Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

We’ll count down our picks for the top 10 greatest Mortal Kombat characters. For this list, we’re ranking Mortal Kombat’s most iconic memorable and downright kick-ass fighters. We’re basing our picks on how popular and prominent these characters are throughout the MK series.

10. Sonya Blade

Starting out as Mortal Kombat’s token female fighter for better or worse, Sonya blade is arguably the original game’s most normal combatant. A special force operative with a no-bullshit I’ll be too impulsive temper, Sonya acts as a grounded counterpoint to characters like Raiden and Johnny Cage. Even the soldier’s costume frequently fluctuates between conservative and skin-tight attire, Sonya’s badass nature has never disappeared while many other deadly women have come and gone, Sonya continues to persevere.

Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

9. Kenshi

Despite the 6th generation entries introducing dozens of fighters, memorable new characters are few and far between outside of the original trilogy. That being said Kenshi is an exception.

Seeking revenge on Shang Tsung, Mortal Kombat’s nimble swordsman boasts a fantastic design that would not look out of place in a good Star Wars film. Utilizing a mix of telekinetic and spiritual expertise to supplement a loss of eyesight, Kenshi is a katana-wielding warrior on a mission to protect the earth realm from evildoers. Essentially, Kenshi is a superhero.

Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

8. Kung Lao

Pacifism has no place in the Earthrealm, so this well-intentioned Shaolin Monk must forego a quiet life in favor of cutting people in half with a razor rimmed hat. In the original timeline, Kung Lao has no tangible goals besides a desire for peace, while 2011’s Mortal Kombat highlights the monk’s similarities to Liu Kang by forgoing a rivalry between the two. Although more than capable as a martial artist, Lao’s hat tends to hog the limelight. Few weapons are as remarkable as a metal plated sombrero of death.

Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

7. Kitana

Debuting alongside Mileena in the second game, Kitana delivered female ninjas to Mortal Kombat and seems unlikely to ever leave. Imprisoning groomed as a child by Shao Kahn, Kitana eventually breaks free of the conqueror’s grasp and sets out to execute revenge on the arrogant villain. Be Quan chi or Sindel, many of the series’ major antagonists are linked to Kitana, so Adinius princess is both popular and important.

Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat 

6. Raiden

Have any other characters gone through as many changes as the god of thunder? In the first game, he was little more than a throw-away villain, but was reconnected for Mortal Kombat 2 and for the rest of the series, as the protector of the earth realm and is even temporarily promoted to an elder god. Although the reboot timeline reverts the electrifying warrior back as a lesser god. Loosely inspired by Big Trouble in Little China, Raiden fires bolts of lightning at his enemies and has enacted for flying tackles. That move frankly never gets old.

Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

5. Cassie Cage

Debuting in MK X as the daughter of Jonny Cage and Sonya Blade, Cassie has the requisite charisma to assume the role of the franchise’s story protagonist. Blending Sonya’s military training with Johnny’s enduringly flashy nature, Cassie pays homage to two legacy characters without feeling derivative of either.

Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

4. Johnny Cage

Based on Jean Claude Van Damme, Johnny Cage can always be relied upon to inject some much-needed humor into proceedings. That being said Johnny is much more than a one-liner dispensary with a radical fashion sense. Arguably, the original Mortal Kombat’s most complete character, Johnny’s personality is reflected through his chosen wardrobe, fighting style, and taunts. While Johnny has matured slightly over the years, the charismatic actor has retained his penchant for self latch elation.

Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

3. Liu Kang

For quite a lengthy period, Liu Kang acted as Mortal Kombat’s de-facto protagonist. A role more than fulfilled by this Bruce Lee inspired Shaolin Monk. Ideal for newcomers but suitable for veterans, Liu Kang is a well-rounded fighter who also happens to be able to shoot fiery dragons at his enemies. Initially coming across as somewhat of Boy Scout, Liu Kang eventually shakes things up by becoming a zombie in the original timeline and the leader of the Netherrealm in the rebooted timeline.

 Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

2. Sub-Zero (aka Kuai Liang)

Not to be mistaken with the original sub-zero, Kuai Liang don’s the iconic blue uniform to exact revenge on scorpion for killing Bi-han. Specializing in ice attacks. Sub-zero takes a while to break out a shell. But the initially cold hero gradually evolves into the earth realm beacon of strength and determination. Whether performing the role of a hero, Quan Chi’s unwilling subordinate or a cyborg sub-zero making an appearance is always a joyous occasion.

Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

1. Scorpion

There’s a reason Mortal Kombat supposed protagonist tends to be absent from the covers of numbered games. And that reason is Scorpion. As a violent ninja from Hell who refuses to pledge allegiance to any ruler, Scorpion is the franchise’s quintessential antihero. Someone willing to perform vile acts for the greater good. Usually assuming only a minor role in the main campaigns, scorpion’s own quest for closure has been a frequent high point throughout the series. Mortal Kombat without scorpion just feels wrong.

Top 10 Greatest Characters of Mortal Kombat

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