong action star Channie Jack.
      • The poster for his fictional movie Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, is an homage to other movies' posters, Army of Darkness in the middle.
    • In 9, he starred in various movies titled Time Smashers, Citizen Cage, and Tommy Scissorfists.
      • One of the Challenge Tower missions has Reptile trying to stop him from reaching the premiere of Breaknose Mountain.
    • In X, one of his Fatalities has him recreating a classic scene from The Shining, complete with Johnny saying "HEEEEEERE'S JOHNNY!"
      • Chapter 1 of the story mode has him defending himself from Sub-Zero by using a familiar looking crowbar.
      • One of his Brutalities has him performing the same jumping split kick Van Damme did in Bloodsport. The kicker? The Brutaility's called Blood Spurt.
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    • One of his bucke designs in 11 is called Bullet Gang is Fine. The design is composed of two cross pistols over a multicolored skull of sorts
    • His moves are taken from Iron Fist's Daniel Rand, and his last name from Luke Cage.
    • Both being actors who were named after Luke Cage, some of Johnny's films and his general reputation as an actor in later games come off as a pastiche of Nicolas Cage.
    • A tower in 11 sees you fighting Johnny multiple times while trophies that look like Razzies are thrown at you.
    • An alternate palette for Johnny's tuxedo costume in 11 resembles the purple suit worn by The Joker.
  • Kano's cybernetic eye-plate pays obvious homage to Terminator.
    • Deadly Alliance has a fake cereal advertisement showing Kano eating a bowl of Kan-Os.
    • The style of his beard in X might have been inspired by Khal Drogo.
    • The names of some of his combo strings in 11 include references to Australian pop culture, such as AC/DC and Butterfingers.
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    • His sleeveless tee/mustache combo costumes in 11 make him resemble Cypher from The Matrix.
    • His robotic costume in 11 heavily resembles Cyborg.
  • Liu Kang:
    • There are several aspects of him that make him a Bruce Lee Clone:
      • His costume in the first game is black pants, no shirt, black laceless shoes, and a mullet. Later games add color and a headband for slight Divergent Character Evolution.
      • One of his fighting styles in Deception and Armageddon is called Jun Fan, after Bruce Lee's birth name, Jun Fan Lee. In Shaolin Monks, he has Jeet Kune Do (misspelled without the "e" in "Kune"), Bruce Lee's fighting style.
      • In Deception, Armageddon, and 11, he wields a Nunchaku as a weapon.
      • One of his fatalities in 11 begins with a more grotesque take on the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique from Kill Bill, and ends with an explosive One-Inch Punch as another homage to Bruce Lee.
      • He also takes after fellow Bruce Lee Clone Kenshiro, having some Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs kombos and the "hopping" Jeet Kune Do stance with hand gestures.
    • He is named after Gordon Liu, whose most well-known roles are as Shaolin monks.
    • In Shaolin Monks, he has a Fatality named Shaolin Soccer.
    • His arcade ending in the DC crossover has him gaining the ability to summon the powers of the Elder Gods by shouting "MORTAL KOMBAT!", much like Captain Marvel's powers.
    • In Mortal Kombat X his throat-ripping fatality surely reminds people of MacGruber.
    • Also in X, if Cassie Cage uses her "Selfie" Fatality, Liu Kang may post on her "Friendships" page using the account name "Kool & The Kang," referring to the band Kool & the Gang.
    • His "Spring Autumn Knife" skin in 11 is based on Son Goku's color scheme.
  • Raiden's most iconic traits, namely his electric powers and his conical straw hat, were both designed after Lightning, one of the three servants of Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China.
    • His arcade ending in the DC crossover has him being weakened under Earth's sun, but being able to regain his power so long as he keeps a mysterious green rock nearby; this is an inversion of how Superman's powers work.
      • Likewise, his Torpedo special is renamed as "The Superman".
