Introduced in Mortal Kombat 3 and updates
Portrayed by: John Turk (MKT).
Chameleon debuts in the PlayStation version (and later Sega Saturn, and PC versions) of MK Trilogy as a male ninja with partial transparency. He imitates all moves, including special moves, from other male ninja characters (in the Nintendo 64 version, he is replaced by Khameleon, a female counterpart who is a separate character). The game simply referred to him as "one of Shao Kahn's deadliest warriors."In MK: Armageddon, his backstory states that he was present at events dating to Liu Kang's victory in the first Mortal Kombat tournament, biding his time while watching events unfold. There is no information to suggest that he is from the same race of raptors as Reptile and Khameleon.
Cyrax is a video game character from the Mortal Kombat series. Making his debut in Mortal Kombat 3, Cyrax is a cyborg ninja who used to be human until he was automated, along with Sektor and Smoke. Along with the other cyborg characters; Cyrax's visual appearance is of a cyborg with yellow-colored plates and body parts. Since MK3, each character's visual appearance has evolved independently, as Cyrax had several additions to his costume including a utility belt and several LEDs and lighting placed on his mechanism.
Cyrax's face was first seen ingame during MK Gold. His alternate costume depicted him in the same outfit, but lacking the front of his mask. In MK: Deadly Alliance, his alternate costume had him wearing no helmet with a clearly visible face. While Cyrax's primary outfit in Deadly Alliance shows him more robotic than human, his alternate costume shows him to be almost completely human with cybernetic parts in his body.
Cyrax and his robotic counterparts, Sektor and Smoke, began as palette swapped characters to work around technical limitations to increase the number of playable characters. Since MK3 and its updates, they have only appeared in MK: Armageddon together. While Sektor and Cyrax were playable in Gold, only Cyrax was playable in Deadly Alliance, while Sektor appeared in Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition. Smoke was playable as part of a tag team with Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat: Deception. However, they all have returned for Armageddon as individual characters.
In the development stage of MK3, Cyrax and Sektor were referred to as "Mustard" and "Ketchup" before their names were finalized. Cyrax has separate combos in the Sambo style in Deadly Alliance named Ketchup and Mustard, a reference to this.
Portrayed by: John Turk (UMK3), John Medlen (Annihilation)
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (DotR), Michael McConnohie (MK 2011)
Ermac is an entity composed of legions of dead souls created by Shang Tsung, most likely out of souls he had previously taken; because of this, Ermac refers to himself in the plural form. Ermac served as one of Shao Kahn's greatest warriors, taking even more souls for his collection, and stays secretively in the shadows of the last Earthrealm Mortal Kombat tournament, which Liu Kang won. He is also noted for participating in the invasion of Earthrealm. On one mission for Shao Kahn in the Netherrealm, Ermac becomes acquainted with Shujinko. However, after Shao Kahn's defeat and subsequent loss of power, Ermac remains under Kahn's control and wanders Outworld without instructions. During the events of MK: Deadly Alliance, Kenshi finds the wandering Ermac and frees him from Kahn's control. Ermac's newfound freedom enables him to choose his own destiny, and he decides to repent for his earlier ways and become a force for good. After making this decision, Ermac meets Liu Kang, who is not only in need of another ally, but also of assistance in freeing his enslaved comrades. Seizing the opportunity to atone for the evil he committed in Kahn's name, Ermac helps Liu Kang, and the pair successfully free Liu's allies from Onaga's control. In his ending in Mortal Kombat: Deception, Shujinko describes Ermac as being capable of battling all five by himself with relative ease. MK 2011 reveals that one of the souls within him is of King Jerrod, Sindel's husband and Kitana's father.
Although widely believed to be a 'secret character', Ermac's name actually means "Error Macro". In the original game, he would be encountered in a secret area and would appear as a graphically corrupted "Scorpion" with the name "Ermac". Due to this misconception, he was later ret-conned into an actual character and added to the Mortal Kombat canon.
Ermac was ranked eight on the list of Top 10 Old School Mortal Kombat Characters by Game Revolution in 2003.
