Mortal Kombat is a fighting game franchise originally developed by Midway Games' Chicago studio in 1992, but after its bankruptcy, the game's development team was acquired by Warner Bros. and turned into NetherRealm Studios. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment currently owns the rights of the franchise and rebooted it in 2011. The original game has spawned many sequels and has spun a media franchise consisting of several action-adventure games, films (animated and live-action with its own sequel), and television series (animated and live-action). Other spin-offs include a comic book series, a card game, and a live-action tour.
The series is set in a universe consisting of eighteen surviving realms that were created by the Elder Gods, including Earthrealm, a parallel to our world; Netherrealm, a realm of demons and shadowy warriors; Outworld, a realm of constant strife ruled by Emperor Shao Kahn; Seido, the Realm of Order, whose inhabitants prize structure and order above all else; the Realm of Chaos, whose inhabitants do not abide by any rules and constant turmoil and change are worshipped; and Edenia, which is known for its beauty, artistic expression, and the longevity of its inhabitants. The Elder Gods decreed that the denizens of one realm could only conquer another realm by defeating the realm's greatest warriors in ten consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments.
The series has a reputation for high levels of bloody violence, including, most notably, its Fatalities (finishing moves, requiring a sequence of button inputs to perform). The Fatalities, in part, led to the creation of the ESRB video game rating system. Mortal Kombat has become one of the most successful fighting franchises in the history of video games and one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
- Mortal Kombat (colloquially called Mortal Kombat 9) is a 2011 fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The ninth main installment in Mortal Kombat a reboot of the franchise. The plot is a retcon to the first three Mortal Kombat games. The storyline involves the divine protector of Earth, Raiden, attempting to change the aftermath of the events of Armageddon by contacting his past self as he faces defeat at the hands of the evil emperor of Outworld, Shao Kahn.
- Mortal Kombat X is a 2015 fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Like previous games, Mortal Kombat X's gameplay consists of two players, or one player and the CPU, fighting each other with their selected character. The game contains several modes, such as a story mode set 25 years after the previous Mortal Kombat game, several Tower modes that feature dynamically changing challenges, numerous online modes, and the Krypt, a mode played in a first-person perspective where players explore the areas unlocking a variety of in-game items.
- Mortal Kombat 11 is a 2019 fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Alongside the returning Fatalities, Brutalities, Stage Fatalities, Friendships, and Quitalities, new gameplay features are introduced, such as Fatal Blows, similar to MKX's X-Ray Moves; Krushing Blows, special cinematic variations of a given special move; and Mercy, where the winning player can opt to revive their opponent, giving them a small amount of life. An updated version of the game was announced in 2020, titled Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath.
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- In "Mortal Kombat Theme", Ian lip-syncs the Mortal Kombat theme song while Anthony imitates characters between cuts of the two imitating Mortal Kombat-esque fights.
- The Mortal Kombat franchise has made two appearances If It Were Real.
- In "IF VIDEO GAMES WERE REAL 2", Anthony disagrees with Ian's opinion that no attractive-looking girl would wear "skimpy-ass" clothes and fight people. At the end of the episode, Ian concedes with Anthony and leaves for his rollerblades lessons. On his way out of the house in his rollerblades, Ian starts to fall over and puts his arms out to break his fall, causing his hands to land squarely on Kitana's breasts. Kitana knocks him out in a single punch and finishes him off with a fiery Fatality.
- In the Mortal Kombat segment of "IF VIDEO GAMES WERE REAL 3", Sub-Zero tries defeats Scorpion and tries to perform his famous Fatality in which he rips off his opponent's head, but finds it much harder than he looks. Scorpion urges him to hurry up, so Sub-Zero tries again, to no avail. They both give up on the fight to stare at Kitana's breasts, prompting Kitana to knock them both out in a "Boobtality".
- In "VIDEO GAME ITEMS IN REAL LIFE", Billy Hamburger heads to the kitchen to rub his genitals on the microwave, so his father tries to use Scorpion's rope dart to restrain him, but the rope dart ends up stabbing Billy through the chest, killing him.
- Mortal Kombat has been referenced a few times on Smosh Pit Weekly.
- In "MORTAL KOMBAT MOUTH MUSIC", Mari features a video by Japanese YouTuber Hikakin titled "Mortal Kombat Beatbox", in which he and a friend beatbox the Mortal Kombat theme song. Mari compared it to the old Smosh video "Mortal Kombat Theme".
- In "SKIPPING IS SO STRAIGHT!", Mari advertises a video by Jovenshire titled "INJUSTICE MORTAL KOMBAT MASH UP (Retro Fit)", a mashup of Mortal Kombat sound clips and Injustice: Gods Among Us gameplay footage that Mari mentioned Joven was rather proud of.
- In "SUPER SMASH KOMBAT X", Mari features a video by YouTube user Sterling titled "Super Smash Bros × Mortal Kombat" in which fighting moves in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are overlayed with X-Ray shots from Mortal Kombat X. Additionally, one of the end questions was "Mario or Scorpion?".