Top Ten Mortal Kombat Characters


The Top Ten

1 Scorpion Scorpion Scorpion is a recurring player character and occasional boss character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise created by Ed Boon and John Tobias.

I've been a mortal kombat fan ever since I was years old back in the 90's. To the people that might think that's a parenting fail... It's not their fault, I found it on my own and got to see it through other friends of mine. My parents were horrified to find out I wanted the first mortal kombat game! Haha for Halloween I was skorpion. I've been a fan of Skorpion a long time, an was him for Halloween many years in a row till I outgrew the event. I thought the film adaptation where his spike came out of his hand was much cooler than when they switched him to the chain weapon. Oh well, still my favorite character

He is amazing. Top quality I would like to see any of the other characters face this badman so GET OVER HERE and vote because if you don't he'll come over there and get you.

The only reason I love mortal kombat is because of scorpion! He is the most vicious and most brutal character in mortal kombat history, a great fighter but what I love most is his is the fact that he does not care about anything or anyone.. A character that will be remembered for years to come! For people who didn't vote scorpion got 3 words for you GET OVER HERE!

Cause scorpion is the best

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2 Sub Zero Sub Zero Sub-Zero is a video game character from the Mortal Kombat series and one of the original characters in the first Mortal Kombat game in 1992. A mainstay of the series, Sub-Zero is the only character who has appeared in every main Mortal Kombat fighting game.

I REFUSE TO STOP VOTING UNTIL SUB ZERO HAS CLAIMED HIS SPOT OVER SCORPION, AT THE NUMBER 1 SPOT! He is the best character, amazing moves, amazing fatalities, just an all around amazing character! If anyone deserves number one, it is the king of Mortal Kombat, SUB ZERO! Bring on anyone in the whole series and he will beat ALL OF THEM! SUB ZERO WINS! FATALITY. Who's Next?

Sub-zero once beat scorpion but then scorpion revived in the under world scorpion is a wimp after that sub-zeros brother beat him but was stopped by the Lin-Qua clan for the cyber transformation scorpion ran like a coward he would've died a second time by sub-zero... SUB-ZERO IS A BOSS NUMBER ONE FIGHTER

Sub-Zero Owns Scorpion ass in every game his freezing powers are just so awesome scorpion can only say GET OVER HERE! but sub-zero never gets over to him he just freeze him and make a fatality and scorpion also stole sub-zero fatality in one of the mortal kombat games PS: he has his own game

He's the best!

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3 Raiden Raiden

Without a doubt one of the most respected and celebrated characters in the Mortal Kombat series. Raiden is as old and as wise as time itself. An immortal being with vast combat experience and immeasurable power.

He epitomises the statement "God of Thunder" (step aside Thor) and is the only individual who, on more than one occasion has scarified his own immortality to help aid his Human Being counterparts in the fight against the masked monster Shao Kahn. For that Lord Raiden, you are the best. enough said.

Raiden is the symbol of the entire franchise. He's not only the most iconic and recognizable character in the franchise, but of the entire genre also. Scorpion is awesome, but nothing beats his gibberish. "Your momma from L.A.! ", can I say more?

He is the thunder GOD... Yes he is a god... And leader of the free world, he is always the last to stand against shao khan which makes him the greatest and most important character

Best guy

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4 Reptile

Reptile is hands down my favorite character in the entire MK series. He has the best fight in the movie universe and has some of the most compelling moves in the games; acid spit, reptilian beast form, invisibility, and all the most slippery, swift, and animal-oriented beastly movements. He's by far the best of the ninjas in terms of storyline (his race and background as well as loyalty to the main villains) and his service as a top General/Henchman goes hand in hand with his evil persona. Best character ever in MK.

Yeah, I agree with you. But reptile is like a cold blooded green ninja badass! He also kicked liu kang's ass in the first movie! And then he got defeated. Anyways... REPTILE RULES!

He looks like a lizard that'd give Bowser a run for his money. Not only that, He should be higher on this list.