Main article: Kabal
Portrayed by: Richard Divizio (MK3)
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (DotR), David Lodge (MK 2011)
Kabal debuted in MK3 as a member of the Black Dragon who had survived an attack from Kahn's extermination squads, and was left disfigured and kept alive by artificial respirators. He temporarily leaves behind his life of crime with the Black Dragon and becomes a force for good. Between MK3 and MK: Deadly Alliance, Kabal is wounded severely in battle by Mavado, a leading member of the rival Red Dragon who stole his hookswords and kept them both for himself. Havik visits Kabal at the brink of death and restores him, and then instructs him to revive the Black Dragon as a force of anarchy and decay. He fights Mavado again, defeats him and retrieves his hookswords. Kabal then also recruits Kira and Kobra, and all three join Havik on Outworld in MK: Deception. He toughens his charges by testing them in combat against Onaga's enemies. In Armageddon's Konquest mode, Taven refuses his offer of membership in the Black Dragon before defeating Kabal in combat. In the 2011 reboot, Kabal was a former Black Dragon member who reformed and now worked with Stryker as a cop. During an encounter with Kintaro, Kabal was severely burnt but was rescued by Kano. However, from that day on he had to wear artificial respirators as his lungs were severely damaged and could not be repaired. This version of Kabal is strongly aligned with the forces of good and joined the Defenders of Earthrealm, following his MK3 incarnation. It also revealed the origin of Kabal's superspeed as being attributed to the influence of Outworld magic. Kabal is killed with most of allies by Sindel.
Portrayed by: Becky Gable (MKT)
Voiced by: Johanna Añonuevo (MKArmageddon)
Khameleon has been described her (in biographies and ending screens in MK Trilogy) as the last female of the Saurians (Reptile's race, also known as the Raptors), who were originally from Earthrealm but were either killed or driven out following a great war. Raiden alludes to this in the introductions to MK4 and MK Gold, though not mentioning Khameleon by name. They find a new home in the realm of Zaterra, but are soon discovered by Shao Kahn. After defeating them in Mortal Kombat, Kahn drives the Raptors to near-extinction and merges the realm with Outworld. Khameleon informs Reptile that Kahn is responsible for their race's extinction, but Reptile falls under Kahn's influence once again and turns against Khameleon. Having failed in her attempts to kill Kahn, she wanders the realms while contemplating revenge against him. During the events of MK: Armageddon (Khameleon became selectable in the Nintendo Wii version of MK: Armageddon), she learns of the battle that would occur in Edenia and the gift of ultimate power that would be granted to the victor. Khameleon seeks to attain this power for herself, to keep it away from Kahn while exacting revenge on him for his actions against her race. In the 2011 reboot a female grey ninja appears in the story mode in Khameleon's MKT outfit.
Kurtis Stryker (usually referred to as simply Stryker) is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He was originally described as being a leader of the Special Riot Control division in the NYPD, in addition to having been a former Marine who served in the Gulf War.
Kurtis Stryker was introduced in Mortal Kombat 3 in 1995, as a somewhat stout-looking man sporting an often-criticzed "urban" design. His appearance changed in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon into a more serious-looking and modernized policeman. The character received much of negative criticism regarding his special moves, Fatalities and outfit. Stryker's biography screen in Mortal Kombat 3 revealed that he was the leader of the Riot Control Brigade when Outworld's portal opened over New York City. He attempted to keep order among the populace in the ensuing chaos, but soon all human souls were taken by Shao Kahn with the exception of those that belonged to the chosen warriors. Stryker did not understand why he had been spared until he received a vision from Raiden, instructing him to head west in order to meet with the other chosen warriors and learn about the importance of his survival. Although he did not wish to be one of the few souls that was spared, he entered the fray with the intention of avenging the lives of the innocent that he had vowed to serve and protect. Along with the other warriors, Stryker assisted in liberating Earthrealm from Shao Kahn's clutches. He later reappeared in Armageddon with a complete redesign, including clothing resembling riot gear.
