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The Top Five Cut Characters From Mortal Kombat

Femi Famutimi
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The Top Five Cut Characters From Mortal Kombat
Who were the characters that we could have seen but ended up losing out on?

Mortal Kombat has always been well known for its fascinating cast of characters and some truly delightful DLC characters. But how about those that never made the cut? Considering how large the Mortal Kombat roster is, you best believe that over the years there have been several characters who could have made it into the game and did not. 

Some of these characters were concepts that were in development or had at least been discussed but never included in the game. Others were created but then repurposed. 

This list is not in any way exhaustive, but rather five characters who could have made the roster who would have been a lot of fun. 

Ash Williams

If we know anything about Mortal Kombat, it is  their penchant for getting iconic characters from horror or violent movies and putting them in the game. We have seen Leatherface, Jason Vorhees, Freddy Kruger, The Terminator, and Rambo in Mortal Kombat, so it was natural that we would want some other horror and action icons in the game. So far, the two biggest omissions have been Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise, and sadly, Ash Williams from the Evil Dead franchise. 

Ash was supposed to be in Mortal Kombat 11 and it seemed Netherrealm even had the rights to Army of the Dead. On top of that, dataminers even found dialogue between Ash and several MK characters, but we never did see Ash and in an interview, Bruce Campbell said that he wasn’t going to be in Mortal Kombat 11 as they didn’t contact him to discuss anything really. He also tweeted about it, more or less squashing the rumours. Later on, Campbell stated that he would also not want to work in Mortal Kombat 1, instead stating that other characters will have to come to an Evil Dead game. 


Mortal Kombat has been home to a lot of weird creatures, including evil entities like Quan Chi and Shinnok. To add to that was Baphomet, a character that was supposed to be in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

He was to be an Elder demon, a race of celestial beings who were below Elder gods and were darker, and more deranged. There was concept art for him, and he was a humanoid with a goat head. However, he never did make the game. 

As to why, speculation is that this would have caused quite a ruckus due to the character being based on the actual Baphomet, an object of cultic and religious importance. It is also quite likely that having a real life demon in your game might have made Mortal Kombat an even harder sell than it already is. 

Not only was Baphomet shelved from the game, so was his entire race, so Elder demons are not a thing in Mortal Kombat again. Is there a possibility of his race joining the MK roster in Mortal Kombat 1? Well, it’s not impossible, I guess the question is whether the potential PR nightmare that the game devs anticipated then would still be a problem now.


Tiamat was another character for MK:DA who was cut. Tiamat is originally a Babylonian goddess of the seas. Tiamat’s design was like a Lizardman (like Curt Connors from Spiderman) with reptilian features and some body armor. 

But, the game devs were not interested in going forward with the character, so he was scrapped. Thankfully, the assets were not wasted as they were given to Reptile who went from being a regular ninja with a green garb to a proper creature that looked more and more like his name. 

With Reptile leaning even more into his animalistic design in Mortal Kombat 1, it would seem that Tiamat will never see the light of day, but he might have been a really fun character. There was no real backstory for the character, so there’s little else that can be said about Tiamat. 


You may not recognize the face. Maybe the name seems foreign to you, but you most definitely know this character. Rokuro is who Goro was supposed to be. The Shokan prince and brave warrior was initially designed to be a humanoid demon warrior whose race were misrepresented as savage barbarians. 

Rokuro, in a bid to restore his race’s honor and respect, enters into the Mortal Kombat tournament. 

But, instead we got Goro thanks in large part to inspiration from Jason and the Argonauts. Goro became a Shokan prince and the winner of several Mortal Kombat tournaments before later dying. Goro is back in Mortal Kombat 1 as a kameo and it remains to be seen if the idea with Rokuro will ever be used. 


Belokk was a character that was to appear in Mortal Kombat Gold but according to Ed Boon there was not enough time to finish the character, so he was scrapped. Belokk was developed by Eurocom and there are rumours that Midway did not like the character or want him in their game. Interestingly, even with the incomplete nature of Belokk, there were some screenshots leaked to the public which showed that Belokk had some Shokan features and even had moves resembling Goro’s. 

But, Eurocom being out of business means that Belokk is likely never to show up in Mortal Kombat. That said, perhaps there are elements of the character that can be used in Mortal Kombat 1.

As  mentioned earlier, this list is  not exhaustive and it is hoped that we get to see more characters in Mortal Kombat 1 who will excite us. What other characters could have made Mortal Kombat, but didn’t? You can sound off in the comments below.

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