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  • Awesome Music:
    • One of show's stronger points was Jonathan Sloate's score. Just listen to the ending theme (which is a Suspiciously Similar Song to the movie's main theme).
    • The second episode also uses Psykosonik's "It Has Begun" and "Deeper Down" by Sister Machine Gun.
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  • Badass Decay: Shao Kahn. A fireball tossed by Shang Tsung in the final episode sends him fleeing from Outworld, apparently for good.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At a point of Sting of the Scorpion, Sub-Zero faces a giant snake that has nothing to do with Scorpion's undead army, freezes it and moves on. Justified because they are in Outworld, where danger is at each corner.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Jax was the fattest kid in school.
    • KOMBAT TIME!!
  • Narm Charm: The animation is crappy, the dialog is sometimes stupid and there are lots of really weird things (portal closing device in a police baton?), but there is something charming about this cartoon.
  • Never Live It Down: Jax having been a fat kid was a thing of one episode, yet it's the thing most people remembers about the series version of the character.
  • So Bad, It's Good: As mentioned under Narm Charm, the show manages to be kind of endearing in its stupidity.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Due to the show getting Cut Short, a lot of stuff that was set up early on simply disappears because the writers were apparently saving it for later seasons:
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    • Scorpion. You'd think that by being the poster boy for the entire franchise, a formidable rival to Sub-Zero and described (and shown) as a huge threat by the team would warrant him more appearances, right? Nope, he's gone by the second episode, never to be seen again.
    • Rain never fights the heroes again, despite clearly intending to do so, not even putting in an appearance for the season finale.
    • The Smoke subplot vanishes after his introductory episode, and nobody really mentions it again.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Raiden is clearly meant to come off as an overly-aloof and unhelpful jerk, but the way it's presented instead comes off as everyone on the team being ungrateful dicks to him.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Yes, a kids' cartoon based off an ultraviolent and highly controversial series of games.
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  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Luke Perry of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame as Sub-Zero. He looks like the coolest character and the series' equivalent of the Wolverine. Then he starts talking.

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