Mortal Kombat – Ermac and Kenshi

Warrior number 21 is no other than one of the most powerful in the Mortal Kombat franchise; Ermac. Number 22 is another character who I do really like, although not as popular yet; Kenshi.

21. Ermac


Ermac – MKX

First seen in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Ermac is known as a mysterious character. As is well known to most, he was first created because of a popular misconception amongst fans. According to fans, while continuously playing the Sega version of Mortal Kombat with Scorpion as the selected character, a message reading “ERror MACro” would appear on screen, which would turn Scorpion’s outfit colour from yellow to red. This was all accidental and unexpected. With much back and forth, the creators decided to finally create Ermac because of all of the confusion and discussion amongst fans, pretty weird isn’t it? Nonetheless, almost all are happy they did create him as he is a fan favourite. Speaking for myself, I really do like Ermac, from his appearance, to powers, to backstory. Now, with that being said, onto his Mortal Kombat story.

He is classified as a “fusion of souls”, a project done successfully by Shang Tsung in Outworld. These souls were the souls of vanquished warriors who tried to destroy Shao Kahn, but ultimately failed to do so – he collected and stored their souls and they were eventually placed into Ermac. Anarchy is said to be in his head and mind at all times, with each warrior’s soul trying to claim the “leader” role. Considering he has many warriors within him, Ermac refers to himself as “us”, “we”, “our” instead of saying “I” or “my”. A feature which I really can appreciate, very cool. He has the gift of telekinesis, teleportation and a strong ability to travel between realms. Ermac does not show much emotion, except confidence in a non-arrogant manner. He is seen as very wise and very frightening to enemies.

A notable encounter in the Mortal Kombat games involving Ermac took place in Mortal Kombat Deception, where he met Kenshi, a blind warrior who wears a blindfold due to personal events that occurred and made him lose his sight. Kenshi, also possessing the gift of telekinesis, frees Ermac from his control of Shao Kahn. In return, Ermac taught Kenshi the “Telekinetic Slam” move. Shortly after, he decided to fight on the “Forces of Light” side during the Battle of Armageddon to try and fight his past guilt.

In MK9, it is revealed that he is the reason why Jax has metal arms – Ermac with his telekinesis broke his original arms off and nearly killed him. In his MK9 ending, it is shown to viewers/players that King Jerrod, the father of Princess Kitana and husband of Queen Sindel, is a soul that remains in Ermac (as Shao Kahn killed King Jerrod). In MKX, it is illustrated that Ermac does indeed have free will however he is fully aware of his past. During the events of MKX, Takeda (Kenshi’s son) tried to read his mind, however he claims that the anarchy is too much for him and all the voices were too much to handle. This, to me, represents just how strong Ermac is not only as a physical force but in his mental state, able to function while all the anarchy goes through his head.

Currently, he is considered a neutral fighter who is allies with Kotal Kahn, Reptile, Noob Saibot, Erron Black and Shao Kahn. As you can see, a slight mix between groupings, a slight overlap which is why I believe he is currently classified as neutral.
He is a powerful warrior with strong abilities and the power of not only one, but many warriors. His appearance and manner of speaking is nothing short of intimidating and I am happy Ermac has developed into a well known character with a strong presence in all games since his inception.

Ermac – MKX (Pharaoh Costume Select)

22. Kenshi


Kenshi – MKX

As mentioned above, Kenshi is a blind swordsman in the Mortal Kombat game series. He is said to be blind because on a specific day he came across a man by the name of “Song”. Song convinced Kenshi that he is a great warrior who needs a sword to  compliment his strength and abilities. Song spoke to Kenshi about a sword, known as “Sento” that is without a master and he explained to him how to find this sword. Once Kenshi found the sword and tried to pick it up, he felt overwhelmed with all the souls being trapped in the sword. Unfortunately this overwhelming feeling claimed his sight permanently, rendering him blind. Later on, it is revealed that Song was really Shang Tsung who had tricked Kenshi because Shang Tsung knew how much of a great warrior and great threat Kenshi could really be. Even though he is blind, Kenshi remains a great warrior and searches to find and kill Shang Tsung. From this event, what did benefit Kenshi however was that the sword actually belonged to his ancestors and they, through the sword, would guide him through certain events. Some of these souls had their resting place near the sword, but Shang Tsung had stolen some, hence angering Kenshi even more and he is out to avenge his ancestors and needless to say, to get revenge on Shang Tsung. This area where the sword was is known as the “Well of Souls”.

