While we have only been given a sneak peak of Mortal Kombat 11, it’s quite clear that Netherrealm Studios are really pushing the gore factor this time around. After all, the one minute trailer managed to cram in all manner of bloody blows, along with the hellish sight of Scorpion unleashing his own flaming version of the Flying Thunder God. One can only hope that some of these classic finishing moves find their way back to the screen when the Kombat commences anew!
#5: Kung Lao’s Hat Slice
“Mortal Kombat 2” (1993)
Kung Lao’s hat is one deadly weapon you don’t want to mess with, in Mortal Kombat 2 its shown to sharp and tough enough to slice through an entire human body from head to toe, leaving the victim in meaty pieces. Seems pulling out rabbits isn’t the only trick he can do with that sucker, as he draws some nefty inspiration from James Bond for this one. Besides that, Lao also uses his hat like a circular blade to draw his victim slowly towards it. Creative.
#4: Liu Kang’s Dragon
“Mortal Kombat 2” (1993)
After sporting the worst fatality in the first Mortal Kombat game. Liu Kang, going into Mortal Kombat 2, had one neat little party trick this time around when he turned into a freaking dragon! As awesome as it is one has to wonder: why wouldn’t’ he use that as an opener?
#3: Quan Chi’s Leg Beatdown
“Mortal Kombat 4” (1997)
The ultimate form of brutal humiliation, Quan Chi rips his victim’s leg out of its socket, and starts smashing him relentlessly with it. Furthermore, In Mortal Kombat 9, the guy hits you with your own leg so hard that your head explodes. It sure does bring a whole new meaning to the term “Stop hitting yourself.”
#2: Noob Saibot’s Make a Wish
“Mortal Kombat 9” (2011)
Our male viewers may want to cross their legs for this entry. Noob Saibot, along with his shadow clone, is able to pull off the most painful looking fatality in the franchise, aach grabbing a leg and pulling their opponent apart with their insides spilling out below them. You do not want to be on the receiving end of this.
#1: Sub Zero’s Spine Rip
“Mortal Kombat 1” (1992)
Taking the number 1 spot is the most infamous fatality of all, Ripping off your opponent’s head with their spine still dangling is more than just a stylized decapitation. In Mortal Kombat’s early days this was shown as the prime example of the game’s violence, which lead to the birth of the ESRB ratings system. That’s right, this is the seminal act of videogame violence, the backbone of virtual gore, if you will.
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