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There are many Mortal Kombat 1 characters, from familiar faces to new fighters. Here’s who’s heading to Switch, PlayStation, PC, and Xbox in the fighting game.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters - Johnny Cage posing in front of Liu Kang

Thanks to a roster of MK1 fighters, we get to listen to that ominous voice in the sky shout ‘finish him’ once more, but who are the Mortal Kombat 1 characters? The upcoming game serves as a bit of a reboot for the series as we get to experience a brand new story, one that features some fan-favourite fighters as well as new MK1 characters.

Of course, there are a lot of Mortal Kombat characters out there (some of which are courtesy of the Mortal Kombat 1 kombat pack) but should you want to learn even more about them, we have a range of guides, such as our Mortal Kombat Sonya article, in which we dive into her appearances, personality, and fatalities. Speaking of which, if you want to know what we consider to be the most gruesome Mortal Kombat fatalities and Mortal Kombat 1 fatalities, check out our article.

Anyway, onto everything we know about the Mortal Kombat 1 characters.

Who are the Mortal Kombat 1 characters?

The Mortal Kombat 1 characters are:

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Mileena sitting in a carage staring intently ahead


For those who don’t know, Mortal Kombat’s Mileena is a vicious individual who enjoys inflicting pain upon her victims. She’s the clone of Kitana, though she has Tarkatan blood which is to blame for what we assume to be a rather large dentist bill. In Mortal Kombat 1, however, things are a bit different for Mileena and Kitana are dull siblings with Sindel serving as their mother. All three are close and, in a surprise twist, Mileena is the older sibling, meaning she is to inherit Outworld’s throne from her mother.

Not to worry if it’s Mileena’s predatory nature you love, for she suffers from the Tarkat disease ravaging Outworld, and it’s this that turns her into the beastly killer we all know and love. Her story in MK1 is an interesting one, and it finally gives Mileena the hero’s welcome she deserves.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Scorpion stood in his human form in the middle of a room surrounded by tables


Yes, of course, Scorpion has to be in every Mortal Kombat game. He’s practically synonymous with the franchise at this point. However, one thing that strikes us as interesting in the trailer is that the fan-favorite appears as his human self, Hanzo Hasashi, as opposed to the undead Ninja (revenant) he normally appears as. While Hanzo is present in MK11, MK1 serves as a reboot, which is why this Scorpion is very different from the fighter you know from previous games.

Not to worry, Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion and Sub-Zero are still enemies as the events of the game play out, but it’s more of a family drama. Yes, these two iconic characters are now family and, wait for it, Scorpion is Kuai Lang. Yes, Bi-Han’s younger brother, the one that would become Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat II onwards. Bet you didn’t expect that, did you?

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: A close up of Kitana's face with her signature blue mask


Kitana has an interesting history. She’s Sindel’s daughter and Shao Khan’s step-daughter, making her a princess. Though she’s loyal to her father figure for most of her life, Kitana is a good person at heart, which leads her to question the morals of her actions under the command of Outworld’s ruler Shao Khan (he’s also responsible for the misfortune of her home realm of Edenia). As such, she eventually turns on him and teams with the Earthrealmers.

In Mortal Kombat 1, she isn’t Sindel’s only child, for Mileena is her full sibling. Not only that, but Mileena is the older sister, meaning Kitana isn’t set to inherit the throne in this timeline. Still, she’s an important character who aids her sister in her illness and does her best to protect Outworld.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Johnny Cagee giving a quisical look with a raised eyebrow

Johnny Cage

Johnny Cage is yet another long-standing character from the Mortal Kombat franchise. I love Cassie Cage, the daughter of Sonya and Johnny, so the fact that this reboot doesn’t include her is a bit of a blow. Still, Johnny’s role in the story as one of the fighters of Earthrealm gives hope that Sonya Blade may pop up as a playable character in the next game, especially since they have a long history, no matter what timeline and story we’re in.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Sub-Zero stood in a building with his arms by his side


Honestly, anytime a new Mortal Kombat game comes out, I can’t help but wonder if the original Sub-Zero might make a return, especially if Noob Saibot is absent. But I think it’s fair to assume that MK1’s Sub-Zero is Kuai Liang, who happens to be much nicer than his older brother Bi-Han. In fact, as Sub-Zero, he ends his long-standing rivalry with Scorpion. The pair even work together in MK11.

