Mortal Kombat – Goro, Kintaro, Sheeva Motaro

Warriors number 30, 31, 32 and 33 are all beasts and fearsome warriors who are fueled with destruction and pain.

30. Goro

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Goro – MKX

First debuting as a sub-boss to Shang Tsung in the original Mortal Kombat game, Goro (sometimes referred to as Prince Goro) is the first Mortal Kombat character to have four arms and represent the closest thing to a beast. His species, the Shokan, are a race comprising of half human and half dragon warriors that are originally from Outworld. In comparison to another Shokan, Kintaro, Goro is of the “Draco Lineage”. He has been the Mortal Kombat tournament champion for nine generations, making him undefeated in 500 years. Needless to say, Goro is a favourite of Shao Kahn because of his winning ways and absolute will to kill.

Depending on how you view it, during the tenth Mortal Kombat tournament, some say Liu Kang is the one who beat him while others (according to the first Mortal Kombat movie) say Johnny Cage beat Goro and killed him.

In MKX, the Shokan are not on either side of the Outworld Civil War and remain outcasts. Not having a serious role in MKX, many believe that Goro will return and play a bigger role in future installments of the game but this is just a rumour. He allies himself currently with Kintaro, Sheeva, Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung.

31. Kintaro

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Kintaro – MK9

Kintaro, another Shokan but of the “Tigrar Lineage”, is another bloodthirsty four armed beast who is often seen with Goro. Throughout the Mortal Kombat franchise, he is the only Shokan of Tigrar Lineage. According to his biography in MK9, his lineage and therefore his body markings (similar to tiger stripes) represent the lower-class for the Shokan, in comparison to Goro’s (and Sheeva’s) Draco Lineage for example.

Like many Shokan, he thrives off destruction and loves to fight. He is responsible for burning Kabal, hence why Kabal needs to constantly wear his mask and respirator for the rest of his life. 

He is last seen in MK9 fighting with Goro against Cyber Sub-Zero, to which both Shokan’s are defeated. He does fit the Mortal Kombat role well and plays an evil warrior very well. Often defeated, he does have the strength and power, however he sometimes underestimates the human spirit. Prior to his demise, he was allies with Goro, Sheeva and Shao Kahn.

32. Sheeva

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Sheeva – MK9

The last Shokan up for discussion, and one who possess the same lineage as Goro, Sheeva. Sheeva’s race, like the above two warriors, are rivals to the Centaurian race. Tall, muscular and powerful, Sheeva serves as the personal bodyguard of Queen Sindel.

In MK9, Sheeva is seen as a the guardian of captured Earthrealm warriors. An example of this is when Liu Kang and Kung Lao come to try and rescue Kitana, but Sheeva and Noob Saibot were waiting for them and they begin to fight. She remains the jailer of Shao Kahn’s dungeon, appointed this position by the evil conqueror himself.

Sheeva is a unique character as she manages to be play a decent size role in the game and seems to make an appearance at just the right time, in my opinion. While combatting her, she is notorious for her “Death from Above” move, where she jumps high into the sky and lands on her opponent. As mentioned, she and her race remain outcasts and she allies herself with Kintaro, Goro, Shao Kahn and Queen Sindel.

33. Motaro

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Motaro – MK: Armageddon

First appearing in Mortal Kombat 3, Motaro is of the Centaurian (sometimes referred to as Minotaur) race that rivals the Shokan’s, hence his anger toward Sheeva – first seen in the Mortal Kombat Annihilation movie. Being of this race, his lower half is that of a horse while his top half is of a man. He also has horns on his head and a long tail that causes a lot of damage. Approximately 9-foot tall, he is a beast who proudly serves Shao Kahn. His race is well known for their hunting and their somewhat mystical magical skills. The Centaurians see the Shokan race as inferior and are constantly going against each other to prove their worth to Shao Kahn.

In the Mortal Kombat movie, number 2 – Annihilation, he is seen in the climax of the movie fighting against Jax. Throughout their fight, he rips off one of Jax’s cybernetic arms. This forces Jax to realize that he was much stronger without them, which is what Raiden was telling him all along. After realizing this, Jax went on a rampage and eventually killed Motaro.