    • His second fatality in 9, "Just a Scratch", is a reference to the Black Knight scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    • His Friendship in 11 shouts out to the dance group Light Balance, which performed an MK-themed routine to help promote 11.
  • Scorpion's blazing skull is an homage to Ghost Rider.
    • In the official Mortal Kombat comic book, Scorpion grabs Sub-Zero and tells him to look into his eyes. This is an even clearer reference to Ghost Rider and his Penance Stare power.
    • After defeating Scorpion in Shaolin Monks, Scorpion gets dragged into the lava by skeletons. As his arm goes in, he gives the player a thumbs up. This is a reference to the ending of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) gives John a thumbs up before he gets engulfed by molten metal.
    • In X, while using his Hellfire ability, Scorpion may occasionally say "through fire be cleansed!", referencing a Kael'thas attack quote, "By fire be purged!"
    • In the Open Beta for 11, Scorpion's Maize and Blue skin heavily resembled Wolverine's classic outfit. Unfortunately the skin didn't make it to the full release of the game.
  • In the first game, Shang Tsung's role is similar to that of Mr. Han from Enter the Dragon. His Evil Sorcerer-ness, however, is pure Lo Pan.
  • Sonya Blade is inspired by the karate champion and movie actress Cynthia Rothrock.
    • In the Krypt of Deadly Alliance, one can unlock a picture of Lifeguard Sonya. Her red bikini makes her heavily resemble Pamela Anderson of Baywatch fame.
    • Her arcade ending in the DC crossover has her acquiring a Green Lantern ring, but because she isn't a member of the Green Lantern Corps, the ring only gets one charge, and she has to use it sparingly until she gains a means to recharge it. Amusingly, she also shares her military background with Hal Jordan and John Stewart.
    • Her costume redesign in 9 is interesting, however, given one of her Fatalities involves piano wire, it hints at Cammy's portrayal in Street Fighter II V.
    • Her alternate costume in 9 and herX look evoke Sarah Connor from the Terminator franchise. What cements this even more is her use of flying drones in her Fatalities in X and 11, which heavily evoke the designs of those seen in the Terminator Ride at Universal Studios. Taking this even further is her Cyborg Hunter skin in 11 that resembles Sarah Connor in T2.
    • One of her head gear designs in 11 is called Never gives up, never surrenders.
    • The fatality where she shoots her opponent into helicopter blades in 11 is called To the Choppa.
  • Sub-Zero's Spine Rip fatality resembles the Predator's method of killing people, which becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when the alien showed up in X.

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat II

  • Jade's main outfit in Deception is a very similar imitation of that worn by Black Orchid in Killer Instinct.
  • Jax's fatality in Mortal Kombat 3 in which his arms turn into blades is likely a reference to the T-1000.
    • In MK vs DC, his ending is very similar to Cyborg's origin story.
    • Also, his bald look in MK vs DC is inspired by his appearance in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
    • In 9, one of his fatalities is a shot-for-shot copy of Tak's Fatality in War Gods, another Midway project. If you remove the kicks at the end, it's also a shout-out to one of Superman's Heroic Brutalities in MK vs. DC.
    • In X, if his Carl Weathers-inspired costume is chosen and his opponent is Johnny Cage in his "Commando" costume, they recreate the handshake from Predator, complete with "You son of a bitch!"
      • In one intro in X with Ermac, he seeks revenge for having his arms taken, saying, "Call it my pound of flesh."
  • Kitana's Animality in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 turns her into a white rabbit. She then proceeds to attack the enemy in some violent manner.
    • In 4, her facial features are modeled after Talisa Soto, the actress who portrayed Kitana in the theatrical adaptations.
    • In MK vs DC, she becomes Mortal Kombat's version of Wonder Woman when the gods grant her Shang Tsung's island to form the Edenian resistence, which is also seemingly made up of only women.
    • In 9, her chapter during story mode contains a scene very much like one found in Alien: Resurrection where she finds a lab filled with progressively more human half-breed clones of herself.
