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The Mortal Kombat series has had its ups and downs in terms of
gameplay quality throughout the years, but it has always maintained its
reputation for ludicrous, over-the-top violence. Even non-gamers know
the phrases "Finish Him," "Get over here," and "Fatality," along with
the franchise's history of violence and controversy.Standard
bouts contained their fair share of blood, but it was in the
match-ending Fatalities that the severed limbs, disembowelment, and
exploding heads came into play. As time went on, they evolved from the
now-simple "punch his head off" finishers to some truly cartoonish
sequences later on in the series. Here's our look at the best, worst,
and downright confusing Fatalities in MK history.
Liu Kang - Dragon (MK II)
Liu transforms into a dragon at least twice his size and eats the torso of his enemy. It begs the question "if he can turn into a dragon, why doesn't he just do that the whole time?", but there's no denying how cool it is.
Sub-Zero - Spine Rip (MK)
Perhaps the most gruesome finisher from the first game in the series. Sub Zero grabs his victim's head and rips it off his body, with the spinal cord still attached.
Reptile - Head Snack (MK II)
Scorpion removed his mask to reveal a skull in the first game, but Reptile revealed - surprise - a reptilian head in MK II. He then proceeds to extend his tongue and use it to remove and devour his opponent's head. Not content with simply eating your head, he actually turns to the camera and rubs his stomach afterward.
Jade - Head Gymnastics (MK: Deception)
Jade plunges her spear directly through her opponent's head, presumably being enough to kill any human. Not satisfied with this, she then does a gymnast flip over their body while still holding the spear. With one throw motion, the head becomes severed from the body.
Sektor - Compactor (MK 3)
As evidenced by his homing missiles and flamethrower, Sektor has quite the bag of tricks within his robot body. His most formidable weapon, however, has to he the giant trash compactor he uses to crush his opponents.
Jax - Arm Pull (MK II)
In probably one of the only Fatalities that wouldn't immediately kill you, Jax simply yanks his opponent's arms clean off their body. As they scream with blood gushing out of their arm-holes, Jax just stands there like a jerk and flexes his still fully intact (but not yet metallic) biceps.
Dairou - Ribs To The Eyes (MK: Deception)
He may not be a classic character like Sub-Zero or Liu Kang, but Dairou seems perfectly adept at creative Fatalities. In this one, he plunges both hands into his opponent's chest, rips out two ribs, and promptly lodges them directly in their eyes.
Sindel - Scream (MK 3)
This campy-looking character finishes her opponents with nothing but the sound of her shrill voice. She shrieks in her opponent's direction, causing all of their skin to fly off their body, leaving nothing but a dripping, meaty skeleton.
So there's a taste of some of the more creative, violent, and hilarious finishers in the series. Continue on for a look at some of the worst.
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Holy crap I really need to play this!!
You're missing the one from the N64 Mortal Kombat where the dude rips the other dudes leg off and starts mercifully beating him with it. Best fatality ever. Laughed for ages when I saw that one.
Why is the TOASTY not on this list? not only was it badass but the "toasty" sound clip alone made that fatality worth learning. Babalities and friendships were the worst things that ever happened to those games
This makes me want a new MK game, not a sequel to MK vs DC, but an actual gore fest of modern graphics.
Forget another addition to the game series. Let's get another addition to the movie series. I think we can all agree that would be awesome.
Ha ha!! This was great!
I always thought quan chi's (sp?) rip their leg off and beat them with it was one of the best. Too bad it was from the completely forgettable mk 4 if i recall correctly
Friendships > Fatalities
Not even an (dis)honorable mention for *shudder* babyalities?
They were horrible. I know not technically fatalities but they were the most moronic un-needed and just plain wrong finishers in the game. Everything makes more sense than them.
good memories here...oh BTW in the original MK liu kang had a cartwheel because in the first game he was considered to be "the good guy" which is why his fatality not only didnt kill,the screen also didnt turn dark like with everyone else's fatalities(in which all other fatalities killed,hence the dark screen)
Mortal Kombat is just a game that I cannot bring myself to hate.
Why did you guys not include Scorpion's fire breath?! That is classic!
oh my god. i'm not sure whether to laugh, or be incredibly disturbed
I liked bo rai cho's finsher!!!!! it was funny and very possible.
some fatalities back then were just creepy
Hmm...do I see a hint at the next cover. MK9? Just a guess.
i thinks its cool you guys did this because some fatalities were pretty stupid and it got worst when they added friendships and babalities.. i just wanted to add to the best list. when quan chi first came into the game he ripped you leg off and beat the crap out of you with.. i just think he needs some recognition.. Quan Chi wins..
I wish Mortal Kombat vs DC was on here- The Joker's is classic.