Reptile's the best

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5 Liu Kang Liu Kang Liu Kang is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Mortal Kombat fighting game series from Midway Games, introduced as one of the original seven player characters in the 1992 first game as a Shaolin monk who enters the Mortal Kombat tournament to save Earthrealm.

Uh, are you kidding me? Liu Kang is so epic! Get this guy @ #1 right now or I'll become the dragon and rip your torso off! He can defeat Shao Khan with the flick of a finger!

He is the champion, there is no other way to put it, he is the face of mortal kombat, the best character in terms of moves, and he is based off bruce lee, a god!

Liu kang so is third place like he shouts all the time when he's doing his fights and like he even beats shao Kahn! So he so comes as my third favourite - Tepigwink5587

Liu Kang is an epic fighter and the coolest person I have ever seen. He definantely gets my vote.

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6 Ermac Ermac

Great Ermac! Misterious, telekinetic, charismatic, awesome! Born as a glitch, one of the most interesting characters as is narrated: "We are Ermac! We are the souls... "

From the first mortal kombat game I had as soon as unlocked Ermac I used him the entire time and won the entire time when I used him. I love the new look for him on the most resent game and love his fatalities.

He is the best player according to me... Not only is his powers but also you have to admire his combos... Very much top class...

We Are many... You Are but one...i just love ermac

In theory, one of the most powerful mk characters :D

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7 Johnny Cage

This dude's a huge d***, and he knows it. Nobody has more balls in this game then Johnny Cage, And he's going to make sure of that.

Nobody can be that cool with a pair of shades. - Steeluhers

Johnny Cage is a deadly character in the hands of an experienced player. I still laugh at the fact they kept his infamous "nut punch" from all the way back in the 90's movie when he punched Goro there!

Like, my life role model. - hiphopgod

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8 Noob Saibot Noob Saibot Noob Saibot, is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He debuted as an unplayable hidden character in Mortal Kombat II, in which he was a black silhouette of the game's other male ninjas, and made his first selectable appearance in the console versions of Ultimate Mortal more.

Dark and beautiful as the night.. The shadow of a fallen warrior, brought back by the sorcerer Quan Chi. The original Sub-zero, dying at the hands of Scorpion, after Quan Chi had deceived Scorpion to believing that Sub-Zero slayed his family and clan.

He's sub zeros dead counterpart, in ghost looking black and can make 2 of himself how does that not scream badass. His fatality rips people in half from the feet its crazy

He is cool black colors ninja, elemental and monster.

He is best

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9 Kitana Kitana Kitana is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat media franchise, where she was introduced as one of the new player characters in the fighting game Mortal Kombat II in 1993. Since then, Kitana appeared in a majority of Mortal Kombat series' video games and its other media, including the films more.

Duh,! She's the classiest of them all! The who elegance in her ways and fight style is amazing!

I think Kitana is the most elegant and swift person in the whole game.

"Get over here" - Scorpion
"You have embarked on a sacred mission" - Raiden, Christopher Lambert style.
But... Kitana's the best. Mostly for the fans and wearing blue. And Talisa Soto in the movie... as a kid, she changed my notion of princesses for the better. She's beautiful.

She is the best

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10 Baraka Baraka Baraka is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. Baraka was introduced in Mortal Kombat II in 1993 as an unpredictable warrior in service of Outworld emperor Shao Kahn.

Once you figure out how to use him properly he can easily turn into one of the most OP characters in a game. Most of his fatalities are awesome as well. Also can I talk about his design? He looks awesome! Just pure perfection.

Baraka is the coolest it doesn't get much better than blades coming out of your arms laugh out loud

If you learn his combos and figure out how to use him properly, Baraka can be one of the most powerful characters in the game. Very fun to play as, and one of the coolest looking characters in all of Mortal Kombat.