I am fan of Motaro and would love to see him return in the Mortal Kombat games. A well thought out character and a deadly opponent, he can provide much asset and much storyline for Mortal Kombat games. He does make a very slight appearance in MK9. He is seen in Shao Kahn’s Arena, listening to his leader talk about his plans and is also seen fighting (in the background) Johnny Cage when Raiden flies in and strikes Motaro – killing him. He is last seen being brought back to Shao Kahn dead, to the emperors surprise and anger. He was allies with Goro, Kintaro and Sindel.


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Mortal Kombat – Kano and Tremor

Warriors number 28 and 29 are two from the Black Dragon clan; Kano and Tremor.

28. Kano

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Kano – MKX

A well known mercenary and leader of the crime ridden faction Black Dragon, Kano is originally from Earthrealm, more specifically from Australia however he resides in Outworld. Kano is a very brutal individual who does not seem to have much remorse either. Kano, also known to be quite resourceful, is an original Mortal Kombat character. He is the man responsible for Sonya’s partner’s death and Sonya ever since then has wanted to capture and even kill him. Although he may work well with his Black Dragon clan members, he is often known to betray those he either works with or works for. This is usually done for financial gain or if a better opportunity presented itself. Another well known personality trait of his is his dark and twisted sense of humour, making jokes of the most serious of scenarios.

Despite this, Kano does remain a fan favourite – many (including myself) love to see this type of character make his way in realms full of superhuman beings. On the right side of his face, it is clear one can identify his bionic eye. This bionic eye provides him with infrared vision and a deadly laser emission. He first got this cybernetic eye because of facial damage which Jax Briggs is responsible for giving. This even occurred before Mortal Kombat, on Earthrealm. Surgically placed on his face, Kano can have greater focus and greater amounts of power because of it. A trigger happy, crime loving individual such as Kano possessing this, makes him even more dangerous than he already is.

Always a villain, he remains an undisciplined fighter and relies on his bionic eye, clan members and brute strength during battles. He can be hired for the right price and this is seen several times throughout the game, especially in MK9 and MKX. In MK9, he is hired by Shang Tsung and he provides Shang Tsung with different types of weapons and explains their worth and functions. In MKX, he is hired by Mileena to take down the usurper Kotal Kahn, a man he was working for. He does have military background training  which allowed him to run the Black Dragon. Kano is forever a survivor and always seems to squeak his way out of almost all situations. A weapons expert, tough combatant and an unpredictable dirty dealer, Kano is a formidable foe and remains dangerous at all times.

29. Tremor

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Tremor – MKX (Metallic Variation)

First appearing in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, Tremor is a former member of the Black Dragon Clan. He is originally from Earthrealm and yes, is human despite his appearance as another species. Really given a backstory in MKX, Tremor seems to have some animosity towards Kano as he believes Kano led the clan on a life-threatening mission, where Tremor mentions to him, during their dialogue, that he nearly escaped with his life, to which Kano mentions how fun it was.

He has the power of an earth elemental. This means he can create earthquakes, has the ability to project stones and lava and he can also shape the ground to suit him. It is said Kano sent Tremor to acquire a “psych-bomb” which Kano would then use in the theft of Shinnok’s Amulet. This mission is believed to be the cause of animosity between the two. Along with Kano, Tremor has great hate for the Special Forces, more specifically Jax Briggs as in a previous game installment (MK: Special Forces) Jax engages in combat and eventually kills Tremor.

I am very happy to see Tremor in MKX and having a great appearance and attitude, as well as abilities. He is easily one of my top favourite characters and with a unique name, abilities and sense of humour, I believe he does have potential to be good despite being currently aligned with evil. He expressed, in MKX, how beautiful he finds Princess Kitana and also expresses to Mileena that she is reborn in the Dream Realm, the realm he travelled to, to acquire the mentioned “psych bomb”.

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Tremor – MKX (Crystalline Variation)

His MKX ending states that he, after defeating Shinnok, has his powers enhanced. This enhancement expanded his mind as well and is said to have the power to rival that of the Thunder God (Raiden) and Wind God (Fujin). His current allies are minor characters, both current Black Dragon clan members, Jarek and Tasia.


