15 Best Features in a Mortal Kombat Game… And 5 That Sucked

Through over 20 years of Mortal Kombat, each game has tried to present new and exciting features to engage loyal fans and attract new ones. Not all of these features have stuck around, but some of them reappear throughout the franchise. I’ve put together a list of what I consider the ten best features added to an MK game, as well as five features we wish they never would have added in the first place.

15 Best Features

Honorable Mention: Shaolin Monks

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Okay, so I know this isn’t exactly a feature; it was its own game. Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is one of my top 5 games of all-time. The 3D side-scrolling fighter was an amazing addition to the franchise, and almost made up for the horrible Special Forces game that came before it. Not only did it get really deep with the story line, but offered a ton of Easter Eggs and, most importantly, CO-OP mode! It’s hard enough to find a good 2-player game, but one with MK characters??

15.) Tutorials and Practice Mode

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When you were a kid, all you had for practice was your younger siblings, and that usually ended with them running away crying because you weren’t being fair. MK9‘s Practice Mode not only helped you see all the moves you were trying to pull off in-game, but let’s you practice how to do Fatalities, as well. This mode has been upgraded in Mortal Kombat X, now allowing two user-controlled players to practice, meaning you can beat the snot out of your sibling with no hurt feelings involved.

14.) Friendships & Babalities

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Mortal Kombat doesn’t have to be ALL murder and annihilation, am I right? Sometimes, you can show your respect for your fallen foe in the most ridiculous fashion. After the outcry caused by pixelized decapitations and the like in MK1MK2 introduced Friendships and Babalities, proving that although it was a quality fighter with great characters, it was certainly not too serious to make fun of itself. We haven’t seen Friendships since MK:Trilogy, and I don’t think the Babalities of MK9 will make another appearance, which makes me sad.

13.) Motor Kombat

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I don’t really care that it was a shameless ripoff of Mario Kart; Motor Kombat was hilarious, functional, and a diverse way to take a break from the monotony of fighting. It was especially helpful in MK: Armageddon, a game that was so chock full of characters that the mechanics of the game suffered. Each of the ten playable Motor Kombat characters got their own unique car and unique special move. It was adorable. People have been pining for the mode to come back for years, but Ed Boon

12.) Kombat Kodes

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Match modifiers have come along way since their introduction in MK3. Before each Versus mode fight, players were allotted a few seconds to enter in a code using a series of symbols. These combinations corresponded to different fight modifications like no blocking, or one of my favorites, one where the kombatants randomly morph into other characters. Kodes were not re-introduced until MK9, and added a bunch of new options, notably Rainbow Kombat (all the blood turns to colors of the rainbow) and Zombie Kombat (self-explanatory). Mortal Kombat X spins Kodes in a new way, by having them all be unlockables in the Krypt, and you are able to choose multiple at a time for the Kustom Kombat Mode.

11.) Stage Death Traps

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Introduced in MK: Deception, death traps were a way for opponents to even the odds a bit. Nearly every single arena in the game contained some type of trap that opponents could be launched into a death trap unique to that level. It added a whole new level of play to the fights. It could get annoying, since you could be pummeling an opponent and they could beat you with one luckily placed hit; it worked the other way around, too.

10.) Konquest Mode

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What started as a psuedo-tutorial mode in MK: Deadly Alliance became a fully-enriched adventure game in MK: Armageddon. At its best, Konquest was a fun distraction from the game, full of Easter Eggs and various unlockables. It tried to get a little too wrapped in the game, by introducing two characters we could really not care less about (Taven and Daegon), but I feel that if they did it the right way, exploring the different worlds of Mortal Kombat could be a hell of a lot of fun.

9.) Kreate a Fighter

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This is the game mode that everybody wanted, and even though it was part of one of the franchises worst games, people still are krazy about this game mode. You could give characters all your favorite specials, dress them up as cool as PS2 graphics would allow, and take them online to battle your friends. If implemented now, it would be the coolest feature in any video game, but I’m not sure it that will be coming back anytime soon.

