Ten of the most Brutal Fatalities in Mortal Kombat

Posted By | On 10th, Mar. 2011 Under Feature | Follow This Author @GNReith

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I never thought I would say this at any time in my collective articles but, it must be said that, gaming is a lot like sweet romance: It’s all about the climax. We gamers love the big stuff at the end (euphemism not intentional.) The huge final dungeon, that ridiculous feature long cut scene and, most importantly, the ultimate finishing moves that beat the bad guy once and for all. Mortal Kombat took this to heart with its fatalities creating what are, arguably, some of the most iconic finishers ever. Below is a short list of some of the more brutal fatalities that sprang to mind. For ease of reading the entries will be listed in chronological order by game in the series and not ranked order of gruesomeness. Finish him!

From Mortal Kombat

Ripping out the spine – Sub Zero (0:22)

The classic and best. Sub Zero has a tonne of cool ice related moves but, as great as it is freezing a guy to death, you can’t argue with disconnecting their entire head and spine from their body. It was this particular fatality that sticks in my mind as defining the thematic content of the MK series: Gratuitous violence.

From Mortal Kombat 2

Going for the arms – Jax (2:15)

In terms of sheer blood shed, this one has to rank among the great finishing moves. Jax simultaneously disables his opponents top half, whilst also taking them out for the count. The way that the other character just stands there bleeding from their stumps for a few seconds afterwards is also oddly amusing. It’s times like this I realise what a terrible human being I am.

Enter the Dragon – Liu Kang (2:57)

For a game as violent as Mortal Kombat, some of the fatalities are oddly tame. Punching off someone’s head is cool and all but, when you can turn into a dragon, using your fists seems fairly conservative. So yeah, Liu Kang just casually turns into a dragon and munches on the top half of his adversary. And he makes it look so easy.

The kick inside – Shang Tsung (3:35)

This particular fatality always grosses me out, but more in a Alien or The Fly body horror sort of way, as opposed to due to gore and blood. The idea of Shang Tsung being able to get inside your body just gives me chills thinking about. The aftermath of exploding is also fairly unsavoury. Textbook fatality all around.

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  • berrytastic

    Without a doubt these are brutal, but MK has past its sell by date

  • shastyxmcnasty

    Mortal Kombat will always be relevant, The gamers who loved using Scorpions fatalities back in MK 1 and 2 on the genesis will most def buy a new installment that is more of a throw back to the old days then trying to remake themselves. I for one think that a Mortal Kombat reboot (along with the webseries) is just what the fighting genre needed. Simply put, it’s a cooler Street Fighter, always has been and always will be.

    • Mortal Kombat is nothing like Street Fighter. Street Fighter has been used in professional tournaments since SF2 came out and Mortal Kombat has much simpler mechanics.

      Both are great in their own right, but to say that MK is a “cooler” Street Fighter is highly inaccurate.

    • @TimboJ: I think you missed his point. MK is a “cooler” SF in the sense that it has shock value, an interesting plot, and intriguing characters. I tend to agree. I was actually playing on a SF2 machine the day I noticed/fell in love with MK, which happened to be sitting next to it. This is coming from a guy that played SF2 religiously as a kid. I think a lot of the kids that played SF2 back then switched over to MK once SF2T came out, as it was too fast for casual players. That, or they just liked MK’s presentation.

      You’re absolutely correct that SF has always played better than MK, but that’s no secret to any MK fan. As a fan of both MK and SF, I’m thrilled that they finally put a lot of effort into the game play this time around. It will be interesting to see how well the new game performs at EVO.

  • biga21202

    Subzero spine pull my favorite of all time classic and just brutal.

    • shastyxmcnasty

      the spine pull is pretty awesome in the new mortal kombat…it does the old games perfectly.

  • doub7

    Man so many gaming memories reading this article. MK was definitely a trendsetter when it came to gore & violence but 2 me the gameplay always paled in comparison 2 SF.

  • tareq salah

    cyrax and sector have the best looking fatalities in my opinion, and kabal and sendal have the creepiest.

  • tareq salah

    i also like kong lao split down the middle and raiden’s uppercut blow them up. these are badass

    • shastyxmcnasty

      have you seen the videos of Kung Lao’s new fatalities…they look epic

    • tareq salah

      no i havn’t, were do i see it?

    • tareq salah

      i just did, i’m speechless. honestly i don’t how this game is even legal. wow

  • jbg0623

    they should do a Mortal Kombat VS. DBZ universe. Then they’d still be able to keep the blood, gore, and fatalities. I’d like to see someone get a kamehameha wave that blasts their face off.

  • jbg0623

    Oh yea and sub zero’s spine removal fatality is the best hands down.

  • jbg0623

    and what about babalities?

  • tareq salah

    yes we want freindship, animalities in this one too. i loved animalities.

    by the way am i the only one who thinks mortal kombat is more fun to watch than actually play?

    • tareq salah

      i just saw kabals fatality and i must say kabal is the nastiest mortal kombat fighter. he is brutal.


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