      • Her Arcade Ladder ending has three Edenian women re-united to fight for justice all over the realms; as the narrator explains this, the three characters are posed in silhouette over an orange background and as the ending fades to black, the music closes with the iconic jingle from the show.
  • Kung Lao's weaponized hat gimmick was inspired by Bond's villain Oddjob.
  • In the SNES version of the game, Sculptured Software continued its tradition of humorous credits, including a parody "special thanks" list titled, "People We Owe No Thanks To". The people thanked include three famous figures, namely Elvis Presley, Howard Hughes, and Jim Morrison. The other two names on the list are probably just shout-outs to more personal friends of the developers.

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat 3

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero or Mortal Kombat 4:

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat: Deception

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

  • In the same vein as Chess Kombat and Puzzle Kombat, Motor Kombat is inspired by another videogame, in this case Mario Kart.
  • In Kreate a Fighter mode, available features and accessories (though with some minor modifications in some cases to avoid potential lawsuits) include the following:
    • "Cyborg" face: It resembles that of the T-800 from the Terminator franchise.
    • "Skull Tattoo" face: A face tattoo that resembles the face paint skull warn by Image Comics character Chapel from Youngblood and Spawn.
    • "Eye Stripe" face: Based on face paint worn by Pris Stratton in Blade Runner.
    • "Anime 1" hair (female): Based on that of Ryoko Habuki, though the default color is light green rather than aqua.
    • "Anime 2" hair (female): Based on that of Sailor Moon's odango-and-twintails (though the default color is blue instead of blonde). In addition under Head Accessories is "Tiara" which strongly resembles those worn by the Sailor Senshi.
    • "Anime 1" hair (Male): Based on Cloud Strife's (though default color is light blue instead of blonde).
    • "Anime 2" hair (Male): Based on Goku's. In addition, there is also under Torso "Layered Gi" which is based on his and Krillin's most common outfit though without any Kanji on the leftside chest or back.
    • "Devil" and "Wave" hairstyles: Based on Akuma and Guile respectively.
    • "Feral" hair: Based on Wolverine.
    • "Swoop" hair: Based on Kazuya Mishima.note 
    • "Space Hawk" helmet: Based on Ken Washio's helmet.
    • "Space Ninja" helmet: Based on the Red Power Ranger's and Geki's helmet from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger respectively though with some antennae added. The additional antennae also doubles this as an allusion to Kamen Rider, which is Super Sentai's brother show.
    • "Crew Neck" torso and "Striped Running" pants: Based on the outfit warn by Bruce Lee's character in Game of Death. Clothing for female characters includes a similarly designed "Track" torso and pants which is modeled on The Bride's whose outfit in turn is based also on the aforementioned Game of Death one.
    • "Harness" torso: Based on that worn by He-Man (including lacking any other shirt or clothing aside from the harness) though without any sort of heraldry on it.
    • "Suspenders" Torso and Pants: Based on outfit of Vampirella. In addition "Wrap" (also under torso) is also very similar (minus any sort of collar).
    • "Daisy" Torso and Pants: A rather obvious reference to Daisy Duke.
    • "3 Knives" glove: Based on the claw worn by Mr. Han, the main villain of Enter the Dragon.
    • "Utility" belt: Based on Batman's (minus any sort of Bat symbol).
    • "Punk Glasses" head accessory: Based on the Visor of Geordi La Forge's and/or that of Cyclops.
    • "Shield" chest accessory: The shield is placed on the back and also has a design that looks like a turtle's shell. In addition "Trident" under helmets is a holdover of the helmet of Sub-Zero in Deception, but it was in turn based on that of the Turtles' archnemesis The Shredder.

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat 9

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat X

  • One of the modifiers for Test Your Luck, which spawns random portals in the match, is called "Portal Kombat". The icon for the modifier is inspired by 300.
  • Intro dialogue references:
  • The Alien has a fatality called Killer Queen, which also serves as a Mythology Gag to Bishop's bisection in Aliens.
