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BadWolf21 The Fastest Man Alive
The Fastest Man Alive
Feb 11th 2019 at 7:35:11 AM

I always thought she was. Maybe she was supposed to be and ended up not?

TobiasDrake Always watching, never seen from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Always watching, never seen
Feb 11th 2019 at 7:55:01 AM

I never saw her counted as a ninja either.

Li Mei got off to an awkward start with her backstory featuring her competing in the "Deadly Alliance Tournament", which. Is not. A Thing. In Deadly Alliance? Deadly Alliance isn't a tournament; it's about two assholes teaming up to kill Shao Kahn and Liu Kang, and everyone else dogpiling on their faces and getting obnoxiously killed to set up Deception.

MK's plot hasn't been about tournaments since Mortal Kombat 2.

I think it was later established that the tournament they were referring to was some minor thing among villages or some shit and she was the only named competitor involved in it, but that just still felt like a blatant attempt at ass-covering over a very confusing writing misstep. Like. Not confusing in the sense that it confused DA's plot; confusing in the sense that one wonders how the hell that happened.

The greatest trick prejudice ever pulled was to convince the world it did not exist.
Feb 11th 2019 at 9:06:33 AM

Just because the tournament wasn't a major focus in Deadly Alliance doesn't mean it was non-existent. Kenshi's story is about seeking to kill Shang Tsung for blinding him and stealing his ancestors' souls but that doesn't mean Deadly Alliance was about Kenshi's revenge against Shang Tsung. The reason the tournament wasn't mentioned anywhere else was because it was relevant only to Li Mei.

Though I do find it rather poignant that Li Mei's ending shows the tournament to be nothing more than a farce to gain more souls for the Dragon Army. It almost feels like some kind of meta commentary on how MK has treated the tournament concept since MK 2. "Hah, you actually thought this stupid tournament actually meant something? Well don't you have egg on your face!"

TobiasDrake Always watching, never seen from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Always watching, never seen
Feb 11th 2019 at 9:58:19 AM

When you make a game called "Deadly Alliance" and then have a thing called "The Deadly Alliance Tournament", the natural expectation is that it is a plot-relevant thing that the game centers around.

Like. Imagine if the Mortal Kombat Tournament was just some kung-fu thing in Liu Kang's backstory that has no actual relevance to any of the other characters or the general plot of the original game. At some point, Liu fought in a thing called a Mortal Kombat Tournament but nobody cares about that because we're in space shooting lasers at lizard-Klingons.

That is the tournament that Li Mei won. It's a miniscule, unimportant plot point with no bearing on the story of that game or the franchise as a whole, never comes up in any other character's story, and yet somehow gets a big important Title Drop as if it mattered.

Edited by TobiasDrake on Feb 11th 2019 at 11:01:22 AM

The greatest trick prejudice ever pulled was to convince the world it did not exist.
Feb 11th 2019 at 10:22:41 AM

That's standard for fighting games. Many characters will have story plots that have little to no connection to the main plot.

Darthwyn Eldritch Abomination Kohai from The void Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
Eldritch Abomination Kohai
Feb 11th 2019 at 10:25:05 AM

It sounds like the tournament was only meant to be a part of the Deadly Alliances plan to get strong souls to inhabit the inmortal army of the dragon king.

For Like Mei it is a big plot point, but for most of the cast it has nothing to do with them because they have other things to do.

"of course my gift was the best one right Senpai?"
TobiasDrake Always watching, never seen from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Always watching, never seen
Feb 11th 2019 at 10:36:08 AM

That's standard for fighting games. Many characters will have story plots that have little to no connection to the main plot.

Yes. But. Those plots aren't Title Drops. Is the point.

Ashrah spends all of Deception pursuing her own agenda with a magic sword that slowly purifies her evil by slaying demons. It's named Kriss. It is not named The Deception Blade. If it was named The Deception Blade, then one would assume it was a central plot point for Mortal Kombat: Deception.

You don't put the Title Drop on random minor details.

Edited by TobiasDrake on Feb 11th 2019 at 11:37:05 AM

The greatest trick prejudice ever pulled was to convince the world it did not exist.
BadWolf21 The Fastest Man Alive
The Fastest Man Alive
Feb 11th 2019 at 10:40:20 AM

Ok, I read her bio to find out whatís going on.

And basically, this is a super minor tournament held by the Desdly Alliance that they named after themselves, in order to harvest souls. The game isnít named after the tournament.

