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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 in "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. This is justified because they are in Outworld, where danger is at each corner.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Jax was the fattest kid in school.
    • Quan Chi's infamous scream. It has to be heard, and seen, to be believed.
  • Narm Charm: The animation is crappy, the dialog is sometimes stupid and there are lots of really weird things, but there is something charming about this series.
  • Never Live It Down: Jax being angsty over losing his metal arms in "Acid Tongue" and the reveal that he was a fat kid in "The Secret of Quan Chi" are the things most fans remember about this version of the character.
  • So Bad, It's Good: As aforementioned, the series manages to be kind of endearing in its stupidity.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Due to the series 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:
    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Wangst: In "Acid Tongue", Jax gets his metal arms badly damaged by Reptile's acid spit and spends most of the time whining about being ineffectual without his metal arms, even though he's still a strong fighter even without them.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Yes, a kids' cartoon based off an ultraviolent and highly controversial series of games. Back then, however, violent games tend to attract some of the younger player demographic before the ESRB guidelines tighten restrictions.
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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 Wolverine. Then he starts talking.


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