    • Having either Alien perform the "Alien Baby" Brutality or letting it go to the default win-pose against Predator will result in a Predalien coming out of the latter's chest.
    • One of the Xenomorph's fatalities, the Alien Queen impaling the opponent from behind and then bisecting them, is directly taken from the scene in Aliens where it dispatches John Bishop.
  • Cassie Cage by way of being the Pop-Cultured Badass she is:
    • Issue #3 of the MKX prequel comic calls her match against Frost a "Celebrity Deathmatch".
    • Issue #5 has Cassie being dominated by Frost in the aforementioned match. After a comeback, Cassie calls her rival Elsa.
    • Issue #12 has her calling Mavado Captain Hooks.
    • Her "Selfie" Fatality has her posting the selfie on an obvious expy of Facebook called "Friendships". Many of the cycling comments on the picture feature popular Internet memes and phrases such as "How can she slap!" and "rippin and a tearin". A trollface can even be seen on one of the profile pics.
    • One of her intros against Erron Black in 11 references Tinder and other similar dating apps and websites, where swiping left is the indication that you're not interested in someone:
      Cassie: This your idea of flirting, Erron?
      Erron Black: Easy, sugar! Just bein' friendly...
      Cassie: This is me swiping left!
      • One of her pistol designs is called LFG-9000.
  • D'Vorah has several cues towards Sarah Kerrigan. She commands an army of insects (mutated insects in Kerrigan's case), many of her attacks involve some kind of Body Horror, two of her variations are called Brood Mother and Swarm Queen, the Comics show how she was killed, with the implication of being resurrected by an evil force, mirroring the ending of the next-to-last mission of the Terran campaign in the original Starcraft, the Story Mode has her starting in the "good" side and then showing her true colors (mirroring Kerrigan's actions in Brood War) and her ending has her declaring herself Queen of an insectoid species who conquers every other realm and slaying a powerful being, similar to the ending of Brood War.
  • Erron Black, anachronistic Wild West gunslinger, is a blatant Expy of Clint Eastwood's character in A Fistful of Dollars, and has several cues towards John Marston. He also has a combo string named Firefly and a Brutality named Serenity.
    • His gun twirling is reminiscent of Ocelot. Considering his voice actor in MGS V...
    • When he uses his X-Ray on the Predator, the bullet he fires has Ugly Mofo written on it.
    • In the comic, he mentions that the rescue operation feels more like a Suicide Squad.
    • His Swashbuckler costume in 11 resembles Indiana Jones.
  • The duo of Ferra/Torr have a very Master Blaster-like dynamic going on, something that has not gone unnoticed by fans or commentators at E3 2014. Johnny Cage goes so far as to call them Master Blaster in pre-match intro dialogue.
    • Their playstyle in general note  also calls to mind Chang and Choi in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Torr does the brunt of the brawling and Ferra issues orders, though several specials (especially in the Vicious variation) have her jump into the fray (and off of his shoulders) to help out.
  • Jason Voorhees' alternate palette gives him blue marks on his hockey mask after the copycat killer from Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning.
    • Jason's "Unstoppable" variation allows him to resurrect via a lightning strike, which was how he was revived in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Said variation also gives him a chain on his neck that stuck with his appearances from that film onward.
    • Jason's Relentless variation gives him a chrome mask.
    • His second fatality is reminiscent of the numerous sleeping bag kills in the franchise, according to the developers.
    • One of Jason's Brutalities has him punching the head off of his opponent, similarly to how he killed Julius in Jason Takes Manhattan.
    • His Arcade ending features him killing Liu Kang after he brings him to the Netherrealm, making it a literal case of him being in hell.
  • Kotal Kahn in 11 has an intro against Geras where he tells the construct that he will fight him to the pain.
  • Kung Jin has a costume which makes him the game's version of Green Arrow.
  • Leatherface displays an attraction to Cassie in his ending similar to his interactions with Stretch in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 while Drayton is mentioned.
