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Mortal Kombat is the Trope Codifier, if not the Trope Maker, and definitely the Trope Namer, starting with The Pit Fatality in the first game. However, the series didn't start counting stage fatalities as such until the second game, and in certain games you could execute those at any time in the match, provided both players are in the same zone. Behold!

Mortal Kombat

  • Only in one stage (The Pit). The opponent is uppercutted and falls onto a series of spikes. Unlike its successors, there was no unique input needed to accomplish this; a normal uppercut would suffice.
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Mortal Kombat II

  • Dead Pool: The opponent is uppercutted onto the acid pit, and their skin and flesh are removed, leaving a bone husk.
  • Kombat Tomb: The opponent is uppercutted onto the ceiling spikes. With a secret kombination, they also fall from the spikes.
  • The Pit II: The opponent is uppercutted onto the bottom, which (this time) lacks the spikes. Notably, this made use of specialized sprite cutscenes that shows the victim falling down from the top; due to the unique animations, this Fatality did not return for the stage's later appearance in Mortal Kombat Trilogy.

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Mortal Kombat 3

  • The Subway (3/U/T): The opponent is uppercutted from the ceiling upon the tracks, where a subway train runs onto them.
  • Shao Kahn/Bell Tower (3/U/T): The opponent is uppercutted and falls from several floors upon a bed of spikes.
  • The Pit 3 (3/U/T): The opponent is uppercutted and falls onto a series of giant spinning blades.
  • Scorpion's Lair (U/T): The opponent is uppercutted from the ceiling upon the stage's lava, where they're incinerated.
  • The Pit 1 (T): The opponent is uppercutted and falls onto a series of spikes.
  • Dead Pool (T): The opponent is uppercutted onto the acid pit, and their skin and flesh are removed, leaving a bone husk.

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Mortal Kombat 4

  • The Prison (4/G): The opponent is swinged upon the big fans.
  • Goro's Lair (4/G): The opponent is uppercutted onto the ceiling spikes. With a secret kombination, they also fall from the spikes.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

In this game the Stage Fatalities proper are now rechristened as "Death Traps". This game's implementation of the Stage Fatalities allow you to pull these off any point of any round, meaning you could uppercut your opponent into a mass of spinning blades at the end of round one and they'll be back, hale and hearty, at the start of round two.

  • Slaughterhouse: In the lower floor, the opponent can be thrown to a pair of parallel segmented cylinders with spikes laden on them; the spikes will shred the unlucky character and their blood will paint the walls behind them.
  • Sky Temple: From the lower balcony, the opponent is pushed to the ground, turning into mush.
  • Yin Yang Island: In the Outworld side, a strong attack will send the opponent to the ocean, in order to be eaten by piranhas.
  • Hell's Foundry: Players can be sent to the foundry press and become part of the metal slabs.
  • Falling Cliffs: Stepping onto one of the falling blocks leaves the unfortunate stepper onto the spikes below.
  • Golden Desert: In the lower level, players can get krushed by falling statues or pulled onto the lower level, where they get impaled onto a rock spire.
  • The Dark Prison: The opponent is crushed between the two spiked walls in the human compactor.
  • Lower Mines: On the upper floor, players can get thrown to the beast's head. On the lower floor, players can get thrown onto the steel rock crusher or thrown onto a fire pit.
  • The Pit: The opponent is uppercutted and falls onto a spike.
  • Dead Pool: The opponent is uppercutted onto the acid pit, and their skin and flesh are removed, leaving a bone husk.
  • Quan Chi's Fortress: The opponent is uppercutted onto a laserweb which dissects them into small pieces.
  • Kuatan Palace: Players can get pushed onto the molten lava surrounding the platform.
  • Dragon King's Temple: The opponent is pulled onto the spikes surrounding the arena. In Konquest and Arcade modes, you can't throw Onaga into these spikes, but he can.
  • The Nexus: Players can get thrown through a wall upon a portal that sucks and destroys them.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Same deal as Deception. In addition to those found back in Deception, here are the new stage traps.
  • The Armory: It has two death traps, one is the molten metal pool, and the other is the rolling rock crusher.
  • Shao Kahn's Arena: It now has four death traps: a meat grinder, an acid pool, a molten lava pool, and a spike pool.
  • Bell Tower: The opponents can be knocked down to several floors upon a spike with four sharp edges, with their legs and arms being cut. Unlike other death traps, this is a proper Stage Fatality in that it can only be done at the "FINISH HIM/HER!" phase of the fight.
  • Evil Tower: Players can be thrown to the void in the empty section of the arena.
  • Fire Well: The arena is now two-tiered, and the lower level features a conveyor belt with a large wheel at its end. Those unfortunate enough to end on it end up being turn into powder.
  • Lumber Mill: The player is thrown to the grinder in order to be teared to shreds.
  • The Subway: Players can be thrown onto the subway's rails, and a subway train will run upon them.
  • The Wastelands: Players can be thrown onto a catapult and be thrown and smashed upon a wall.
  • Outworld Spire: The opponent is knocked down onto a sharp hanging lamp.

Mortal Kombat 9

The Stage Fatalities are back to their klassic form: they can only be executed in certain stages, and only in the "FINISH HIM/HER!" phase.

  • Living Forest: The opponent is thrown to a tree, who proceeds to eat them.
  • Chamber of the Flame: It has three where the opponent: (X) is thrown onto flamethrowers and reduced to mush upon crash-landing, (△) sent to crushers which destroy their legs, then their upper torso, then their head, and (O) sent to sharp axes which dissect them onto pieces.
  • Hell: The opponent's face is shoven onto the lava, with their skull intact.
  • The Subway: The opponent's face is smashed upon the left subway train, and they're then thrown onto the right subway train.
  • The Street: The opponent is bodyslammed upon the street, and a taxi smashes their head, decapitating them.
  • The Pit (and The Pit Night): The opponent is uppercutted and falls onto a series of spikes.
  • Dead Pool: The opponent is uppercutted onto the acid pit, and their skin and flesh are removed, leaving a bone husk.

Mortal Kombat X

This game took a bit to implement both Stage Fatalities (available through Kombat Pack 2) and the different updates also added Stage Brutalities. Behold!

  • The Pit X: The Stage Fatality has the winner throwing the loser onto the spikes, as usual. This time, halfway, they also lose an arm.
  • Refugee Kamp: The Stage Fatality has the winner uppercutting their opponent and SF soldiers gunning down mid-air the loser.
  • The Kove:
    • The Stage Fatality has the winner uppercutting their opponent and a Kraken catching them mid-air, smashing them through the stage and sinking them to the bottom of the sea, mutilating them in the process.
    • The first Stage Brutality involves one of the corpses brought by the sea being thrown to the loser, who explodes.
    • The second Stage Brutality involves uppercutting the loser onto the sea. The loser, beheaded and mutilated, will surface like one of the interactable corpses.
  • Outworld Marketplace: Stage Brutality: Blanche can be used as a Stage Brutality in two ways: the first as usual, smashing her onto the winner's enemy, and the other also smashes her, but also has Blanche attacking the loser and smashing their head.
  • Dark Woods: Stage Brutality: A log can be thrown onto an enemy, impaling the loser upon their lower torso.
  • Quan Chi's Fortress: Stage Brutality: Shao Kahn's Wrath Hammer can be used to smash the enemy in pieces with a powerful strike.
  • Lin Kuei Temple: Stage Brutality: Holding Forward while throwing one of the flames at Jump distance will cause the flame to burn away the skin of the opponent's upper torso.
  • Kuatan Jungle: Stage Brutality: The opponent's head is smashed upon one of the statues.

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