It’s been a while since we saw Mortal Kombat at the forefront of the gaming scene. Mortal Kombat X released in the first half of 2015, and for a time it was the best-selling game of the year. The game was a remarkable success and was considered an excellent follow up to the amazing reboot of the series that came before it.
Across the series, we’ve come across a number of different characters. Most of them are great, but there have also been a batch that weren’t quite so good. This time around, we’ll be focusing on the positives as I list my favourite fighters that have appeared in the series.
If Tremor didn’t exist, Rain would easily be the most underused ninja character in the Mortal Kombat series. I always thought this was rather odd, as he has one of the more interesting backgrounds, being that of a demi-god who dreams of ruling Outworld.
As one might expect, Rain has the power to manipulate water and lightning to attack his opponents. Over the series we’ve seen him utilise these abilities to trap enemies, injure them severely, and even as a form of teleportation.
Despite being unplayable, Rain had a pretty significant role in Mortal Kombat X. As one of my favourite characters, I’m hoping his story isn’t over just yet.
Like Rain, Fujin is another fighter that hasn’t really had the chance to make much of an impression of the course of the series, despite having a great design and an interesting set of abilities.
Fujin is referred to as the God of Wind. The powers that come with the mantle allow him to manipulate the wind around him, allowing for devastating ranged attacks as well as the ability to form tornadoes which he can hurl towards his enemies.
Fujin also made an appearance in Mortal Kombat X as a non-playable character, but fans have been wanting him as a playable character since Mortal Kombat (2011). I think we’ll definitely see Fujin as a playable fighter sooner rather than later.
For those of you that don’t know, Noob Saibot is the original Sub-Zero. Bi-Han was murdered by Scorpion during the first Mortal Kombat tournament, and upon being resurrected by Quan Chi, has become the embodiment of evil.
Noob Saibot possesses one of my favourite fighting styles in the whole series. With expert control of his dark abilities, Noob Saibot is able to construct a second version of himself with his own shadow, which he then uses to team up on whoever he’s fighting at the time.
Noob was last seen being kicked into a Soulnado by Nightwolf in Mortal Kombat (2011). If he’s dead, fans should know that that doesn’t mean much in the Mortal Kombat series. Could Bi-Han return in the future?
I’ll be the first person to admit that I wasn’t a massive fan of most of the new characters that Netherrealm Studios introduced in Mortal Kombat X. Of all the new fighters, I enjoyed Kotal Kahn and D’Vorah, but the shining star among the new batch of characters for me was easily Erron Black.
Erron Black is a gunslinger, and one of Kotal Kahn’s deadliest allies. He’s an expert marksman, having the ability to handle any gun with ease. On top of that, he has a number of tools at his disposal, including caltrops, sand bombs, and even a severed blade taken from a Tarkatan.
Erron Black had an awesome debut in Mortal Kombat X, and with his newfound popularity among the fan base I think we’ll be seeing more of him in the future.
We’ve reached the final character on the list and it just happens to be my favourite character in the entire series. I’ve loved every design of Smoke throughout the entire series. Yes, that includes his god-awful design that he had up until Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.
While most recently appearing as a human, Smoke is actually an enenra, a demonic being that is made up of smoke and vapour. This is where his abilities come from, and they allow him to morph into a cloud of smoke at will, while also utilising it to attack his enemies. The smoke has also been shown to emit extreme levels of heat, which Smoke has used to burn his opponents from the inside.
Smoke has remained a popular character among fans since his inception, and he appeared as a non-playable character in the story mode of Mortal Kombat X. Triborg also utilised Smoke’s powers, so he’s definitely on the mind of those at Netherrealm Studios. Because of this, I wouldn’t be surprised if the character returns for Kombat once again in a future title.