  • Predator has six human skulls hanging in his trophy room during his win outro, the skulls of the six members of Dutch's team that the Predator killed in the first movie. The loser of the fight has their skull added to the collection. The Alien is a possible opponent.
    • He has combos, fatalities and brutalities named after some of the one-liners of the first movie, "Time to Bleed" being the most obvious.
    • If pitted against Bo'Rai Cho, he'll say this.
  • Takeda's name is a reference to the Mortal Kombat: Conquest version of Scorpion whose real name was Takeda. MKX even makes its Takeda Scorpion's apprentice.
  • One of Tremor's brutalities involve him turning the opponent to gold (While also impaling them in the chest with a spiked gold ball,) is called "It's Me." This is a reference to both the phrase "It's me" and Golden Freddy from the Five Nights at Freddy's series, as the two are commonly linked together by fans.
  • A brutality for the Cyber Sub-Zero variation of Triborg shoots a continuous stream of ice, freezing his opponent in an ice block with only their face, hands, and knees poking out.
    • Speaking of Triborg, it is a robot with a rogue A.I. seeking the end of organic life that it deems as inferior to itself and also inhabits multiple bodies simultaneously. Sounds eerily similar to Ultron in yet another tribute to Marvel Comics.

Characters and stuff introduced in Mortal Kombat 11

  • Jacqui Briggs' second fatality has her vertically bisecting the opponent with an energy wall, the same way that Ben Moss is killed in Thir13en Ghosts.
  • Johnny Cage has a brutality version of his new sunglass toss move that causes the victim's head to explode after the shades land on their face, referencing the self-destruct sunglasses from Mission: Impossible II.
  • Geras controls two different elements. Namely, sands and time.
  • There are wrestling fans among MK11's staff and it shows:
    • Some of Scorpion's augments reference famous Japanese wrestlers, such as Kazuchika Okada, Jushin Thunder Liger, Mitsuharu Misawa, Minoru Suzuki and others.
    • Others are referenced by names and nicknames; Kano has a chest piece called "Ruby's Riot Shield", Kitana has a mask called "Empress of Tomorrow", among MANY other shout-outs amongst customization pieces.
    • One of Noob Saibot's intros with Cetrion has him invite her to his "darkness world" and rebukes her calls of virtue with "Everything is Evil!", referencing EVIL of Los Ingobernables de Japon.
    • One of Sub-Zero's mid-round win animations has him bathed in a blue light with falling snow, a la the entrance of infamous WCW wrestler Glacier, a blatant expy of MK3 Sub-Zero.
  • A Scorpion augment is named "Hellfire Walk With Me".
  • One of Raiden and Sub-Zero's clashes is a direct reference to Injustice 2, where they were both Guest Fighters. Sub-Zero also references this in an intro with Cetrion.
  • One of Geras and Johnny Cage's pre-fight dialogues quotes the "Tears in the Rain" monologue from Blade Runner.
  • Raiden remarks to Johnny Cage in one of his pre-fight dialogues that they are standing on the stage of history.
  • Cassie Cage's Groin Attack Fatality is taken straight out from American Gods (2017) where Laura Moon kicks a mook between his legs so hard, everything directly above the testicles comes flying out.
  • In one of Cassie's intro quotes with her father, she wonders if she'll eventually be able to dodge bullets and Johnny assures her that when the time comes, she won't have to. For bonus points, Andrew Bowen (Johnny Cage since MKX) voiced Neo in The Matrix: Path of Neo.
  • Frost's mirror match fight intro paraphrases "Let It Go" from Frozen, and her fight intro with Cassie Cage has Cassie mockingly call her Elsa.
  • One of Kano and Jade's pre-fight dialogues has Kano say the famous "I could eat a peach for hours" quote from Face/Off.
  • One of Erron Black and Sub-Zero's pre-fight dialogues makes Erron rather want to face "a goddamned space cowboy" than the Grandmaster. Bonus points for Actor Allusion.
