Boasting only one female character in its original roster – that being Sonya Blade – Mortal Kombat has since expanded to include the likes of Sheeva, Sindel, and newbies Cassie Cage and Jacqui Briggs, among others.
From MK II onwards, fans saw strong women combatants get much more time in the spotlight, taking their places as icons alongside familiar faces such as Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Notable of these are the multi-coloured, ninja-styled fighters whom fans have come to love just as equally as – if not a little more than – their male counterparts. Fierce, compelling and adept in an assortment of fighting techniques, these ladies are definitely not to be trifled with.
Granted, their portrayal has been called into question, due in part to their risqué clothing and exaggerated body proportions (thankfully, this has been toned down somewhat in Mortal Kombat X). However, it's also their diverse movesets, backstories and involvement in the game's array of plots, not just their designs, that has led players to becoming invested in them.
Taking these factors into consideration, all seven female ninjas have something to offer in the MK franchise, but which is the best?