In Mortal Kombat 1, Sub-Zero and Scorpion are brothers, but they walk different paths by the end of the game, for this version of Sub-Zero is Bi-Han, and we all know how power-hungry he is.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Raiden sitting in front of a rising sun


Yes, the Thunder God is in Mortal Kombat 1. How could he not be, really? However, it’s Liu Kang who comes to Raiden and Kung Lao as trouble is afoot, rather than Raiden being the one to summon the fighters of Earthrealm. Liu Kang is a god himself these days and an immensely powerful one at that. However, though Raiden is just your average Joe now, he can still fight, serving as one of the champions of Earthrealm in MK1.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Liu Kang stood with the sun shining behind him

Liu Kang

Liu Kang is Earthrealm’s strongest fighter, and that’s even more true now that he’s a fire god. You see, he’s the reason we can jump into another universe with a new story, for he created it. Not that we can blame him. Things are in shambles come the end of MK11 and its DLC. He did a good job of recreating the universe, but that simply couldn’t stop Quan Chi and Shang Tsung from rising to power, so he must assemble a team to put them back in their place in MK1.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Kung Lao tipping his hat forward

Kung Lao

Ah, Kung Lao, fellow Shaolin Monk and best friend of Liu Kang. Except, that’s no longer the case in MK1. Instead, it’s Raiden that he’s best friends with as the pair grow up together. Still, Liu Kang eventually comes calling, making Kung Lao a defender of Earthrealm. Yes, he still makes great use of his legendary hat.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Shang Tsung emergening from flames

Shang Tsung

One of the most famous bad guys from the entire franchise, Shang Tsung, is present in MK1. As ever, he causes all sorts of problems in Mortal Kombat 1, teaming with Quan Chi to bring about chaos and carnage.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Kano holding Sub Zero's heart as he collapses behind him


Ah, Kano. Mortal Kombat fans know this head of the Black Dragon all too well. Historically, Kano is the nemesis of Sonya Blade, something that withstands the test of time when MKX and MK11 roll around, as he also takes issue with her daughter, Cassie Cage. Kano is a brutal individual, is happy to kill anybody if the price is right, but in MK1 you can’t play as him, for he’s just a kameo fighter.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Kenshi ready to fight Raiden in a garden

Kenshi Takahashi

Kenshi makes a triumphant return in Mortal Kombat 1, following his untimely demise in the MKX and MK11 timeline. You might also notice that the sword’s master doesn’t have a band over his eyes, for the young man can see in this new universe. In MK1, Kenshi is a defender of EarthRealm, fighting with Raiden, Johnny, and Kung Lao against Shang Tsung and General Shao.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Smoke with an intense look on his face


Ah, Smoke. For those unfamiliar with this ninja, he is also a member of the Lin Kuei clan, much like Sub-Zero. In Mortal Kombat 1, he joins the clan alongside both Sub-Zero and Scorpion, making the clan’s mission his own as he fights with them to defend Earthrealm. Mind you, given the disagreements between the two brothers, Smoke does have a difficult decision to make – who does he side with? Make sure you play the game to find out.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters rain using water magic


Rain is an incredibly powerful High Mage in Outworld, and in Mortal Kombat 1, he looks ready to do what it takes to succeed in seeing his realm’s quest for domination come to fruition. He uses water magic, and as if he weren’t adept enough, in MK1, he attempts to learn the darkest and most powerful sorcery in the land.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Baraka with his arms stretched wide


It’s fair to say that Baraka is something of a fan-favorite who continues to be popular in the decades following his Mortal Kombat debut. Well, the Tarkatan returns once more in Mortal Kombat 1. As the most deadly monster to come from the Tarkat plague, he leads his fellow afflicted Outworlders into battle – he happens to be a powerful ally in MK1, treat him with respect.

Mortal Kombat 1 character Li Mei with an intense look on her face

Li Mei

Now, here’s a blast from the past. Li Mei’s first MK appearance is in 2002’s Deadly Alliance. Though she appears in subsequent entries, she merely has a cameo in Mortal Kombat X and MK 2011, which makes Armageddon her last meaningful appearance in a Mortal Kombat game.

Well, it’s not exactly a triumphant return, as she’s the disgraced former leader of the Umgadi, a faction of powerful warriors that protect Earthrealm’s royal family. Unfortunately, the ruler died on her watch, and now she’s disgraced by the royal family, but perhaps you can help her regain favor with Sindel, Mileena, and Kitana.

Mortal Kombat 1 character Tanya with an angry look on her face


Ah, Tanya. Another longstanding Mortal Kombat character, she serves as the leader of the Umgadi, presumably taking on the role after Li Mei fails to protect Outworld’s ruler. Like in previous entries, Tanya is a steadfast ally to Mileena, something that remains constant in MK1, as she’s basically Mileena’s bodyguard (and secret but not so secret lover).

