Ten ‘Classic’ Kharacters who Should Return in Mortal Kombat XI

The Mortal Kombat X train has come to an end with the release of Mortal Kombat XL. A total of eight extra characters have been added, but only four of them are Mortal Kombat characters. With Mortal Kombat X out of the way, it’s time to focus on the inevitable Mortal Kombat XI. While we’re likely to see series staples like Raiden, Scorpion, Kenshi and Sub-Zero again, alongside much of the new cast, we thought it would be fun to look back at older characters who have yet to make the cut.

We will only be including characters that were not playable in Mortal Kombat 2011 or Mortal Kombat X. Characters that appear as DLC in previous and have no impact on the game’s story (i.e. Rain and Skarlet) can appear here, but those who do impact the story cannot (i.e. Tanya and Bo’ Rai Cho). We will also be taking into account the events of the Mortal Kombat X Comic Series, which is canon. The events of the original timeline will only hold sway if the events took place pre-Mortal Kombat 1, which were not wiped out by Raiden’s meddling with time. All ten are presented in alphabetical order.

Warning: spoiler alert for every major Mortal Kombat game, including X and the Comic Series.

Mortal Kombat Blaze

Blaze
First Appearance: Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
Last Appearance: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Blaze used to be a joke character, only seen as part of the background in the Pit fighting stage in Mortal Kombat 2. It wasn’t till Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance that Blaze was finally made playable with his own unique story, which was further expanded on in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. Blaze was created as a safeguard by the Edenian god Argus and his wife to help preserve order in the realms. Argus’ sons would engage Blaze in Mortal Kombat, and the victor would become the next god of Edenia. While waiting, Blaze wandered the different realms and in Outworld was ambushed by men loyal to the deceased Onaga, the former emperor of Outworld. Corrupted by Onaga’s priests, Blaze was forced to guard Onaga’s egg until his eventual resurrection.

Mortal Kombat 2011 may have wiped out the events of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, but did not wipe out the existence of Blaze. As his creation took place decades before the events of Mortal Kombat, his creation surely happened, as would his capture by Onaga’s loyalists. With Daegon appearing the Mortal Kombat X comic, as does old man Shujinko, it’s likely that Onaga will soon be resurrected and Blaze freed. Blaze’s reintroduction to the Mortal Kombat universe seems poised to happen.

Mortal Kombat Daegon

Daegon
First Appearance: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Last Appearance: Mortal Kombat X Comic Series

Daegon is far more interesting than his goody-two-shoes brother, Taven. Accidentally awoken early from his slumber, Daegon was driven mad and became determined to win the godly prize he was supposed to compete with Taven for. After slaying his parents, Daegon formed the Red Dragon Clan to complete two objectives; find Blaze, and find the location of Taven and kill him.

Though Daegon had little to do with Mortal Kombat X, he did have a big presence in the Mortal Kombat X comic, watching the events from afar. Deeply invested in the lore of Onaga, the Dragon King, Daegon ends up forming an alliance with Goro by the end of the series. As the current timeline inches ever closer to Armageddon, it’s likely we’ll see Daegon returning. With his feud with Kenshi far-from-over, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Daegon return to the Mortal Kombat games and attempt to take out the blind swordsman, Takeda, and the whole Special Forces.

Fujin Mortal Kombat X

Fujin
First Appearance: Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
Last Appearance: Mortal Kombat X (cutscenes only)

Fujin has always drawn the short end of the stick. The god of wind has never had the popularity of Raiden. Initially a boss in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Fujin would become a playable in Mortal Kombat 4, joining Raiden’s forces as they battled Shinnok over control of Edenia. He would then lose his spot on the Mortal Kombat: Deception roster to Raiden, who the developers opted to resurrect as Dark Raiden following his suicidal attempt to defeat Onaga.

Fujin’s fortunes have not improved in the current timeline. Despite being seen in Mortal Kombat X promotional material, Fujin ended up not being playable and was only seen in cutscenes. His fortunes, however, might change in Mortal Kombat XI. Raiden’s corruption at the end of X leaves Fujin in quite the predicament; does he support Raiden’s bloody plans to defend EarthRealm, or does he defect and join the forces attempting to overthrow the crazed god? This should be enough to finally land Fujin a spot on the roster.

