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Who We Don't Want
We've mentioned before how he should never get his own game, but to be honest...we don't even want him in a Mortal Kombat game. It was funny when he was locked up in a jail cell in Deception, but no one will be complaining if they can't play as the stun gun-wielding loser.
Many of the fighters introduced in the 3D installments of the franchise were forgettable, but they were rarely laughable. Drahmin was one of the few, helped out in no way by his rotting corpse appearance and pathetic special moves. One of his primary moves actually involved throwing a ball of flies at his enemy. When put up against awesome characters with lightning power, freezing abilities, and badass spears, Drahmin flat-out sucks by comparison.
We all love Goro. We thought Motaro was pretty cool, too. However, at no point did we look at those four-armed behemoths and think "hey, wouldn't it be sweet to see that...but in a bikini?" Despite a somewhat cool ground-pound move, she was an addition to the series that never really served a purpose or did anything particularly noteworthy. If Kitana's mother Sindel appears in the new MK, let's hope she doesn't need her four-limbed bodyguard anymore.
The Unmasked Sub-Zero
You're not gonna find many MK fans that don't love Sub-Zero, but there's only one version of the character they picture when his name is brought up. We love the masked Sub-Zero from the first two games, not the Eric Bana-looking dude from 3. This younger version featured all the moves of his older brother, but looked significantly less awesome. He donned the mask for the 3D games, and we're fine with that...just don't take it off again.
Boon and Tobias struck gold right away in the series by introducing two equally sweet characters named Sub-Zero and Scorpion. They were arguably more popular than anyone else in the game, and the team didn't even need to motion-capture two different actors during development. Perhaps this combination of ease-of-creation and the character's popularity made the old Midway crew think it was something they could replicate again and again. However, color palette swaps wore thin quick, and culminated with the absurd roster of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Not content with two ninjas, they pushed their luck by including Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Noob Saibot, Human Smoke, Ermac, and Rain...all with the same character model. Female characters Kitana, Mileena, and Jade featured color swaps, and so did the cybernetic characters Cyrax, Sektor, and Robot Smoke. Sub and Scorpion are prerequisites for an MK title, but let's leave it at that.
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