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  • Accidental Innuendo: Konquest Mode involves collectible "Relics" for each character in the game. Moloch's is the ball and chain he carries around... but it's called "Moloch's Ball." Cue Heh Heh, You Said "X".
  • Base-Breaking Character: Jarek. He gained a few fans with his new moves, but still has his detractors who continues to see him as a Kano-Klone until this day. A small difference from his debut, where he was the Replacement Scrappy for Kano.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Havik, continuing one from his Deception debut. This line from his doppelganger sells it:
    Havik: "Looking for trouble, I hope?"
  • Fan Fic Fuel: The Kreate-A-Fighter allows one to make any multitude of fighters such as some Fake Secret characters (e.g. Hornbuckle, Aqua, Nimbus Terrafaux, and Skarlet), canonical non-playable fighters (e.g. Tremor), and some who had not been conceived until later sequels (e.g. Skarlet introduced in MK9, as well as Kung Jin, Erron Black, Kotal Kahn, D'Vorah, Geras and Kronika) note  along with making creative stories as to where they were in the original timeline.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • Sareena is seen as a high-tier character for one reason and one reason alone: her knives. As Ed Boon best put it, they are among the fastest projectiles in the game. You can also juggle opponents with them, leading a few combos rivaling Kitana's infamous fan lift setup in terms of litigiousness.
    • The air combo system has a fatal flaw: If you drop the 4th hit in a combo after making them spin in mid-air, you can leap right back up and do it again, resetting the combo and trapping them in an infinite loop unless they have a Combo Breaker.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Shao Kahn's position in the poster featuring the cast of the game, showing him directly under Blaze, dead center in the top row. Now, consider who won the final battle.
  • Ho Yay: Humorously invoked in a concept art drawing for the Evil Tower stage in the Krypt featuring Scorpion and Sub-Zero holding hands as they try to avoid being sucked into a vortex. Not that this didn't stop some from taking the image at face value.
  • Memetic Mutation: The intro has quite a few.
    • You can see Johnny bump Sonya off the Pyramid of Argus. People have joked that this was his reaction to learning Sonya was pregnant with Cassie.
    • When the fake Shinnok battles Dark Raiden, he performs a spell that summons two giant skeletal hands to trap him. Many fans have misheard the gibberish he said as he casts said spell to be "Do you want a pie!?". Alongside that, Raiden's response before zapping Shinnok with a lightning bolt to be misheard also as "Not today!"
  • Mis-blamed: Motaro losing his hind legs was due to the fact that the physics engine for this game couldn't properly render a four-legged character.
  • Narm: The cutscenes at the end of everyone's endings all show the character you were playing as fighting with nobody on the top of the Pyramid of Agrus as a narrator tells the audience what happened to them after defeating Blaze. Previous games made an effort to show pictures or cutscenes in the endings to show what happened to your character after you won, but by removing them and having the kombatants dance on top of a pyramid makes while a narrator just tells you what happened makes the tower endings lose their impact.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Stryker's new design attempted this with a new look. It would not be until Mortal Kombat 9 that the team would successfully redeem him in the eyes of most fans.
    • The developers themselves were disappointed with Shinnok in Mortal Kombat 4 and were satisfied with his moves from Armageddon.
    • To a lesser extent, Jarek, basically has new moves in order to stop being called as the Kano-Klone. Altough he's more of a Base-Breaking Character than fully rescued.
    • Rain, who was despised by fans for being a Joke Character based on a joke that fell flat, became better received with the establishment of his personality and expanded backstory (as an illegitimate son of the Edenian protector god Argus) in this game. This would continue into 9 and X.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Create-A-Fatalities, one of the most critically-panned aspects of this game, since it blatantly took the place of the game's classic Fatality system and replaced it with generic cut-and-paste finishing moves that any character can do.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: Motor Kombat is so well done for a mini-game that you might end spending more time on it rather than on the main game.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • In contrast to all the other fighters that Shang Tsung had to struggle with to ascend to the top of the Pyramid of Argus (Shao Kahn, Zombie Liu Kang, and Mileena), all it took for him to deal with Shujinko was a single punch to the face to send him flying. Shang being the one to deliver this blow is a reference to many fans' complaints that Shujinko is "basically Shang Tsung with better hair."
      • Adding onto that, in Konquest Mode. Taven calls Shujinko a "foolish old man", which is a sentiment shared by quite a bit of fans.
    • Hsu Hao also gets this twice in this game. In contrast to everyone else's ending in which they get to absorb Blaze's power upon his defeat, Hsu Hao gets killed in the explosion and turned into a mindless demon in the Netherrealm. A more subtle example is that his relic in that rather than being something that is iconic about the character (e.g. Scorpion's kunai and rope ("Spear") for Scorpion and Raiden's hat for Raiden), it's simply his watch.
      • Which is also a Stealth Pun: The development crew having you find his lost watch is trying to send you the message that the character is belonged to was a waste of time.
  • That One Boss: The Shao Kahn Colossus statue in Konquest Mode. He's completely invulnerable to your attacks, you can only cause damage to him by activating four orbs with your fire attack, and then lure the statue to the center of the room before hitting a switch with your Ground Stomp attack. Oh, and you can't avoid his attacks. No matter where you are in the room, you will always take damage.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Motaro being reduced to having two legs. Read Mis-blamed above for details.


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