The Mortal Kombat series has always brought with it quite a bit of visceral combat, buckets of blood, and broken bones. The thing the franchise is best known for (even more so than iconic characters like Sub Zero and Shao Kahn), and also the source of most of its controversy, is the fatalities. In most fighting games, the fight ends when you've successfully slain an opponent. In Mortal Kombat, that isn't necessarily the case.
Sure, you've already beaten your adversary, but if you're adept enough at the moves and combos in your character's arsenal you can perform what the games affectionately refer to as Fatalities. These are the perfect tools for heaping an extra helping of embarrassment onto your already defeated enemy by eviscerating their body in a gory and insanely over-the-top finishing move. Since its inception, the Mortal Kombat games have introduced gamers to hundreds of fatalities, some were unforgettable, others were unbelievable, and the rest were just meh. Here are the ten fatalities that we won't soon forget.
(Mortal Kombat 3)
Being a robot that enjoys eliminating anything that gets in his way, Sector has no shortage of gadgets to assist him in dispatching his enemies. These abilities range from missiles, to flamethrowers, and even a handy portable compactor for squashing dazed foes. It's quick, fairly painless, and might even be good for the environment.
(Mortal Kombat 2)
Many of Kung Lao's fatalities include the use of his hat, but the best, and possibly the most gruesome, of them all is his bisection fatality. Just when the fight is done and Kung Lao's enemy thinks he's tipping his hat off to them, he uses his hat to slice them in half, vertically, and everyone knows that's the worst way to get cut in half (with the possible exception of diagonal bisection).
(Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance)
Reptile's fatality is great because it's a two-parter; just when you think he's done he extends the kill just a little bit longer. First, Reptile pounces on his stunned opponent, spraying acid on his face that quickly melts away everything but the skull. Then he uses that crazy long tongue of his to quickly snatch the skull from his foe, the one who's undoubtedly screaming in agony as he realizes he has no face, and promptly eats it. Classic.
(Mortal Kombat 2)
Why Liu Kang doesn't transform into a dragon for every fight is beyond my understanding. Perhaps he knows he's going to win so he decides to save the best for last? Now, he could finish his foe in any myriad of ways but instead of unleashing some karate fury on her, Liu Kang transforms into a dragon and turns her into an after-fight snack. This fatality makes slightly more sense than Liu Kang's fatality move in Mortal Kombat 3 where he either summons or transforms into a Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet that smashes his stunned enemy into the ground.
(Mortal Kombat: Deception)
Where most fighters would be content with turning their dazed combatant's head into a shish kebab, Jade prolongs his death by performing some Olympian gymnastics before expeditiously tearing off their head and showing it for the world to see. This fatality is brutal, stylish, and includes a little showmanship, and that's essentially everything a fatality needs to be.