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"This... was not your destiny, Shinnok. Once again, the Thunder God has upset the balance of history. But know this: The arc of the universe bends to my will. It is only a matter... of time."
Kronika, Story Mode Prologue

Mortal Kombat 11 is the upcoming eleventh official Fighting Game entry in the Mortal Kombat franchise - and the sequel of Mortal Kombat X, set to be released on April 23, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, and also the Nintendo Switch, being the first MK since Armageddon to release on a Nintendo platform. It is developed on a highly modified version of the Unreal Engine 3.

The game is set directly after the events of X, with Shinnok having been defeated, but not before he was successful in corrupting the Jinsei, Earthrealm's life force. Raiden purifies the Jinsei from within and survives; however, he succumbs to the evil taint, adopting vicious and uncompromising views on how to protect Earthrealm, a similar transformation that his self from the divergent timeline once underwent. Finally tired of Earthrealm constantly being in danger and embittered towards the Elder Gods he had faith in for so long, the now-unfettered Raiden sets out to actively retaliate against all who would threaten Earthrealm - as his timeline predecessor did. He decapitates Shinnok, who remains alive due to being an Elder God - but is unable to do anything anymore. However, before Shinnok's severed head is given to Liu Kang and Kitana in the Netherrealm as a warning, a mysterious woman by the name of Kronika appears before Shinnok outside of Raiden's notice, letting him know that she is now ready to take action against Raiden for disrupting the flow of time.


The game introduces a much deeper customization system: not only can each character's move set be radically changed with the new Custom Variation system, but their equipment and accessories can also be modified to create a unique look.