Kenshi is said to have spent most of his childhood searching for worthy opponents to fight in battle. He grows up admirable and fights alongside the “Forces of Light” at the Battle of Armageddon. He occasionally assists Sonya Blade and the rest of the Special Forces group with tackling their objectives. He eventually has a son with a beautiful Thai-American woman and his son would, just like his father, have the gift of telekinesis. His son, Takeda, is revealed to fans in MKX as a playable character. Although I do like Takeda, I will not discuss him in detail as my postings are to focus on more of the past/present warriors who have been in most Mortal Kombat games in one way another. 

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Mortal Kombat – Reptile, Chameleon and Khameleon

On to number 18, 19 and 20. Reptile being a classic and another favourite character of mine, with Chameleon and Khameleon also being a favourite even though not much is known of them.

18. Reptile


Reptile – MKX

First appearing as a hidden character in the first Mortal Kombat installment, Reptile holds the title of being the very first secret character ever to appear in a versus fighting game. Reptile is often overlooked as he has quite the sad backstory. His home realm of Zaterra was destroyed and he believes he is the last of his race known as “Saurians”, to be alive. His strength lies in his stealthy behaviour and unquestionable loyalty. Many evil henchmen have the goal of becoming the ultimate power force, Reptile has no wants for that but instead he hopes of finding a way of bringing his home realm back. This idea is constantly in his mind and because he is so obsessed with this, he is known for temporary fits of insanity and rage. He is however, well-meaning and not a vicious killer – unless he is forced to be. He believes by serving and being loyal to any master, he will be presented with a method of returning his home and former glory of his race. He also serves to continue to give him time to think of a way himself of bringing them back.

Reptile’s age has come into question several times throughout the games and no one is quite sure how old he really is. Assumptions have been made, stating him to be thousands of years old, if not millions. A theory was brought forth, stating that a war between Gods occurred millions of years ago which is what forced his race of raptors to find a new home, hence Zaterra. Unfortunately, this was eventually annexed by Shao Kahn. Instead of being killed or used as a slave, Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn saw strength and a unique gift in Reptile and decided to have him fight for them.

Another theory is brought forth with the introduction of minor characters Chameleon (male) and Khameleon (female). It is said that both are indeed part of the Saurian race but this was never confirmed and thus remains an on-going debate. If this is the case, then Reptile has at least two allies (I hope) that can perhaps help him answer questions about Zaterra and Saurians.

With his many abilities, which include acid spit and invisibility among others, he makes for a formidable foe. It was revealed to us in MKX that his real name is Syzoth as Raiden states this during their dialogue, prior to fight. Dwelling in Outworld, he is allied currently, after Shao Kahn’s defeat with Kotal Kahn, Erron Black and Ermac.

Although  Reptile has had many representations of having an appearance like a real-life reptile, below are two different visual representation of this, one being from the most recent MKX.


Reptile – MKX (Kraken Costume Select)




Reptile – MK: Armageddon (Alternate Costume Select)


19. Chameleon


Chameleon – MK: Armageddon

Chameleon, a warrior I would love to see the developers push to include him in more games. I know there are many fans who may like him but prefer not to know his background; that is something I can live with. I would like to see him with his own unique move set and also occasional hints perhaps at his background and allegiance.