He is cool

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The Contenders

11 Sonya Blade Sonya Blade Sonya Blade is a video game character from the Mortal Kombat series. Debuting in the original Mortal Kombat game from 1992, she was a late addition to the game as developers decided deep into the development cycle that the game needed a female character.

She's Sexy, Smart, and Powerful... What more can you ask for

Sonya Blade all the way! Strong, sexy, deadly. Great combination. Shes a classic character that is in every game!

She is so fourth like she is sexy, deadly and she certainly isn't easy to beat catch like she did beat raiden and Kano in mortal kombat 9. - Tepigwink5587

Can kick ass and shes sexy what more can you ask for

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12 Shao Kahn Shao Kahn Shao Kahn is a boss, announcer, and recurring playable character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. Introduced in Mortal Kombat II in 1993, he is the primary antagonist of the video game series and extended franchise.

King Of Kings... Obey Him Or Die... Darkest And Most Powerful Character In Mortal Kombat Series... Everybody Hates Him Cause They Can't Beat Him...

This is one of the most iconic characters of the franchise. Shao Kahn needs to be in the top ten. "You suck! " quote from Shao Kahn. - JoshGerman

Shao kahn is my favourite player. Shao kahn in the best. No one in mortal kombat can defeat shao kahn.

Shao Kahn is damn epic

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13 Smoke

Dodges any attack and unexpectedly sneaks behind you and strikes

He has always been my favorite ninja, he has the coolest ninja idea. He resembles what ninjas are supposed to be like

He is my favourite character in the game

My favourite character. He is awesome

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14 Mileena Mileena

I loved it in Armageddon Where Taven Meets Her And Shes Like "Care To Dance? " it was so hard to beat her because I always pick her she should be 1 in this list cause she is awesome and Kitana is awesome too shes my 2nd fave

SHES DA BOMB DIGGITY OMB. anyone who has a screwed up face but can still be hot and gorgeous is FANTASTIC.

Mileena is known as the sexiest characters in all of mortal kombat. I think she is a very strong and creepy character but she is also very good with her biting her sais are great to keep far range and I love her role in story but also in just straight up fighting she says funny stuff in x like "I saw you staring" and she was also in a lot of the mk games she stared in the second game so she has some history

Just the best

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15 Kung Lao

Kung Lao is winner tournament Mortal Kombat, and he is good fighter, his heart is brave.

He fights with "heart", with pride and honour! Maybe it's the best but it is not understood. My favourite!

What? I thought he died think again looks like there is more than one kung Lao and so he fits into top 10 like he did beat goro but sadly he got killed by shao kahn - Tepigwink5587

The hat, obviously

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16 Kenshi

Kenshi rose from the ashes of a pretty crappy mk game. He made me believe that mk still had a chance at being great he was left to die when shao khan tricked him into opening a tomb with lost souls. These souls then blinded him leaving him to die but kenshi found the sword of his ancestors and waited several years so that he could get used to being blind and so he could have his revenge.

He is stylish... Great costume... Great powers and importantly fight for a god cause. He can easily hit the opponent from a long distance and the sword is just awesome and he uses it to the full effect...

This guy can turn you into a human pretzel... with his mind! I think he deserves higher on this list, because even though he's blind, he still carries a can of whoopass!


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17 Goro Goro Goro is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He first appears in the original Mortal Kombat as an unplayable boss character, challenging the player before the final fight with Shang Tsung.

Goro is big 4 hand's general and prince.

Think of it as Hulk... With 4 arms... And is 2,000 years old... Why isn't he #1 again? Oh, and he knows martial arts... Enough Said...

Goro is the bomb, but where is nightwolf or kung lao? Or shao kahn?


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18 Jax

Jax is nothing less than a beast. Should have at least been in the top 20

Jax is so strong he is stronger than captain marvel

I like his moves

Jax is the beast and has the ferocity of a lion...should be in top 5

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19 Kabal

His fatality is awesome, I mean turning your opponent small and squash them like a bug and then wipe your feet off BRUTAL.

