Despite numerous changes made over the years, characters added, modes, and minigames crammed in, there’s just one thing that brings fans of the Mortal Kombat series back over and over and over: the fatalities.
The brutal finishing movies shocked people back in the day – and made parents watch over their kids like a hawk when they were playing video games. Fatalities pushed the boundaries of what a game could contain and helped lead to the creation of the ESRB. In short, fatalities are the main selling point of a Mortal Kombat game.
Since the original, over fifty characters have become part of the franchise, which has led to the creation of almost one hundred fatalities. So making a list of just ten is certainly no easy task. Which ones were the nastiest, bloodiest, or just plain craziest? You may agree, you may disagree, but that’s what the comment section is for.
A couple of rules: One Fatality per character, and no other “alities”: such as animalities, brutalities, babalities, or friendships, etc.
WARNING! This Top 10 contains lots and lots of blood and gory goodness. If you’re under the age of 18, you’d probably get in trouble for reading this, so turn away now.
Honorable Mention: Kung Lao’s Unfriendly Rabbit Fatality (Shaolin Monks)
I wanted to include this one so badly, but my conscience would not allow it. It’s completely ridiculous as well as implausible, but it’s also funny – and I had include it in some way. So, here it is as an honorable mention.
In a nice take on Kung Lao’s Friendship from Mortal Kombat II, Kung Lao pulls a rabbit out of his hat. He then gently tosses the rabbit over to his opponent. His enemy, surprised but not unappreciative of the gesture, gently pets the rabbit. Aww, it’s just a cute little bunny, isn’t it? Just a sweet, harmless little-
“That’s no ordinary rabbit!”
10.) Hotaru’s Body Slam Fatality (Deception/Unchained)
The characters introduced in some of the later Mortal Kombat games weren’t all that memorable. However, you have to give credit when credit’s due – as the developer was at least trying. Hotaru is a perfect example. Not a very interesting guy who’s obsessed with order and law – which he enforced with extreme prejudice.
The reason this one sticks out is because you feel each of Hotaru’s slams. He just whips the guy into the ground over and over – letting you know that Hotaru is not a guy you want to piss off, and if anyone can make you follow the law to a T, it’s him.
9.) Johnny Cage’s Brain Rip Fatality (Deadly Alliance)
Johnny Cage isn’t exactly known for being all that bloody. He’s known more for his arrogant personality and movie star background. People often forget that Cage can get just as messy as the rest of the crew if he wants to. He just doesn’t want to go there – at least not that often.
You may be wondering why I picked this over Kano’s classic heart rip fatality. In movies that have a lot of blood and gore, such as R-rated action or horror movies, you may see a heart be ripped out or stabbed or whatever fairly often. So, props to Johnny for doing something different.
8.) Jax’s Head Clap Fatality (MKII)
People remember Jax as being that cool strong guy with the robotic arms. But back in Mortal Kombat II, he was just that cool strong guy (with regular arms). He wasn’t remembered that much for his character, but rather for how ridiculously powerful he was. He was just an ordinary human being tossing monsters and gods around like they were nothing.
His strength was especially clear in his fatality. The fact that he can squish your head with his bare hands in a second is plenty of reason to not pick a fight with him. Especially now that he has the robotic arms – perfect example of why you do not get on Jax’s bad side.
7.) Liu Kang’s Giant Stomp Fatality (Shaolin Monks)
Liu Kang may be the Champion of Mortal Kombat and the main character of the series, but people need to remember that, back when he was first introduced, he was just another homage to martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. He wasn’t the first, and he probably won’t be the last. Still, as far as homages go, you could do worse than one of the greatest martial artists of all time. So, it was nice for MK to, years after Kang’s introduction, pay homage once again.
In a perfect callback to Lee’s Enter The Dragon, Liu Kang performs an absolutely brutal stomp to his enemy’s chest. However, in a classic MK fashion, he goes a step further and grinds his foot, dividing his opponent in half. Simple, bloody, and showing respect to one of the greats. What more could you ask for?