His skin transparency and his classification as a “deadly warrior” are essentially as far as it goes for getting to know his background. It is also said that he had been present during all Mortal Kombat events, from Liu Kang’s first tournament win to current Mortal Kombat events. He remains hidden and waits for the right time to reveal himself. His first appearance was in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and his last came in Armageddon. He is said to be on the side of evil but no concrete evidence can confirm this thought. In MKX, one of Reptile’s dialogues, when facing himself in a mirror match, ask if his opponent is Chameleon, which I absolutely loved. I hope this is a sign of things to come.

I personally would like to see him work with Reptile and the two be unstoppable together, with their similarities and their stealthy behaviour and abilities, it would be an interesting approach to see something along those lines occur. He has the potential to be a fierce and very good fighter and I hope with time, that is what occurs. I won’t go into much more detail except to inform you that I do really like him and hope to see more of him in the future.


Another Visual of Chameleon

20. Khameleon


Khameleon – MK: Armageddon

Like Chameleon, little is known of Khameleon. She was a playable character in Mortal Kombat Trilogy for Nintendo 64 and Mortal Kombat Armageddon for Wii console. What I can confirm, as this was released, is that she is from Zaterra and is of Saurian origins, exactly like Reptile. A short video released information that she tries to convince Reptile that Shao Kahn is deceiving him however she cannot get to him, yet. Reptile does listen to her and they have spoken before, but little information was released and Reptile is still relatively confused, standing between Khameleon and what his mind tells him; that he is the last of his kind after so long. She is believed to be aligned with good and has the mind set, like many from the side of good, of taking down Shao Kahn. She believes that she and Reptile are all that remain from their race.

Remaining concealed and camouflaged, she wandered aimlessly from realm to realm until she came across warriors discussing a possible weapon that provides God-like power, in Edenia. Her goal is clear; to find and acquire this weapon and it’s power. With this new power, she would herself kill Shao Kahn and his minions and ideally restore her and Reptile’s race of Saurians.


Another Visual of Khameleon

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Mortal Kombat – Rain

Number seventeen is one of my favourite warriors ever in the Mortal Kombat franchise; Rain.

17. Rain


Rain – MKX

Making his debut in “Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3”, Rain is Prince of Edenia, his home realm. Before digging into Rain I would like to mention that the game developers created Rain – giving him a purple coloured regal appareance which had him occasionally wear a cape and a well crafted mask, hinting at his royal heritage, because of the album “Purple Rain” by Prince. What originally began as a joke now became reality and Rain remains a favoured fighter and character throughout the game. He is son of Argus (a God of the Edenian realm and it’s Protector) and a sorceress named Delia. Rain, alongside his half-brother Taven and Daegon are said to be Demi-Gods.

Rain was orphaned and taken in and trained by the Edenian Resistance, which is a military force within Edenia. He grew up to be quite the extraordinary fighter, however he also grew up arrogant. Eventually, Rain commanded full leadership of the Edenian forces but his command was rejected. Enraged, he turned against his former allies and joined Shao Kahn after Shao Kahn said he would provide him with an army if he was to join him. Rain is very power hungry and is well known to have “chronic back-stabbing” moments throughout the series. His lust for power knows no limits. Rain believes his identity was hidden from him by his Father Argus because he felt that Argus was going to select either Taven or Daegon as Protector of Edenia rather than Rain. Infuriated, Rain distanced himself even more and he believes that the title of “Protector” is rightfully his. Prior to the Battle of Armageddon, Rain has a plot to kill both Taven and Daegon before fighting the ultimate beast known as Blaze.

In MKX, Rain is seen fighting alongside Mileena as she possess Shinnok’s Amulet, one of the most powerful mystic talisman within all Mortal Kombat realms. If you know Mortal Kombat and you know Rain, you know he is working with Mileena because she has control of the Amulet. The series of events involving Mileena see her facing off in an Outworld War, her against the previously mentioned usurper Kotal Kahn. Rain’s intentions are to have both sides fight and slowly kill each other until only he remains, where he would capitalize on the power of the Amulet. Stealing the Amulet, which was under Raiden’s protection, was his idea in the first place. Forever crafty, Rain almost always has an ulterior motive for his actions and as mentioned, this is the case in MKX once again. 

