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  • Actor-Shared Background: Like Jax, his voice actor, William Stephens, served in the United States Army.
  • All-Star Cast: As with previous titles done by NetherRealm Studios, Mortal Kombat 11 includes a handful of A-list voice actors such as Richard Epcar, Dave B. Mitchell, JB Blanc, Steve Blum, Keith David, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kelly Hu, Troy Baker, Erica Lindbeck, Phil LaMarr, Sean Chiplock, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Kari Wahlgren, Chris Cox, Peter Weller, Mela Lee and for good measure, Jennifer Hale as its Big Bad.
  • Approval of God:
  • Banned in China:
    • The game was banned in Japan for gory violence.note 
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    • It was banned in Ukraine due to the blatant Soviet reference in Skarlet's Kold War outfit.
    • It was banned in Indonesia for both of the above mentioned reasons. Bafflingly, it was publicly advertised some time before the announcement by WB itself and the previous Mortal Kombat games, including the mobile games, aren't banned.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Content Leak:
    • A lot of what was revealed at the Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Event on January 17, 2019 was leaked thanks to an email that got sent to a random software engineer outside of NetherRealm Studios.
    • A leaked image ended up confirming several characters before NetherRealm had a chance to reveal them, which was affirmed by the Story trailer dropping the same week, particularly Jacqui Briggs and Erron Black. This goes in tandem with a list of Steam achievements that also made the same allusions.
    • One week before release, physical copies of the game leaked early, naturally bringing attention to many then-unrevealed elements, like unlockable character Frost and the Mercy mechanic.
  • Creator's Favorite: Lampshaded this time with one of Scorpion's variations, which is simply called Boon's Main.
  • Development Gag:
    • An intro dialogue for a Johnny Cage Mirror Match has the two Johnnys think about making a movie about twin cops taking on the Triads. This Shout-Out to Double Impact also pokes fun at how Johnny was conceptualized as a Jean-Claude Van Damme Expy after Midway's original plans to make a video game adaptation of Bloodsport fell through.
    • One of Frost's intros when fighting Shao Kahn has her comment that he's shorter than she imagined. This is a reference to the fact that Brian Glynn, the body actor for Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3, was actually shorter than most of the cast members, with Midway upscaling his photos to create Shao Kahn's sprite.
    • A Shang Tsung mirror match intro has one Shang identify himself as Shang Lao, which was the original name he had during the development of the first game.
  • Directed by Cast Member: In the Latin American Spanish dub, both Óscar Flores (Liu Kang) and Alan Fernando Velázquez (Kung Lao) are among the dubbing direction crew composed by Mario Heras, Betzabe Jara, Miguel Ángel Ruiz and Miguel Ángel Leal.
  • Dueling Games: To Dead or Alive 6. See Fandom Rivalry in the YMMV page for more details.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Because of YouTube heavily hitting uncensored videos, the Sea of Blood stage has been nicknamed the "Sea of Demonetization".
    • In the game's story mode, when some of the characters disappear after being covered by Kronika's sand, some players refer to them as being "Thanos-snapped".
    • Following the Aftermath DLC reveal, Due to their lack of official title, the team-up of Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, and Fujin has been commonly referred to as the 'Shang Gang'.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Fans of Richard Epcar knew that a new Mortal Kombat installment was in development when he posted on social media back in the summer of 2018 that he was doing some voice recording at Warner Bros. This was all it took to know that the game was in development at a time when it wouldn't be officially announced for another few months.
    • Frost was a very popular guess as a playable character even before the leaks were revealed. Sure enough, she was the last officially revealed character in the game mere hours before the game was released.
    • Due to her lack of appearances in the trailers for story mode, many assumed that Present!Sonya would be killed off in the first chapter by sacrificing herself. They were right.
  • Jossed: One theory from the game's reveal trailer regarding the story mode was that Kronika would bring characters from the previous timeline to intervene with the current timeline's events. This proved to be false, as only the characters' past selves from the current timeline appeared.
  • Left It In: In Kotal Kahn Reveal Trailer, while most reveal trailers has the title character defeating and finishing off the opponent, Kotal Khan was curbstomped by Jacqui, hit with a fatal bow, and executed with a Fatality, complete with Jacqui's finishing pose. Ed Boon has stated that this was an error that slipped by.
