Mortal Kombat is one of the most epic and bestselling fighting game franchises of all time. Since its inception, it's spawned 77 playable characters. Mortal Kombat may not have the largest roster amongst fighting game franchises, but it arguably has the most iconic characters.
In fact, Scorpion and Sub-Zero are probably the most iconic characters across all fighting game franchises. However, having many playable characters often means that some don't get as much attention. But this isn't a bad thing since it means that everyone gets to have their own hidden gems. After all, there's always someone buying a Jade Mortal Kombat costume. Here's a look at four underrated Mortal Kombat characters today:
Jade debuted in 1993's Mortal Kombat II, but many fans have felt that little was done to develop her character since then. Despite this, she still is one of the more memorable female characters equipped with a stunning move set that makes her even more appealing. Mortal Kombat 11 did remedy this somewhat by giving her more of a story that featured her in a relationship with Kotal Kahn. She also got a well-received redesign of her character in MKXI, making her even more popular amongst attractive cosplayers. Her fighting style combines fast movement, safe attacks, and fantastic combo abilities.
Havik's home is the Chaosrealm (he is the only playable character in Mortal Kombat to come from this realm) and his personality and fighting style reflect that aptly. His moves are erratic though you can manage to get the hang of him after a couple of losses. Unfortunately, just like his unstable nature, he has only appeared sporadically as a playable character in the series. He holds up well even against the strongest opponents, with MK Deception having done a good job introducing him as a fighter. Havik embodies chaos, much like the joker, and he is a character fans hope to see more of in the future.
Rain, the purple ninja, was introduced to fans in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and has been a playable character in three of the franchise's games. He is the Edenian prince, Demi-God son of Argus, with the ability to manipulate water and lighting. Unfortunately, Rain has mostly been delegated to minor roles. He has an arrogant personality and loves to backstab his allies. Despite his rare appearances, the purple ninja has a passionate fanbase behind him, clamoring for more.
Frost was introduced in MK V as an apprentice of Sub-Zero. Sadly, her jealousy and feelings of inadequacy would lead her down the wrong path, where she would end up betraying her master. Her moves only slightly resemble Sub-Zero's, and she is not as powerful. However, in MKXI, she became a cyborg, equipped with some of the freezing weapons of her former master's cyber form. Her appearance in MKXI was the highlight of her character arc and has been featured mainly in cameos.
With over 70 characters to choose from, The Mortal Kombat roster ensures that players will always have a favorite underdog character to choose from. Which is yours?