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Mortal Kombat – Sektor, Cyrax, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke/Cyber Smoke and Triborg

Now, warriors number 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 are all cyborgs and unique in appearance, abilities and background. Allow me to begin discussing them.

23. Sektor

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Sektor – MK3

First introduced to fans in Mortal Kombat 3, Sektor is a ruthless, remorseless, savage and strong warrior originally from Earthrealm. When he was first developed, prior to being given the name Sektor, he was referred to as “Ketchup” as to avoid confusion amongst the creators between him and fellow cyborg Cyrax, who they referred to as “Mustard”. As mentioned, Sektor is originally from Earthrealm, more specifically he is from Japan although there is confusion amongst many, some state he is originally from China. Sektor is the physical form of what an evil cyborg can possibly represent. Combine this with his deadly attacks and abilities (his well known Rocket Punch and Missiles), not to mention his stealthy behaviour, Sektor is a killing machine ready to take on any opponent if it results in their destruction, at his hands.

When Sektor was human, he was part of the Lin Kuei, like Sub-Zero. It is the Lin Kuei that initiated a specific project referred to as the “Cyber-Initiative”. This initiative was intended to transform all of the clans warriors into Cyborgs. The Lin Kuei Grand Master, Sektor’s father, was a strong advocate and made it mandatory for clan members to participate. Although many were hesitant and uncertain, Sektor volunteered to be the first to make the transformation, he volunteered with absolute pleasure. Sektor later spoke that he believed this would remove insubordination from the clan, making them even stronger and cooperative to the clan’s Grand Master. Many members of the clan were skeptical because they believed it involved them giving away their free will, which I will elaborate on while discussing Cyrax. As a cyborg, Sektor never considered trying to reflect on his human past, but instead was only focused on missions at hand and delivering punishment. The only emotion Sektor really displays is anger and sometimes joy. The joy emotion can be heard when Sektor performs a “combo-attack” in MK9 as he laughs at his opponent upon completion. Sektor is actually the code name for unit LK-9T9. It was said that he survived the Outworld invasion, prior to joining Shao Kahn, as he has no soul to take.

It is revealed to us in Mortal Kombat Armageddon that Sektor was initially unsuccessful in accomplishing his goal of being Lin Kuei Grand Master, which saw him fled to Japan to establish his own clan of ninja warriors – all cybernetic. He called his clan the “Tekunin”.

In MK9, Sektor and Cyrax (in their human form) were hired by Shang Tsung to eliminate any of Earthrealm warriors, prior to their opportunity of fighting – a way of sabotaging that Shang Tsung is notorious for. Sektor and Cyrax are seen mostly arguing amongst each other, arguing about the Lin Kuei’s Cyber Initiative and possible negative effects on the clan and its members. 

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Human Sektor – MK9

Now, a full cyborg and following a fight with Cyber Sub-Zero, Sektor is seen in the climax of the game; the final fight. Sektor, among many other evil aligned warriors, ambush the Earthrealmers in an attempt to kill them. Sektor fights many but ultimately fights with Smoke and nearly kills him, if it was not for Nightwolf’s interruption. This was the last time Sektor was seen, therefore it is believed he fled the scene and remains alive and intact.

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Sektor – MK9

His loyalty and dedication to the Lin Kuei, displayed by his willing cyborg transformation, had brought great honour to his father. His father had believed it was time for Sektor to begin his time to replace him as Grand Master. Sektor and his dark nature came to his father. His father spoke and warned him of the power that comes with wearing the Dragon Medallion, which in this case was worn by the Lin Kuei Grand Master. Unfortunately, Sektor ignored this warning and eliminated his father, whose soul was said to fly into the medallion itself. After placing the medallion around his neck, he began to finally seize control of the Lin Kuei. This was short lived however as shortly after he eliminated his father, Sub-Zero makes an appearance. In a strong and epic battle, the two fought hard for control of the clan. Sub-Zero however, outlasted Sektor and ultimately beat him. After destroying Sektor to pieces (MKX), Sub-Zero kept all of his cybernetic body parts in pieces to investigate what Sektor was aware of. He then showed Scorpion, while playing a message Quan Chi delivered to Sektor from Sektor’s severed head, that Quan Chi was responsible for destroying Scorpion’s clan, the Shirai Ryu. The fact that Sektor’s cybernetic technology is all kept and in decent condition, it tells me that although Sektor may be dead for the moment, he could be put together and simply brought back to life, and perhaps with more artificial enhancements. As my favourite character in the game (tied with Rain and Tremor), I would love to see him return and return with a vengeance. We do know however, that he technically can be represented in MKX as Triborg. He is, obviously, an evil character and his allies are (most recently) Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung, Noob Saibot and Baraka among others.