Mortal Kombat 1 characters - Homelander flaoting down from the sky behind Omni-Man


It’s no surprise to see Mortal Kombat 1 lend some characters from other fictional works, but we didn’t anticipate Homelander joining the roster. For those who don’t know, Homelander is the antagonist masquerading as a hero from the hit series The Boys, with a host of Superman-level powers in his wheelhouse. We can’t wait to see how he plays in Mortal Kombat. Oh, and make sure you get the Kombat pack, as Homelander is only available to those who own it.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters - Sindel with a kind smile on her face


Sindel is finally back as a main cast character rather than through a piece of DLC. She’s quite a legendary Mortal Kombat character, but just in case you don’t know about her, allow us to give you a quick rundown. Sindel is the mother of Kitana and wife to Shao Khan.

However, in the original timeline, before Shao Khan destroyed Edenia, she was a kind and benevolent ruler. Her nature certainly takes a turn for the worse over time, mainly thanks to her husband. Well, we’re once again in a new timeline, and luckily Sindel is a firm but kind ruler who lives for her daughters. Oh, and she isn’t married to Shao Khan – yay!

Mortal Kombat 1 characters - Shao Khan behind the silhouette of another shadowy man

General Khan

Oh boy. Yes, he’s back. Back again. Shao Khan’s back, tell a friend. One of the primary antagonists from the entire series, Shao Khan, is well known to all Mortal Kombat fans. He’s the ruler of Outworld originally, going on to conquer Edenia, claiming Sindel as his queen and Kitana as his daughter.

Of course, he never quite manages to mold Kitana the way he wants to. She remains a kind soul at heart who wants better for the people of Outworld. That led Shao Khan to create Mileena with the help of Shang Tsung. As part of his design, Liu Kang prevents Shao from becoming Khan, making him a general to the royal family, but that doesn’t mean he’s not ready to betray them.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters - Omni-Man standing against a smoggy orange sky


Mortal Kombat has a habit of adding surprise characters to its roster. Admittedly, some make perfect sense and serve as little surprise. However, Omni-Man, the father of Invincible, is a bit out of left field. Still, as an immensely powerful superhero who loves to save Earth, he fits right in here.

Naturally, he comes as part of the Kombat Pack so if you want to get your hands on him, you need to part with some extra cash. Or, order the premium and collector’s versions of the game, as they include the Kombat Pack.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters - Peacemaker standing next to Omni-Man while holding a gun


Peacemaker seems to be the hero of the hour at the moment. Despite his heinous act in The Suicide Squad, this popular DC character earned a bit of redemption in the hugely popular Peacemaker TV series. Now, he’s portrayed by John Cena, so you may struggle to see him at first, but trust us, he’s right there in the Kombat Pack. Peacemaker is a fun character with an arsenal of moves that are bound to make his time in Mortal Kombat 1 interesting.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Cyrax


Cyrax hasn’t been a playable character in an MK game since Mortal Kombat 2011, though he has a cameo in MKX and appears as an NPC in MK11. Cyrax is traditionally a Lin Kuei ninja turned assassin. He has an interesting story, so we’re keen to see what his reality is in Liu Kang’s new world. One thing’s for sure: he’s no pushover in a fight, so good luck when you cross his path.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Geras


Geras is a relatively new character, as his first appearance is in Mortal Kombat 11, in which he can’t be killed, so our heroes chain him up and drop him into a never-ending sea of blood – a pretty bleak fate if you ask us. Well, he has a second chance now, thanks to Liu Kang, and not only does Geras show up in MK1, but he’s also a fully playable character who happens to be a good friend of Liu Kang.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Reptile


Are you ready for a returning Mortal Kombat original? Ever since the first MK game, Reptile has been a bit of a fan-favorite character, and given he wasn’t a playable character in MK11, it’s a pleasure to see the humanoid reptilian return in Mortal Kombat 1. An exciting thing to note is that his human form is his primary form, something we haven’t seen since the trilogy. It’s a treat to see Reptile return as one of the good guys in MK1, helping him avenge his family and people.

