Have you ever wondered where they come up with all those crazy finishing moves? Boy, I know I sure have! IGN tackled the subject from another perspective when they spoke to series co-creator Ed Boon, asking him what his Top 5 Favourite Fatalities are! Check it out:

Fatality Demonstration: Relive each klasslic fatality chosen via the playlist.

- Quan Chi (Mortal Kombat 4)
- Scorpion (Mortal Kombat X)
- Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat)
- Kung Lao (Mortal Kombat II)
- Babality (Mortal Kombat II)
Boon's on-the-spot selections are an interesting blend of the undisputed klassics - Sub-Zero's Spine Rip, and less expected cult favorites - Quan Chi's Leg Beat!

Anticipation surrounding Scorpion and his multi-faceted chest flame/face slice fatality in Mortal Kombat X appears to be restoring the forbidden taboo of the increasingly gore based death-moves. [The move was discussed at length during The NetherKast #1].

Though part and parcel for the R rated martial arts cinema that helped to inspire the games -- Mortal Kombat's fatalities have ultimately been a influence on pioneering ratings and classifications for video games. Early arcade controversy helped establish the standards of the ESRB, while Australia finally secured Adult classification in 2013, ending a saga accelerated by the shock 2011 ban on Mortal Kombat.

Fatalities were big news in 2010 ahead of the in-development Mortal Kombat (2011). IGN named their Top 10 Fatalities that year, celebrating their return after 2008's pacified outing with Mortal Kombat Versus DC Universe. Kung Lao's Hat Slice was named the community's favorite fatality that same year, by the developers [full story].

Still wondering where they come up with fatalities after all this? Art Director Steve Beran discussed the process in a 2011 blog. Creative Director [Ed Boon] has been talking about new and unrevealed -Alities as recently as last month's Brazil Games Show [full story].

What are your favorite fatalities? Register to share your top 5 and discuss others on the forum! For more list action, check out Mortal Kombat Online's Top 10 MK Horror Icons!