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Triborg – MKX (Sektor Variation)

24. Cyrax

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Cyrax – MK3

First seen in Mortal Kombat 3, Cyrax is originally from Botswana, as a human of course. To avoid repetition, I will simply remind you that he was hired by Shang Tsung in MK9, along with Sektor, to eliminate the Earthrealm warriors prior to their opportunity to fight. Unlike Sektor, Cyrax believes in free will and that is what ultimately forces him to renounce himself from the Lin Kuei. As Sektor was all for the Cyber Initiative, Cyrax was against it and believes that artificial enhancements were no substitution for the human soul, as did Cyber Sub-Zero. He did however, undergo the transformation but was eventually able to remain cyborg but possess his own free will. Cyrax is also known as “Mustard” which I mentioned, and his designated unit is LK-4D4. Unlike Sektor, once again, Cyrax really wanted to recover his memory about his human life. Thanks to Sonya Blade and Jax Briggs, he was able to do that and because of their help, he decided to help them and their Outer World Investigation Agency (OIA) and show them respect and appreciation for their efforts.

An early release of information regarding Cyrax was from Mortal Kombat 3, the first game he was introduced in. It stated this original mission was to capture Sub-Zero, but instead Sub-Zero captured and reprogrammed him. His mission is to now kill Shao Kahn and he is successful as Shao Kahn cannot sense his soul in his presence due to his cybernetic form. Upon Shao Kahn’s death, he waits for orders to be given to him for a new mission but no orders came and he found himself wandering aimlessly and eventually caught in the middle of what is believed to be Jade’s desert. He is eventually rescued and recruited for the greater good.

Fast forward to MK9, Cyrax of course resists cybernetic enhancements and eventually reluctantly loses his humanity. After officially leaving the clan he is fully aware the no one leaves the Lin Kuei, and that the warriors were on the hunt to find and kill him. Like Sektor, after the major fight at the end of MK9, after being defeated by Nightwolf (as he was unwillingly evil), he is no longer seen suggesting that he, with other evil warriors, escaped and remains alive.

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Cyrax – MK9

At this point, he is allies with Shao Kahn, Sub-Zero and Raiden. As you may have noticed, you can clearly see that his is allied with an evil conquered and two good-natured characters which include the Protector of Earthrealm, representing he is a character fighting for good.

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Triborg – MKX (Cyrax Variation)

25. Cyber Sub-Zero

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Cyber Sub-Zero – MK9

Cyber Sub-Zero, unit LK-52O, in MK9 was put in place instead of Cyborg Smoke. After his transformation he was of course evil but regained his good nature thanks to help of the Earthrealm warriors. Not too much can be said about Cyber Sub-Zero, except for the fact that after being reprogrammed in MK9, he is sent “undercover” to acquire information from Shao Kahn’s plot. This was a good plan that Stryker came up with, illustrating his strong law enforcement background. Shortly after speaking with Sektor, Sektor states that he has scanned Cyber Sub-Zero’s “neural-net, 5-2-0” and he then states that his “neuromodulators have been recalibrated” and Cyber Sub-Zero punches him away. The two engage in combat with Cyber Sub-Zero emerging victorious and acquiring information from Sektor’s unconscious form.

With this newly acquired information, Cyber Sub-Zero heads to the graveyard where he sees Noob Saibot and Quan Chi developing a soulnado. Noob Saibot sees and confronts him. At this point, Cyber Sub-Zero realizes that Noob Saibot is his older brother (Bi-Han). Noob rejects that they are brothers, stating that although they may share blood, they are not brothers. After their fight, Cyber Sub-Zero states that they are no longer brothers, after defeating Noob Saibot. He is seen fighting for the Earthrealmers at the climax of the game and ultimately suffering the same fate of many Earthrealm warriors at the hands of Sindel.