8.) Story Mode

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In 2008’s MK vs. DC, Neatherrealm had the genius idea of adding a Story Mode. Sure, it was a good way to explain how the hell Batman and Co. ended up in Outworld, but moreover, it was a great way to engage players in a decent story, while making them practice at least a few rounds with each of the main characters. This was expanded upon in MK9 to include a story that’s actually canon material for all the games to come.

7.) X-Rays

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The X-Ray feature is one of the most hard-hitting features MK has ever introduced. It began as a new feature in MK9 as a possible response Street Fighter‘s Ultras. With each character possessing a personalized X-Ray move, it is the perfect way to not only show your dominance, but it is great when your life is low and you need a final push towards defeating your opponent. X-Rays demonstrate slow motion, bone-breaking combinations which are just shy of the savageness of Fatalities and Brutalities. Another notion which makes X-Rays excellent, it the ease at which you can dish them out. With a simple two button combination, make your opponent look like a weak ass mofo.

6.) The Krpyt/Unlockables

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Unlockables are completely necessary in terms of replayability. The more useless crap I have to kollect, the more hours of my life I will spend finding it. The Krypt was a place players could go to redeem the koins they earned from performance-based fighting, unlocking anything from in-game costumes and fatalities to concept art and stage music. The Krypt has evolved since it’s introduction in Deadly Alliance each game, and added an exploration element to it. The more goodies, the better.

5.) Chess Kombat

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Another fun feature that MK: Deception gave us was Chess Kombat. You got to pick characters for positions on the board, each with their own special abilities. The match carried out like a chess game, with the end goal being to literally kill the king. There was some strategy to it, but you were never screwed if you didn’t play the game with a lot of strategy. This is one of my favorite modes because it was still Mortal Kombat but it gave you something to aim for each round other than moving up the fight ladder.

4.) Hara-Kiri

There wasn’t a more satisfying way to lose than to prevent your opponent from completing a Fatality on you. Mortal Kombat Deception, the only game thus far to feature Hara-Kiris, brings a pretty cool feature to the mix. Even if you can’t beat your best friend, you can get the last laugh by determining your own fate. It hasn’t been used since MK:D, and I’m not sure why it still hasn’t been implemented. Maybe it conflicts with Warner Bros’ wholesome family values.

3.) Test Your Luck

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Evan, Adrian and I would spent hours in this mode. Test Your Luck was a twisted kind of slot machine that only gives you horrible modifiers. Usually, it comes in the form of falling missiles, random freeze balls or no-throw/no-block modifiers, but there are also interesting ones out there. All of that competition and rage goes away when Armless Kombat is drawn.

2.) Brutalities

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Fatalities (which didn’t make the list because they were too obvious) are so dramatic. Your opponent sways drunkenly while you dance to make your character do his or her move. Well in Ultimate MK3, Midway introduced Brutalities. They were finishing moves that could be integrated into the gameplay with an intricate button sequence, ending with an explosion of bones and gore. It was extremely over-the-top fun that was more impressive than insulting. Brutalities are making a comeback to MKX in a big way, with even more detail and stipulations to pull off.

1.) Puzzle Kombat

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Just like the old Super Puzzle Fighter II, Puzzle Kombat is a Tetris-like competition game. Unlike SPF, though, each player had a distinct special attack that would either help them offensively stack more lines, or would inhibit their opponent from stacking. All the while, tiny deformed caricatures of your players would have a simulated battle below which would go the direction of whoever is willing the puzzle battle. They even came with cute little Fatalities! It was great to play something not kombat-related, but still be branded as an MK minigame.

