Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mortal Kombat Characters

Introduced in Mortal Kombat 4


Debuting as a playable character in Mortal Kombat 4, Jarek was the brutish and short-tempered second-in-command of the Black Dragon clan. In the games, he initially utilized special moves and Fatalities popularized by Kano, his teacher. Jarek's lack of originality caused him to be labeled as a somewhat uninspired character by the series' fanbase. He would later gain a unique moveset in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. His storyline in MK4 stated that he claimed to be the last member of the Black Dragon and was chased by Sonya for crimes against humanity. Captured, he decided to join her and Earth warriors to help eliminate Shinnok. After Shinnok's defeat, Sonya convinces Jarek to return to the Special Forces with her, but he refuses and tries to save himself by killing Sonya. Jax interferes and drops Jarek off the cliff. In MK: Armageddon, Jarek's bio explains that he survives, using his weapon to climb to the top. Badly injured, he thinks that his death would help him regain enough strength for revenge while traveling the realms searching for the ancient texts that would show him a Fatality worthy of his betrayer. Impressing Quan Chi after witnessing his new skills, he invites Jarek to join the Forces of Darkness in order to get his revenge. Jarek was unable to take his revenge, however, as he perished in the final battle. As with most of the warriors, he dies in battle. Jarek made his first chronological appearance in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces as a boss, where he and other Black Dragon members were freed from a United States Special Forces detention facility by Kano, who had proposed to reform the Black Dragon clan but in reality, Kano merely wished to use them as pawns to slow down any Special Forces agents who may have pursued him in his quest to obtain an artifact called the Eye of Chitian.

Portrayed by: Sultan Uddin (MK4)

His biography screen explains that Kai is a former member of the secretive White Lotus Society. He met Liu Kang who happened to be in the USA at the time, recruiting to train a new generation of Shaolin warriors. During the events of Mortal Kombat 4, Liu Kang and Kai join the Earth warriors in Edenia to assist Raiden in his battle against Shinnok. He then reappears in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon as a playable character, where he dies in battle.


His backstory in Armageddon describes Meat as a horrific experiment created by Shang Tsung. He escapes the sorcerer's clutches before he could be completed. The official strategy guide for the game describes Meat as being "a fun character who assists Shinnok", although this relationship is not mentioned in the game's story.
Quan Chi as Meat in Mortal Kombat 4

Meat initially served as a "skin", created by art director Tony Goskie, for each fighter in Mortal Kombat 4. The name "Meat" was simply a designation given to the model so it could be used in the game. It was later decided to make him a playable character as part of an Easter egg. Players first learned of the character's given name after "Meat lives!" appeared on Ed Boon's website promoting Mortal Kombat 4's 3rd arcade revision. Strategy guides also referred to the character as "Meat", subsequently making it an official moniker. Meat next appeared in the Konquest mode of Mortal Kombat: Deception, establishing him in the series' canonical storyline. During the character's video in IGN's MK Fighter of the Wiik series, Mortal Kombat art director Steve Beran humorously states that Meat has a cousin named "Skully", who is just a skeleton with no muscle or tissue, lamenting that he never made it into the game.

Meat was ranked as fourth worst Mortal Kombat character by ScrewAttack in 2011. Same year, he was also ranked as second goofiest Mortal Kombat character by Topless Robot.

Portrayed by: Jim Helsinger (Konquest)
Voiced by: Ed Boon (MK4)

Reiko is a general for the armies from Shinnok, Shao Kahn and the Brotherhood of Shadow. During the time of Mortal Kombat 4, Shinnok is defeated and Reiko disappears, later emerging in Shao Kahn's army. Reiko apparently has great aspirations to one day replace the emperor. Mortal Kombat: Deception's Konquest mode states that he likes to sneak into Kahn's chamber room and wear his helmet. In MK: Armageddons Konquest mode, Taven encounters Reiko in his war room in Shao Kahn's fortress. Reiko tries to get Taven to join Kahn's army, impressed by his skills in combat, but Taven was not fazed by Reiko's impression as he only intends to kill Quan Chi and defeats Reiko.


Portrayed by: Lia Montelongo (MK4)
Voiced by: Lia Montelongo (MK4)

Tanya is a slender, gloomy female from Edenia. Introduced as relative and innocent, she quickly turns out to be corrupted by evil, as evidenced in her worship of Shinnok and her later service to both the Deadly Alliance and Onaga. She seems to view herself as more of a survivor rather than anything else, justifying her choices as being the "right decisions". During this time, she attempts to lure Liu Kang into a trap, but the attempt does not succeed, and Shinnok's power base is soon destroyed. With her master gone, and herself a wanted traitor in Edenia (having earned in particular the wrath of Jade), Tanya flees to Outworld. Years later, Tanya resurfaces in the Deadly Alliance's ranks as an enforcer. She imposes Shang Tsung and Quan Chi's will upon the denizens of Outworld. When the Deadly Alliance is killed, Tanya is found, however, by Baraka, who gives her the choice of serving the newly resurrected Onaga or death. She joins the ranks of the Dragon King, who was searching for ancient incantations that would enable him to fuse the Kamidogu into one, and thus acquire incredible power. Believing that such information still existed in Edenia, Tanya brings Onaga to her native realm. Tanya survives a Tarkatan attack caused by Jade, but does not survive the final battle in Armageddon. Tanya could be considered to be the single most untrustworthy character in the series. She betrays Liu Kang in her Mortal Kombat 4 ending. She has betrayed her entire home realm of Edenia, and important key characters in the realm such as Sindel, Jade and Kitana. In her Deception ending, she fulfills her duties to Onaga, but promptly seizes an opportunity to kill him as he is distracted with his victory. She succeeds, killing Onaga and becoming the most powerful being in the realms. Tanya can be seen chained in the "Khan's Coliseum" stage in Mortal Kombat (2011).

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