I think this is how you spell his name. I forgot how to spell the characters' names because I have not played this game in like two months.

I used to own ANYONE using kabal when he first came out... So overpowered

He's the best and his fatality in mk3

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20 Cyrax

Amazing character truly deserves a top 10 placement with his combos and fatalities... Great as human and robot form and one of the most realistic...

He's the best character, especially in deadly alliance. His special moves are great and his fight style is easy to master. Plus he can shoot a chainsaw out off his chest, best character ever!

Cant mess with the Robots, especially Cyrax...

Cyrax is awesome love this robot

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21 Nightwolf

Native America done right! Well, close enough anyway. Consistently a great fighter and is a wonderful counterpart to the Liu Kang/ Kung Lao followers of the Thunder God motif.

Noob is the black evil brother of Sub Zero, and Nightwolf is the Shaman of his clan that uses lightning, a green barrier to protect himself. So who's better?
I really don't know but you will mostly pick Noob, but that's my opinion.

His green glowing weapons are part of the boss on ladder mode which are really strong. (If you can use them) If you are good with him also try Kratos.

My favorite at all! - Jukass

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22 Jade Jade Jade is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series by Midway Games. Debuting in 1993's Mortal Kombat II as an unplayable secret character who was a green palette swap of Kitana, Jade made her first playable appearance in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. She has since become a regular more.

Jade is kicking woman, and master Kung Fu.

She is better then any girl character because she uses real kombat skills

Jade is a top 10 competitor nt 55 kitana should be on 55 jade must be 3 or 4

SHE BETTER BE IN THE TOP 15! This girl is fantastic her movesets on MK9 are amazing! - alvinfhrz

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23 Nitara

Probably one of the most beautifully and originally designed character of the franchise. Looks matters in MK for sure. But in a game where almost everyone was a ninja or a god before MKDA, she came as a pretty vile and agressive vampire (One of the most powerful character in terms of damage for the entire franchise based on her the appearance. ) But still, fast and agile.
Really interesting in terms of potential storywise and gameplay-wise. First character that has blood related powers and first winged character. They had cool stuff all along but Nitara clearly is appart in this particular franchise and for her coast to coast originality, she should one day be granted what she deserves and appear as one of the greatest, most interesting characters in the franchise. BANZAI!

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24 Sektor

He is the Kane from mortal kombat he has light sabers and way better look than cyrax

He's a ninja and also a assassin and a robot, enough said

He's ninja who's also a assassin and robot, enough said

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25 Sindel

I like when she throws people with her hair.

Why is she #25. You can be Scorpion and I'll be Sindel. Flawless Victory! - kpopcraze

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26 Rain

Rain is a pretty good character, but there is no reason not to like him! Screw Attack was not right about Rain being the worse character! I'll tell you he has it cleaver being purple and Rain, ha. but still he is my second favorite ninja, but haters got to hate!

Rain is a straight up boss daddy. Who else can make spraying water in someones face look that badass

He is purple ninja, and for hands he transmit lightnings.

He sucks. - Jay12

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27 Kurtis Stryker

The Bruce Willis of UMK3 and MK9. He sports two semi automatic Glocks, a riot beat stick, a taser, infinite grenades and bullets. Basically the best guy to run into during a zombie apocalypse.

Striker is awesome even though his moves all involve guns which have no fun in the game... Make hi

Sure, he has no powers, but he has two glocks, grenades, tazer, batons, and more. That's police brutality.

Why do people hate him because he has a gun and he isn't that strong put in umk3 he is proberbly one of the most strongest fighters. Please revive him from being a revenant in mk11.

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28 Shang Tsung Shang Tsung

Shang Tsung is magicial man, and good fighter. Along legend is taken soul weaking peoples.

Shang Tsung is very old magician man, and kung fu master.

Shang Tsung is sorcerer, great power and push up hand to fire ball. Game MK 1,2,3 is exchange body, Shang is power to reincarnation. Shang is stop time and manipulation. Film MK 1, Shang have great power and serial MK Conquest Shang the transmition soul.