His abilities are all revolving around water and lightning. He can project a water blast from the palm of his hand which might be more than just water as it might have an acidic substance to it hence the burning and fear of his opponents as well as having a super kick if you will. He can also summon lightning with the raise of his hand and he can also control your movements if you are hit by his projectile water bubble, not to mention his teleportation in and out of a water portal.

Rain’s confidence and pride is represented while he engages in a quick conversation (before fight) with his enemy Kotal Kahn. After Kotal Kahn had eliminated a few Tarkatans and Mileena off the roof of the building they were on, Rain was the last one. Kotal Khan made a sarcastic remark to Rain saying “Another Edenia, the supposed Half-God”, to which Rain acted by throwing a water bubble at him and hence being able to control his movements and responded then by saying “I am a son of Argus, I was not merely declared a God by befuddled commoners, Buluc”. This proves his worth and royalty and it also shows how Rain is proud of his heritage, while also mocking Kotal Khan’s minions who believe he is a God, when he is not. He is never afraid of a fight and thoroughly enjoys destroying his enemies. Originally from Edenia, he dwells in Outworld and seems to have an alignment of Neutral as he will kill both good and bad for his greater motives. It is hard to decide on allies for Rain as it is expected he will eventually betray them but Mileena, Goro and the Black Dragon Clan are who he currently sees as allies.


Rain and his fight with Kotal Kahn – MKX

A personal favourite, easily in my top 3, Rain’s background is not exactly what I would have liked but quite honestly – I would not have it any other way. He is a character with a plan and I love the way the Mortal Kombat universe has portrayed him. I would like to see him fight on the side of good however I like his bad side. Rain’s backstory and his struggles with friendships make him a useful but fearful ally…or foe.

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Mortal Kombat – Baraka and Mileena

Warriors number fifteen and sixteen up for discussion are two who fight on the side of evil and two who have more than a friendship together…

15. Baraka


Baraka – MKX

Baraka, first impressions are what Baraka represents – what you see is what you get. Baraka is an aggressive, unforgiving and unpredictable fighter while serving Shao Kahn. First introduced to us in Mortal Kombat II, he is of Tarkatan background. This is yet another race of creatures in Mortal Kombat which tend to be rather nomadic mutants. Tarkatans possess relatively long blades extending from their forearms and needless to say are very sharp and deadly. It is revealed that Baraka does not possess anything really close to anger or hate for Earthrealm but because his Emperor, Shao Kahn, decided to attempt at conquering Earthrealm, Baraka would make sure this plan went through smoothly, doing all he can to enforce it. This represents Baraka’s loyalty to his leader and this would go on to prove that Baraka will fight to the death if need be to please his superior. It is revealed that the Tarkatans are the Emperor’s favourite race, replacing the centaurs which Motaro had a major impact on.  His loyalty was clearly identified in his MK9 ending as he was seen murdering Shao Kahn, much to the displeasure of his former allies. However, they were surprised to see that Baraka’s blades had pierced through the body of the secretive Shang Tsung, who took the appearance of Shao Kahn. While posing as Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung was trying to take claim of being the ultimate leader but Baraka would not be fooled. This action is what made Shao Kahn select the Tarkatans as his new favoured race. He is seen as the leader of the Tarkatan race as he single-handedly destroyed an enemy faction. It is said that Baraka has a very close relationship with Mileena and depending on the game, it is said that they took the place of Shao Kahn and began conquering realms as King and Queen. His is a close ally of Shao Kahn, Mileena and Sheeva and it goes without say, he is aligned with evil. I personally have come to enjoy Baraka as his role in both the games and movie (Mortal Kombat Annihilation). I was THOROUGHLY disappointed that in MKX, a new warrior by the name of D’Vorah was seen killing him in the past. What a HORRIBLE thing for MK fans to see. Baraka, both a fan favourite and a close original character killed by a completely new and annoying for that matter, character. D’Vorah single handedly ruined herself for me by playing her role so well. You cannot have a completely new character kill someone like Baraka. Maybe if she had killed an older character who is not as popular, that is a different story. I still have not recovered from this and really hope to see a change of some sorts in this situation.