5 Worst Features

5.) Weapon Styles

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Deadly Alliance was a huge evolution in the quality of play for the series. Each player was equipped with two different fighting styles and one distinct weapon to use. While the variation in fighting styles (and the ability to link combos from one style to the next) was revolutionary, certain characters’ weapon styles were unfairly skewed to inflict maximum damage with little risk of being punished. I’m all for heavy damage, but only if it comes with heavy risk. Weapons have since been linked to combinations, and are more fluid to combat.

4.) Throwaway Characters

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Mortal Kombat has a kollection of nearly 75 characters in its 23 year history. Of that total (73 in all), less than half of them have appeared in only half the games. And around 20 of those characters have been in two or less games. Mostly, I’m talking about the horrible additions to the post-MK4 games. Including so many characters in Armageddon also did away with the unique fighting styles of Deception, lending them to the other characters with less development. With the series rebooted, we probably won’t see the good ones again for a while, but I am loving the new characters in MKX, so maybe Neatherrealm learned from their mistakes.

3.) Kombo Breakers

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MK: Deception introduced the Breaker system, which was a terrific idea, but poorly executed. In its first iteration, players could abuse the system to a fault. Interrupting combos time after time (three per match) could greatly throw off players’ momentum, giving button-mashers a huge advantage. The moves have since been regulated better after the introduction to a meter system that only allows players to build enough energy for a Breaker sparingly throughout the match. Even still, they burn a lot of energy at the cost of prevented damage.

2.) Aerial Kombat

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Fighting belongs on the ground – that’s the best take I can offer on MK: Armageddon‘s Aerial Kombat. Adding several combination hits while the opponent is floating helplessly in the air isn’t just ludicrously defying the laws of physics, but it just wasn’t that fun, either. MK has always been colorful in terms of humor, but the type of Moon gravity attacks here just made the game silly. It was so dumb. I was happy to see it left out of the most recent two games, and hope to never see it again.

1.) Kreate a Fatality

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MK: Armageddon is looking pretty crappy right about now. In order to fit all 63 characters into this PS2/Wii/X-Box game, they had to cut a very integral part of the game: Fatalities – or at least as we knew them. Instead of giving each on the roster their own move, opted to allow players to quickly input a series of commands to allow for a string of moves to kill their opponent. It was unimaginative and took away the spirit of what makes Fatalities fun. I understand that it had to be done to accommodate the massive roster, but they could have saved Motor Kombat for another time. It’s by far the worst feature of the franchise, making for the worst game in the franchise.

The Kolors of Kombat: Our Favorite MK Characters

Mortal Kombat Meets Hush Comics

From our first time mashing buttons on our SNES/Genesis, Mortal Kombat has affected all of our upbringings in different capacities. Here at Hush Comics, we definitely play Mortal Kombat, but whether or not we play it well is open to interpretation. Whether we’re still mashing buttons or counting the frames each move takes, we still love the game. I got together three other writers for Hush, all of varying skill level, to discuss which players are their favorite players and why. Here are our responses:


1.) Sonya Blade

It could have to do with the fact that Sonya was the only blonde in the game. I instantly connected with her. At 5 years old, I knew I had to play as the girl who was most like me. Plus she was a girl. But her move of snapping necks with her legs was the move that sealed the deal for me. She was my girl forever after that. 

2.) Sindel

Remember when Mortal Kombat 3 came out? Well for that matter, do you remember 1995?  Well I sure do! It was the year that I made my parents really mad by having the TV on too loud when I made Sindel scream so loud that people’s heads blew up. That was cool.

3.) Kitana

Whenever I needed a change from my number 1 and number 2 pick, Kitana was always my choice. In later games, I found her game play more difficult to control, but in MK2, I loved how easily she would throw her fans, and how big of an attack it really was.

4.) Mileena

Full disclaimer: I know that Mileena is bat-shit crazy. Which has been an evolved storyline. I just really liked her sais. And that she was pink. But yeah, she is pretty crazy, too, and when fighting someone like Sheeva, you need some crazy on your side.