Oh, and did we mention that Reptile and Ashra appear to have a little bit of a romance going on? Yeah, it’s pretty cute. Well, as cute as it can be with a giant lizard and a demon.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Havik


It’s been quite some time since we last saw Havik, a Cleric of Chaos. Well, this Chaosrelam native makes a comeback in Mortal Kombat 1. The last time Havik had a meaningful appearance was in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, back in 2006. Since then, he has had minor cameos in MK 2011, MKX, and MK11. So, after such a long absence, it’s great to kick his butt again in MK1.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Ashrah


Another character we’ve not seen for years, Ashrah, despite her human appearance, is a demon from the Netherrealm. She made her debut in Mortal Kombat: Deception in 2004, going on to appear in MK: Unchained and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. Yes, that means she’s appearing in Mortal Kombat for the first time in 16 years. Historically, Ashrah tends to flip-flop between the forces of good and evil, though she’s one of the good ones in MK1, having deserted Quan Chi.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Ermac


Ermac arrives in Mortal Kombat 1 as part of the Kombat Pack, and he’s a most welcome addition among Mortal Kombat fans. Ermac has been around since Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in 1995, with his most recent appearance being in MK11 as a cameo, though MKX is the last time he was a playable character. Ermac appears in the story in MK1, and it certainly plays out in an unexpected way.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Quan Chi

Quan Chi

Quan Chi is a bit of a vicious character as a demon who hails from Netherrelam and has a fondness for dark magic and necromancy. His MK debut is in MK Mythologies: Sub-Zero, though he went on to be a bit of a mainstay for a while as a boss and cameo. However, he became a playable character in 2006 thanks to Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, with subsequent playable appearances in MK 2011 and MKX. Luckily for Earthrealmers, he’s a DLC character in Mortal Kombat 1, so he won’t be turning people into revenants.

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Takeda is another relatively new character, as he made his MK debut in Mortal Kombat X and having just a cameo in MK11. Well, for those of you who like the son of Kenshi, he’s one of the DLC characters in Mortal Kombat 1.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Motaro


Appearing as a kameo fighter, Motaro is another returning classic character. Debuting in Mortal Kombat 3, he boasts numerous appearances as a boss and sub-boss, as well as the odd cameo here and there. However, since he’s a kameo fighter, he still isn’t available for you to play as.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Shujinko


It’s been a long time since we saw Shujinko have an impactful appearance in a Mortal Kombat game, but the protagonist makes a triumphant return in Mortal Kombat 1 as a kameo fighter. Originally, this guy’s dream was to fight and defeat Shang Tsung, leading him to study the martial arts of various realms, so it’s a shame we don’t really get to play as him in MK1.

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You might sense a running theme with MK1 in that the game brings back some characters that have been absent for years. Another one of these fighters is Darrius, who hasn’t been a playable character since Mortal Kombat Armageddon. Unfortunately, that somewhat remains the case as he appears in Mortal Kombat 1 as kameo fighter.

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Frost has been around since Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance, most recently appearing as a playable character in MK11. In the first timeline, Frost is a loyal member of the Lin Kuei clan, but in the second timeline, she takes issue with her grandmaster, Sub Zero, reaching a peaceful agreement with Scorpion. She is put on a vengeful path to overthrow and defeat Sub Zero, even after she’s expelled from the Lin Kuei. Yes, it’s fair to say you want her on your side as a kameo fighter in Mortal Kombat 1.

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Okay, every Mortal Kombat fan knows who Goro is, so it’s likely good to know that he’s present in Mortal Kombat 1. However, don’t get too excited, for he isn’t a playable character. Instead, Goro’s a kameo fighter that you can call upon to help you in a fight.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters jax

Jax Briggs

Another well-known MK character, Jax has appeared in many games since his debut in Mortal Kombat II, but in MK1, he’s just a kameo fighter. Liu Kang really is shaking things up given some of the fan-favorite characters that aren’t playable. Still, this special forces hero is sure to aid you in your time of need.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Sareena


Now here’s a face we haven’t seen properly for some time. Sareena is originally an assassin from the Netherrealm, working for Quan Chi. However, she soon betrays him and forms an alliance with Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei. In Mortal Kombat 1, she serves as a kameo fighter, and given her prowess in battle, you might want to have her watching your back.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters Sektor


Sketor has a bit of a mean streak, serving as the former grandmaster of the Lin Kuei and Cyber Lin Kuei. Due to his ruthless nature, he’s an enemy to the likes of Sub-Zero and Scorpion but an ally to the antagonists of the series. In Mortal Kombat 1, Sektor is available as a kameo fighter.

Mortal Kombt 1 characters Stryker


Making his debut in Mortal Kombat 3, Stryker returns once more, though he’s only available as a kameo fighter, so don’t be expecting to put those guns to use. While we appreciate his addition to the game, it does mean that the 12-year wait to play as him again continues, with Mortal Kombat (2011) being the most recent game in which he’s playable. Good thing that title remains fun today.

If you want some other games to play, our list of the best Switch fighting games can help you stay in tip-top shape. Lord knows you need to be to survive the infamous Mortal Kombat tournament. Oh, and we also have the answer to that all-important question – is Mortal Kombat 1 crossplay available?