16. Mileena


Mileena – MKX

Mileena, a beautiful genetic experiment created by Shang Tsung’s magic, first seen in Mortal Kombat II, is a crossbreed between Tarkatan and Edenian. Known for her exotic outfits (or lack thereof), she was created in Shang Tsung’s Flesh Pits and that is where she can call her home. Because she has Tarkatan DNA in her, she does have the well known “big deadly teeth” that she keeps hidden with help from her veil.


Mileena (Unmasked) – MKX

She is a clone of Kitana and many characters throughout the game have confused the two. Even in the second Mortal Kombat movie, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, Sonya begins to fight Mileena and asks her if she is Kitana, to which Mileena laughs and taunts her. She is vicious and twisted, and loves to feast on her enemies, something she would like to do to her “sister” Kitana. She thrives off receiving power and loves to create chaos. It is mentioned that she, because of her unstable mind, is prone to fits of madness and complete savagery and her appearance is quite deceiving. Although she looks like a mature woman, she likes to act like a child and has no conscious whatsoever. If Shao Kahn were to be eliminated and killed, he wanted a daughter worthy of taking his place and ruling, and Mileena is exactly that. Shortly after Raiden killed Shao Kahn, Mileena began her reign as Ruler of Outworld. She however was ousted as ruler because she decided against the idea of aligning Outworld with Earthrealm (because Earthrealm was responsible for her “Father’s” death), and she led a rebellion against a usurper named Kotal Kahn and his plot. I was shattered to hear that Mileena was eventually killed in MKX. A favourite of mine and a key player now more than ever, she was disposed of by a NEW CHARACTER, yes D’Vorah, which I find unacceptable. Who is D’Vorah to have these big roles, no way I do not buy into it and never will. It seems Netherrealm Studios (Mortal Kombat game creators) are pushing for a new generation of fighters which I cannot get on board with. I really hope she returns and continues to do what she does best; hunt for power and lead with confidence. Prior to her demise, she was close with Baraka, Rain and Tanya, among others. I can easily say she is one of my favourite characters in the game.

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Mortal Kombat – Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot

Warriors number twelve and thirteen are two of the most popular and have an incredible rivalry between each other while warrior number fourteen holds the distinction of being a highly skilled fighter and dark warrior; Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot respectively.

12. Scorpion


Scorpion – MKX

A legendary, popular, and original warrior/character, Scorpion holds the distinction, among other warriors, to appear in every single Mortal Kombat game as a playable character. Best known by his name, Scorpion, he is also known by his real name “Hanzo Hasashi”, which was released to us in MKX. He was voted number one for Mortal Kombat favourite characters and is even the creator Ed Boon’s favourite character. He is a former member of the Shirai Ryu clan and is often seen as an undead, hellspawn fighter. It is said that his father was also a member of the Shirai Ryu and did not want his son (Scorpion) to join the clan as he did not want him to live the life of an assassin. According to Mortal Kombat creators, he joined to provide his family with a comforting life. His main goal is to destroy Sub-Zero, as he believes he is responsible for destroying his clan, and he succeeds, killing Bi-Han (now Noob Saibot). His origins, like many of the fighters, lie in China. His death came from the hands of Quan Chi who was POSING as Sub-Zero (Bi-Han) when he, his family and clan were all exterminated. His soul was said to be wandering in the Netherrealm where Quan Chi resurrected him and made him into what fans know him to be – full of anger and vengeance. Quan Chi tricked Scorpion into believing that Sub-Zero (Bi-Han/Kuai Liang) are the ones responsible for the ambush and for the death of his family and clan. What really happened was that Quan Chi hired the Lin Kuei to capture Shinnok’s Amulet and in return he would wipe out their rival clan – the Shirai Ryu. Scorpion continuously searches and tries to kill Sub-Zero until MKX states that the truth finally came out, and Scorpion and Sub-Zero no longer have that burning rivalry, but  instead Scorpion turns on Quan Chi and kills him himself.