5.) Jade

She was pretty! And green! If I am not giving away here that I am the button-masher resident at Hush Comics, I don’t know what will. I could not tell you any special move that Jade does. I couldn’t even tell you if she has a weapon. I could tell you that I had a Jade doll that I carried with me everywhere. Until I was like 11. I was a special child.

Check the next page for Evan’s picks.

25 Best Mortal Kombat Fatalities (MK1-MK4)

With Mortal Kombat X‘s release approaching, and some of the most gruesome Fatalities coming with it, we thought it was a good idea to revisit the Top 25 ways to humiliate your opponents at the end of a match. To be fair, we split it up into two sections: arcade (MK1-MK4) and console-only (MK:DA-MK9). So come join us as we journey through the history of gore, from 16 bit pixelated blood to last-gen realism.

25.) Johnny Cage’s Head Decapitation: Mortal Kombat 1

johnny cage mk1 head decapitation fatalityThis is the epitome of cool; Johnny has time to literally knock a guy’s block off and put back on his stunner shades before the dude’s head even stops rolling on the ground. And in 1992, this was one of the most horrific things in gaming.

24.) Jax’s Arm Rip: Mortal Kombat 2

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No. No, you may not leave. Just stand there like an idiot with no arms. This becomes Jax’s signature throughout the franchise, and it’s hard not to argue with it’s hilarity, but it’s not exactly the most effective Fatality in terms of actually being fatal.

23.) Scorpion’s Hell Hand: Mortal Kombat 3

Scorpion takes his role as a hellspawn very seriously. He’s been the skeleton-y fire breather for 2 games already. He’s now been promoted to the giant hand summoner guy. Here’s wishing Hanzo Hasashi the best in his future career endeavors.

22.) Kabal’s Head Balloon: Mortal Kombat 3

Kabal MK3 Balloon Head FatalityThis move is an automatic license to call your opponent an airhead for at least a week. Kabal is quite the weirdo, but he has some funny Fatalities, including this one, where he pumps air into an opponent’s head, inflating them to the point they float up to the air, then pop. The adult in me thinks it’s dumb, but the 7 year old in me thinks your mom is dumb.

21.) Kano’s Heart Rip: Mortal Kombat 1

kano mk1 heart rip fatalityIf I could name any one movie that I associate with this fatality, it’s Lion King, right around the end of the wildebeest stampede. This is another move that shocked people, and was actually censored for the SNES version.

20.) Sub Zero’s Absolute Zero: Mortal Kombat 2

sub zero mk2 absolute zero fatalityDeath by exploding from a frozen uppercut is what the doctor told me. Better bring your A game, else wind up like this poor sucker who combusts from reacting with Sub Zero’s awesomeness. Uppercutting is always the most relieving move in an MK game, but to do it in such dramatic fashion after a match is icing on the cake.

19.) Johnny Cage’s Torso Throw: Mortal Kombat 2

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You ever been in line for something for hours, and then this snarky a-hole jumps in front of you and starts yammering on with his buddies? This move is dedicated specifically to that person.

18.) Fujin’s Wind Skinner: Mortal Kombat 4

Fujin-MK4-Wind-Flay-FatalityYou could say that this move really… blew me away. Haaaa. The power of wind isn’t exactly the most exciting one to have in the MK world, but if you’ve ever seen the damage that pressurized air can dole out, then you know this is one of the most painful ways to die in the game.

17.) Sheeva’s Ground Pound: Mortal Kombat 3

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Okay, sure, it’s pretty comical, and the visual effects are even funnier, but… no, that actually about hits it on the head. Listen, if you’re brave enough to play as Sheeva in MK3, people are already laughing at you, so why not pull off this one and shut them all up?