  • One of Erron Black and Johnny's pre-fight intros has Johnny making fun of Erron's name, pronouncing it "A-A-Ron".
  • One of Kabal's mirror match dialogue parodies "Life is like a box of chocolate" and "Run, Forrest, run" quotes from Forrest Gump.
  • One of Jade and D'Vorah's pre-fight intros references the "Oh? You're approaching me?" dialogue between Jotaro and DIO in Stardust Crusaders.
  • One of Jacqui's intros with Shang Tsung has her threaten to "turn him fifty shades of black and blue".
  • One of Johnny Cage's intros with Shang Tsung has him quip "Every man dies, not every man really lives".
  • In one of Noob Saibot's interactions with himself.
    Noob Saibot 1: Who are you, ghost?
    Noob Saibot 1: Return to your deathly hollow.
  • One of Cassie Cage's "Social Media" intros against Kotal Kahn has her state she's not worried because "He's no samurai, Jac."
  • Baraka’s Mythic victory pose, where he crosses his arms in front of his chest, is called "Tarkata Forever".
  • One of the customizations for Jax's arms, a paint job resembling the American flag, is called "This Is America".
  • Frost's default intro shows her head and spine being lowered into her body, similar to the introductory scene of the Borg Queen.
  • One of Frost's winposes is similar to Fulgore's in the 2013 Killer Instinct reboot.
  • In one of Sonya Blade's intro quotes with Frost, she calls her a "Do Nothing Bitch." Yet another Actor Allusion.
  • In one of Frost's intros with Sub-Zero, she mentions how the circle is now complete and that she is now the master.
  • In one of Kotal Kahn’s intros with Shao Kahn, he says that oceans rise, empires fall, and that Shao won’t be back.
  • Shang Tsung references The Rocky Horror Picture Show in one of his intros with Geras, informing his opponent that "In seven days, I can make you a man." He also references Dr. Frankfurter’s line about "quivering with anticipation."
  • Shang Tsung also offers to make Baraka "better, faster, stronger" in one of their intros.
  • During one of Cetrion's intros with Kitana, she tells Kitana that "Your lack of faith disturbs me.".
  • During the Terminator's arcade ending, Cassie narrates that the war between man and machine is a losing game that ends in mutually assured destruction no matter how many times the Terminator restarts time, and the only way to win is not to play.
  • The Terminator gets a ton of Actor Allusions to Arnold Schwarzenegger's career; for example, in one intro dialog he asks if Johnny Cage has ever killed anyone, and Johnny responds "Yeah, but they were all bad."
  • Tying in with Raiden being based on Lightning from Big Trouble in Little China, one of his end-of-round taunts is lifted verbatim from Lightning's arrival in that movie, riding down from a bolt of lightning before engaging in a similar kata.
    • An exchange between Liu Kang and Johnny Cage also references dialogue from the movie.
      Johnny Cage: Nothing or Double? God bless you.
      Liu Kang: My mind and my spirit are as one.
      Johnny Cage: Then let's shake the Pillars of Heaven.
  • The French version of the game has the Joker call Jax RoboCop in one of their intros.
  • One of Spawn's intros has him tell the Joker "Your Angel of Death awaits" — a phrase he heard from another violent anti-hero with a billowing cape.
  • Spawn's "Angel of Mercy Skin" gives him red skin and black markings on his face akin to Deadpool.
  • Kotal Kahn's Matinee Skin resembles Conan the Barbarian.
  • Jacqui Briggs' Space Marine Skin heavily resembles the outfit worn by Ellen Ripley in Alien.
  • On one of the Joker's intros, he cuts his thumb with his own knife and then smears all that blood onto his face to create his smile. All of this is obviously referencing the scene in Joker where Arthur smears the blood on his nose and mouth into a smile on his face.
  • In one of RoboCop's intros with Terminator, the former insists they have met before despite Terminator claiming to not have records of it.
