“Finish Him/Her”

Films: Mortal Kombat (1995), Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

Alias: Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile and his clones, Goro, Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Sindel, Ermac, Smoke, Cyrax, Shiva, Motoro, Outworld demons, Mileena, Baraka

Type: Mystical, Man-Made (Smoke and Cyrax)

Location: Civilized Area/Haunted home/Mountains

Height/Weight: Ranges from half that of an average human to that of a tank.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: There is no type of film more cursed to fail than the video game adaptation. Every time it seems that no one can capture the spirit of whatever series they're adapting. And the sad thing is that this silly couple of films is one of the few times we've come close.

History: Across the realms, Outworld is home to some of the strangest, and oftentimes more sinister, beings. None are worse than Shang Tsung, an evil sorcerer under the employ of the vicious warlord, Shao Kahn. According to the sacred tournament of Mortal Kombat, Outworld needs one more victory against Earthrealm before it's theirs for the taking. Now, the heroic Shaolin monk, Lui Kang, and his motely crew of friends are the only ones standing between us and pure evil.

Notable Kills: Nothing special, though Shao Kahn did kill Johnny Cage. Thank God.

Final Fate: Both the forces of Shang and Shao are defeated one way or another, though Outworld champion Goro meets a particularly humiliating end at the hands of Hollywood actor Johnny Cage, who sends him off a cliff after nut-shotting him. Shang gets tossed onto a pit of spikes by Liu Kang, who then beats Shao Kahn in a straight fight. The only evil one's fate left ambiguous is Scorpion's, who left the movie without a trace.

Powers/Abilities: Shang Tsung has access to all sorts of spells and soul-based powers. Scorpion has a special living blade in his palm that he can launch at people (as well as a fire-breathing skull for a head). Sub-Zero has ice powers, Reptile can camouflage, and the robots have laser beams, missiles, and even a laser net. Shao Kahn also has an "animality", which means he can shapeshift into an animalistic representation of himself (Liu Kang has a dragon while he has a demonic hydra).

Weakness: Anything conventional.

Scariness Factor: 2.5-These people are not only bad apples, but they can kick your ass if they get the chance. Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, and Goro are particularly dangerous. But sadly, most of the fear is undone by some ATROCIOUS CGI work, especially on both Liu and Shao's animalities.

Trivia: -The actual canon story of "Mortal Kombat" has some drastically different fates in mind for most of the characters. For starters, Scorpion ends up becoming one of the good guys after burying the hatchet with Sub-Zero, and Shao Kahn is killed twice (once by the Elder Gods, then by his forcefully adopted daughter, Kitana).

-"Annihilation" was so bad that Ed Boon, the guy behind the whole franchise, called it the absolute worst thing to come out of what he created. Keep in mind, this film's producer, Lawrence Kasanoff, would later add "Foodfight!" to his list of transgressions against cinema.

Image Gallery

Kombat, as decided by very generous moral guardians.

Goro's looking extra dickish today!

Of a good movie, that is.

When enough characters aren't enough...

"Okay, but can you not while I'm feeding?"
"I give you...a PG-13 version of the tournament!"

They slimmed you down, didn't they, Reptile?

I always did think that mask was fake, Kahn.

Still better than Baraka-pool.
Featuring the whole cast...no, really.

So, he's a waterbender too?

So, like horses, do you leave manure out in the open?

Dear God! They westernized his dragon form!
A platinum dragon for a platinum...game. What, you thought that award goes to this movie?

Why couldn't this be canon Shang Tsung?

Good luck being recast as a generic villain soon...unless canon changes it up a bit.

Cyrax silently curses out the director for not using Sektor as a villain instead.

Of course, Shao Kahn is a hydra! He's always sticking his neck where it shouldn't be! Also, what?