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  • Ascended Meme: "Portal Kombat" became one of the modifiers for Test Your Luck.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • Jax's Dillon costume comes complete with Carl Weathers providing a voice track unique to the costume.
    • In the Brazilian version, Cassie is voiced by pop-rock singer Pitty, complete with a slyly inserted reference to one of her hits.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Due to the horn-like headgear on one of his outfits, some fans jokingly refer to Shinnok as "Maleficent." His visual and audible resemblance to Emperor Palpatine has also led to the name "Darth Maleficent" in some circles.
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    • Takeda is a nice guy who has lots of dad issues, is one of the most powerful Earthrealm defenders and his family is his Berserk Button. This has lead many fans to call him "Gohan".
    • Quan Chi's posse of skeletons during his winpose have gained the moniker of of "The Zero Issue Boys", as coined by prominent FGC member Aris "AvoidingThePuddle" Bakhtanians.
    • The Xenomorph Guest Fighter, on account of being a Tarkatan hybrid, has received many nicknames like "Barakalien", "Tarkatalien", "Xenotarkatan", and so forth in that fashion.
    • "Kombat Kids" for the group of Cassie Cage, Jacqui, Takeda, and Kung Jin.
    • "Mortal Kombat 40" for Mortal Kombat XL, used snarkily due to XL being the Roman numeral for 40.
  • I Knew It!: In part 5 of their MKX Let's Play, Pat from Two Best Friends Play admits that his fantasy is that the story mode ends with Liu Kang and Kitana replacing Shinnok as the rulers of the Netherrealm. Guess how the story mode ends?
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  • Jossed: Longtime fans had often pondered how closely related Goro and Kintaro were, if they were related at all beyond being Shokan. Some even assumed that Kintano was Goro's relative, like a distant cousin of sorts. In this game, Goro himself answers the question in pre-fight dialogue with Kitana. Not only are they not related at all, they don't even like each other. Goro calls him a "striped commoner."
  • Lying Creator: Some of the statements made by Ed Boon before the game was released have turned out to be total bollocks. Most can be seen as half truth From a Certain Point of View though:
    • Kotal Kahn not remaining Emperor of Outworld for the whole game (he does).
    • Quan Chi's goals being finally realized. He ends up losing most of his powers and playing second fiddle to D'Vorah and Shinnok before being killed off by Scorpion.
    • The game containing a bigger number of new characters introduced than Deadly Alliance, which has 12 (this game has 8).
    • Another ambiguous case of lying / half-truth came after the game's release; when answering fan mail during the "No One Can Hear You Scream" Kombat Kast, NetherRealm Studios was asked about rumors that Cyber Sub-Zero would return. They immediately dismissed the rumor as false, stating that as Sub-Zero had become a revenant there was no way he could return as a robot. With the release of Mortal Kombat XL, it turns out that Cyber Sub-Zero is a secret variant of Triborg, not Sub-Zero.
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    • Boon had stated that the Big Bad and/or Final Boss would be a "surprise returning character". It is false in that the foreshadowed villain in Mortal Kombat 9's Stinger would be this game's main antagonist. However, it can still be considered true in that Shinnok's Corrupted form was visible again for the first time in close to two decades after it had debuted in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero.
  • Meaningful Release Date: Jason was announced as a guest characters on Friday the 13th.
  • The Other Darrin: Several returning characters from MK9 have new voice actors while Rain and Kenshi now have proper voices instead of just grunts:
    • Baraka: Bob Carter -> Greg Eagles
    • Goro: Ken Lally -> Vic Chao
    • Jax: Gerald C. Rivers -> Greg Eagles
    • Johnny Cage: Jeff Pilson -> Andrew Bowen
    • Kung Lao: Jin Hyong -> Will Yun Lee
    • Sektor: Andrew Kishino -> Vic Chao
    • Shinnok: Ken Lally -> Troy Baker
    • Sindel: Lani Minella -> Kelly Hu
    • Smoke: Ken Lally -> Andrew Bowen
    • Sonya: Dana Lyn Baron -> Tricia Helfer
    • Sub-Zero: Jim Miller -> Steve Blum
    • Jamieson Price voices Ermac, even though Michael McConnohie returned to voice Kano.
