Looking back on the most used characters in previous games and what they could mean for MK11
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Looking back on the most used characters in previous games and what they could mean for MK11
01/18/2019 06:47 PM EST

So, I decided to take a look on the stats from MK9 and X, looking on them we might be able to see characters that have a big chance of coming back. For MK9 I remember the official website had them, the same site however is not online anymore and has been replaced by the MK11 one, therefore, I used an old thread I created back in 2015 to get the stats. MKX on the other hand has the stats listed on the online section of the game. However, over time the stats reseted, placing characters back on the bottom. Fortunately, I made a thread back in 2015 that collected them, it was a month after the game released, so most casuals were dropping by then anyway, and given how they are arround 99% of the people who bought the game, Netherrealm would most likely use those stats to see who is more popular.

MK9 (PS3)

1- Scorpion
2- Sub Zero
3- Raiden
4- Liu Kang
5- Johnny Cage
6- Cyrax
7- Smoke
8- Kitana
9- Kung Lao
10- Noob Saibot
11- Sonya
12- Jax
13- Ermac
14- Baraka
15- Reptile
16- Jade
17- Kratos
18- Nightwolf
19- Kabal
20- Stryker
21- Cyber Sub Zero
22- Sektor
23- Mileena
24- Kano
25- Shang Tsung
26- Quan Chi
27- Sindel
28- Sheeva
29- Freedy Krueger
30- Kenshi
31- Skarlet

Source: https://www.mortalkombatonline.com//t/mkx/predicting-the-most-used-characters-online/XBj9WFyOLvxE

MKX (PS4)

1- Scorpion 55,096,249
2- Sub Zero 46,529,104
3- Takeda 24,971,734
4- Johnny Cage 23,755,107
5- Cassie Cage 22,615,701
6- Liu Kang 20,160,090
7- Jax 19,586,967
8- Sonya 18,507,266
9- Kenshi 17,695,872
10- D`Vorah 16,274,826
11- Erron Black 15,646,042
12- Ermac 14,130,895
13- Kung Lao 14,123,518
14- Kitana 14,028,376
15- Mileena 13,956,792
16- Raiden 13,267,860
17- Kung Jin 11,954,436
18- Goro 11,833,212
19- Kotal Kahn 11,079,097
20- Reptile 8,533,727
21- Ferra/Torr 7,880,805
22- Jacqui Briggs 7,441,625
23- Quan Chi 4,783,073
24- Kano 4,647,371
25- Shinnok 4,100,731

Source: https://www.mortalkombatonline.com/t/mkx/stats-most-used-characters-in-the-game/LwPAXI1Zn6YA

Looking upon them, the most popular ones are already confirmed or most likely given the many hints we were given in the trailers (Scorpion, Sub Zero, Raiden, Sonya, Johnny, Liu Kang, Kitana, Kung Lao and Jax). The popular ones from MK9 are that weren't in X are most likely coming back (Noob Saibot and Baraka). As for the new characters from MKX, the most popular was Takeda followed by Cassie, who is pretty much confirmed.

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01/18/2019 07:40 PM EST

So taking the top five from both games, the only popular characters yet to be seen are Johnny Cage and Takeda.

Hmmm...

I gotta say, sad to see Shinnok being the literal least-used character of MKX. I always liked him.

Also, really interesting: Skarlet was the least used character on the MK9 roster... and she's the character they said fans demanded (and everybody's going the most apeshit over).

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01/18/2019 08:05 PM EST

Well, Skarlet was a DLC, so she a had a giant disadvantaged.

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01/18/2019 07:52 PM EST
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Well, Skarlet was a DLC, so she a had a giant disavantaged.

And DLC no one had heard of. Shinnok being dead last kind of tells me they maybe shouldn't deal with unlockables. Seems most people didn't even take the time to beat story mode.

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RE: Looking back on the most used characters in previous games and what they could mean for MK11
01/18/2019 08:07 PM EST

“Why do they always put Scorpion on the cover?”

