My Ultimate Selection of Favorite Mortal Kombat Fighters

Mortal Kombat cover art.

Almost any discussion about Mortal Kombat generally kicks off with one of the biggest questions in gaming history: the question about one’s favorite fighter. I’ve grappled with this question for a very long time because I have always loved the various fighters from the series. Each one was always so uniquely equipped in each iteration of the game. 

My first experience with the franchise was Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. With an early introduction to the game, I have always been biased towards the older characters of the franchise. However, it should be noted that many of the new characters offer unique attributes that make them exciting. I experienced the new cast in the latest Mortal Kombat game, Mortal Kombat 1

In this article, I will do my best to cover a couple of favorite fighters from different angles. If you feel compelled, please share your thoughts in the comment section. I am more than happy to talk further about the top fighters from the Mortal Kombat roster!

Mortal Kombat - Kung Lao

Favorite Mortal Kombat Fighter for Winning

Starting with my favorite fighter for winning, I look no further than Kung Lao. He’s the man with the best hat and some of the best hand-to-hand combat skills out there. Kung Lao is Lu Kang’s best friend. He’s also one of the few individuals in the Mortal Kombat series who can consider themselves a Shaolin monk. 

I love utilizing Kung Lao because his movements are explosive. From the teleportation movements and combos accompanying them to the hat-tossing abilities and the way the directions can be changed, Kung Lao has everything that makes gameplay exciting in the world of Mortal Kombat

I typically do not lose when using Kung Lao, except for when I go against a true MK professional.


Favorite Mortal Kombat Fighter for Fun

I have always had fun playing as Ermac because of their mix of fighting abilities and magic. On top of this, they are made up of a thousand souls, so the concept behind their abilities makes them even more fun to fight with. It is not too often that you get to play as a floating character made of a thousand souls. 

Although Ermac’s combos can be difficult, when they are properly done, it can lead to stressed-out opponents. I am not saying that this makes me happy, but I am also not going to lie and say that his combinations are not awesome. That is ultimately the fun thing about Ermac for me. He just has a way of stressing opponents out that I have not experienced with other characters.

Ermac’s story has grown significantly in the latest Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 1. I could potentially use him in the next section, my favorite character for the story, as well. At the end of the day, I will just have to wait and see what the future holds for the being of a thousand souls. 


Favorite Mortal Kombat Fighter for Story 

It is without question that Scorpion has an awesome story. Quite literally, it is one of the best in gaming. His background has made the franchise what it is today. There is a reason NetherRealm Studios and Warner Brothers always look to depict him at the frontline marketing. 

The reason why I like his story is because it showcases layers of him as a fighter. From losing his entire clan to being able to exact revenge against Sub-Zero thanks to the powers gained, he has his whole story readily available to the audience. The recent movie and game only add to this, giving Scorpion more screen time to talk with others, as opposed to being an agent of revenge from the Netherrealm. It no longer feels as if he is just another character. It feels as if he has an impact on the entire franchise, which is truly something special. 

If Scorpion were ever to have his own origins game like Sub-Zero did, I’m sure plenty of people would buy it. 

Mortal Kombat 1 cover art.

Mortal Kombat’s Legacy of Fighters

With the release of Mortal Kombat 1, I am curious to see each fighter’s growth. It seems like new life is being given to the series, so hopefully, this thread will continue.

I am holding on to the development of the latest Onaga storyline as anything involving him has always fascinated me. Onaga, the Dragon King, has never disappointed in any of his appearances. Although his full background has not been addressed, he has affected the franchise for a while. I always think of his role in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, and how he single-handedly defeated Quan Chi, Shang Tsung, and Raiden.

Regardless of Mortal Kombat‘s future, I will be sticking around to see its trajectory. I am here to support the franchise that has been in my life since I was a kid.  

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