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04/26/2014 11:22 AM EST
Kano's cannon ball has one aspect we do know: It was a LEARNED technique. Whether it is magic or acrobatic or a combination of both, it had to be learned. Why? Well, even an X-man needs to practice his skills. But the reason i come to this conclusion is that Kira can do it too. She must have learned it. It's too great a coincidence to think that two people are born with the ability, one of whom joins the same organization the first is a member of. Kabal may even have been the one to tell her about the technique.

What's more puzzling is how do ORDINARY mortal humans throw projectiles and teleport? (assuming there's a more sophisticated answer than 'chi' / 'magic' / 'a wizard did it')

Kung Lao for example, teleports. He jumps directly up into the air, then reappears jumping FROM THE GROUND behind his opponent.
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04/26/2014 02:38 PM EST
"Chi" and "magic" aren't really a copout, it's a more sophisticated explanation than you might think. It's just the easy one-word version of a much, much longer answer. But I'll give you the long version, so you get my meaning:

Chi is the energy of the human body, it's inside every living being.

In real world usage, the word can mean anything from a metaphor for the way you breathe, shift your center of gravity, or flex your muscles when delivering a strike, to actual bodily energies like "body heat", which is obviously a real thing, or "the bioelectricity the brain and nervous system runs on", which is a real thing, or in the most spiritual terms the "soul", a religious concept that there's no scientific basis for and may or may not exist depending on your personal beliefs, which is meant to be our collected knowledge, memories, and personality in some kind of mysterious energy form.

The point is that in some real world martial arts teachings, there's a belief that if you know how and concentrate hard enough, you can focus your body heat or spiritual power or whichever definition you prefer, to whatever part of your body you want, move and redirect the energy inside yourself to make parts of you stronger or heal faster, or various dumb, mundane sounding things like make your palms warmer, give better massages, acupuncture has something to do with it, all that sort of stuff.

Well...we already know the soul does exist in the MK universe, everyone has one, and many characters overtly use it as a powersource for spellcasting and telekinesis. So really, Chi is just soul energy by another name. You could also call it "Mana" or, my favorite catch-all term is the scientific-sounding "Psycho-Kinetic Energy" (PKE for short) from Ghostbusters.

So there's not actually much difference between a kung fu guy who's been trained in ancient secret knowledge like the Shaolin would possess, to harness his own spirit/life-energy and use it to bend thin-air around himself like Kung Lao when he's doing any of his moves or even teleporting his hat back to his head, and a guy like Shang who we just accept as "he's a wizard, he read scrolls and learned spells" without needing any more explanation than that. If there is a difference, it would be a matter of semantics. A "monk" leads a specific kind of lifestyle according to religious beliefs, a "sorcerer" does more spells than punching/kicking and a monk does vice versa, that sort of thing.

And because everyone HAS a soul/chi, that means every "normal human being" on Earth COULD learn magic. (although it's established that some people have stronger souls/more potential than others, which is why Stryker is a chosen one even though he has no knowledge of how to use that potential.)

Note for example that Shang, who is a human being from Earth, was already a sorcerer BEFORE he opened a portal to Outworld, met Shao Kahn, and learned MORE magic from him.

Most people just don't have magic because the knowledge is kept hidden from the modern world. The MK Earthrealm is intended to look like our Earth, at least at the start of the series, so we can relate to/recognize the setting right away and can slowly learn all of the weird worldbuilding stuff as we go rather than all at once at the beginning. Thus, the general population doesn't believe in the supernatural any more than we do here on the other side of the fourth wall. All knowledge of magic is a guarded secret that little cults like the Lin Kuei and White Lotus who live outside of society are keeping to themselves.

(And that's where the idea that an urban-background character like Sonya or Kano is using chi to do their special moves too is a problem for me. How would they know how? They didn't read no ancient scrolls. Cage's MK1 bio suggested training with hermits in Tibet and shit like that, but Sonya and Kano don't have anything like that, and besides, Kano DOES have bionics to explain his skills instead, not to mention his fighting style has been repeatedly described in-games as "undisciplined", so he lacks the concentration/temperament to learn and practice karate-magic. (Jarek and Kira, on the other hand, are a problem because they do not have bionics OR any special training in their established backgrounds.)

See, I can accept Jax because anyone obsessed enough with exercise to become "the strongest man in the world" would be doing it in a way that is very much LIKE monastic meditation, that level of self-discipline and dedication to physical perfection make the idea of him accidentally unlocking his inner-potential all on his own a believable scenario. (Side note: I'm not sure how relevant an example or aid in understanding it would be, it might just confuse you more, but for some reason whenever I imagine Jax getting his powers, I'm always reminded of the Animatrix short about the Olympic sprinter whose will to break records was so great that he actually exceeded the human body's real world max speed, ignored/refused to believe the simulated world telling him that his leg muscles were ripping apart, and accidentally woke himself the fuck up out of the Matrix as a result. I guess the point I'm going for is, if you live in a world where the laws of nature can be bent, mind-over-matter is a real thing, you just have to want/believe hard enough.)