16.) Liu Kang’s Arcade Drop: Mortal Kombat 3

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It’s 1995, you’re the new kid in town, and you’ve been trying for weeks to get a chance to play the new Mortal Kombat 3 game at your local arcade, but the town bully is racking up victories with Liu Kang (because only assholes use Liu Kang, let’s be honest) and won’t let you get a turn. After finally challenging him to Mortal Kombat, you whoop his butt in front of everyone with his own character and drop the arcade on him, sending him packing like only somebody in a Might Morphin Power Rangers scene could do justice. There is a new victor this day.

15.) Shang Tsung’s Soul Steal: Mortal Kombat 2

shang tsung mk2 soul steal fatalityNobody was really that impressed with MK1‘s Shang Tsung, am I right? And the bus boy ninja outfit in MK2 wasn’t really doing it for me either, until I saw somebody pull this Fatality off. Sucking the soul right out of the character and leaving an unrecognizable carcass behind terrified the bejeezus out of me. I was also 7 years old.

14.) Jax’s T-1000 Slicer: Mortal Kombat 3

Jax MK3 Terminator FatalityYou knew that MK3 gave Jax cybernetic arms, but what you didn’t know is that he also turned into T-1000 from Terminator 2. In this Chop Slap of an infomercial, Jax turns his opponent into diced man meat with just the use of his arms. Ludicrous, yes, but still pretty damn awesome for us 80’s babies.

13.) Sonya Blade’s Scissors Split: Mortal Kombat 4

Sonya-Blade-MK4-Splits-FatalityIf you’ve played MK the whole way through, then you know how stupid it’s been for girls trying to get a cool Fatality for their characters, especially Sonya Blade. Every single Fatality for Sonya leading up to MK4 is some variation of the “Kiss of Death.” Here, Sonya lets her legs do the talking. Oh, and if you’re a fan of the “Kiss of Death,” don’t worry, there is a variation of the move in every MK game aside from MK9MK9 also includes an updated Scissors Split.

12.) Smoke’s World Destruction: Mortal Kombat 3

smoke mk3 world destruction fatalityThis is how you ended a sleepover MK3 tournament, right before your mom comes to pick you up. You can’t keep beating your friends anymore because you blew up the freakin world! Sorry Tommy, homefield advantage couldn’t even help you. I don’t even own this game! And then you drop the mic like Chris Rock, knowing that you just ruined Tommy’s birthday.

11.) Sheeva’s Strip Down: Mortal Kombat 3

sheeva mk3 skin rip fatalitySheeva – lame character, awesome fatalities. Stripping a character right out of their own skeleton is just narsty. Forget everything you know about anatomy; this four-armed she-Shokan will embarrass you, exposing your goodies like a loose dress on prom night.

10.) Liu Kang’s POV Fireball: Mortal Kombat 4

Liu-Kang-MK4-Throw-and-Explode-FatalityThe POV-style Fatalities were a great inclusion to the franchise, and I’m surprised that it’s been used so sparingly in the recent games. It adds to the brutality of it all, like you are a spectator in the stands. It even makes this jerkoff, Liu Kang, look like a professional.

9.) Stryker’s Grenade Strap: Mortal Kombat 3

Stryker MK3 Grenade FatalityHats off to Michael O’Brien for mo-capping this Fatality. Strapping grenades to a drowsy foe is as 80’s action star as it gets, but the way he plugs his fingers in his ears in preparation for the explosion is just hilarious, not to mention the way he LAPD’s that shit by shooting one off in the air. This was officially the last time police brutality was acceptable as a joke.

8.) Kano’s Skeleton Rip: Mortal Kombat 3

kano mk3 skeleton rip fatalityA spin on Sheeva’s Strip Down, Kano reaches deep in the throat of his opponent and pulls out… their entire skeleton. Talk about a magic trick! Great creativity on this one – I especially enjoy the slump of skin, hair and clothing that falls to the ground after the gigantic head gap is exposed.

