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10 Guest Characters We’d Love to See in Mortal Kombat 1

Guaranteed to bring opponents pain and players pleasure during Mortal Kombat

Stu Stalter

Jul 15, 2023

News about Mortal Kombat 1 flies faster than the digital fists that will splatter boatloads of blood on gamers’ screens in September. As the dust settles on who and what will appear, we suggest new faces we’d love to see join the fatality fray.

Norse Kratos

Much has changed in technology and treachery since prime Kratos brought the pantheonic pain to Mortal Kombat in 2011. With age comes wisdom, weapons, and Nordic wreckage. 

Baritone bellows exuding indifference replaced the scathing, rage-filled insults Kratos used to sling as heavily as the Blade of Olympus. Still, lines like “Death can have me when it earns me” prove Kratos has enough gas in the trash talk tank to make punchy intros.

Mastery over the Leviathan Axe (on par with the mighty Mjölnir), Blades of Chaos, and Draupnir Spear erase all foes and doubts over playability options. The axe’s frost abilities counter Scorpion. 

The Blades of Chaos melt Sub-Zero at range. Few gaming characters performed more fatalities and perhaps nobody boasts more godly kills than Kratos.

It’s also difficult to envision Kratos golfing again when he needs a vacation from rebuilding the realms.

Duke Nukem

Image: 2K

When Duke Nukem runs out of bubble gum, it’ll be a good time to kick ass in Mortal Kombat. Endless zoning tests the patience of casual gamers as Nukem tests his might, but he’d be a go-to option for entertaining dialogue. We envision flirting with the ladies and trading edgy zingers with Johnny Cage.

Calling a female Mortal Kombat character results in generally fatal futility, but Nukem would certainly have grapple-heavy characters’ number. An insane arsenal stocks everything from laser beams to voodoo bombs. 

The gun collection would make resident Mortal Kombat gunslinger Erron Black’s head spin before his revolver cylinder can. The Nukem franchise thrives on the gory goofiness Mortal Kombat is famous for.

Doom Slayer

Image: Bethesda

Doom Slayer kicks the intensity and incinerations up a notch. Close-quarter combatants cringe at the thought of the zoning mayhem his inclusion could cause. 

A BFG 9000 to the face from 30 yards or a punch to the face at 3 centimeters promises destruction doesn’t discriminate by distance. Doom Slayer earns his name by slaying demons. 

Mortal Kombat hosts some of the biggest and baddest. We bet the icon relishes the opportunity to test new artillery’s might on ready-to-bleed adversaries 

Michael Myers

Image: Behaviour Digital Inc.

The blackest eyes glow at the sight of fatality. Michael Myers has yet to join his slashing comrades Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Leatherface in the transition from combating mortality to Mortal Kombat

The Shape fits in with the heavy crowd. Decades of destruction built relentless melee attacks, strong grappling abilities, resourceful ways to fill any floor with maroon stains, and incredible pain tolerance. 

A complete package of pain spares dialogue to the behest of those who play for story and character interactions. Silence is golden for the latter. Michael Myers tilting his head at Raiden’s peace offerings or Johnny Cage’s Halloween sequel insults is video game history in the making. 

Speaking of bad sequels, something desperately needs a respectful showing to right the wrongs of Halloween Ends that made horror’s foremost modern monster look like he couldn’t slash through Jell-O served in the Haddonfield nursing home Myers seemingly belonged in. Mortal Kombat provides the perfect place to take a new stab at life.


Mod from Marcos RC derived from Resident Evil 2/Capcom

Michael Myers abhors clowning around, but Pennywise supplies as many laughs as lashes. Quick quips that are both funny and fearful encapsulate the adrenaline-boosting spirit of fighter interactions. 

Pennywise’s speed, aggression, and shapeshifting make a tough trio of attributes to build suave, strong attacks around. Making his debut for a game produced by a major studio adds freshness to the appetizingly agonizing list of reasons to send in the clowns for.

Emperor Joker

Image: TiMi Studio Group

Emperor Joker remedies the ailment of widespread apathy toward DC’s go-to villain. The standard versions parade video games, including Mortal Kombat 11 and Mortal Kombat vs. DC. Universe. 

The murderous maniac in makeup awaits the debut of his strongest form. “The Clown Prince of Crime” tricked Mr. Mxyzptlk into giving Joker 99.99 percent of his reality-warping capabilities. Batman endured a cruel loop of being gruesomely killed, only to be revived and murdered every day. 

“The Man of Steel” devolved into “The Man Behind Steel,” locked in Arkham Asylum as a notorious criminal trying to escape bizzaro. Emperor Joker delivers punchlines faster than a speeding bullet and is deadlier than any locomotive or loco warrior.


Don’t let the grey hair and dated mustache distort thoughts of Omni-Man looking more like Old Man as a guest of dishonor. The gritty not-so-gentleman kills with moral and physical ease, in gory fashion to boot. 

Whether fighting occurs at a distance, up close, or even in the air, Omni-Man tests his robust might in a matter-of-fact fashion and will rack up victories and vital organs doing so.

Bugs Bunny

Image: Warner Bros. Games

Whoever said “Ain’t no fun when the rabbit’s got the gun” failed to consider the possibilities if everyone except Elmer Fudd’s favorite reality-warping rabbit hopped on the bloody trail leading to Mortal Kombat. Bugs Bunny thrives on ingenuity and improvisation, two crucial ingredients to the series' success. 

His makeshift moveset fueled by cartoon zaniness separates him from everyone else. The only thing we can say for sure is his classic changeup would win the annual softball game if there was one.

Walker, Texas Ranger

Image: Walker, Texas Ranger

The Boogeyman checks under his bed for Chuck Norris. Wannabe winner of a combat tournament involving melee benefits from looking over their shoulder for the eyes of the ranger. Walker, Texas Ranger survived being stranded in the desert with the world’s deadliest scorpions, can dropkick through a running car’s windshield, and is impossibly accurate with a pistol from range. 

With great power comes great results in tournaments. Norris showed mercy on his hopeless opposition when he retired as the undefeated Professional Full-Contact Middleweight Champion in 1974. Walker, Texas Ranger surely delivers punches instead of punchlines if he threw his cowboy hat into the ring.


Image: 2K

A zombified western mortician that digs holes and takes souls when not waging war with or against his demonic, pyro-wielding brother aces the resume test to enter the Netherrealm. Nobody in perhaps any universe flashes equally iconic grappling moves as arguably wrestling’s greatest character. 

The death-defining gong, grandiose smoke, and slow walk combines for an iconic entrance. Undertaker attempted a live embalming on Steve Austin, performed blood sacrifices on minions, and blew up a ring with his hands under tv restrictions. Imagine what “the Demon from Death Valley” would do when the only limits to his carnage are his own creativity.

Whether making opponents rest in peace with Undertaker or rest in Nukem’s peculiar phosphate, players of all skill levels could rest easy knowing dreams of flawless victory will come true if ours do.

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Stu Stalter

Stuart Stalter is a lot better at writing articles about playing video games than writing in agony while playing Dark Souls. However, he did graduate from the College of Winterhold and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration in real life. You can find him on social media complaining about the Chicago Cubs @StuartStalter


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