Despite everything, Scorpion in not necessarily evil. He does decide to fight on the “Forces of Darkness” side in the Battle of Armageddon because he was promised that his family and clan would be resurrected and returned to Earth. He will complete tasks if it means getting what he wants, which is as mentioned his family and clan back. Throughout the series, he remains neutral. Although while wearing a mask he appears human, he is not at all. When Scorpion removes the mask, you can clearly see that he has the head of a skeleton, which is sometimes full of flames. Apparently, he CAN regain his full human appearance once he conquers his own demons.

Scorpion is well known for his catchphrase “GET OVER HERE!” or “COME HERE!” which almost every fan of the game supports. His scorpion spear, coming from his hands and his rising flames are just a few of the deadly attacks Scorpion possesses.

In MKX, Scorpion, as Hanzo Hasashi, is seen teaching Takeda Takahashi (Kenshi’s son) on martial arts and how to fight and represent the Shirai Ryu. What I dislike very much about what MKX does, as I interpreted it, is they actively tried to prevent calling him Scorpion and tried to push his former persona; Hanzo Hasashi. Fans have grown up with Mortal Kombat and know and love him as Scorpion with his unique look and characteristics. Hanzo Hasashi may be good, but that is no Scorpion – I am hoping to see more Scorpion and less Hanzo Hasashi. Currently, as Hanzo Hasashi, his allies consists of Special Forces members (Sonya Blade and Jax Briggs) and Johnny Cage to name a few.


Hanzo Hasashi – MKX

13. Sub Zero


Sub Zero (Masked) -MKX

Call him what you like, Sub Zero, the Younger Sub Zero, Tundra or Kuai Liang, he is officially in the top two for fan favourites. He is the younger brother of Bi-Han, better known as Noob Saibot, who was the original Sub Zero. This Sub Zero, Kuai Liang, made his debut in Mortal Kombat II. Originally from China, he is known as a member of the Lin Kuei, a faction just like the White Lotus Society. This faction consists of ruthless killers who do not ask questions but just get the job done. Many of it’s warriors are selected at a very young age and must mature and learn the ways of the clan quickly. No one knows of their existence other than the clan itself. Sub Zero himself is a Cryomancer, which is a race of people from Outworld who possess the ability to create, manipulate and control ice. He and his brother were abducted as infants and were trained to become deadly assassins. He has a distinct scar on his right eye, just over and under it. It is said that this scar was caused by the “Dragon Medallion’s power” I however have not fully decided on what I believe.

Now to avoid any confusion some might have, Scorpion during the Mortal Kombat tournament did indeed kill Sub Zero but this was NOT Kuai Liang but instead it was Bi-Han and as we know, Bi-Han is now Noob Saibot. This action caused the current Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) to get revenge for his brother and kill Scorpion, hence their on-going feud. In “Scorpion’s” section above, I discussed why Scorpion wants to kill Sub-Zero and now I just finished giving you the reasons why Sub-Zero wants to kill Scorpion. While he embarked on a mission to find Scorpion, it became known to him that his clan, the Lin Kuei, was beginning something that they referred to as the “Cyber Initiative”. This involved the clan taking their members and converting them to Cyborgs. Sub-Zero was eventually captured however he was restored by Raiden and this is what made him fight for Earthrealm. Subsequently, Sub-Zero grew disgusted of his clan and broke the sacred rules as he joined Raiden and his fighters to destroy Shao Kahn. Sub-Zero’s soul was one that Quan Chi had corrupted however while Quan Chi was fighting with Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage, Raiden was able to restore his soul.