7.) Liu Kang’s Dragon Transformation: Mortal Kombat 2

liu kang mk2 dragon fatalityPrevious to this, I had never seen anything so crazy in a game. Yeah, MK was over-the-top, but turning into a dragon was something that people just didn’t do when I was younger. I mean, what happens to the undigested foe as they sit in Liu Kang’s belly? Not the brightest move, Liu Kang. Can you say “heartburn?”

6.) Jax’s Head Clap: Mortal Kombat 2

jax mk2 head clap fatalityJax is fed up with your shit, and he’s going to kill you. Sure, make all the angry black man jokes you want, but if all you listened to all day were ad-libbing ninjas, (and that asshole, Liu Kang) you would probably snap, too. Not to mention that Raiden is definitely a racist. Just one little clap of the ears and it will all be over soon, Jax.

5.) Kung Lao’s Hat Slice: Mortal Kombat 2

kung lao mk2 cut body fatalityConsidering that Mortal Kombat 9 was all about slicing people in half, this move was well ahead of its time. Kung Lao’s hat has become just as much a part of him as Scorpion’s dagger, so it was cool to see him utilize it in a Fatality. It’s not just a creative idea, but technically well-done for its time.

4.) Quan Chi’s Leg Beatdown: Mortal Kombat 4

How disrespectful can you be? We live in a civilized world, but I can name at least a dozen people I knew as a child that would not hesitate to kiss their mothers goodbye, and then proceed to beat each other’s lifeless bodies to death with another person’s disembodies legs. Some people’s children…

3.) Ninja Sub Zero’s Icicle Impale: Mortal Kombat 3

Ninja Sub-Zero MK3 Ice Spike FatalityIf I had the power of ice, I would be: cheating at snowball fights, constructing ice furniture, and learning to surf around like Silver Surfer to avoid transportation. It would never cross my mind to impale somebody through the dick on a giant icicle. But I guess that’s why Kuai Liang got the job and I did not.

2.) Sub Zero’s Spine Rip: Mortal Kombat 2

sub zero mk1 spine rip fatalityDamn, if there was any better way to put your opponent in her/his place, it was by forcefully ripping out their head and spinal column, then displaying it for the player to see. The move has historically been known as the one that freaked everybody out, and it still holds today, being used multiple times in several variations over the franchise’s span.

1.) Scorpion’s Toasty: Mortal Kombat 1-4

scorpion MK1 toasty fatalityToasty! The most recognizable signature move had to be Scoprion’s Fatality. The whole time, I thought he was just a ninja, but it turns out dude is a hellspawn that burns his foes to a crisp. The move was used for his Fatality in every single one of the arcade games, and even brought back in the Klassic Pack for MK9. The move is named after Dan Forden, the franchise’s sound director, who occasionally comes on screen to taunt/congratulate players for big moves and combos.

That concludes our list of Top 25 Mortal Kombat Fatalities from the arcade days. Check out our list of the Top 25 Fatalities from the modern games here.

Thanks to YouTubers for the videos to create these GIFs and MK Wikia for some of the GIFs.

25 Best Mortal Kombat Fatalities (MK:DA-MK9)

With Mortal Kombat X‘s release approaching, and some of the most gruesome Fatalities coming with it, we thought it was a good idea to revisit the Top 25 ways to humiliate your opponents at the end of a match. To be fair, we split it up into two sections: arcade (MK1-MK4) and console-only (MK:DA-MK9). So come join us as we journey through the history of gore, from 16 bit pixelated blood to last-gen realism.

25.) Freddy Krueger’s Welcome to My Nightmare: Mortal Kombat 9

Freddy-Krueger-MK9-Welcome-to-My-Nightmare-FatalityI never imagined that Freddy Krueger, who gave my generation nightmares as children, would be a playable character in Mortal Kombat, the game that gave my parents nightmares. This Fatality brings back all the bad memories – and just a tad of anti-semitism.