Edited by BadWolf21 on Feb 11th 2019 at 12:40:31 PM

TobiasDrake Always watching, never seen from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Always watching, never seen
Feb 11th 2019 at 10:45:37 AM

I'm not saying the game's named after the tournament. I'm saying if you're going to put the game's title onto a plot point, then it should be an important plot point. And the Deadly Alliance Tournament is a super-minor plot point that should be called literally anything but the Deadly Alliance Tournament if it's going to appear in a game called Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.

You don't put Title Drops on unnecessary background details that nobody's supposed to pay attention to. A Title Drop says "LOOK AT ME, I'M IMPORTANT". And the tournament is not important. At all. To anything.

Edited by TobiasDrake on Feb 11th 2019 at 11:46:26 AM

The greatest trick prejudice ever pulled was to convince the world it did not exist.
BadWolf21 The Fastest Man Alive
The Fastest Man Alive
Feb 11th 2019 at 11:09:15 AM

Itís named that because it was set up by the Deadly alliance though. Itís importance is in giving Li Mei a connection to Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, who ARE the titular characters.

JRads47 Watching the Canes Force a Game 7 from my point of view, the Jedi are evil!
Watching the Canes Force a Game 7
Feb 11th 2019 at 11:20:46 AM

Reminder that Joker was shoehorned into I2's story with a hallucinatory sequence.

A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. -The Senate
fasoman1996 Imma gonna teach you a lesson. from Argentina (A.K.A. Naziland) Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Imma gonna teach you a lesson.
Feb 11th 2019 at 11:35:30 AM

To justify having him in the main roster while other dead fighters weren't so lucky (RIP Luthor and Shazam)

Honestly, they kinda did the same with Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Kitana in X. They are the only revenants that are playable.

Angry rat.
BadWolf21 The Fastest Man Alive
The Fastest Man Alive
Feb 11th 2019 at 11:37:52 AM

Well, Jax and Sub-Zero too, but they got better.

agent-trunks from Every-where, but there
Feb 12th 2019 at 8:35:22 PM

[up][up]

That's still pretty bad.

Like it or not, you can't really have a DC game without Joker but without Lex friggin Luthor? Get out of here. But this is a MK thread so that's beside the point.


Unpopular opinion, I don't like how the last 2 MK game keeps changing character's gimmick. While it's probably going to be a good thing for Sub-Zero, I hate that I'm going to re-learn the character again.

agent-trunks from Every-where, but there
Feb 14th 2019 at 1:22:30 PM

Green Waifu is back

Cortez Bien chicky starr. from Puerto Rico
Bien chicky starr.
Feb 14th 2019 at 1:44:34 PM

She looks awesome, she's also clearly dark skinned this time.

" They truly were an Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
TobiasDrake Always watching, never seen from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Always watching, never seen
Feb 14th 2019 at 1:56:35 PM

[up] Zombie green with large cracks in her flesh is not what people were talking about when they said MK 2011 Jade wasn't dark-skinned enough.

The greatest trick prejudice ever pulled was to convince the world it did not exist.
slimcoder I'm No One Special. Just a Passing Pro Wrestler.
I'm No One Special. Just a Passing Pro Wrestler.
Feb 14th 2019 at 1:59:47 PM

Oooh sheís still dead.

Also her armor reminds me of Elf armor.

agent-trunks from Every-where, but there
Feb 14th 2019 at 2:07:36 PM

Trailer for the lazy

Cortez Bien chicky starr. from Puerto Rico
Bien chicky starr.
Feb 14th 2019 at 2:15:14 PM

[up]◊3

Meant her human variation.

" They truly were an Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
BadWolf21 The Fastest Man Alive
The Fastest Man Alive
Feb 14th 2019 at 2:16:38 PM

Were people complaining she wasnít dark skinned in 9? Because she definitely was.

fasoman1996 Imma gonna teach you a lesson. from Argentina (A.K.A. Naziland) Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Imma gonna teach you a lesson.
Feb 14th 2019 at 2:20:29 PM

Probably not dark enough. So the netherrealm devs decided to darken so much she is now edge incarnate

So she is the first default revenant, interesting. I wonder what would happen with Liu Kang and Kitana then.

Angry rat.
Cortez Bien chicky starr. from Puerto Rico
Bien chicky starr.
Feb 14th 2019 at 2:26:08 PM

[up]◊2

It varies from game to game is the issue.

Though in 9 her skin was lighter than in previous games.

Edited by Cortez on Feb 14th 2019 at 7:03:51 AM

" They truly were an Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
ZeroDozer Incinerate! ONE HUNDRED PERCENT!! from Santo Andrť, SP, Brazil Relationship Status: Owner of a lonely heart
Incinerate! ONE HUNDRED PERCENT!!
Feb 14th 2019 at 2:43:18 PM

I was gonna note that she looks much more covered, but then I also noted and remembered that she's still a Netherrealm specter...

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