Top 10 Best Mortal Kombat Characters

If you've ever played Mortal Kombat, you know that it's more than just a fighting game - it's a cultural phenomenon that's been around since the early 90s. From its iconic "Finish Him!" catchphrase to the spine-ripping fatalities that made parents everywhere cringe, Mortal Kombat has always been known for pushing the envelope. But what truly sets the game apart are its characters - a diverse cast of warriors with unique fighting styles, backstories, and personalities. Whether you're a fan of the classic arcade games or the newer entries in the series, there's no denying that Mortal Kombat has given us some of the most memorable characters in video game history. And that's why we've put together this list of the best Mortal Kombat characters, based on votes from thousands of fans. From the legendary Scorpion to the newer fan-favorite Cassie Cage, these are the fighters that have captured our hearts (and our imaginations) over the years.
The Top Ten
1 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.

A character so powerful they were forced to nerf his freeze attack so it couldn't be spammed. He has his own game and one of the deepest backstories in the franchise. Scorpion's moves are useless when backed into a corner. Sub Zero can at least slide his way out of almost any situation and use it as a means to dodge most profectiles not to mention his freezes, sliding and uppercuts can combo for some intense damage. On top of this his original fatality is one of the most famous fatalities in the series and most of the ones after that were unique. More than we can say for Scorpion who has had almost the same fatality in every game.

I am a fan of Sub-Zero for 4 specific reasons.
1. Just imagine him freezing you and ripping your limbs and pulling your heart out and off of you.
2. The second reason is that there's a cyborg version of Sub-Zero that's so cool.
3. The third reason is that there's 2 main Sub-zero's. The first is the brother of the most recocnized sub zero. He was also the original sub zero and his name after he was ressurected is noob saibot.
He was killed by Scorpion and was resurrected in the neatherrealm. The second an most popular Sub -Zero is the younger brother of noob saibot. Who wants avenge his older brother noob saibot by killing scorpion for killing him.

If you notice sub zero is the only character that has defeated gods and survived the neatherealm by himself. Sub zero is actually the best character because in his own story he turned so powerful after obtaining the medalleon and defeating the ice god blaze. Subzero obtained a god status and infuriated the realm gods and ever since his gained status his adversaries have only known defeat.

PS: that's why subzero is the best in the whole Mortal Kombat series.

Sub Zero is the obvious winner in my book. I see Scorpion is in the lead now and I have one word for every one who thinks Scorpion is cooler than Sub Zero,


Scorpion turns into a damn penguin and there is nothing that anyone can say, no matter how many times he comes back to life or cries about his dead family, nothing can redeam that.

2 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. His debut is in the first Mortal Kombat game.

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

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!

Great character. way overrated and kind of overlooked just because of his power. Overrated, still great. Plus, he's basically ghost rider. Loving man to his family turned total savage was condemned to the underworld by Quan Chi. Fights Sub Zero ever since because he believes it was Subby who murdered him and his family. If this ain't the best origin in Mortal Kombat history, then kill Erron Black and feed him to Baraka

My favorite player is Scorpion. He has great fighting skills and he is in every Mortal Kombat and for the first Mortal Kombat the main menu shows him uppercutting Sub Zero. He is from hell so he is a mortal. He has a chain with a blade at the end that comes out of his arm and slices through people with his sword. NICE!

3 Raiden Raiden is a video game character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series by Midway Games. Making his official debut as one of the original seven playable characters in 1992's Mortal Kombat, he is one of the central characters of the franchise.

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.

My mom actually Named me after him and after that he became my most beloved character throughout the whole Franchise, and what more do you want he IS THE "GOD OF THUNDER!" He is wise and incredibly powerful in many ways... I would want to see him in SMITE... And would someone make an animation of who would win in a fight between Zeus, Raiden, Raijin, Thor, and more, so a battle of the thunder gods...

Although Scorpion is the easiest to fight with due to his easy to use combos, I think Raiden is overall best; if you know how to use him his combinations are deadly and in my opinion he has the best special abilities-plus he is the badass of the game; he is the god of thunder, protector of earthrealm and is one of the only characters to be in all of the games... Oh and he said to shao kahn 'I will rip the flesh from your bones' which makes him even more hardcore

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?