I don't know why Shang tsung is at number 30 and Ermac is in the top 10 that doesn't make sense - Sabbath

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29 Freddy Krueger Freddy Krueger Fred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

I was looking and looking. And here he is! Success! Freddy is the best! DO I need to list why? No? I know. YEAH, GO FREDDY! I like the thing where he raises that giant cremater thing and throws (whoever) into it. Awesome...

1,2 Freddy is comin for YOU

Oh my Gosh Wow Freddy Krueger is epic his intro pose is so epic and he seems like very intresting guy to be really good with and I don't know what it is but everything about this guy is so epic!

Freddy Krueger doesn't count as a Mortal Kombat character.

My favorite character good movies and dude he's awesome - samicus

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30 Quan Chi Quan Chi Quan Chi is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise. First appearing as an original guest character in the 1996 animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, he made his series canon debut as the non-playable main antagonist of Midway's 1997 side-scrolling action-adventure more.

Quan Chi is great sorcerer and fighter, black magic costeem, he is white head, in black colour to eyes. Quan Chi is alliance to old god Shinnok of game MK4, werry good spell and opponent to Sub Zero and Scorpion. Quan Chi is spell to green skull and werry match magy. In serial MK Conquest the Quan Chi have to power teleport and magy to fuji and alliance to sorcerer Shang Tsung.

Why is he not in the top 5 quan chi is one of the best because of his way of manipulating people into getting people to do what he wants not to mention whenever one of your favorite mortal kombat characters dies quan chi will just make them a revenant and they will be back just like that

Quan Chi is master illusion, he is magy to fire skull and extraction. He is very old sorcerer and master magy. Quan Chi have woman servant to Sian, Mika and Sora.

He is a boss

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31 Kratos

He doesn't count as a Mortal Kombat character.

Kratos is better than sub zero. In every way possible. He's in two games!

32 Jason Voorhees Jason Voorhees Jason Voorhees is a character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer, Mrs. Voorhees.

Bets one because he can come back to life! I played every game and I'm pretty sure that no other character did that!

Its Jason...

Jason Rules!

33 Tanya

Don't you see Liu Kang it's a trap! - htoutlaws2012

I think shes the best playor on the game!

The traitor ninja.
My favourite female.

She should be higher on the list. Tanya is my favorite. I don't know hiw people can dislike her 👌

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34 Kotal Kahn

Kotal Kahn is an amazing character and I can't believe he's not rated higher! He can do combos that cause crazy damage in his Blood God variation, has an awesome special called sun god choke in his Sun God variation, and he's the safest character in his War God variation. He's like the Black Adam of Mortal Kombat, and if you read this you should vote for Kotal Kahn!

He has one of the best stories I think, I wish the game would've portrayed him like the comic did

I Think he's pretty awesome with variations like war God sun God and Blood Gog

Kotal khan I lk

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35 Blaze

Screw him a little, he'll screw your face. And your whole body.

The one who controls lava is always cool

Taven you're the one who must beat me. - htoutlaws2012

36 Kintaro Kintaro

I absolutely love Kintaro. When I was younger he was a friend of mine in other universes of my still developing head of mine. I wanted him to be my pet kitty. Because of this I still love him.

Kintaro, big general job of Shao Kahn, four hand creature, he is push up cool fighters of round deaths and Shao Kahn take his deadly subject soul.

Hands down much cooler look than goro and better character although goro is also op

I will eat your heart! - htoutlaws2012

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37 Kano

He is very underrated on this list but that's because he's not that popular in the series. I want him killed so badly yet that would take away the purpose of jax and Sonya!

His move set was obliviously designed to be a rewarding challenge for players to master. It sucks that in every story mode of recent games he hasn't had a playable chapter. Oh well hopefully in MK11 they'll do something.