  • Lying Creator:
    • During Epic Games reveal of the Unreal Engine 4, Ed Boon tweeted that the next Mortal Kombat game would be powered under that engine, amazed by how it did look. Alas, this game is being powered through the same engine Mortal Kombat X ran, a modified version of Epic's Unreal Engine 3.
    • After the backlash over the unplayable fighters in MKX's story, Boon stated multiple times that there would be no unplayable fighters in story mode apart from Kronika. Sure enough, Cyrax and Sektor, with their moveset from Triborg's variations in MKX, have been featured in story mode in chapter 4, with the latter also appearing as an opponent in chapter 6.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Austin Aries was aware of the comparisons of this game's incarnation of Kano, and promised a T-shirt.
  • The Original Darrin: Outside of Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials, for the first time since RoboCop 2, RoboCop is played by Peter Weller.
  • The Other Darrin: Many of the returning characters were recast in this game:
    • English version:
    • Latin American Spanish version:
      • Prior to the official announcement, Eduardo Garza revealed that the studio responsible for the localization of MKX, Pink Noise México, decided to go in a different direction, meaning that he wouldn't reprise his roles as Kung Lao and Reptile. Alan Fernando Velázquez replaces him as Kung Lao, while Reptile makes a non-speaking cameo in the Krypt.
      • Sergio Bonilla replaces Mario Castañeda as Johnny Cage. Weirdly enough, there are many loops with Mr. Castañeda as Johnny, this is probably was a last decision of the studio to replace him and forget to replace the voice samples. According to Mario himself in a convention, he recorded a few lines before the studio decides to cast Sergio as Johnny. A post-release patch changed Johnny's samples recorded by Mario to those of Sergio.
      • Gerardo Vásquez neither comes back to voice both Jax and Baraka, and are now voiced by Héctor Estrada and Carlos del Campo, respectively.
      • Kitana isn't being voiced by Mireya Mendoza, the role being taken over by Toni Rodríguez.
      • Ricardo Tejedo is replaced by Santos Alberto as Kano.
      • Sektor went from Carlos Hernández to Carlo Vázquez.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Sean Chiplock is primarily known for his young, heroic protagonists in various anime and video game works alike, so it's a big surprise for fans who are familiar with his voice work that he voices Noob Saibot, who happens to be the Evil Counterpart to Sub-Zero and sporting a Guttural Growler voice to match that.
    • Even more with Latin American Spanish dub for everyone's surprise: Tommy Rojas, known for voicing the Pretty Boy Chat Noir in Miraculous Ladybug, but in this game he voices Noob Saibot, who is supposed to have a deeper and raspy growl, and is the evil older brother to Sub-Zero (whose voice of Sebastián Llapur clearly had more deeper voice than his older brother). This fact can be compared with Héctor Emmanuel Gómez, the younger dubber voicing the "Evil" older Uchiha brother Itachi to Víctor Ugarte, the older dubber voicing the anti-heroic younger Uchiha brother Sasuke in the Latin American Spanish dub of Naruto.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Ronda Rousey has been a fan of Mortal Kombat since childhood, and Sonya Blade was her first memory of an Action Girl, who she "admittedly kind of emulated in [her] own way" in her UFC and WWE careers. Now she's in MK11 providing the voice of Sonya. During Elimination Chamber 2019, Rousey sported a ring gear based of Sonya's vest and leather pants outfit in MK9 with the military hat from MKX and MK11 as an entrance gear.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Some voice actors were reused from Injustice 2. Besides Sub-Zero appearing in the game, Baraka is Hal Jordan, Raiden is the Joker (it is full circle since both have appeared in Injustice 2 and Joker is DLC for this game), Kitana is Starfire, Frost (Sara Cravens) is Power Girl, Shao Kahn and Cyrax (Ike Amadi) are Atrocitus, The Atom (Ryan Choi [Matthew Yang King]) is now Liu Kang, Jacqui Briggs is Vixen, Kotal Kahn is Aquaman and John Stewart, and Sheeva is Black Canary.
  • Role Reprise:
    • English version:
    • Latin American Spanish version:
      • Octavio Rojas returns as Scorpion/Hanzo Hasashi.
      • Sebastián Llapur returns as Sub-Zero II/Kuai Liang.
      • Gerardo Reyero is back again as Raiden after being temporally replaced by Santos Alberto in Injustice 2.
      • Óscar Flores is back again as Liu Kang.