4 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.

Liu Kang is complet winner to tournament Mortal Kombat, wins to the animal ninja Reptile, freeze ninja Sub Zero, of help princess Kitana. Two part Mortal kombat Liu Kang is kicking to imperior Shao Kahn. Liu is total winner and solid fighter his power change to green dragon!

He should be the last. He's way too overrated and not original at all. Just the typical chinese dude who throws fire. Dudes like that can be found on any other fighting game. Sorry but it was time for everyone to know this.

Liu Kang might have lame powers, because it's very typical and generic, but him and Kitana are super cute, and he's nice and smart. Hands down iconic

To clarify why he should be in first place,he is the main protagonist of mk game series,as the subtitle already says.
He saved the earth being the first champion of Mortal Kombat and saving the earth for 4 times.
He is the dragon warrior and the number 1Âș fighter of all realms!
For me:
Liu Kang is the protagonist, but Raiden is the most importante character, and the most popular will be Scorpion.

5 Reptile Reptile is a video game character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise created for Midway Games by Ed Boon and John Tobias. He debuted in Mortal Kombat as a hidden opponent and appeared in subsequent titles as a playable character, also appearing in the merchandise and other media related to the series.

Reptile is hands down my favorite character in the entire Mortal Kombat series. He has the best fight in the movie universe and possesses 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. In terms of storyline, his race and background, as well as loyalty to the main villains, make him the best of the ninjas. Additionally, his service as a top General/Henchman aligns perfectly with his evil persona. He is truly the best character ever in Mortal Kombat.

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!

Reptile are you kidding me he is in 5th place he is one of the most weakest and dumbest characters of all time no matter where he is what time it's
Is Johnny cage could beat him easily like what happened in Mortal Kombat 9 during the tournament.

He's awesome. A badass lizard that can climb surfaces, devour heads, has green blood and skeleton, and makes some of the best sound effects ever. His Human form is also amazing.

6 Johnny Cage Johnny Cage is a fictional video game character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise by Midway Games. He was introduced as one of the series' original seven player characters in the first Mortal Kombat game in 1992, and has become a staple of the series.

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!

Johnny Cage is the staple for MK, there is no way they can try to make a new funny character. They made Mokap, which is fine, but when he became a main part to MK, that's when it got bad. Anyways Johnny is that funny character with nut punches and those quirky quotes. Go Johnny, HAYHOO!

Johnny cage battles elder gods, evil wizards, and demoic foes, only using kung fu he learned as a movie star. Barely any powers, an overconfident but caring attitude, johnny rightfully keeps his place in MK.

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.

7 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 Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and the series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, Mortal Kombat: Konquest and Mortal Kombat: Legacy, becoming one of the most popular and recognizable elements of the franchise.

"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.

Kitana is my favorite because she's savage, assertive, lovable, and compassionate. She recognized the evil her father was doing and her and Liu are so adorable

Kitana is a badass Princess that is way better than HER clone Mileena. Not to mention those awesome bladed fans!

Princess of outworld. She is powerful, sexy, beautiful. Amazing moves, amazing weapon, amazing fighting styles. She is 1st. She is the best!

8 Ermac Ermac is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise by Midway Games. The character originated due to rumors over a diagnostics menu listing that displayed the text ERMACS, followed by claims of an alleged glitch in the first game.

Ermac is so Radical!, Mysterious, Powerful, Cool, Awesome, amazing and those are the few words that can describe ermac he is the unique character I have ever seen I never anywhere else where there's a character with a bunch of souls inside I love his figthing style and everthing him!
I also love noob I wish I could vote them both they both have the best fatalities.

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.

Ermac has the best power set in the whole Mortal Kombat franchise. He is the red ninja with telekinesis. In other words he can kill you with his mind!

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

9 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.

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.

This guy scared me back in the 90's Mortal Kombat and his bite throw attack was always painful to watch. In a good way

Baraka did look weird in MK2, but you know is cool. He has blades sticking out of his arms, don't tell me that is not cool!

