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  • Banned in China: According to this article, Australia's censors have banned the game due to the graphic violence in the fatalities. It's banned to such a point that they have the border patrol on the lookout for attempts to import the game.
    • It's also Banned In Germany. However, importing "banned" games isn't a big problem here.
    • Sheeva's ending in the game pokes fun at this controversy.
    • Following the introduction of an R18+ rating for video games in Australia in early 2013, the "Komplete Edition" has received approval and can legally be sold locally, as well as imported.
  • Development Gag: The younger Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang, aka the younger Sub-Zero), according to his bio, went by the code name of Tundra before taking up his brother's title. Tundra was the original name considered for Sub-Zero.
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  • Executive Meddling: Kratos's different animations for when he falls victim to certain fatalities was a design decision which, according to Ed Boon, was requested by Sony Computer Entertainment as they didn't want to make him look weak.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Cyb-Zero for... guess.
    • "Portal Kombat": The release date of the game itself, simply for coinciding with that of Portal 2's; the temptation to switch out the "M" in "Mortal" for a "P" proved to be too great. And, considering that portals factor into the backstory so often...
      • Scorpion and Noob Saibot's second fatalities and the latter's Babality wouldn't seem too out of place in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center.
    • Gravity Squeeze for Ermac's "Cannonball Slam" X-Ray Move, due to its aesthetic similarities to Magneto's Level 3 in MvC3.
    • Kittentaro: Kintaro's more feline appearance in this game (he more closely resembled a tiger in Armageddon). Can also be applied to his Babality.
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    • Mortal Kombat 9 itself is a Fan Nickname, as the game's official title is Mortal Kombat. Depending on what community you're a part of, Mortal Kombat 2011 is also a common nickname.
    • Thunder Idiot or God of Blunder for Raiden due to his many Idiot Ball moments throughout the game.
    • Raidude (used by Johnny once in Story Mode) also seems to be picking up in certain circles.
    • Cyblax for Cyrax's human form; used primarily by the game's competitive community, as Cyrax's human and robot forms have subtle but game-altering differences in their movesets.
  • Flip-Flop of God: In development, earlier reports noted that the Sub-Zero in this game was Bi-Han, the elder Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero's vignette and combo video showed that it was Kuai Liang, the younger brother instead, once again taking up his brother's title and out for Scorpion's blood. In the end, both Sub-Zeroes (and Noob Saibot), in a way, made the cut for the game, and none of them remain as human Sub-Zero: Bi-Han is killed by Scorpion and turned by Quan Chi into Noob Saibot; and Kuai Liang, the Sub-Zero of the roster, is turned into Cyber Sub-Zero. There's even a battle between them at some point. Of note is that both Sub-Zeroes have different costumes, and Bi-Han's one is the alternate.
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  • Hey, It's That Sound!: Richard Epcar's vocal effects for the Joker from Mortal Kombat VSDC Universe were reused for Shang Tsung's clown form.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Seeing as Deception's Konquest mode established that Kenshi (the blind swordsman from Deadly Alliance and one of the few Ensemble Darkhorses from the post-MK3 era) had been around since the time of the first game (he had apparently Missed the Call for joining the tournament, and thus missed his chance to enact his revenge on Shang Tsung), many assumed that he had a good chance of making it onto the roster here. He was confirmed as DLC.
    • There had also been a fan theory since the time of Gold (thanks to Cyrax's ending) that the Lin Kuei's ranks do not consist exclusively of Chinese people (or those of Chinese ancestry in the case of the Chinese-American-Cyromancer Sub-Zero bros., who were taken to China against their will by their father). Smoke and Cyrax's bios confirm this to be true; the former hails from Prague and is named Tomas Vrbada, while the latter is Motswana and was recruited to join the clan (so... Slavic and African "ninjas"?).
  • Jossed: It had been assumed for years among the fandom that Jade's parents were Edenian nobility, thus explaining how she and Kitana were so close during their childhood and beyond. In reality, Jade was actually offered as a tribute to Shao Kahn in her infant years, where she was raised alongside Kitana as one of Kahn's assassins. It's unknown, however, if this is meant to apply to the original timeline, as MK9 has a few chronological deviations likely due to Raiden's actions, such as Mileena being created during the events of MKII instead of being created after Shao Kahn adopted Kitana and raised alongside her as Kitana's twin sister.
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  • Role Reprisal: Michael McConnohie, Tom Choi, Ronald M. Banks, Richard Epcar, Patrick Seitz, Dana Lyn Baron and Jim Miller reprise their Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe roles as Kano, Liu Kang, Quan Chi, Raiden, Scorpion, Sonya Blade and Kuai Liang!Sub-Zero.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Michael McConnohie voices both Ermac and Kano.
    • Karen Strassman voices both Kitana and Mileena. Justified in their case.
    • Lani Minella voices both Sindel and Sheeva.
    • Jamieson Price voices both Noob Saibot and the Announcer.
    • Andrew Kishino voices both Shang Tsung and Sektor.
    • Bob Carter voices Shao Kahn and Baraka.
    • Ken Lally voices Smoke, Goro, and Shinnok.
    • Rhasaan Orange voices Cyrax and Kintaro.
    • Dana Lyn Baron voices both Sonya and Skarlet, even though the latter doesn't really speak - she just grunts.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Freddy Krueger's story in the game specifically calls out the fact he's wearing two claws when he normally only uses one, due to the game's reversible stances (since the Front and Back limbs aren't fixed because of the ability to swap a character's stance on a dime, any attack Freddy can use with one hand, he must be able to do with the other).
  • Shown Their Work: All of Freddy's attacks and combos are named after the many puns and one-liners he used in his movies.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Needles Kane (of Twisted Metal fame) was considered as a guest character for the PS3 version.
    • Early footage showed Scorpion originally had Quan Chi's "On Your Knees" Fatality and then a later CGI trailer showed he was probably going to have Kano's "Eat Your Heart Out" Fatality as well (he uses it on Sub-Zero in the trailer but not in gameplay).
    • Brutalities were considered for the game. It wasn't until X that they would be implemented.
    • The MK9 team also wanted to balance out Kratos with an exclusive character for the Xbox 360 but their request was thumbed down. As a compensation, the Season Pass was offered at a reduced price for Xbox 360 owners.
    • Single-Player Endurance and Survival modes were also in consideration, and were cut due to time constraints.
    • The finishing phase of the match would recycle the theme from MK vs. DC's finishing phase instead of the current theme.
  • Writer Revolt: Downplayed. Sony told the developers they weren't allowed to make Kratos look "weak", and thus a number of Fatalities were given unique differences when being done on Kratos.note  Kratos makes a cameo in the story mode... Albeit in a block of ice, implying that Kratos was defeated off-screen by Sub-Zero. The ice is conspicuously empty in the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game, leaving the impression that this was done specifically for Kratos.

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