    • While Karen Strassman does reprise her role of Kitana, some of her battle grunts were oddly borrowed from Grey DeLisle during her stint as Catwoman in Injustice.
  • Pop-Star Composer: System of a Down lended "Chop Suey!" for the game's TV launch trailer.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Armageddon was supposed to segue into a new era of Mortal Kombat, where the cast would be composed of a next generation of characters, but was sidelined by Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and the eventual reboot. This game finally gets to implement said generation, albeit alongside the original cast members.
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  • Role Reprisal:
  • Talking to Himself: Sub-Zero vs. Reptile or Bo' Rai Cho, Erron Black vs. Shinnok, Alien vs. Predator (vocal effects only), and Kenshi vs. Goro or Triborg.
  • Teasing Creator: Ed Boon uses his Twitter account to poke fun at the fans, such as teasing them over the desire to see Spawn included. Other potential DLC characters he likes teasing include the T-800 Model 101 and Xenomorph. Cue the Kombat Pack 2 trailer, where there is a Xenomorph coming out of Baraka.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Stage transitions were considered, and there were even two interconnected arenas, but this was axed.
    • Cassie Cage's "Brawler" variant originally had glowing green hands, but it was later changed to yellow gloves.
    • Kano's "Cutthroat" variant originally had his cybernetic heart and eyes glow green, but it was later changed to blue. The initial green instead was used for the "no variation chosen" model.
    • Raiden's X-Ray, when it was initially shown, started with a roundhouse kick to the jaw, followed by a shock to the back and crushing an organ. It was later changed to a more aerial and electric combo, the initial roundhouse kick being re-purposed to the start of Johnny Cage's X-Ray. Furthermore, his "Master of Storms" variation was originally called "Storm Lord".
    • Leatherface originally had a mask resembling that of his appearance in Texas Chainsaw 3D.
    • Other variations on Mileena's redesigned face were considered, including a snake-like jaw.
    • In February 2015, Todd McFarlane extended a limited-time offer to NetherRealm to utilize Spawn in some of their games as part of his deal with Warner Bros. It was stated that Spawn would not be appearing in Injustice 2, leading to rampant speculation he would appear in MKX. Further fueling speculation, Ed Boon tweeted a picture of the Spawn DVD packaged in a box set with the Mortal Kombat films, though his caption wasn't exactly encouraging, and posted a couple of other tweets poking fun at fans requesting to see Spawn in MKX. In an interview in April 2015, Boon mentioned that while Spawn was discussed as a potential guest character early on, he didn't remember Todd having extended the offer to utilize the character.
    • This game was previously announced in late 2014 to feature console exclusive guest characters for the PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Sony gave no specifics aside from saying that it would not be Kratos again, while Microsoft Studios had hinted that theirs would be one from Killer Instinct. For whatever reason, neither set of characters made the cut.
    • Judging by images in the Krypt for Erron Black's Brutalities, he was originally intended to keep his Nice Hat for all his variations instead of just the Gunslinger one. Also, Brian Chard, one the writers, stated in a Twitter post that the character that would become the final version's Erron Black was originally conceived as a female.
    • Other statements by the creators include that Reiko and Rain were considered for the roster (though the latter got to appear as a non-playable story mode opponent) and that Jarek, Kira, and the aforementioned Reiko were considered for making cameo appearances in story mode.
    • The game was meant to be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. However, in August 2015, it was announced that these versions had been cancelled.
    • Terminator and Michael Myers were strongly considered for DLC. Terminator was dropped because of licensing costs, and Myers was passed up because the pending Halloween film in the works at the time was cancelled.
  • Word of Gay: NetherRealm staffers confirmed on Twitter that the dialogue between Kung Jin and Raiden in Jin's flashback stage is exactly what it sounds like.
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