In MKX, he is seen back as Sub-Zero in his human form as Quan Chi captured his soul and eliminated his cybernetics citing that they are not strong enough. He is a revenant until Raiden is luckily able to restore his soul and he finds himself for most of the game rebuilding the Lin Kuei and serving as it’s Grand Master – helping the Earthrealm fighters. He is also represented as a variation within Triborg.

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Triborg – MKX (Sub-Zero Variation)

26. Smoke/Cyber Smoke

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Smoke – MK9

Thomas Vrbada, better known as Smoke is an Earthrealm and former Lin Kuei warrior. Originally from Prague, the capital city of the European country Czech Republic; he was introduced to fans in Mortal Kombat II. He was first a playable character in Mortal Kombat 3, as a cyborg. He was first seen in Mortal Kombat II as a secret/hidden character, occasionally peeking out of trees in the Living Forest while players fought Reptile. After he and Sub-Zero received word that the Lin Kuei was making the Cyber Initiative compulsory, they fled and although Sub-Zero escaped, Smoke did not and he was transformed. As a cyborg, he is unit LK-7T2 and was the third member of the clan to be forcefully transformed into a cyborg. Eventually, he was restored to his human form, including his memories.

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Cyber Smoke – MK3

He has special abilities that, one can obviously identify from his name, allows him to transform into a wisp of smoke. With no memory of his childhood, he does consider the younger Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) to be his brother. His MK9 ending states that after defeating Shao Kahn, his death shook memories of Smoke’s early life. It is said he was abducted by a cult and was meant as a sacrifice to a demon. After being burned alive, he returned to the mortal world as an “enenra”, a term I will define in the next paragraph. Those who captured him were helpless as he, in a fit of rage, destroyed them all. After killing them, he felt avenged and returned to his human form. At this point, he is fully aware of his identity and understands he more than just an assassin.

Considering Raiden was unable to save his soul and restore him at the end MK9, he is currently (in MKX) a revenant known as “Enenra”. The term enenra loosely means “a being formed of smoke and vapour”. 

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Enenra (Smoke) Revenant – MKX

He is also a cyborg in the game as Triborg. I do not like to dwell on the fact that a good character like Smoke is now evil, all because of someone I dislike with a passion; Quan Chi.

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Triborg – MKX (Smoke Variation)

27. Triborg

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Triborg – MKX

I want to quickly touch on Triborg as he represents the Cyborgs in MKX. Prior to his demise, the Lin Kuei grand Master had all of his members participate in tests. These tests, although unknown to its members, were all recorded and their results/data was stored in an undisclosed location. After infiltrating the Lin Kuei base, the Special Forces found this piece of data and attempted to process it at their Special Forces Lab. While testing, the consciousness of Sektor, Cyrax, Smoke (as he was cyber) and Cyber Sub-Zero all merged together to create what we know as Triborg. Once conscious, he killed all those at the Special Forces lab and has a mission of destroying all human and organic life. Needless to say, he wants to re-establish the Cyber Initiative and have all participate. Although I am a big Triborg fan, I am a little confused by the name Triborg. Tri, meaning three, but four cyborgs merged during the processing. Considering four of the cyber warriors merged, Triborg can replicate all of their fighting styles, including abilities. Either way, I do like the character and the name and am glad to see the Cyborgs still involved (as they should be) in Mortal Kombat.


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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

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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.
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Ermac – MKX (Pharaoh Costume Select)

22. Kenshi

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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

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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.

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Reptile – MKX (Kraken Costume Select)

 

 

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Reptile – MK: Armageddon (Alternate Costume Select)

 

19. Chameleon

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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.

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Another Visual of Chameleon

20. Khameleon

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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.

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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

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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 its Protector) and a sorceress named Delia. Rain, alongside his half-brother Taven and Daegon are said to be Demi-Gods.

Rain was orphaned but 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 Edenian, 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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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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