The popular myth of "Error Macro" has gone under the microscope in the latest episode of Pop-Fiction. The GameTrailers team have thoroughly tested the theory, before talking to series co-creator Ed Boon about the true story behind Ermac and the original Mortal Kombat.

As many fans know, Ermac never actually existed in the original Mortal Kombat, the product of an audit screen listing, fan imagination and some opportunistic hoaxing.

The enduring popularity of the myth would eventually inspire a red palette swap in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, leading to the official creation of a character pre-destined to be a fan-favourite! In an MKO interview yet to be featured, series co-creator John Tobias noted, "I really like the revisiting of our old palette swapped characters like Ermac and Noob Saibot. It's great to see them get proper treatment."

When Mortal Kombat Online invited the entire fanbase to participate in an unprecedented vote for an all-time Supreme Mortal Kombat Champion -- Ermac proved popular enough to be runner-up to series icon Sub-Zero! No mean feat for a character who began as nothing more than a rumor!

Special thanks to MKOmmunity member for alerting us to this story. Watch the full video at Read more about the myths and legends of Mortal Kombat in our April feature: Mortal Kombat is for Fools, Fakes & Phony Ninjas. Be sure to join the MKOmmunity as we celebrate twenty years of Mortal Kombat!