24.) Li Mei’s Roundhouse Head Kick: Mortal Kombat: Deception

Li-Mei-MKDeception-Roundhouse-Head-Into-Body-FatalityOne of MK‘s throwaway characters, Li Mei’s Roundhouse Fatality is one of my personal favorites. No, it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, but it looks really cool. The creators must have thought so, too, because Liu Kang borrows the move in Shaolin Monks. Nothing says Mortal Kombat quite like an errant head exploding a body.

23.) Ashrah’s Voodoo Doll: Mortal Kombat: Deception

Ashrah-MKDeception-Voodoo-Doll-FatalityAshrah, another of MK‘s one-and-done characters, has one of the more original Fatalities in the catalog. The voodoo doll is a nice touch to add to the variety of murders in the game, and I could definitely see this making a comeback if a more spiritual character comes along.

22.) Kenshi’s Split Ends: Mortal Kombat 9

Kenshi-MK9-Split-Ends-FatalityDamn, what if the last thing you saw was a sword that was going to split you in two? Kenshi’s “murder by association” lets his mind do all the dirty work here, allowing for a pretty sweet Fatality.

21.) Mileena’s Be Mine: Mortal Kombat 9

Mileena-MK9-Be-Mine-FatalityFan boy fantasy ruined. Mileena shares quite the intimate moment with her opponent, right before ripping their head off and taking her mask off and munching on the head. Let’s not forget the sexy little dip at the end. Gross.

20.) Jade’s Shish Kabob: Mortal Kombat: Deception

Jade-MKDeception-Shish-Kabob-FatalitySure, you’ve played Mortal Kombat, but you haven’t lived the MK life until you’ve stabbed somebody through the head with a giant spear. This Fatality is just so smooth, down to the presentation of it all.

19.) Jade’s Half-Mast: Mortal Kombat 9

Jade-MK9-Half-Mast-FatalityThis Fatality is a little less smooth and a little more on the gruesome side, although that doesn’t stop Jade from giving a sexy little shake at the end (give it up for male creative teams!). My favorite part of this one has to be the warrior’s cry.

18.) Shao Kahn’s Golf Swing: Mortal Kombat: Deception

Shao Kahn was finally a playable character in Deception; you could finally exact your revenge for the years of horrible trash talk by BEING the most powerful character in the game and taking a golf swing at your opponent’s head. Being bad never felt so good.

17.) Sub Zero’s Have an Ice Day: Mortal Kombat 9

There have been many variations of the torso rip, but none as “eww-worthy” as Sub Zero’s. Oh man, and the icicles that grow out of the opponent’s bottom half? This is the equivalent of a cat showing you the kill they just made – he’s so proud!

16.) Sindel’s Migraine: Mortal Kombat 9

This is what is feels to sit through a three-hour lecture on the principles of Thermodynamics. Or about half-way into a party full of your girlfriend’s coworkers. Or, for a positive spin, listening to Kiesza for the first time. Seriously, she will blow you mind. Sindel is cool, too, I guess.

15.) Scorpion’s Split Decision: Mortal Kombat 9

Scorpion-MK9-Split-Decision-FatalityYou know those late night infomercial that advertise crazy sharp knives that can cut through things like leather shoes and steel bars. Scorpion happened to have the night off and dialed that number. Scorpion tested, Scorpion approved.

14.) Shang Tsung’s Bang Bang: Mortal Kombat 9

Shang-Tsung-MK9-Bang-Bang-FatalityWhen Netherrealm Studios had to dial back the “fatal” part of Fatalities in MK vs. DC, a bunch of people were left disappointed by the character’s finishing moves. One of the best ones in the game was Joker’s fake gun, so it was great to see it in all its gory splendor in MK9.

13.) Sub Zero’s Leg Takeout: Mortal Kombat: Deception

Sub-Zero-MKDeception-Ice-Block-Side-Kick-FatalityLieutenant Dan, you ain’t got no legs! One of the creepier progressions on realism in the MK fatalities was the way characters try to crawl away after losing their limbs. It looks like MKX is getting more of these gross Fatalities, so prepare to squirm.