It took Stryker several tries to break into the Mortal Kombat series. A character named "Kurtis Stryker" was to appear in the first Mortal Kombat, but the idea was dropped in place of a female fighter (Sonya Blade). This previously unused character would later appear in Mortal Kombat II with a different name: Jax. Jax's initial name was then finally reused for this character in Mortal Kombat 3. Stryker was made to be a SWAT type of character but with a sleeker design. The developers originally planned for him to have several other weapons, but problems and memory limitations prevented this
Portrayed by: Deron McBee (Annihilation)
Motaro first appeared in the series as the sub-boss from MK3. He is from a race of Centaurians (a race of centaur-like creatures with Capricornus-like horns and a long metallic rat-like tail) Motaro's kind have come into conflict with the Shokan. Kahn favors the Centaurians and aids them in the defeat and subjugation of the Shokan race. Khan appoints Motaro to head extermination squads dispatched to Earthrealm to vanquish Earth's chosen warriors. After Sonya's defeat of Kano during the events of MKT, Sheeva supposedly kills Motaro. However, he returns in Armageddon, but since then the Centaurians have been put under a curse by the Shokan, turning him and the rest of his race into a bipedal race of Minotaur. In the 2011 reboot, Motaro is killed during the invasion by Raiden, who foresaw Johnny Cage's death at his hands.
Ed Boon called Motaro one of the oddest shaped Mortal Kombat characters. The bipedal version of Motaro was ranked as number one worst Mortal Kombat character by ScrewAttack in 2011. Same year, he was ranked as fifth goofiest Mortal Kombat character by Topless Robot.
Portrayed by: Sal Divita (MK3), Litefoot (Annihilation)
Voiced by: Todd Thawley (DotR), Larry Omaha (MK 2011)
Nightwolf debuts in MK3 as a Native American shaman who is also one of the chosen warriors of Earthrealm during Shao Kahn's invasion. In MK: Deception, he uses the "Sin Eater" method (absorbing the sins of his tribe) to defeat Onaga, although he must fight alone to protect his allies. In doing so, he separates Reptile from Onaga and banishes the latter to the Netherrealm. Nightwolf then returns with his allies to assist them in battle against Shinnok and his forces. Eventually, Nightwolf was found by Kitana and the spirit of Liu Kang. Still drained after using his shamanistic powers on Onaga, Nightwolf used what magic he could to relieve Kitana of her burden, and takes responsibility for Liu Kang's spirit. In the 2011 reboot, Nightwolf is responsible for destroying Shao Kahn's Soulnado and is one of the few Earthrealm warriors to survive Sindel's initial onslaught. Ultimately, Nightwolf sacrifices himself to destroy Sindel.
In 2008, GamesRadar featured him as on the list of "The Top 7 Native American stereotypes" (representing "The Warrior" stereotype), concluding that "while this pro-Indian sentiment is certainly heartwarming, much of Nightwolf’s character is wide of the mark"
Portrayed by: John Turk (UMK3), Tyrone C. Wiggins (MK: Annihilation), Percy "Spitfire" Brown (Konquest)
Voiced by: Rino Romano (MK:DotR), Henry Dittman (MK2011)
Rain is an Edenian who was smuggled away during Shao Kahn's invasion while his adopted father stayed behind to perform his duties as a general in the Edenian army and was killed. Thousands of years later, Rain mysteriously returned during the invasion of Earthrealm and chose to side with Shao Kahn in the conquest of Earthrealm, either out of fear, cowardice, or ulterior motives. During the events of Armageddon, Rain learned of his true Edenian heritage from Quan Chi who informed Rain that he is actually a direct descendant to Argus, the protector god of Edenia. Rain then started to refer to himself as a prince of the realm, but he still chooses to fight on the side of evil, although he no longer serves Shao Kahn. Rain confronted Taven in Arctika, but he is beaten in battle, eventually escaping in a watery portal. In Rain's Armageddon ending, it is revealed that he is actually the half-brother of Taven and Daegon, being the son of Argus. Imbued with the power of Blaze after defeating him, Rain becomes a full god, and Argus proclaims him as the new Protector of Edenia. However, Rain instead uses this power to enslave the realm. Rain has the ability to control water.
The character's name and outfit color were inspired by Prince's Purple Rain, according to Ed Boon.