He's a crazy sadistic criminal he will make a great fighter since he's a thug

Underrated character who gets ruled out by players who like Sonya and co, I like Sonya as well but Kano is better to play as in my opinion. High damage, good combos, relatively easy to play as. If he isn't a good character than why do various characters rip-off his moves ( Jarek, Kobra, Kira, Hsu hsao and even sub-zero stole his skeleton rip fatality).

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38 Skarlet

Awesome character armed with daggers and much like Ermac is made of many souls she has many voices in unison. She also like showering in blood because she is more powerful with the more blood on her.

The most beautiful female character in the series. Very fun to play as.

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39 Predator Predator The Predator is a fictional extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction franchise, characterized by its trophy hunting of other species for sport.

The best warrior and hunter on this planet

Try and Name One Opponent who Could Blow you to Bits, Even When he's Already Lost! Plus The Predator has a Cloaking Device that Works EVEN when he's Attacking, Further Making him Un-Predictable. And The Top 3? Let Me give you a Run Down, Ok?

Raiden: Arm Blown Off/Decapitated at Jaw Level by Plasma Bolt
Sub-Zero: Impaled by Wrist Blades, Smart Disc Shoved in Face
Scorpion: Spine Ripped out, With Head Still Attached!

All Glory to the PREDATOR!

40 Erron Black

Erron Black may be a new character to Mortal Kombat but he is such a savage. All of his variations feel natural, and you feel like such a badass when you play as him

He is the Boba Fett of the Mortal Kombat series!

Down here he shouldn't be down here number three at least

A new character! My favorite character in Mortal Kombat X. - Fullwalking

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41 Li Mei

Li mei is awesome her fatality is the best in mk descendants and she was in the new mortal kombat x but they didn't make her a playable character sad faces I'm surprised that she is 42 I thought she was a great character her clothes were a little weird but there sexy shes a hotty

Li mei was the best character in mortal Kombat to me I think they should put her in mk 11 and if not I will be so mad

Li Mei is one of the most underrated characters, she's awesome and a total hot badass female, she must return for the upcoming games

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42 Taja

Taja is beautiful girl to serial mortal kombat conquest of Google. Taja is part Kristiana Locken. Werry small beautiful woman fire hair, she is frend to monk Kung Lao. He is actor Paolo Montalban and fighter name Siro, he is Daniel Bernhardt. Taja is werry great power and super speed. His opponent of out world, woman Vorpax, sorcerer Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn. MK Conquest is version to werry last years back.

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43 Cassie Cage Cassie Cage Sergeant Cassie Cage is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. She made her debut in Mortal Kombat X as the headstrong daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade.

She is a bad @$$ girl with an attitude and I love it!

Daughter of Johnny lame fatalities. - htoutlaws2012

Cassie Cage: sassy & sexy - alvinfhrz

Amazing! I love the testi-kill x-ray.She is bad ass and kicks ass. Also I love her attitude with the 🖕.

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44 Motaro Motaro Motaro is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He made his first appearance as a sub-boss character in Mortal Kombat 3, where he has the legs of a horse and the torso of a man.

Motaro is a Centaur and guard Shao Kahn.

He I said my favourite character.

45 Chameleon

The ninja that changed into any ninja he wanted and had all they're moves n powers. - udatermin81o

He is cool, strong, superb and outstanding. If you think of fighting him, then think about how you are going to fight yourself

Has very quick kicks/punches so he's simple to use and efficiently defeat the enemy.

Seriously underrated. Sure his background sucks but he has a lot of potential

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46 Taven
47 Khameleon
48 Sheeva

Ugly as Hell. but awesome as herself

Sheeva is four hand creature, she is great fatality to game MK3. His big hands destroil opponent to ground. Sheeva his film MK2. She is werry good job foots and four hands half doing to flying.

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49 Bo Rai Cho Bo Rai Cho

I cannot let you out of the village unless you think you can beat me and that you are ready. - htoutlaws2012

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50 Triborg
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