Sub Zero – Revenant (MKX)

At this point, he found himself ready to rebuild the Lin Kuei. However to do this, he had to get passed one of the most prominent, ruthless, evil and deadliest warrior his former clan had to produced – Sektor. I will expand on this when discussing Sektor, however in this section I will say that Sub-Zero did reform his clan but instead he made it into an organization and establishment that aided Raiden and his fighters, vowing to protect Earthrealm. His unstoppable and threatening abilities make him one of Earthrealm’s greatest warriors and deadliest of foes. Notice in the picture below his “eye scar” that was touched upon earlier in this section.

Sub-Zero (Unmasked) – MKX

14. Noob Saibot


Noob Saibot – MK9

Originally known as Bi-Han or the original Sub-Zero, Noob Saibot is as many already know, the brother of the current Sub-Zero. After his death at the hands of Scorpion (when he was (Sub-Zero), he was reincarnated in the Netherrealm and represents all evil. After death, his soul was said to be in the Netherrealm due to years of violence and remorseless killing, hence his inner darkness. It is, as you guessed, Quan Chi who resurrected him and enhanced his powers, and made him even more powerful and darker. Quan Chi made sure to eliminated any possible human trait, be it pride, compassion, love and so on. Noob Saibot’s goal is to rule the Netherrealm. Despite being in service to evil conquerors such as Shao Kahn, Quan Chi and Lord Shinnok, he fights for himself and only himself. His physical appearance is the same colour of his soul; dark black. He is a ruthless fighter who has much speed, whether it is teleportation or his stealthy ways of hiding in his shadow. He is also able to produce a second individual  (known as his Shadow Clone) while fighting, just as powerful as he is. Getting close to him is dangerous as he has many methods of fighting, and many ways of winning. He is a member of the “Brotherhood of Shadow” faction, created and led by Quan Chi. His current whereabouts are uncertain as he was last seen fighting Nightwolf at the Graveyard, close to a soulnado, in MK9. Nightwolf eventually kicked him into said soulnado and that was the last time we were able to see Noob Saibot. Being mentioned by Sareena in MKX, he is still believed to be alive in some way. Rumours continue to grow and swirl about his comeback and how he will return with another mission. His allies were as mentioned Quan Chi, Shao Kahn and Shinnok, to name a few – all very evil fighters. An interesting fact about Noob Saibot’s name creation; the name “Noob” is the creator Ed Boon’s name backwards and “Saibot” is another creator of the game, John Tobias’ name backwards. I think he is a very unique character and I can appreciate his move set and style. His shadow appearance is well thought out and he is a tough warrior.


Noob Saibot and his Shadow Clone (MK9)

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Mortal Kombat – Nightwolf

Warrior number eleven up for discussion is none other than Nightwolf.

11. Nightwolf


Nightwolf – MK9

A very unique character, Nightwolf is an Apache warrior who was originally seen as more of an Aboriginal or Native American depending on location, shaman who does not dwell on his past but instead used it for his future. Very proud of his heritage, he remains a fierce warrior dedicated to helping and improving, both himself and others through various methods. He relies on spiritual energy and practices to increase and enhance his power. While discussing power, he has distinct attacks. A green bow and arrow, one which he fires very quickly, and tomahawks are his weapons of choice. His “Rhyno Charge” remains a strong way of delivering a big impact and launching enemies in the distance. He is relentless and continues to follow Lord Raiden’s instructions as he sees him as a prominent leader. Nightwolf is responsible for guiding Liu Kang (according to the second Mortal Kombat movie) to finding his spirit animal, eventually being called his “animality”. Sadly, Nightwolf’s soul was corrupted by Quan Chi and he serves him, along with the others, in the Netherrealm. Nightwolf was instrumental in MK9 as he sacrificed his life while Sindel was slowly taking down all Earthrealm warriors. While facing her, he, in his native tongue, casted a bright white light over the two of them, which eventually vaporized them both and eliminated any threat of evil. Quan Chi is only able to get his hands on all these souls because they unfortunately were killed during battle, in one way or the other. I hope to see Nightwolf return to the side of light as it is really hard watching all these great warriors serve evil. I feel as though the creators are trying to push a new brand and ground of “good guy”, which I am not open for at the moment.


