Mortal Kombat is the game that placed blood, gore, death and violence before the eyes of children around the world. Gaming consoles were known for cute characters saving a damsel in distress, connecting coloured bricks or shooting junk in space, but then came a game that made parents tilt their heads in confusion. Fatalities demonstrated the new limits of video game killing, both stunning and capturing the attention of millions. The catch-phrases of characters soon entered our vocabulary and before long, most people had an opinion on who was the coolest character and who wielded the most badass move. Despite enhanced graphics and storylines, many of the most iconic moves are the ones that were first implemented in the earliest games of the series. They may look cooler now, but their origins started it all.
So what is the criteria for a place on this prestigious list? Firstly, they must have power, meaning that your opponent must dread the action as much as you enjoy utilising it. Second, they must be visually rewarding in some capacity. Third, they must elevate the character to a different level due to having the attack in their arsenal. And fourth, they must have a history that adds to their legacy. If there's a new move in Mortal Kombat X that seems worthy, I've yet to really appreciate it. As always, if you agree or disagree with anything in this article, comment below. With a game as significant as Mortal Kombat, there will be dividing opinions. But I've performed my research, and the results are in.
10 Shadow Kick (Johnny Cage)
A move that has stayed very true to the original game, Johnny Cage's Shadow Kick sees one of the main characters of the series emit a green shadow as he forcefully kicks his opponent in the chest. The speed and accuracy of the move help make it the signature feature of Cage, even if some would argue that Cage is not one of the most popular characters.
9 Acid Spit (Reptile)
8 Hat Toss (Kung Lao)
7 Ground Pound (Jax)
6 Bicycle Kick (Liu Kang)
5 Lightning/Electricity (Raiden)
4 Ice Blast (Sub-Zero)
3 Chop Chop Blades (Baraka)
Don't be too surprised at the spot of this move, as the chop chop is what makes Baraka so revered. He's a bad guy that would be lost in the sea of villains, but what sets him apart are those blades on his arms that tear through skin like Wolverine's claws. The chop chop rips apart the midriff of an opponent as they are suspended in mid-air, and you can imagine that puts an end to the battle pretty quickly.
2 Morphing (Shang Tsung)
1 Spear (Scorpion)
There is no move more iconic of the series than Scorpion and his spear.
He hurls it with such velocity that it sticks into the opponent and then drags them over to Scorpion, while more damage is sure to be inflicted. Not to mention that his war-cry 'GET OVER HERE' is arguably the coolest phrase in the series.
As the games graphics continue to improve, the move continues to get more impressive. That feeling of shooting it out, seeing the chain tighten around your target and bringing the dazed opponent over to your side of the arena is just glorious, no matter how many times you do it.
Beneath that mask is a flaming skull just waiting to burn you to a crisp, as if the spear wasn't enough. For a while, Scorpion lived in Sub-Zero's shadow...but as the spear grew in stature, Scorpion soon reigned as the iconic part of Mortal Kombat. Seen the movie? That spear is like a bird seeking prey. Wow.
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