12.) Kobra’s Eat Your Heart Out: Mortal Kombat: Deception

Kobra-MKDeception-Eat-Your-Heart-Out-FatalityKobra takes Kano’s traditional Heart Rip Fatality and turns the rudeness up a notch by rubbing his face in it. A pretty startling finishing move by a completely forgettable character.

11.) Kitana’s Splitting Headache: Mortal Kombat 9

Kitana-MK9-Splitting-Headache-FatalityIf you thought fans were a stupid ass weapon compared to Scorpion’s dagger or Kung Lao’s hat blade, I think Kitana would like a word or two with you. I’m sure by the end of that discussion you would be a fan of fans…or she will find one way or another to get it through your head.

10.) Kano’s Heartbreak: Mortal Kombat 9

Kano-MK9-Heartbreak-FatalityYou don’t know it by watching this, but Kano gave up the fighting game to become a physical trainer for other fighters. Sadly on his first day as he went to massage a fighters back, he came in a little too strong and ended up pushing his hand straight through the body. I guess old habits die hard.

9.) Scorpion’s Spear Surgery: Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

MK:DA ushered in a whole new regime of realism (it sounds funny saying that now, but at the time, these moves were legit), and so when I first saw this Fatality, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. A little elbow grease was all it took to get that spear unstuck from Scorpion’s opponent’s head.

8.) Sheeva’s Strip Down: Mortal Kombat 9

Sheeva-MK9-Stripped-Down-FatalityDAMN SHEEVA, YOU SCARY! Similar to some of the older games, Sheeva continues to show total disrespect for peoples skins. It is pretty horrific seeing the skinless body dance for a few moments before receiving a kick in the chest. Even those of House Bolton are taking note.

7.) Kung Lao’s Kickstand: Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Kung-Lau-MKDA-Hat-Throw-and-Kickstand-FatalityYou know those garbage cans where you have to kick a foot pedal down in order for the lid to open? Well that is exactly what Kung Lao was thinking of when his opponent so rudely got his hat stuck in his head. Pure garbage.

6.) Sektor’s Scarecrow: Mortal Kombat 9

Sektor-MK9-The-Scarecrow-FatalityNo where in my mind did I think this would be the end result of getting a star fish thrown at your chest. It is moments like this where you appreciate the few things in life that matter like, living, having all of your limbs attached, and MK9.

5.) Sub Zero’s Frozen Pitch: Mortal Kombat: Deception

Tragedy struck today when Sub-Zero was asked to send out the opening pitch at the opening game of the MLB season. He took the news about A-Rod harder than most.

4.) Kabal’s It Takes Guts: Mortal Kombat 9

Kabal-MK9-It-Takes-Guts-FatalityWho knew Kabal was a Serenity fan? For this is truly a good death.

3.) Kung Lao’s Razor’s Edge: Mortal Kombat 9

What a drag. What a buzzkill. This gives me a splitting headache. I always knew Kung Lao had split personalities. It’s like Kung Lao only half enjoyed this. Please insert all other desired puns followed by a comedic drum role.

2.) Noob Saibot’s Make a Wish: Mortal Kombat 9

Noob-MK9-Make-a-Wish-FatalityDisgusting. If we were grading Fatalities purely based on how disgusting they were, this would be number one 100 times over. The thought of getting split from the groin up simply by two dude pulling really hard is on my short list of ways I do not want to die.

1.) Scorpion’s Nethergate: Mortal Kombat 9

Scorpion-MK9-Nethergate-FatalityI’m sure the good people at Valve Corporation were horrified by this Portal-inspired Fatality. And, of course, there is something innately terrifying about hangings, making this portal to the Netherrealm the most horrific in MK history – and that includes getting split down the middle, balls first.

This article was written by Evan Lowe and Sherif Elkhatib