10 Most Popular Mortal Kombat Characters

Will your favourite palette swapped ninja make the cut?


Mortal Kombat has been the most popular western fighting game franchise since its debut in 1992. Developed originally by Midway Games, the franchise has been released by Netherrealm Studios since 2011.

As of the release of 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11, there have been eleven main series games (including 2008’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe) as well as a selection of updated version and spin-off titles.

The franchise is notable for its violence in comparison to other mainstream fighting game franchises like Street Fighter and Tekken, with characters able to dismember and kill each other in devastating ‘Fatalities’ and ‘Brutalities’. Despite this, many of the characters in Mortal Kombat continue to return time and time again for each new entry.

Mortal Kombat has 78 original characters playable through the different iterations of the franchise, as well as 11 guest characters and 11 DC characters playable in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. Fans have many characters which they have grown attached too over the almost 30 year history of the franchise. But as with every franchise, certain characters are more beloved than their counterparts.

Which Mortal Kombat characters reign supreme in the eyes of the fans among the host of Elder Gods and palette swapped Ninjas on offer?


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