Nightwolf – Revenant (MKX)

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Mortal Kombat – Stryker and Kabal

A continuation on Mortal Kombat posts, I present to you the following two warriors for discussion; Kurtis Stryker and Kabal.

9. Kurtis Stryker


Kurtis Stryker – MK9


Kurtis Stryker, a character first seen in Mortal Kombat 3 is best known as being a SWAT Team Officer and Riot Control Leader. He is seen using various weapons such as modern-day explosives, a gun, a taser and nightsticks while engaging in battle. This alone represents that he is not to be taken lightly. Stryker first got involved in the fight for Earthrealm when a portal opened over what is said to be New York City. This portal caused panic, chaos and rage by all citizens. Stryker, as mentioned, led the Riot Control squad right around the time Shao Kahn began to slowly conquer and take souls. Eventually, Stryker finds himself (and perhaps Kabal) the lone survivor of a city once populated by millions of people. He never understood why he was spared and selected to fight. He received a vision from Lord Raiden, instructing him to head west and meet with other chosen warriors and learn about the importance of what is occurring. Nightwolf, a fighter of good, came to him and explained what is happening and why he needs to fight. Raiden and Nightwolf together spoke to Stryker and helped him gain a better understanding of his purpose. He was spared because he was a “chosen warrior”. In MK9, Stryker is seen with Kabal, they are partners who witnessed this Outworld invasion. Together they fought off Reptile and Mileena, until Kintaro burned Kabal and he was taken for medical treatment. Stryker was a man with a job, and he continuously claimed that he was “just doing his job – to serve and protect”. A modest hero, Stryker is a key member of the “Forces of Light”. A personal favourite of mine, I was very sad and remain quite angry to see Stryker in MKX as a revenant and fighting against his former allies. He is under Quan Chi’s power as his soul was taken and used to complete evil deeds by the sorcerer. I really hope he can restored and can continue to serve and protect for the greater good. He is a very honest and very strong man who finds himself (prior to MKX) fighting demons, Kahn’s, genetic experiments and creatures from all over, and defeating them.


Kurtis Stryker – Revenant (MKX)


10. Kabal


Kabal – MK9


First introduced in Mortal Kombat 3, Kabal is well known for his infamous Hookswords and his unique physical appearance. Not too much is known of Kabal except for the fact that he was a member of the Black Dragon Clan, a clan known for violence, arms trafficking, assassinations and many other forms of law breaking. Fast forward to MK9, Kabal is seen as the partner of Kurtis Stryker, working with the New York Police Department (NYPD) where he does his best to do good and suppress any of his dark memories. He is originally seen, in MK9, as a human with no mask or Hookswords. However, it is then understood that he wears his mask, which is really a respirator and only way for him to breathe and live, because he was badly burned by Kintaro (another four armed beast). Kano found him while Stryker was fighting off enemies and took him – Kano is responsible for providing him with his equipment and apparatuses to live. Kano himself is a member of the Black Dragon Clan and tried to convince Kabal to return as the “clan isn’t the same without you”, to quote Kano. Enraged, he followed Kano to the man responsible for the chaos on Earth, which we know to be Shao Kahn. He then knocked out Kano and got answers for himself before escaping, while also learning of his new apparatuses abilities, which include super speed. It is said he is severely disfigured under his mask and even once, in MK3, a fatality of his involved him taking off his mask and yelling, scaring the life (literally) out of his opponent. Another personal favourite warrior of mine, Kabal’s soul was indeed taken and corrupted, making him a revenant for the time being. He serves Quan Chi and Lord Shinnok and the greater evil. I really hope to see him return with Stryker doing what they do best – putting an end to crime and eliminating all evil threats, human or not.


Kabal – Revenant (MKX)


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