10 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 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.

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

Everyone else has pretty much said it, but she smart, strong, and incredibly sexy.

Sonya is another girl character that is super strong, but at least covers up. Her attitude is so funny

The Contenders
11 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 Kombat 3. His name consists of the surnames of Mortal Kombat creators Ed Boon and John Tobias spelled backwards.

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.

Noob is always one of the best fighters, he is so efficient in his fighting abilities, it's like none of his moves are a waste. He comes in and wrecks shop; he deserves the top 10 at least!

Noob Saibot Is my favorite character under Reptile and Ermac. But he is REALLY cheap in the fighting moves. My sister really ruined him tho. she kept doing a back punch to my face and didn't let me move. still one of my favorites!

Noob saibot is the best character cause I hate to say this but he is a cheap ass but that's what makes him awesome he could easily beat smoke kitana maybe goro but I'm not an export (maybe goro! )

12 Kung Lao Kung Lao is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise by Midway Games and NetherRealm Studios. A Shaolin monk, he debuted in Mortal Kombat II (1993). He is depicted as a primary hero in the series, including as one of the protagonists of the action-adventure spin-off Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (2005). The character is also a descendant of the Great Kung Lao, the first Earthrealm champion of the Mortal Kombat tournament. His main weapon is a metal hat, which he uses for both melee and projectile attacks.

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

Kung Lao has been around forever and is a fierce Shaolin Warrior. In the original series he actually beat Liu Kang.

Because when he fights people he defies speed. He is also a magician. He'll take that bunny out his hat to feed his foes like if it was carrots

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

13 Jax Jackson "Jax" Briggs is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise by Midway Games.

This is my favorite mortal combat character, he brings a gun to a fistfight!

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

Jax is a cheater. He put his own arms on and said ''I'm boss'' well you are a cheater. AND he is a bad fighter.

Guy with robot arms nice

14 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.

All the gods in the sky couldn't beat this guy. He's like the best AND most powerful character in the whole series. Also, he raised Kitana as well as a father could raise a traitorous daughter and he loved his wife as much as he was capable of loving anyone. Hels not that evil...not all together anyway. Also, he's the announcer, he breaks the fourth wall, he literally CANNOT die!

I actually judge them by personality. I think his is the best. People are like, " What do you mean his personality is the best? He's pure evil!" I try to explain, but they never understand. I feel like I'm the only one who doesn't think that he's such a bad guy, especially in Mk 11. I would attempt an explanation, but there is no point. No one could understand, but I still like him best.

Shao kahn is my favourite player. Shao kahn in the best. No one in Mortal Kombat can defeat shao kahn.

He took Edna's queen and sexy daughter and clone her. He's been brain washing dem for years

15 Smoke Smoke is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise by Midway Games and NetherRealm Studios. He debuted in Mortal Kombat II (1993) as a hidden opponent and became a secret playable character in Mortal Kombat 3 (1995), making him the franchise's first unlockable fighter. In keeping with his namesake, he is distinguished by the smoke fumes emitting from his body and his smoke-based powers.

Smoke is definitely my favourite because of his teleporting abilities. He is able to destroy you without letting you it him and can even go straighg through projectiles!

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

Great in both cyborg and human versions, although I like the human one the most.

My favourite character. He is awesome

16 Kenshi Takahashi Kenshi is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise by Midway Games.

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.

Kenshi is just such an amazing character in the fact that even though he is blind, he still has more skill than most fighters on this roster. Puts Scorpion to shame with his swordsman skills and has telepathic powers to rival Ermac. Plus he does all this... BLIND. Badass sword full of ghosts... Definitely best character in MK.

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...

Kenshi's sword has so much range and can strike so quickly. He will always keep you at a distance and then throw himself at you with his overpowered spirit moves.

17 Mileena Mileena is a character from the Mortal Kombat franchise who debuted in the sequel Mortal Kombat II as a clone of Kitana by Shang Tsung using Tarkatan DNA resulting in her mouth having razor sharp teeth that of a Tarkatan like Baraka, she hated her sister Kitana and vowed to destroy her and take over her identity.

