Published on March 7th, 2016 | by IceCube

Top 10 Worst Mortal Kombat characters of all time

Mortal Kombat XL is out now and to celebrate, we’re going to reflect on some of the WORST Mortal Kombat characters of all time.

Coincidentally, no female characters were even close to making this list. We had about 20 laughable male characters before the first worst lady character was considered. If only this list was a top 20:

10. Noob Saibot

MK2, MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK4, MKG, MK:DA, MK:D, MK:A, MK (2011)

An unpopular choice, for sure, but a necessary one. He’s a goddamn silhouette of Sub Zero, who originated as a lazy easter egg joke in MK2. His name is Tobias Boon (MK series creator) spelt backwards. How this joke became a legit thing is beyond us.


9. Darrius


We just wish this guy was cooler and more unique. His persona, costumes and weapons have no identity. We think we was supposed to be modelled from Wesley Snipes’ character from Blade, but they don’t pull it off. He belongs in Tekken or Dead or Alive.


8. Blaze


Come on, MK, you can do better than a man made of fire. It’s been done to death. They couldn’t even call him his original name, Torch, due to copyright reasons. He’s completely misplaced in the series and a lazy attempt at a boss guy.


7. Chameleon


How many f***ing Sub Zero/Scorpion clones do we need? This one is just a multi-coloured palette of all those masked ninjas, plus he stole their moves! Reptile should own a Trademark on that camouflage move of his. Do they have lawyers in the other realms?


6. Tremor


Well, it looks like Warner’s superhero team wanted in on Midway’s creative department… This guy with “rock powers” is a cheesy DC Comics supervillain if we ever saw one. What was his birth name? Earth Man? Doctor Stone? General Gravel?


5. Daegon & Taven


This spot is reserved for every generic and forgettable character in the series. There’s about 6,584 (er, give or take) characters who look just like Daegon and Taven (brothers) here. But why bother giving these forgettable fellas names when a number is more orderly? Congrats on making this list, 36 and 87.


4. Stryker

MK3, UMK3, MKT, MKA, MK (2011)

Ah ha ha haaa! Look at this guy! He’s so bad, he might secretly be the best character in the series. This dude’s look changed over the years, but he’s slow and shit and real-world guns and grenades are boring to use. We get the need for a dude with military or SWAT training in the series, but we think it’s time to hit a permanent Fatality on this one.


3. Hsu Hao


It’s official: M. Bison’s Cuban cousin has joined The Village People. I can’t take away points for identity, but when you face off against an opponent and feel laughter instead of respect, then something is clearly wrong.


2. Mokap


Another one of Midway’s little in-house jokes, Mokap here is supposed to be “Mo-Cap”, the abbreviation for “Motion Capture”. Yep… the real-life guy who was filmed as a motion template for the fighters ended up a playable character – mo-cap suit, and all. Get outta here, Midway.


1. Kobra


Pfft… Baaah ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ken from Street Fighter 2 called, he wants his look back. This guy was everybody’s favourite punching bag and fatality target for a long while. With a name like “Kobra”, he’s clearly one of the extras from the dojo who took to beating up Danny LaRusso in 1984’s The Karate Kid.


Hey, look! No Johnny Cage! Yeah, he’s cheesy and disliked, but at least he’s got some character! Who do you think should (or should not) be in this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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