With the release of Mortal Kombat 11, everyone’s favourite death dealers have returned, and you can be they’ve got fatalities to spare. While the newest additions to the bloody line up have certainly managed to turn stomachs, we can’t forget about just exquisite examples of video game dismemberment!
#5: Quan Chi’s Leg Club
“Mortal Kombat 4” & “Mortal Kombat” (2011) (1997, 2011)
Quan Chi wasn’t an OG villain when the “Mortal Kombat” games were first released, but his first fatality in Mortal Kombat 4 made quite the impact. The act of ripping off an opponent’s leg and mercilessly beating them to death with it may sound simple, and that’s because it is. Still, it’s this sort of visceral satisfaction that makes Quan Chi’s leg beatdown finisher something that we just keep returning to again and again.
#4: Johnny Cage Does Kubrick
“Mortal Kombat X” (2015)
Sure, we all know that Johnny Cage is a martial arts movie star, but does he possess any real acting chops? Well, in this amazing fatality, we see J.C. doing his best Jack Nicholson impression…albeit with a bit more blood and guts. (“Here’s Johnny”) Honestly, we can’t get enough of this one, and it’s the perfect, ridiculous finisher for an equally flamboyant personality.
#3: Sub-Zero’s OG Spine Rip
“Mortal Kombat” (1992)
There are few characters within the “Mortal Kombat” universe as beloved or iconic as Sub-Zero. He’s the only character in the franchise to appear in every game, and he even received his own spin off title. Part of that is because of his Spine Rip fatality, which was one of the first game’s most memorable moments, so memorable that it caught the attention of the United States Senate. Plus, it’s been seriously upgraded over the years, including at one point in Deadly Alliance where instead of the spine, he ripped out the whole skeleton.
#2: Noob Saibot’s Wishbone
“Mortal Kombat” (2011)
The mysterious ninja Noob Saibot may possess a silly sounding name-actually taken from MK creators John Tobias and Ed Boon spelled backwards-but there’s absolutely NOTHING funny about his finishing move set. Our particular favorite has to be the Wishbone fatality from “Mortal Kombat 9,” where Saibot summons a shadowy mirror image of himself to grab their opponent’s legs and tears the unfortunate victim apart! It’s funny and gross all at the same time, sentiments which actually speak volumes about the “Mortal Kombat” series as a whole.
#1: Into the Pit
“Mortal Kombat” series (1992-)
Sometimes, the first time is the best time. Maybe it’s the surprise we felt when we first discovered you could knock off your opponent into a pit of sharp spikes back when we played the original “Mortal Kombat.” Or, maybe it’s how the Pit Drop stage fatality has been modified and amplified so much over the years, without losing an inch of awesomeness or steam. Either way, an uppercut coup-de-grace was all that was required to trigger this gruesome finish back in the day, and it didn’t matter that the MK narrator didn’t specifically announce this as a “fatality.” We knew that we had stumbled across something awesome and iconic; a finishing moment which would stay with the “Mortal Kombat” universe forever.
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