Mortal Kombat – Shinnok, Shao Kahn, Queen Sindel, Shang Tsung and Quan Chi

This is it, if you decided to push yourself and keep reading all of my Mortal Kombat posts, these are the final warriors up for discussion number 34, 35, 36, 37 and 38 – Shinnok, Shao Kahn, Sindel, Shang Tsung and Quan Chi respectively.

34. Shinnok


Shinnok – MKX

Shinnok’s name has been mentioned while discussing other warriors but now it is time to focus solely on him.

Originally a God and from the Heavens, now referred to as the “Fallen Elder God”, Shinnok resides in the Netherrealm  and is one of the most evil characters in the entire Mortal Kombat franchise. Very powerful and deceiving, Shinnok first appeared in Mortal Kombat Mythologies; Sub-Zero as “the boss” and most recently appeared in MKX, delivering the same role. He is also the leader of the “Forces of Darkness” during the Battle of Armageddon.

Speaking of Armageddon, in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Taven (protagonist) is amazed that Shinnok, whom (to Taven) believed to still be an Elder God, required his help. The entire time, Shinnok was working with Daegon, Taven’s brother. They were trying to eliminate Taven but Shinnok did not have enough power to do so alone at the time, hence why he was taking his time to regain his powers and work with Taven’s brother. The two ultimately fail as Taven does defeat his brother and was surprised to learn the whole plot against him.

Shinnok possesses many magical powers, which goes back through Ancient times and works hand in hand with manipulation. Undisputed ruler of the Netherrealm, he has been alive for millions of years, continuously acquiring knowledge and power as he cannot necessarily “die” due to his Elder God nature. As MKX illustrated, with the help of his Amulet, he is able to turn into a massive demon, both in height and strength. It is said that he can manipulate almost anybody as he was the one who convinced Quan Chi to convince Shao Kahn to merge Earthrealm and Outworld against the Elder God’s will. This resulted in both realms being at a weakened state, allowing for the Netherrealm to invade and possibly take power.

Heartless and ready to kill anybody who opposes him in the slightest, it is said that his sorcery however can be matched by Shang Tsung, Delia, Shao Kahn and Quan Chi – an impressive feature if you ask me.

Sometimes referred to as Lord Shinnok by his followers and minions, he is often seen battling Raiden. Raiden (and to a lesser extent Fujin) is responsible for his defeat and locking him up in the Netherrealm. This took place millennia ago and the reason he is considered a Fallen Elder God is because he wanted to conquer all of reality.

I was happy to see more of him in a modern release of the game as he was always discussed in an evil manner and always was an evil leader but never really demonstrated it. MKX was a perfect representation of this and the way he spoke and acted was perfect for the game, in my opinion – although his demon figure (known as Corrupted Shinnok) was a little scary. Currently, at the end of MKX, post credits, Raiden is said to have warned Liu Kang and Kitana (both revenant’s), who are now the Netherrealm leaders due to Shinnok’s defeat, that they better not even think of harming Earthrealm unless they want to face fates worse than death. Raiden leaves by showing them Shinnok’s severed but still living head. He is now condemned to a immobile state.

Shinnok’s current allies are D’Vorah, Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung and the remaining revenants – for the time being.

35. Shao Kahn


Shao Kahn – MK9

Debuting in Mortal Kombat II, Shao Kahn is arguably the most well known villain in the Mortal Kombat franchise. Obsessed with conquering realms, he himself is from and resides in Outworld. Despite much confusion, he is NOT a God but instead just a very powerful and dark leader who possess so much power that it is ALMOST God-like. Known as the “conqueror”, he, among many other evil leader, is the definition of the word “evil”. He is always seen as the major rival of Raiden and vise-versa. In the second Mortal Kombat movie, Raiden states that Shao Kahn is his brother and that their father is Shinnok, however the games have not made reference to this. However, during the games, it is referenced that he treats Queen Sindel like his own wife. He is, as many already know, not the real father of Princess Kitana but does refer to her as his daughter. King Jerrod is Kitana’s father however Shao Kahn killed him.

What really makes him so powerful you ask? Well it is because of his profound knowledge of black arts and black magic. Like other villains throughout the Mortal Kombat universe, he has the power to consume other warriors’ souls. Shao Kahn may represent evil and power, but he cannot easily be played into a trap. He is very smart and cunning as he tends to have his plans for attack very well organized, including proper timing. He does however make basic mistakes, such as invading Earthrealm and underestimating it’s fighters.

The main issue with Shao Kahn trying to conquer Earthrealm is because to do so without limitation, he needs to win 10 straight Mortal Kombat Tournaments, and it is said he has only won 9.

He is also well known for his weapon of choice; Wrath Hammer. This big weapon allows him to swing, like a baseball bat, his opponents far away with brute strength. It is obvious throughout the series how much Shao Kahn likes this weapon and how powerful the evil conquer really is. At the end of MK9, Raiden defeats Shao Kahn and shortly after one can see Quan Chi make his way on scene and he is plotting with Shinnok. This plot is the storyline of the following game; MKX.

