Shang Tsung made his first appearance in the original Mortal Kombat, and he has been stealing souls and crossing realms ever since. While Tsung does not always appear in MK games as a playable character, Mortal Kombat 11 has recently added him as its first DLC fighter. This has given fans a chance to learn more about this powerful sorcerer, but there are some weird things about this Mortal Kombat 11 DLC character that may not be immediately obvious.
To note, when talking about a shapeshifter, the criteria for a "weird fact" is a bit different than it might be for someone with less exceptional abilities. Thus, this Mortal Kombat 11 weird facts list looks to details that are lesser known or are simply out of character for Tsung.
5 He's a master geneticist.
Shang Tsung obviously has chops when it comes to magic and being evil, but he's also made some great achievements in the field of genetics. Namely, Tsung made Mileena as a clone of Kitana with just a bit of Tarkatan blood and some Edenian physiology. So too, Meat is another Mortal Kombat character that Tsung is responsible for creating, though he didn't quite get finished with that one.
4 He's a subpar clown.
Apparently, one of the things that Tsung likes to transform into is a clown, as per his fatality in Mortal Kombat 9, but he's got some room for improvement. While he starts off strong, pulling out a fake pistol that shoots a flag with the word "Bang!" on it, his act falls apart a bit when he decides to explode his opponent's head with a real firearm.
3 He's got a rainbow in the palm of his hand.
You might not expect someone who consumes souls to wield the power of the rainbow, but here you have it. In Mortal Kombat 2, this MK 11 DLC character's friendship saw him conjure a rainbow out of thin air, and doing so certainly seems to put a smile on his face.
2 He's gone to battle with an annoying orange.
One thing that does not put a smile on Shang Tsung's face is annoying fruit, as indicated by an episode of The Annoying Orange, a popular comedy web series, from 2012. In fact, the head games that this obnoxious citrus fruit plays are enough for the orange to secure a victory over Tsung and land its very own finisher, though it is not quite as grisly as some of the Mortal Kombat 11 fatalities.
1 He's a fan of retro video games.
Let's face it, if you had been alive for more than 1,000 years, you would probably have needed to find some way to pass the time. For Tsung, it seems like at least some of that time went towards playing old school video games, and the sorcerer shows his affection for classic titles by assuming the form of a sprite from Joust in Mortal Kombat 3.
All in all, it seems like Shang Tsung may be a more well-rounded individual than many give him credit for. While these unique interests and abilities may not have much of an impact on the portrayal of Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 11, there must be some of it hiding behind that evil facade he wears.
Mortal Kombat 11 is out now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version in development.
Source: Mortal Kombat Wiki