Mortal Kombat Havik

Havik
First Appearance: Mortal Kombat: Deception
Last Apperance: Mortal Kombat X Comic Series

Out of all the new characters introduced in Mortal Kombat: Deception, Havik is by far the most popular. This cleric of chaos won over the hearts of players with his design, story, and disturbingly cool specials. Despite not appearing in Mortal Kombat 2011 or X, Havik does play a huge role in the comic series as the main antagonist. At the end of the series, Havik is killed by Quan Chi in the NetherRealm.

However, in the words of House Greyjoy, “What is dead may never die.” Havik’s resurrection in Mortal Kombat XI appears very plausible. With the looming three-way war between EarthRealm, Outworld, and the NetherRealm, Liu Kang and Kitana may opt to resurrect the cleric to sow discord and chaos among their enemies. Effective and deadly, Havik may be able to turn the tide in the favor of the NetherRealm. No matter what, this fan-favorite should return as a playable character.

Mortal Kombat Li Mei

Li Mei
First Appearance: Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
Last Appearance: Mortal Kombat X (cutscenes only)

This Outworld champion is one who fights for her people. After her village was enslaved by Shang Tsung and Quan Chi in Deadly Alliance, Li Mei entered the Mortal Kombat tournament to gain their freedom. Upon victory, the two sorcerers betrayed her, stealing her soul and placing it in one of Onaga’s mummified soldiers. Bo’ Rai Cho was able to rescue her as Raiden battled the deadly alliance.

Li Mei makes the briefest of cameos in Mortal Kombat X, speaking with Sonya Blade and Raiden after fleeing the Outworld Civil War. However, that war is now over thanks to the death of Mileena, but another looms on the horizon. Will Li Mei side with Kotal Kahn in defense of Outworld, or will she find an ally in the corrupted Raiden who has made it clear he plans to attack realms that pose a threat to EarthRealm? Mortal Kombat XI would be the perfect place to test her loyalty.

Mortal Kombat Nitara

Nitara
First Appearance: Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
Last Appearance: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Mortal Kombat X introduced the Kytinn and the Osh-Tekk as people whose realms were invaded and annexed to Outworld by Shao Kahn. However, X wasn’t the first Mortal Kombat to introduce a different race forced into Shao Kahn’s realm. Nitara and her vampire realm became residents of Outworld long before the events of the original Mortal Kombat, meaning that her realm is still part of Outworld in the current timeline.

It was Nitara’s actions that indirectly allowed Onaga to take physical form. Her manipulation of the masterless Reptile led to him becoming Onaga’s host body, though she was successful are separating her world from Outworld. Nitara has only been mentioned briefly in the Mortal Kombat X Comic Series and remains at large in Outworld. We can assume that she is still searching for a way to free her realm from Outworld and that Reptile can’t be her pawn as he does have a master in this timeline (Kotal Kahn). Nitara could have a role in the looming war with EarthRealm, ultimately siding with whoever agrees to free her realm from Outworld. Plus, blood-sucking vampires are cool.

Mortal Kombat Onaga

Onaga
First Appearance: Mortal Kombat: Deception
Last Appearance: Mortal Kombat 2011 (cutscenes only)

Onaga, the Dragon King ruled as the Emperor of Outworld for hundreds of years. His unique ability to resurrect his fallen troops made him a dangerous adversary. Onaga remained emperor until his most trusted advisor betrayed him. Using poison, Shao Kahn killed the emperor and assumed the throne. Onaga, however, laid out numerous plans to ensure his return to power. Through his loyalists he left a dragon’s egg which would allow him to regain physical form through a host body, and posing as Damashi, Onaga tricked Shujinko into collecting the powerful Kamidogu. His plans would have worked out had Nightwolf not bound his soul to the NetherRealm where he was forced to enter an alliance with Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Shinnok, and Shao Kahn.

Onaga’s presence looms heavy over the events of the Mortal Kombat X Comic Series thanks to the introduction of the Kamidogu and an old Shujinko. His abilities are also sought by Goro who seeks to regenerate his missing limbs. The ending of Mortal Kombat X hints at a coming war between EarthRealm, Outworld, and the NetherRealm. In desperation, it’s possible that Kotal Kahn seeks out the Dragon King’s knowledge and abilities in an attempt to repel Raiden. This could put Reptile close to the dragon egg, and once again becoming Onaga’s host body. It’s entirely possible that the events of Deception will take place in the current timeline, and would bring back one of the coolest bad guys in Mortal Kombat history.

