Mortal Kombat 1 characters – all fighters

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

Mortal Kombat 1 characters - Liu Kang stood in front of the Mortal Kombat logo with fire in his hands

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 who the Mortal Kombat 1 characters are.

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Who are the Mortal Kombat 1 characters?

The confirmed Mortal Kombat 1 characters are:

Of course, more and more fighters are bound to rise up as we inch closer to the Mortal Kombat 1 release date.

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

Mortal Kombat 1 Mileena

For those that don’t know, Mortal Kombat’s Mileena is a vicious individual that 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. It’s unclear what role she plays in the story of Mortal Kombat 1, but we suspect it’s not good.

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

Mortal Kombat 1 Scorpion

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, so it’s interesting to see that NetherRealm might continue with this iteration of Scorpion. Should this be the case, the chances are he’s to be one of the good guys.

Then again, even in life, Scorpion and Sub-Zero are sworn enemies, so who really knows how it’s all going to play out.

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

Mortal Kombat 1 Kitana

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 – we can’t wait to see what awaits her in Mortal Kombat 1’s story.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Johnny Cage posing in Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 1 Johnny Cage

Johnny Cage is yet another long-standing character from the Mortal Kombat franchise, and while we have no idea how he fits into Mortal Kombat 1, it’s likely to do with protecting Earthrealm. I love Cassie Cage, the daughter of Sonya and Johnny, so the fact that this reboot may not include her is a bit of blow. Still, Johnny’s inclusion gives hope that Sonya Blade may pop up, 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

Mortal Kombat 1’s Sub-Zero

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.

From the trailer, it’s clear that while there may still be some animosity, the fact that Sub-Zero says “as enemies, or as brothers” as the pair look to the ominous burning circle in the sky says that they may work together to defeat evil once more.

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

Mortal Kombat 1 Raiden

Yes, the Thunder God is in Mortal Kombat 1. How could he not be, really? However, it’s interesting to note that in the trailer, it’s Liu Kang that comes to Raiden and Kung Lao as trouble is afoot, rather than Raiden being the one to summon the fighters of Earthrealm. Then again, Liu Kang is a god himself these days and an immensely powerful one at that. Still, Raiden is bound to be something of a leader in the war against Outworld. We just have to wait and see how important he is in Mortal Kombat 1.

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

Mortal Kombat 1 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. From the trailer, it’s clear he’s ready to fight for peace among the realms – I think the guy needs to learn that you can only rebirth a universe so many times before understanding conflict between Outworld and the other realms is inevitable.

Still, I hope Liu Kang and Kitana get a nice reunion in Mortal Kombat 1. Perhaps the pair can even take a page out of Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage’s book one day.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Kung Lao tipping his hat forward

Mortal Kombat 1 Kung Lao

Ah, Kung Lao, fellow Shaolin Monk and best friend of Liu Kang. It’s great to see him, and not just because he tends to have cool fatalities. From the trailer, it’s clear that he’s ready to fight to keep Earthrealm safe and aid Liu Kang in whatever he may need.

Mortal Kombat 1 characters: Shang Tsung emergening from flames

Mortal Kombat 1 Shang Tsung

One of the most famous bad guys from the entire franchise, Shang Tsung, is up for grabs if you pre-order the game, and why wouldn’t you? We have no doubt he’s set to cause all sorts of trouble in Mortal Kombat 1, and while it’s fun to kick his ass, you might want to use his cool powers for yourself. Honestly, if we have to guess, we’d say that he’s likely in cahoots with Mileena, given they’re both loyal to Shao Khan, and he created her.

If you need something to keep you busy in the meantime, our list of the best Switch fighting games can help you to 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?