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MK9 (PS3)

1- Scorpion

MKX (PS4)

1- Scorpion 55,096,249

There ya go.

There’s nothing really all that shocking here. We all keep complaining about character diversity, but in the end, NRS is just supplying the demand.

You work with what you got...not what you hope for.

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01/18/2019 08:46 PM EST

1. Scorpion 275.3m
2. Sub-Zero 200.2m
3. Liu Kang 120.9m
4. Takeda 105.6m
5. Johnny Cage 104.7m
6. Raiden 101.8m
7. Cassie Cage 97.2m
8. Kenshi 91.8m
9. Jax 86.7m
10. Kung Jin 83.1m
10. Kotal Kahn 83.1m
12. Erron Black 82.1m
13. Kung Lao 81.5m
14. Jason 80.6m
15. Mileena 77.0m
16. Kitana 75.8m
17. Ermac 75.6m
18. Sonya Blade 72.4m
19. D'Vorah 66.8m
20. Jacqui Briggs 50.0m
21. Predator 49.7m
22. Reptile 46.4m
23. Goro 38.6m
24. Shinnok 37.9m
24. Ferra/Torr 37.9m
26. Quan Chi 36.3m
27. Kano 36.1m
28. Tremor 29.6m
29. Tanya 23.0m

I found a more later list for MKX from another forum. Obviously Scorpion is in a league of his own while Sub-Zero has a big gap to Liu Kang. They must have bought Sonya back for story reasons because she ranks quite poorly. Kano is last out of the main roster of characters. Five new character made it into the top 12 used characters over major legacy characters that stretch from MK1 and MK2 era. Cassie is the only female character in the top half. Kitana and Mileena are middling so I think their fan base is vastly overrated so I think NRS should take more risks with the female playable characters especially as we know they will be a lot fewer in number.

Well now you know why Scorpion is the mascot for MK. He is by far the most popular character even when he play poorly like in MKX. No doubt we will still get people complaining that Ed Boon pushes Scorpion into everything even with these numbers speaking for themselves.

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01/18/2019 08:53 PM EST

Scorpion is MK's Ryu.

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01/18/2019 09:02 PM EST
01/18/2019 09:11 PM EST

Sub-Zero has cooler fans though...

Sub-Zero's superiority aside, it seems somewhat unfair to judge MK9's DLC characters too harshly when it comes to numbers. Despite the infrastructure being there, NRS didn't really seem to go whole-hog with DLC characters until Injustice. For general audience appeal, I would regard this almost as if it were Skarlet's first appearance in order to judge her future worth.

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01/18/2019 09:23 PM EST

Even though I give two shits about tiers and online usage lists, It's super cool to see Liu Kang near the top. I had always assumed many didn't like him because he was a plain vanilla hero.

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01/19/2019 11:17 AM EST

Granted, this can help to be an indicator. But...

It seems there are some "staple" characters that tend to rank really low on these lists.

The best example for me is Quan Chi. I didn't play Quan Chi much in either of these games. I love Quan Chi though. Even though I don't end up playing him because I didn't really jam with his playstyle in the last few games. I would be ecstatic if they announced him for this game but if he ends up summoning bats or some shit again I probably won't play him.

I guess what I am saying is how often characters are played isn't the most important factor when it comes to choosing who makes the roster.

I think this data could be best used to find out which new characters will be returning though. I would be more than happy to see Takeda again but I will be sad to see my boy Ferra/Torr go

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RE: Looking back on the most used characters in previous games and what they could mean for MK11
01/19/2019 04:35 PM EST

That list doesn’t bode well for REPtile...

i wouldn’t be completely crushed if reptile was out this time around... even tho I have been pleasantly pleased with his art direction in mk9 and more so in mkx. He probably is one who deserves a sit out this time around.

on the other hand, I know Boon loves having reptile on the roster for character diversity.. I know that’s why they refuse to make him into his human form anymore.

(Im sorry, but I have to say it) I am holding out some hope that with all this skin customization in mk11 that reptile is in and I can play a real costume reptile human version.. not a color swap old school dlc .

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