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    General Tropes 
  • Actor Allusion: One of Sonya's Mirror Match intro dialogues sees her tell her doppelgänger, "I don't give a damn about my reputation." Ronda Rousey, who voices Sonya, uses Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" as a theme in wrestling and MMA; the line about her reputation is taken almost word-for-word from that song.
  • Art Evolution: The technology powering MK11 is Unreal Engine 4, as opposed to 3 in previous Mortal Kombat installments. As such, there is a bump in artistic style to go with it.
  • Assist Character: Some Konsumables in the Towers of Time mode allows the player to summon either a character to assist with the fight, or a specific power from another character. For example, the Skull of the Specter can be used to summon Scorpion, while the Cyber Snare summons one of Cyrax's nets from offscreen.
  • Brain Food: Baraka seems to have developed a taste for gray matter... His Brutality win pose has him pull out a brain and munch on it as a snack, and one of his Fatalities ends with him removing the brain from his unfortunate opponent's skull with his Tarkatan blades and eating it like skewered meat.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • After being absent from the last game, Jade and Shao Kahn return as playable fighters - the latter being notable for being his first playable appearance outside of updated titles and Dream Match Game entries.
    • Skarlet, Kabal and Baraka also come back after sitting out X - as a comicbook-exclusive character, cutscene character and an unplayable Story Mode opponent, respectively.
  • Chainsaw Good: One of the interactive objects in the Black Dragon Fight Klub stage is a chainsaw that can be used on the opponent's gut.
  • Character Customization: Customization is much more in-depth than any previous Mortal Kombat game. Taking a cue from Injustice 2, you can customize a character's equipment as well as their moves.
  • Darker and Edgier: Undoubtedly because of the heightened gore and violence, but you also have elements such as Raiden being corrupted, and the backgrounds either showing your favorite stages in complete ruin, or looking more like they came from a creepypasta.
  • Death by Cameo:
    • One of the stages is Goro's Lair with what appears to be his corpse on his throne along with the corpse of Moloch and his ball and chain beside him.
    • In a variant, Shinnok's living head appears as the center piece of a new stage being held captive.
  • Desperation Attack: Fatal Blows are cinematic super moves, replacing the X-Ray Attacks. They can only be used when your health is below 30%, and only once per match (though if they miss or are blocked, they instead go on cooldown).
  • EX Special Attack: Return from MK9 and MKX. This time, there are separate offensive and defensive stamina meters that automatically regenerate over time, so you don't have to sacrifice your Combo Breaker to use them.
  • Eye Scream: Some characters go for the eyes in certain moves.
    • Scorpion's Fatal Blow starts with him jamming two kunai into his opponent's eyes.
    • One of Skarlet's fatalities has her run the opponent through with several spikes made from their own crystallized blood; one of them ends up in their eye. She then finishes them off by pushing that spike all the way through their skull, with the eyeball still stuck to it.
    • One of Kabal’s fatalities has him drag the opponent on the floor with his hook sword so fast their eyes fall out from the damage.
    • Jade's hits the opponent in the eye with her staff in her throw and impales the opponent through it for one of her fatalities.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: Gold is the theme color of the game and some of the characters have gold in their attires.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:
    • In one of Scorpion's fatalities, he heats his chain until it's glowing red, and uses it to cut his opponent in two by wrapping it around them vertically, using his hellspawn powers to travel under his foe to go all the way around.
    • One of Kabal’s fatalities has him drag the opponent on the floor with his hook sword at super speed before throwing them up to circle back and chop them in half vertically.
    • Jade's first revealed fatality has her impale the opponent through the eye with her staff before cutting them in half with her boomerang to leave them hanging.
  • Helicopter Blender: One of Sonya's fatalities has her call a chopper, fling the opponent into the air, then shoots them repeatedly until they're pushed into the blades.
  • Hit Stop
    • The animations for Fatalities freeze right after the final blow.
    • Nailing a Krushing Blow results in a slow-motion internal shot of the damage, similar to the X-Rays of 9 and X.
  • Hit Points: Another design choice lifted from Injustice 2 is the use of a numeric value to represent the character health. The fighters each have 1000 HP shown inside the health bar, which counts down as you take damage. This translates to more specific damage numbers from combos as, opposed to a percentage value, damage is calculated by a number visible to the player.
  • Impaled Palm: Baraka's Fatal Blow starts with him pinning his opponent's hand against their chest with one of his blades, which he then breaks off to keep it it place.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • One of Skarlet's fatalities involves her ripping the blood out of her enemy, using her powers to turn them into spikes, and drive them back through them just to add insult to injury.
    • Sub-Zero's iconic Spine Rip fatality now has him impale his opponent upside down and from behind, rip their spine out, and then also impale their head on the same spike. One of his brutalities also recreates the Tomb stage fatality by making a floating ice block with spikes on the bottom, then uppercutting the opponent into it.
  • Like Cannot Cut Like: The "Skarlet's Pure Blood Vial" Konsummable in Towers of Time allows players to resist blood-based modifiers.
  • Made of Iron: Much like the X-Rays from the previous two installments, Fatal Blows involve a series of attacks that would most certainly kill any normal person from the first hit alone yet as long as the opponent has at least one point of health after taking one, they'll get up right as rain. Of course when "Finish Him!" is called, Baraka can casually tear his opponent's face off with his bare hands.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • One of Skarlet's brutalities reenact her "Make It Rain!" Fatality from 9.
    • One of Sub-Zero's brutalities reenact the Stage Fatality for Mortal Kombat II's Throne Room stage.
    • After executing a Brutality, one of Sub-Zero's lines can be "This fight was your last", referencing his intro quote from 9. He can also say "Ability... to freeze", a reference to the movie.
    • One of Sub-Zero's and Raiden's pre-fight intros has them talk about "an unjust world with a dark knight and a caped wonder".
    • Both Scorpion and Raiden have brutalities similar to their Mortal Kombat fatalities. It's also been mentioned that Sub-Zero's spine rip will also appear if you finish your opponent with an uppercut.
    • One variation of the iconic "Finish him!" quote is said in almost the exact same tone as Shao Kahn did in Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3.
  • Off with His Head!: It's not Mortal Kombat unless someone gets decapitated.
    • Scorpion has a fatality (shown in the announcement trailer being performed on Raiden) where he chops his victim's head head before yanking it back to him with his spear.
    • Sub-Zero has two fatalities involving decapitation: his first has him encase his opponent up to their neck in a block of ice before chopping off their head with an ice axe, picking it up and shattering it while the second has him slide into his opponent and impale his foe upside down on a spear-wielding ice clone before ripping off their head with the spine attached (his signature finisher) and impaling their head on the tip of the spear.
    • Several characters have brutalities where they decapitate their opponent:
      • Baraka splits his opponent's head with his blades.
      • Skarlet and Geras uppercut their opponents.
      • Sub-Zero creates an ice wall behind their opponent, summons an ice axe and throws it at their opponent's neck, decapitating them.
      • Jade knocks her opponent's head off with a staff uppercut.
  • One-Woman Wail: This can be heard (though faintly) in the fatality and brutality themes.
  • Overcrank: Rather than the remains of the loser being the final shot, the fatalities end with the winner nailing the final blow this way similar to the winning animations from Injustice 2 (the non-fatality win poses work this way too).
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The cover art depicts Scorpion lunging at the viewer with dagger in hand.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Skarlet is finally able to speak after MK9.
  • Tear Off Your Face: One of Baraka's fatalities consists of ripping the opponent's face off, followed by the front of the whole skull, and finally stabbing the brain out and taking a big bite.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Mortal Kombat is no stranger to going way beyond the steps needed to off a finished foe, so it's no surprise that some fatalities are brutal enough to kill someone several times over:
    • One of Skarlet's fatalities involves extracting her enemy's blood, solidifying it into sharp spikes, ramming them through her opponent, then finishing by shoving the spike that went through their head all the way through, popping out one of their eyeballs through the back of their skull for good measure. That's about three deaths for the price of one right there.
    • Scorpion's second fatality (from the debut trailer) also counts, as you probably wouldn't survive too long after having your torso completely vaporized by hellfire but then Scorpion slices off his opponent's head and spears it through just to be sure.
    • Baraka tears off your face, then a good chunk of your skull, and finally removes your brain and eats it. He also impales you on his blades, drags them up your body so that your arms are separated from the rest of your body, chops your head off, splits it in half and stabs his blades through both halves.
    • Sub-Zero freezes you in a block of ice, chops off your head with a large axe, picks it up, freezes and then shatters it.
  • Theme Tune Rap: The first trailer uses the original "Immortal" by 21 Savage as the official theme song.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Following on Injustice 2's gear system, each character can have their equipment modified to radically change their look.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: As per usual, the fight pit stage is called "Black Dragon Fight Klub" and one of the new mechanics is called the "Krushing Blow". However, currently averted with the "Special Forces Desert Command" stage. Seeing as The Kove had a similar "misspelling" in the prerelease footage of X (complete with a later apology by Ed Boon), this might be changed in the final game.
  • Your Head Asplode: In the announcement trailer, Raiden zaps Scorpion's head, causing it to explode.