Ok, I get why you would hate her. But I like her because she genuinely loves her family, even if she was created with a twisted mind. Also, Shang Tsung created her so instead of being mad at Mileena you should really hate him. She's honestly adorable and very well written.

Mileena is the sexiest and the most beautiful character in mortal combat! She is so much better than KItana even if she is her clone! She earned the title "Beauty and Beast" not just because of her facial features, but also because of her fighting style, her beauty, and everything else about her. Who cares what she looks like?! She is beautiful just the way she is so all y'all need to stop hatin! Plus, in her own way she's a "Diva". Don't make me get Beyoncé up in here cause I will!

Mileena has an infectious and freaky charisma to her, while also being an insanely unpredictable and interesting character that captivates you with her story and decisions. She is an excellent villain with a unique character design and personality type, especially so in MKX.

She's amazing! The whole beast/human thing is gruesome but incredible! All of her attacks in MK9 are badass, and her "Be Mine" fatality is just entertaining. The roll attack with her teleport is a perfect combo. I'll never forget "Siisterr" when she saw Kitana. She's the best. Hands down.

18 Kabal Kabal is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, who made his debut in Mortal Kombat 3.

Now, I not going to argue with ANYONE on this, Kabal is beast. Mysterious, cool, and the best Black Dragon member next to Kano! To be honest I hated when Kabal died from Mavado, but Mavado at least looks cool. So in any way, I care but don't care, it's a win-win!

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.

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

I'm glad they toned kabal down a lot since they first introduced him to the series. Kabal has always been an incredibly powerful kharacter

19 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.

Its tied! The two main bosses in MK 1 were tied, well lets explain; Goro is a Shokan, a cool one, NOT Kintaro or Sheeva. And Shang Tsung a perfect final boss that beats up most people, he steals souls and turns into to them!

Goro is one of the most iconic video game characters of all time! Plus he looks awesome! When you see Goro you immediately think of Mortal Kombat! My favourite MK character for sure!

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?

20 Cyrax Cyrax is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, who made his debut in Mortal Kombat 3.

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!

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...

Can't mess with the Robots, especially Cyrax...

He deserves top 10. He is a robot for petez sake. His combos with his gadgets are awesome

21 Nightwolf Nightwolf is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He made his debut in Mortal Kombat 3.

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.

Awesome dude with a great moveset (particularly the heavenly light that accompanies him) and an interesting character design and story! Plus, he took down the overpowered, screeching Sindel. Enough said.

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.

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.

22 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.

She should be in top 10!
She must be in top 10! Where was this score based? Duh!
Kung lao should also be in top 10 with jade and nightwolf. what else can I say? Please include he because she is sexy, strong, talented, and was the representatiove of mk in girls gone wired

Like Mileena, she is hot and could beat people her moves are okay.

Jade is kicking woman, and master Kung Fu.

The sexiest mortal kombat character ever.

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!

24 Shang Tsung Shang Tsung is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He is one of the few original characters, debuting in the first Mortal Kombat arcade game, in which he served as the final boss.

Shang tsung is one of the hardest Kharacters to play as... Why? Because in order to play him effectively you must know how to play as ALL of the Mortal Kombat Kharacters which makes Shang Tsung THE most deadly character in the franchise when put in the hands of a skilled player.

Shang Tsung is sorcerer, great power and push up hand to fireball. 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 transmission soul.

Shang is film, game and serial name the big sorcer, black costeem. In serial Mortal Kombat conquest sorcerer woman name, Omegis is saving to Shang Tsung life of werry oldest in big sorcer to master Cho. Shang Tsung new spell to fire ball of hand and super kick, shoot, and Kung-Fu.

Shang is speed fighter to black costeem, and good center Sorcerer, his magy is saka of soul, big fireball and intellect power grandmaster of magy. I live, to his Shang Tsung style to series Mortal Kombat Conquest.

25 Sektor Sektor is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He made his debut in Mortal Kombat 3.

I prefer sektor over johnny cage.

Then you leave no choice fight!

Better than cyrax

He is the Kane from Mortal Kombat he has light sabers and way better look than cyrax

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