Mortal Monday #7: My 10 Favorite Fatalities

Mortal Kombat has always been a violent game, and the fatalities have always been the most over-the-top part of that.  What I think most fail to realize is just how hilarious and tongue-in-cheek some of the violence truly is.  This week I’ll be showcasing my top 10 favorite fatalities from over the years.  From the brutal, to the comical, to the truly absurd, they are all truly…original.

10.  Blowing chunks.

I’m not sure what to even think here.  We’re only at number 10 and I’m already at a loss for words.  Graphically, it may not come across perfectly but yes, he eats the arms, and then, yes, he throws them up.

9.  Pop!

Shinnok is an interesting character in the MK universe.  A fallen elder-god, he has immense power, and apparently, really large hands.

8.  Boneless.

There is some obvious suspension of disbelief when it comes to Mortal Kombat fatalities, namely that they tend to disregard the concept of physics altogether.  This one though, is a special kind of ridiculous, especially given that the skeleton is still semi-rigid even after it’s removed.

7.  Heartless.

The reason why the Kano heart-rip from MK 9 is on this list is because of the last second of it.  After he’s already ripped out the heart (so it’s clearly no longer attached), he mushes it in is hand which somehow still causes the victim to shriek in pain.  For some terrible reason, the absurdity of that makes me giggle.  As an aside, the linked video contains both of Kano’s fatalities from MK 9, and the second is also comical.

6.  Unzipped.

Once again, I really have no words.  She just tears off the skin like a suit.  Again, the best part is how the skeleton seems to disregard the laws of physics entirely.

5.  The award.

Oh.  My.  God.  What?

4.  Breaking the 4th wall.

I feel like this is one of those key moments when Mortal Kombat truly just went all out ridiculous.  The only way that fatality could be better is if Liu starts playing the machine after it falls.

3.  Stardust.

I cannot watch this fatality without laughing.  First off, he drops like 30 grenades.  Is that enough to blow himself and his opponent up?  Sure.  Is that enough to destroy the entire planet?  Well, apparently yes.  Yes it is.

2.  Right down the middle.

When MK 2 first debuted, Kung Lao was my favorite new character, and even though my young eyes were probably not meant to witness such ultra-violence, it was this fatality that I thought was the coolest.

1. Spinal snap.

Sub-Zero’s original fatality is, in my opinion, the most iconic of all.  It was the first one that truly made me shiver with its brutality, and it still stands as one of the seminal moments that separated the series from its competitors.

I have to admit, writing this top 10 makes me feel a bit odd; like I’m really into violence, I promise I’m not.  I have to say though, it was fun to go back and revisit some of those moments in the Mortal Kombat series.  Watching the fatalities now, amidst a sea of games that present much more realistic violence, they almost seem quaint; the way Elvis’s pelvis is viewed in light of Miley Cyrus or Brittany Spears.