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  • Awesome Music: Being a Mortal Kombat game, this is a given, but MK2 is unique in playing slightly alternate music in select stages, usually cutting out the intros for rounds 2 and 3.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Shao Kahn is this for a lot of fans due to his Evil Is Cool and Evil Is Sexy tendencies.
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  • Even Better Sequel: It takes the first game's violence and brutality Up to Eleven and introduces many fan favorite characters as well as the Outworld setting that would follow the series from here on out.
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  • Fridge Brilliance: When Noob Saibot wins a match, the announcement is "Feel the POWER of Toasty!". This could be considered a hint towards the fact that he's the original Sub-Zero since Bi-Han was killed by Scorpion, who tends to be most-associated with the phrase "Toasty" due to him being able to burn people down to a charred skeleton.
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  • Game-Breaker: Kitana's fan lift/pummeling combo was a nigh-indefensible move so widely abused that it was nerfed by a software update that made it difficult to corner an opponent. Some players found a workaround anyway.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The special intro in the Super Nintendo port, which features Shao Kahn and Kintaro, is this due to the bankruptcy of Acclaim, the company that distributed the first two games for said console.
  • It's Hard, So It Sucks!: A major issue with the game is its cheating AI, causing the game to become absurdly hard. It's difficult to enjoy a game when you get thrown almost every five seconds while your attacks are almost always blocked.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Shao Kahn's commentary rivals Liu Kang's voice.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound heard whenever Raiden regenerates after being knocked down.
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  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Mileena, which becomes very apparent during her "Man Eater" Fatality and ending.
  • Polished Port: Unbelievably, the Game Boy version turned out really well. Yes, the character roster had to be cut down due to hardware limitations, but the graphics and music are very good, the controls are perfect, and the gameplay is actually faster than the other versions.
  • Porting Disaster: The Midway Arcade Treasures 2 version has the start button exclusively function as the pause button. This makes unlocking Smoke impossible.
  • Self-Fanservice: Mileena is the character subjected to this the most, likely because of the whole "smoking hot body, hideous face" dichotomy she presents. Fan-Art tends to either outright give her Cute Little Fangs or somehow display/downplay her teeth in a way that doesn't detract from her beauty.
  • Uncanny Valley: By today's standards, the graphics are a bit off. For proof, just check Shao Kahn's introduction or Mileena's face in her ending.

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