      • Gabriela Guzmán returns as Cassie Cage.
      • Rebeca Patiño returns as Sonya Blade.
      • Xóchitl Ugarte returns as Jacqui Briggs.
      • Carla Castañeda returns as Frost.
      • Humberto Solórzano is back again as Kotal Kahn.
      • Magda Giner is back again as D'Vorah.
      • Idzi Dutkiewicz is back again as both Erron Black and Shinnok.
      • Blas Garcia, the regular dub voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Latin American Spanish, returns as the T-800.
      • José Antonio Macías returns to his signature role of The Joker.
      • Víctor Hugo Aguilar reprises as Spawn after voicing the character in the HBO animated series of the same name.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • English version:
      • Steve Blum voices both Sub-Zero and Baraka.
      • Sean Chiplock voices both Noob Saibot and Kharon.
      • Ike Amadi voices both Shao Kahn and Cyrax.
      • Dave B. Mitchell voices both Geras and Sektor.
      • For the third time, Richard Epcar voices both Raiden and The Joker.
      • Troy Baker voices both Erron Black and Shinnok for the second time.
      • Matthew Yang King voices both Liu Kang and Fujin.
    • Latin American Spanish version:
      • Santos Alberto voices both Kano and an unnamed Elder God.
      • Alicia Barragán voices both Jade and one of Johnny Cage's film crew members.
      • Edson Matus voices both Kollector and a Special Forces computer system voiceover.
  • Teasing Creator: NetherRealm's at it again. To wit:
    • Prior to the Reveal Event, Ed Boon posted a screenshot on his Twitter account of a lizard, fueling speculation that Reptile, Chameleon or Khameleon would be announced for the roster. Come the Reveal Event, and the lizard ends up being stabbed in Baraka's fight introduction.
    • At the Reveal Event, during Tyler Lansdowne's discussion of the Kombat Kast, a character zoomed past the onscreen logo. Despite the character clearly being Kabal, Lansdowne refused to speak further about it, leaving fans to wait until the Kombat Kast on February 5 to find out more.note 
    • How did we knew about Liu Kang? With a clue given to us by NRS's own Daanish Syed:
      "Reading all the MK11 reactions have been incredible. Even some of the criticisms have been totally welcome and may inform how the game shapes up. I am a little shocked nobody asked about a very subtle tease we put in the demo. People will lose their minds when we reveal it."
    • In the wake of the "Ultra Instinct Shaggy" meme, fans posted a petition to have Shaggy in this game. Ed Boon would join in on the fun when he posted fan art of "Ultra Instinct Shaggy" on his Twitter account. However, during a Kombat Kast live stream, it was confirmed that Shaggy wouldn't appear in the game.
    • Twenty hours before the Official Shang Tsung Gameplay Trailer, Ed Boon showed a picture of Rain in his klassic outfit, while quoting Prince, who inspired the character via the song "Purple Rain". Seven hours later, Boon also called a tweet on Prince "genius". Come the actual trailer, and it turns out that "Rain" is really Shang Tsung transformed in order to use one of Rain's moves. Some fans, such as YouTuber Dynasty, figured this out ahead of time.
  • Troubled Production: Like many a major Western release, this game had an ugly development cycle that was leaked post launch. One account spoke of how after MK9 and Injustice, the workload worsen for the staff, as they were frequently expected to pull in 80-100 hour work weeks. The same account also alleged that the female employees were treated like garbage. A second account spoke of how uncomfortable it was to research all the blood and gore in the game, so much so that one developer was diagnosed with PTSD.
  • Word of Saint Paul:
    • According to Todd McFarlane, the highly requested Spawn was "on his way" to MK11. Sure enough, the Official Shang Tsung Gameplay Trailer reveals his prediction to be correct.
    • Bruce Campbell posted on his Facebook page that Ash Williams will not be a DLC character, but people aren't buying it. It could mean that he wasn't asked to voice the character, similar to Ash's appearance in Poker Night 2, and thus isn't in any informed state to actually confirm or deny it. There's also the fact that earlier, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa had made a similar announcement about not reprising his role as Shang Tsung which quickly turned out to be false, so some fans speculate that Campbell is pulling the same act. When the Kombat Pack 1 was originally announced Ash was listed as being one of the fighters, but when the roster was revealed he had been replaced by The Joker.
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