    Story Tropes 
  • Alternate Timeline: Rather "timelines", in this case. Looks to be a theme in this one, as one trailer shows Liu Kang and Kung Lao in one timeline still alive and pure-hearted.
  • Back from the Dead: With multiple timelines and other phenomena throughout the entire franchise, nobody stays dead forever. Kronika's direct control over time seems to be the explanation here.
    • Baraka was killed off by D'Vorah in X's story.
    • Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kabal, and Kitana were all turned into Revenants. With Quan Chi's death in X, it was outright stated there is absolutely no way to bring them back to life without Quan Chi who is the only person who would break the spell. Through Kronika's manipulation of time, Liu Kang and Kung Lao are brought back into the story, showing that they will fight their revenant selves, and she mentions that they will still be turned if things don't change.
  • Badass in Distress: In the first gameplay trailer, Liu Kang and Kung Lao are seen being trapped in an iron cage.
  • Big Bad: Kronika, whom Ed Boon confirms is the "First. Boss. Female. Character" in the franchise's history.
  • Electric Torture: Shinnok suffers one from Raiden's lightning bolts.
  • Foreshadowing: The previous game had some pre-fight intros hinting fights between original and alternate versions of some characters. In this game, some of them (such as Liu Kang and Kung Lao) do that canonically.
  • Future Me Scares Me: One scene in the first gameplay trailer has Liu Kang and Kung Lao displeased of their future selves as revenants.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The prologue shows Raiden beheading Shinnok, as seen in the final scene of Mortal Kombat X's Story Mode. Raiden's words even echo much the same of what he said to Liu Kang and Kitana in that scene, ending with the phrase: "There are fates worse than death" - his parting words to the new rulers of the Netherrealm.
  • Mythology Gag: A pre-fight interaction has Raiden surprised that Sub-Zero knows of what he's talking about.
Raiden: I dreamt of a strange and unjust world.
Sub-Zero: With a dark knight and a caped wonder.
Raiden: How could you know my dream?
  • Off with His Head!: At the beginning of the Story Mode, we're finally shown how Raiden decapitates Shinnok, leading to The Stinger of X.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Apparently, that's Kronika's eventual goal. She's displeased at how the new timeline is a lot more different than the original. Most of the gameplay trailer hints that she's trying to correct this by any means necessary.
  • Time Crash: Some characters - such as Liu Kang and Kung Lao - face alternate versions of themselves in the Story Mode. Klassic Scorpion can be seen engaging in kombat with the past versions of both heroes.