The Origin of Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion


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Mortal Kombat is residence to a few of the most iconic preventing sport characters all through all of video video games, however few are as recognizable because the yellow-clad ninja, Scorpion.

He’s additionally one of many collection most fascinating characters from a lore perspective, so for those who have been ever curious as to what drives Mortal Kombat’s specter of vengeance to burn the flesh of his opponents along with his cranium head, recover from right here as we dive deep into the historical past of Scorpion.


Firstly, let’s set the stage a bit. Scorpion is an fascinating character – in as far as, regardless of being one of many poster boys of Mortal Kombat, his story really isn’t intrinsically tied to the principle battle of Earthrealm and Outworld. It’s really far more private.

The Lin Kuei and the Shirai Ryu

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On the earth of Mortal Kombat there are two rival clans, the Shirai Ryu and the Lin Kuei. The Lin Kuei originated someplace in northern Asia and are basically super-human warriors for rent. In some unspecified time in the future, a Japanese Lin Kuei warrior named Takeda (Not the one from MKX,) travels to Japan, spreads his data of Ninjutsu to varied normal and lords through the feudal period, and types the primary ever ninja clan, the Shirai-Ryu.

Takeda’s betrayal of the Lin Kuei to begin his personal clan instantly places the 2 clans at odds, and over time they’d develop an intense rivalry that may come to a head on one fateful day because of the schemings of a sure Netherrealm sorcerer, Quan Chi.

Quan Chi needs to steal a strong amulet belonging to the elder god Shinnok, however as a way to try this, he wants a human to bypass its defenses. So, he hires a Lin Kuei warrior named Bi-Han, codename Sub-Zero, together with a Shirai-Ryu named Hanzo Hasashi, codename: Scorpion, simply in case Bi-Han can’t get the job accomplished.

Bi-Han and Hanzo, unaware that they have been each employed by the identical man to carry out the identical job, encounter one another on their quest, combat it out, Sub-Zero wins, and Hanzo is killed. Bi-Han delivers the map detailing the placement of Shinnok’s amulet, and as cost to the Lin Kuei, Quan Chi massacres your entire Shirai Ryu clan, together with Hanzo’s spouse and son.

The Specter of Vengeance

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It’s from this level on that the person, Hanzo Hasashi, is lifeless and gone, and solely the specter Scorpion stays. Quan Chi manipulates Scorpion within the Netherrealm by telling him that it was, in actual fact, Sub-Zero who killed his household and clan, and within the subsequent Mortal Kombat event, Scorpion manages to lastly kill Sub-Zero and get his revenge. Or so he thought.

In Mortal Kombat 2, Sub-Zero returns, and thus so too does Scorpion, decided to stamp out his lengthy hated rival. However upon watching one in every of Sub-Zero’s fights within the event, he witnesses one thing very uncharacteristic of the Sub-Zero he knew. Mercy.

Scorpion finally learns that this Sub-Zero was not Bi-Han, however really his brother, Kuai Liang. Whether or not it was guilt over taking away his brother, a solution to atone for murdering out of vengeance, or one thing else, Scorpion vows to guard this new Sub-Zero, and it’s that vow that units him in opposition to Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat three, aligning him with the Earthrealm warriors.

It’s at this level the place the goal of Scorpion’s vengeance just about modifications from sport to sport. In four, it’s again on Sub-Zero after being tricked into pondering that Sub-Zero really did kill his spouse and little one. In Lethal Alliance, he’s actual mad at Quan Chi after lastly studying the reality surrounding the deaths of his clan and household. In Deception, he turns into a champion of the Elder Gods and units his wrath on whoever they level him to. And in Armageddon he will get tremendous pissed on the Elder Gods for bringing again the Shirai Ryu as hellspawn warriors like himself.

Then the timeline will get reset with Mortal Kombat 9, and issues play out principally the identical. Scorpion enters the Mortal Kombat event as a manipulated servant of Quan Chi, kills Bi-Han, and stays beneath his management till Raiden resurrects Scorpion’s human kind, Hanzo Hasashi.

The place Scorpion is At Now

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In Mortal Kombat X, Kuai Liang invitations Hanzo to the Lin Kuei palace to lastly bury the hatchet between the 2. Sub-Zero reveals that it was Quan Chi who massacred the Shirai Ryu, and that he has no unwell will over Hanzo killing his brother. The 2 bow and develop into pals, bonded collectively by the personal mutual hatred of Quan Chi.

Talking of Quan Chi! He lastly will get captured by Earth’s Particular Forces, and Hanzo arrives on the scene ready to lastly get some lengthy wanted revenge on an precise deserving goal. And he does, in what’s most likely the only greatest scene in Mortal Kombat.

Sadly, he was too late to cease the resurrection of Shinnok and proceeds to get overwhelmed by the Elder God, however hey, a minimum of Quan Chi’s tremendous lifeless.

And that’s the place Scorpion’s at main as much as Mortal Kombat 11. It’ll be fascinating to see what’s in retailer for Hanzo Hasashi within the current timeline now that his vengeance is lastly quelled, however as we all know, Mortal Kombat 11 offers with a variety of time journey, so chances are high we received’t have to attend lengthy earlier than we see the yellow-clad spectre of vengeance we all know and love.

Mitchell Saltzman is Gameplay/Livestream Man at IGN. Observe him on Twitter.

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