Sektor is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat series. Making his debut in Mortal Kombat 3 in 1995, Sektor is a cyborg ninja who used to be human until he was automated, along with Cyrax and Smoke. Throughout the various Mortal Kombat games he was involved in, Sektor has grown into an ever more menacing mechanized warrior. He represents the closest thing to evil a cyborg can be, and combines traits of both a stealthy ninja and a ruthless killing machine fit for modern warfare. In contrast to his counterpart Cyrax, Sektor never bothered to rediscover his human side. He is capable of independent thought and action like Cyrax and Smoke, but unlike them, shows no sign of emotion
Sektor was named "Ketchup" during early production of Mortal Kombat 3.
This development title is referenced in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance as the name of one of Cyrax's combos in his Sambo fighting style. Sektor also has a move in Armageddon called "Ketchup's Revenge."
Sektor's appearance originally resembled an armored ninja; this appearance was used as a palette swap template for Cyrax and Smoke. This appearance was kept through Mortal Kombat Gold. After the series' transition into full 3D, which allowed for more non-human design possibilities, the cyber ninja template changed with Cyrax in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Sektor received an exact replica of Cyrax's design change with a red recolor; the lower body appears more mechanical, yet the head remains the same. Sektor retained this appearance in Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition. He finally received his own original design in Armageddon, leaving his helmet design the only visual link to Cyrax.
The Krypt in Armageddon has concept art of Sektor holding a weapon similar to a polearm (it is referred to as a "2-hand pulse blade"). The concept was dropped in favor of giving him two swords in the game. There's also designs of a red car for him to use in the Motor Kombat mini-game. Since Sektor wasn't included in the final version of Motor Kombat, this design wasn't used. It is possible Sektor was replaced by Cyrax as Cyrax's car is visually simply a yellow version of Sektor's car with an inverted tail.
Portrayed by: Marjean Holden (Annihilation)
Voiced by: Dawnn Lewis (DotR), Lani Minella (MK 2011)
Sheeva first appeared in MK3 as a Shokan who served as Sindel's personal protector. She is insulted at Kahn's appointment of the centaur Motaro to lead his extermination squads during his invasion of Earthrealm, since the Shokan and the Centaurs are mortal enemies. After Kahn's defeat by the Earth warriors, Sheeva kills Motaro outside of Kano's cell. Kano offers her assistance in assassinating Kahn if Sheeva frees him, but Kano betrays her and informs Kahn of her plot, leading Kahn to stab her from behind with a sword. Sheeva also appears as a playable character in MK: Armageddon, and an apparition of her is fought by Taven. Sheeva, whose name was derived from Shiva, a Hindu deity of destruction, was introduced into the series due to fan requests for a playable version of Goro. While she has Goro's offensive moves, she is female so that she would be smaller in size and therefore the same height as the other fighters.
Sheeva was ranked as seventh goofiest Mortal Kombat character by Topless Robot in 2011.
Portrayed by: Lia Montelongo (MK3), Musetta Vander (Annihilation), Beatrice Ilg (Legacy)
Voiced by: Lani Minella (MK 2011)
Sindel was the queen of Edenia before Shao Kahn merged the realm with Outworld. Unwilling to serve under his rule after Kahn kills her husband King Jerrod during battle, she takes her own life. In order to merge Earthrealm and Outworld and thus start an invasion, Kahn (with the assistance of Shang Tsung) revives her on Earth, turning her into his loyalist queen with no memory of her past. After Kahn's defeat, Sindel's daughter, Kitana, tells her mother about her true past, causing Sindel to rebel against Kahn. With Edenia no longer part of Outworld, Sindel takes her rightful place on the throne. However, the forces of Shinnok soon storm the palace, capturing her, but Shinnok is then defeated by Earth warriors saving the peaceful realm. Edenia is again invaded, this time by the Dragon King, Onaga, who had resurrected Kitana and her slain Earthrealm allies and placed them under his control. Sindel is once again confined inside her own prison, this time guarded by her own daughter, but is freed by Jade. In the 2011 reboot, Sindel plays a more antagonistic role unaware of her true past. She kills several Earthrealm warriors, until she is destroyed by Nightwolf.
While MK3 was in production, she was nicknamed "Muchacha" and "The Bride" by the programmers before her official name was determined.
Sindel was ranked as third goofiest Mortal Kombat character by Topless Robot in 2011