  • In another of RoboCop's intros with the Terminator, RoboCop declares that machines are either a benefit or a hazard, and that beneficial machines aren't his problem.
  • The Retrocade level has arcade machines for old Midway titles in the background- such as Primal Rage and Rampage: World Tour.
  • Frost's Friendship involves her whipping up her own ice rink and doing a rapid two-foot spin while her head remains motionless and fixed in place, much like the Snow Miser.
  • One of Fujin's cosmetic items slicks back his hair and makes it pointy, making him resemble Vergil from the Devil May Cry series. During a Developers' breakdown video of his Gameplay Reveal, one of the MK11 devs even noted Fujin was "motivated", referencing a Vergil-related meme.
  • One of Johnny Cage's intros with Skarlet references Gone with the Wind. Skarlet says "I'll never go thirsty again", and Cage replies with "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
  • Rain's "Power Washer" Fatality has him perform a Bohemian Parody pose (referencing the cover of Queen II) with Smoke, Ermac and Reptile.
  • In his reveal trailer, after executing his opponent, Shang Tsung points directly at the camera and recreates the opening scene of Mortal Kombat by proclaiming: "YOUR SOUL IS MINE!"
  • One interaction between Rambo and Cassie has the latter say "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot".
  • One match between Mileena and Cetrion has her complaining that Kronika altered a deal she had with her, to which Cetrion responds by telling her to pray she doesn't alter it further.
  • When setting Johnny Cage as the game's announcer, he might instead refer to a fighter by a nickname. The shout outs include:
    • Big Troublenote 
    • Mr. Roarkenote 
    • Thundercatnote 
    • 1.21 Gigawattsnote 
    • Mini-Menote 
    • Real Steelnote 
    • Jugga-bronote 
    • Guns and Bruisesnote 
    • Fright Nightnote 
    • Once Bittennote 
    • Skarlet Jo-Mansonnote 
    • Toastynote 
    • Sting note 
    • Grim Shadynote 
    • Moby Ghostnote 
    • Chilly Willynote 
    • Citizen Kanonote 
    • Kicky Longstockingsnote 
    • I'll buy that for a dollarnote 
    • Hey there, Buckaroonote 
    • Mama Roachnote 
    • Creature Featurenote 
    • Captain Hooksnote 
    • Footloosenote 
    • Busta Timesnote 
    • Nowhere Mannote 
    • Purple Painnote 
    • The Artist note 
    • Windy Citynote 
    • KAAAAAAHNnote 
    • Kotal the Barbariannote 
  • One of the variants of Rain is called "Formerly Known" (yet another Prince reference), and many of his combo strings are named after Prince songs.
  • One of Rain's combos is called "Prince of Pain", the same ephitet given to Goro in the Malibu comics series.
  • The water cutter Rain forms in his "Eye-Solated" fatality looks a lot like a Destructo Disc.
  • In one intro Geras and Kotal Kahn of all people end up referencing The Princess Bride
    Geras: If you kill me I will only become stronger.
    Kotal Kahn: Then we shall fight this battle To the Pain.
    Geras: I'm not familar with that phrase.
  • Johnny can give the impression that one of his powers is compelling movie quotes:
    Geras: I have seen things you can imagine/
  • The 29th stage of the Gauntlet is one big one to Captain Planet and the Planeteers. You first have to fight five opponents representing each of the Planeteers with powers that fit the element, and finally Centrion, who represents Captain Planet himself.
  • One of Sindel's variation names is "YOU... will die", a shout out to the most infamous line in MK Annihilation.
  • In one intro between Johnny and Liu, Johnny tells his friend that he admires Sonya's strategic mind. Liu retorts that "it's not her mind you're admiring." Johnny simply replies "It's true..." This is an almost exact word for word recreation of dialogue the two shared in the first movie.
  • In one intro with Fujin, Johnny Cage mentions that he's already beaten Earth and Fire. Fujin thinks he's reffering to elementals returning.