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  • Creator's Pest: Hsu Hao. See the franchise YMMV page for details.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Hsu Hao is widely hated for being a bad Mongolian stereotype. See The Scrappy below.
  • Game-Breaker: Certain characters had "impale" attacks with their weapons which would constantly sap life from the opponent until they keeled over. Granted, these attacks could be blocked, but there's a reason they never resurfaced in Deception and Armageddon.
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  • It Was His Sled: Liu Kang dies in this game.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Nitara is a vampire whose Realm was conquered by Shao Kahn. Seeking to free it, she finds an Orb which, if destroyed, will free her Realm. It being submerged in lava, she decided she needed the cyborg Cyrax to obtain it. Earning Reptile's loyalty with a Saurian artifact, she has him damage Cyrax's teleportation device. Nitara, having the means to travel the Realms, offers to send Cyrax home if he retrieves the Orb for her. He agrees and she keeps her word, afterwards destroying the Orb. One of the few to save her Realm from Shao Kahn — all by her own cunning — Nitara was willing to use underhanded means to save her home and people.
  • Narm: The narrator for the character endings sounds completely unenthusiastic with what he's given. He almost sounds like text-to-speech program.
    • The way Raiden delivers the line "We must stop this deadly alliance" in the opening
  • Replacement Scrappy: Mavado is hated mainly for replacing Kabal, and to add an insult to this injury, apparently killed the latter and then stole his trademark hookswords. It earned the ire of Kabal's fans.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Koffins in the Krypt can be bought again, if you select one by accident then the game still immediately saves and takes your money, giving you nothing in return.
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    • Obtaining Platinum and Onyx koins is a complete chore; you can only get them via the Test your Might/Sight mini games which only occur once every 3 fights. And of course it's completely random as to which koins you'll get. There's also the fact that later Might/Sight games are ridiculous with their win requirements.
    • The empty (and repeated) koffins in the Krypt.
  • Self-Fanservice: Sub-Zero's design in this game has him looking much older than he actually is (approximately 42) due to the grey in his hair and the hardening of his features. Most fans tend to overlook this unexplained age-up (which Fanon attributes to his Dragon Medallion). That being said, Subby does appear to look more his actual age in Deception and Armageddon.
  • Song Association: Adema's "Immortal."
  • Tainted by the Preview: Frost was widely hated when she was announced, with claims that she would "ruin" Mortal Kombat forever. Come the game's release and she soon became a fan favorite by having a cool backstory, as well as her movelist being surprisingly different from Sub-Zero's.

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