Mortal Kombat Rain

Rain
First Appearance: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Last Appearance: Mortal Kombat X (non-playable fighter)

Poor Rain is in the same boat as Fujin. An assassin for Shao Kahn, Rain discovered that he was actually from Edenia and turned against the emperor. He disappeared for some time but resurfaced during the events of Armageddon. Discovering he is the son of the god Argus and an Edenian woman, Rain became jealous of his half-brothers Taven and Daegon and sought the prize for himself.

Rain appeared as a DLC character in Mortal Kombat 2011, but unlike Kenshi, did not earn a spot on the Mortal Kombat X roster. This is sad, as Rain actually had a pretty big role in the story aiding Mileena in her civil war against Kotal Kahn. Both he and his ally, Tanya, disappear halfway through the story and are not heard from again. It’s about time Rain got some recognition by finally joining the roster in Mortal Kombat XI.

Mortal Kombat Sareena

Sareena
First Appearance: Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
Last Apperance: Mortal Kombat X (cutscenes only)

Sareena was one of three demon sisters to face the elder Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat Mythologies, and the only he spared. In response, Sareena dedicated herself to stopping Quan Chi and purifying her soul. During the events of Mortal Kombat X, Sareena acts as a spy for Special Forces, informing them of Quan Chi’s plans.

With the looming war between the NetherRealm’s new rulers (Liu Kang and Kitana) against EarthRealm, Sareena would be a vital asset to Raiden and Sonya Blade. Bringing her into Mortal Kombat XI’s roster makes sense as this demon works to end Liu Kang and Kitana’s reign.

Mortal Kombat Shujinko

Shujinko
First Appearance: Mortal Kombat: Deception
Last Appearance: Mortal Kombat X Comic Series

Shujinko was one of the most despised characters to come out of Mortal Kombat: Deception. Not only did his deeds lead to the resurrection of the Dragon King, but also gave him the power to remake the realms in his image. It didn’t help that creator Ed Boon spoke openly about Shujinko being the next-generation Liu Kang, something fans did not want. Though Shujinko remains no one’s favorite, the outrage towards him has softened a bit over the years.

Though he has yet to appear in-game in the current timeline, he does play a role in the Mortal Kombat X Comic Series where he is the grandmaster of the White Lotus Society. We can assume that his quest through Damashi most likely happened though the end results remain a mystery. Raiden currently holds the Kamidogu and has tasked several characters with protecting them. Shujinko could still be working for Damashi or not. Of course, he might also join Raiden’s side in the upcoming war against the NetherRealm as he seeks to free his idols (Liu Kang and Kung Lao) from their Revenant state. Shujinko certainly deserves a chance to redeem himself in Mortal Kombat XI.

  • kamouniyak

    Good list. Daegon is a great tragic character, turned from Edenian hero thousands of years ago into the man who killed the Protector God (his father) and caused the fall of his realm to Shao Kahn. The reasons that pushed him to do so may only be imagined (though there was a big interference from Shinnok).

    The only complaint is that I would have liked to see Reiko on your list too. He absolutely was spectacular in the comic, a mastermind tactician General with a formerly deep friendship with Kotal Kahn, with whom he now has a big rivalry. Kotal’s monologue about how Reiko is a genius was spectacular, there is this mutual respect between them

  • TheSneakyLizard

    Love the list. Another I wanna see back is Jade. Since she wasn’t seen in MKX’s story mode at all, something tells me she’s gonna have an important role in MKXI. I assume her absence from MKX’s story mode might have something to do with that mysterious woman from her MK9 ending.

  • Both Kuai Liang and Bi Han should return as humans at least for once in the same
    game.

    For those who ”afraid” the same character in one game…..there is a solution.

    Total different fighting style with the powers of ice and different clothes….moves…powers …
    endings….

    For the list of 10, there is other 8 characters
    Shujinko
    Sareena ( conection with the Lin Kuei Klan and both Sub Zeros)
    Daegon
    Taven
    Fujin
    Smoke
    Reptile (or at least , Ed Boon should give a chance to Chameleon for a refresh to the new MK)
    Blaze

  • Stuey

    Hopefully we’ll get Mileena back in the form of a convenient clone being left in the flesh pits. Also if Nitara is involved you can count on Ashrah being present too, which could work well considering the situation in the Netherrealm now…

    Let’s hope they wrap up injustice quickly and get to work full time on some new MK!