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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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Haha greatness fun for me to watch, good list
I remember the first time my friend's older brother did Smoke's fatality of blowing up the world! I was like, "Dude, you must really hate me to blow up the world just to make sure I die!" lol
the dragin is awesome
*** smoke not again!
Okay... Smoke's attack is really retarded, and why would you fart someone to death?
I liked a lot of Sub-Zero's/Frost's finishers in the 3D, underrated, "Deadly Alliance and above" Mortal Kombat games. I mean, ripping out a spine is awesome. But I always thought that freezing someone and shattering would be a far more horrible way to die. I can't remember who did that, but it doesn't matter. Sub-Zero and Frost had some bad-ass fatalities.
That re-arranger one was pretty cool though.
no but seriously this game was awesome and it used to scare the crap out of me
Best Fighting game ever!
AAWWWWWW Yeah my favorite fighter, Sub-Zero, is in the best fatalities
The self destruct is clearly a reference to PREDATOR.
You're right...you're no doctor.
Mortal Kombat never took itself very serious, but I freaking GREW UP playing these games! The series is most famous for it's ultimate amount of carnage, and it still remained great in MK VS DC! Hopefully, the creators will make a new, even gorier version of MK, just like the fan rumors said they would.......
i miss mortal kombat. i hope they make another one
Out of all of these, Lui Kang's dragon and Sub-Zero's decapitation finisher are the best.
I loved the first Mortal Kombat games. I got tired of it after the third one.
How is Quan Chi's Deadly Alliance fatality NOT in here? WORST FATALITY EVER
Good ol' Ed Boon.
I was one of the few people who actually enjoyed MKvDCU, but I prefer these more ludicrous fatalities.
My favorite one is when sub-zero rips the skeleton out of the opponent in deception. Smoke's is pretty decent too haha
good times brings me back
classics. everyone of them.