36. Queen Sindel


Queen Sindel – MK9

Known for her aerial magic and sonic waves (scream), Queen Sindel is Queen of Edenia and mother to Princess Kitana. Surprisingly not one of the main characters in the game, Sindel continues to have a major impact on the Mortal Kombat tournament and unfolding of events within.

In MK9 she is found and brought back to life by Quan Chi (he just brings all bad people back!) to help the evil side consume Earthrealm. Instantly after being brought back to life and hearing that her daughter Kitana has joined the Earthrealm warriors, she abandons her and gladly accepts to work with evil. Why was she dead in the first place? Excellent questions. She was forced into marriage with Shao Kahn when he conquered Edenia. In an attempt to foil the evil emperors plans, she sacrificed herself and committed suicide. This suicide prevented Shao Kahn from moving forward with his plot and created a magical barrier, with him no longer able to step foot in Edenia. Being resurrected and having her mind enslaved, Shao Kahn is able to continue what he had initially planned. In MK9, she destroyed almost all Earthrealm warriors in the climax of the game, except Nightwolf who sacrificed himself and destroyed her in the process. Personally I was highly irritated with this concept as she gets resurrected and what feels like minutes later, wipes out pretty much all Earthrealm warriors. That really frustrates me as she was barely in the game to begin with and she had no need to be so over powered.

Aside from that, she was first seen in MK3, a game that saw many new characters.Eventually, she did turn good and is now a revenant as seen in MKX working once again for evil. Her allies, aside from other revenants are Shinnok, Quan Chi and Shang Tsung.


Queen Sindel – MKX (Revenant)

37. Shang Tsung


Shang Tsung (Younger) – MK9

The much talked about Shang Tsung is a unique and very powerful character. A sorcered and another primary villain in the game, he is a shapeshifter and can utilize the abilities of those who he changes into. To be able to live comfortably in appearance and feeling, he needs to consume souls and life. His appearance of well-dressed and professionalism is all a ruse, hiding his true intentions of evil domination. He and Liu Kang have one of the most popular rivalries in all of Mortal Kombat, often seen going at it in combat, or should I say Kombat!?

He is a character that over the years I have come to appreciate. A very well played, craft and intellectual villain, he is often seen convincing Shao Kahn for another chance at something he had failed to do so successfully the first time. Shao Kahn knows how powerful Shang is and he continues to grant him pardon. Originally from Outworld, he has close ties with Shinnok, Quan Chi and Shao Kahn.

If an opponent challenges or reaches a stage to challenge Shang Tsung and is defeated, he consumes their soul. He is as mentioned very crafty and often sabotages many Earthrealm warriors, hindering them or weakening them prior to their opportunity to fight in the Mortal Kombat tournament. This could be done by he himself or by other villains who he ordered to do so. According to Mortal Kombat creators, Shang Tsung pledged his life to Shao Kahn in exchange for enhanced powers, to which Shao Kahn granted. He now is bound to Shao Kahn.

In MK9, via Baraka’s ending, it can be seen that Shang Tsung does want ultimate power all for himself as he was impersonating Shao Kahn but Baraka could not be fooled as he killed him. It is also said that Shao Kahn wanted to enhance Queen Sindel’s power so he stole from Shang Tsung and this eventually killed him. In MKX, he is not seen until Ermac’s ending where Ermac is seen wandering in the labyrinth when all of a sudden Shang Tsung appears out of nowhere and acquires SOME souls from Ermac, leading fans to believe he is making a return in some way.

What has come into question is why Quan Chi did not resurrect Shang Tsung’s soul. This could have been intentionally done as Shao Kahn did grant Quan Chi the right to resurrect souls of only fallen Earthrealm warriors but not of his own servants. This is a reason as to why he was not resurrected.


Shang Tsung (Older) – MK9

38. Quan Chi


Quan Chi – MKX

Lastly, a character I really dislike but had to include through the writing series; Quan Chi.

First heard of in the Mortal Kombat: Defeanders of the Realm TV series, Quan Chi is easily one of the most powerful sorcerers in the Mortal Kombat franchise. A demon and necromancer from the Netherrealm is occasionally known to have his own plot, despite looking like he is following that of the supreme leader. He allies himself with individuals, usually evil in nature, if he believes they can help him or he can use them to attain his own goals.

I will not repeat the whole story again as I have already done so twice now in two separate sections, but he is the reason for Scorpion’s family and clan, the Shirai Ryu’s, extinction. Quan Chi is a member of the Brotherhood of Shadow faction and can be seen alongside most of its members, mostly Noob Saibot.

He specializes in resurrecting fallen warriors to assist him with his own plot. Examples of this can include Scorpion and Noob Saibot, and the revenants in MKX. Speaking of MKX, Sub-Zero (as mentioned in Sub-Zero and Scorpion’s section) explains to Scorpion that Quan Chi was responsible for his family and clans demise. A great scene that I liked in MKX was finally, as Hanzo Hasashi, Scorpion KILLED Quan Chi. I am hoping that no longer can he magically re-appear and cause havoc. He always walked away untouched and showed up once everybody was either weak or dead and began implementing his plans, so annoying but smart. I apologize for my words, as I said he plays the villain role so well that I despise him for it. Despite everything, he is a strong warrior and one who can re-appear but ideally not in the same capacity and perhaps weaker, if he returns at all.

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