But Sonya's got nothing in her story that says her life or training before MK1 was at all unusual or supernatural (except that being lured to the tournament means Shang considers her one of Earth's chosen ones, but in his MK1 dev notes, Tobias refers to her character archetype, or the role she's meant to fill in the story, as "The Skeptic", which suggests that like in the live-action movie, she doesn't believe in the supernatural, but has the untapped potential to learn, just like Stryker.)

PLUS we've seen her push buttons on her wrist when using the pink rings in an MKA cutscene, suggesting it's a weapon not a power, AND she gained a bike kick in her second game, AFTER she met Liu Kang, that can't just be a coincidence. Old strategy guides flat-out say he gave her some training, the only problem is strategy guides aren't an accepted source of canon story info 'cause Midway didn't write 'em.)

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So that's what "magic" or "chi" actually is/how it works, and how that information applies to the Earthrealm cast, at least IMO.

All that said? When dealing with a lazily built copycat character like Jarek or Kira, I honestly feel there's an argument to be made about whether or not their special moves are even as canon as everyone else's are. I'm just not sure I'm willing to agree, from a story standpoint, that Kira actually DOES cannonballs, y'know? (She's never even met Sonya or Kano, and Kabal's version of the Black Dragon was founded on the core principle that "Kano and his gang were stupid and wrong, let's do it different", so why would she pick up those techniques?)

I know it seems like arbitrary bullshitting, to on one hand go "It's totally part of the story that Liu Kang can turn into a dragon and Jax can punch the ground so hard it makes localized earthquakes" but then ALSO say "But there's no way Jax can turn into a giant or Liu can make the video game he's a character in fall from the sky" or "this character's moves count but that one's don't".

But the way I differentiate is creator intent, with a dash of consideration for in-character behavior and believability.

Something that's comedy relief or parody of the whole video-game-violence/ESRB thing, or deliberately breaks the fourth wall, like Friendships, Babalities, Animalities, or "those MK3 Fatals, you know the ones", obviously don't stand side-by-side with the serious uses of powers the characters have actually done in cutscenes or have become a more frequent part of the character's presentation, like the Spine Rip or Toasty or Nightwolf's lightning or Sektor's flamethrower, y'know?

And deliberate effort was put into designing moves and finishers for some characters. Other characters, however, were clearly put together with no thought because they weren't considered important or deadlines prevented them from implementing something better. And you can actively TELL the difference between the two. For example, Hotaru and Havik have a theme to their moves, so obviously their moves are a deliberate design choice and meant to be a statement of what powers this dude has in canon. Darrius and Dairou, however, have random moves like they were made in MKA Kreate mode. And in those instances, you have to go "Well when they created this, did they mean for it to actually COUNT or are they just having a laugh or did it in a rush and are gonna completely revamp this guy from scratch the next time he shows up?"
It's sorta the same logic the games themselves have used when converting hidden characters into real ones. In his first appearance, Reptile had Scorpion and Sub-Zero's moves and none of his own. In every game after, he cannot throw spears or teleport-punch or make ice, and more importantly, we are meant to believe that he never could. He was quickly, efficiently, and completely retconned to have his own powers that fit his unique reptilian biology, and only those. Similarly, Jade used bronze Kitana-fans in MK2 but no retelling or prequel will ever show her doing so in a canon capacity, in-universe history says she's always had the boomerang and bo staff. Noob never "really" harpooned people like Scorpion, he controls his own shadow, makes "black hole" portals, and summons ghosts from the Netherealm to swarm around and pester you.
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04/27/2014 03:32 PM EST
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@Razors:

Kano traveled to Brazil to seek out the mysterious Blanka after word got out in the criminal underworld that a mutant living in South America learned how to propel himself like a cannonball in mid-air. Kano promised Blanka riches and a high rank in the Black Dragon order, if he taught him this devastating technique. The cunning Australian never intended to keep his promise and after learning this powerful move, he left the gullible Blanka in the jungle to remain there and impress the locals. Upon this admission by Kano, Kobra showed up out of nowhere and approached his master to discuss the next step in their plans to destroy the Special Forces once and for all. To Kano's surprise, it wasn't Kobra at all, but his doppledanger Ken. Before he could blink, Ken caught Kano with a hadoken followed by a shoryuken that sent the stunned Black Dragon leader reeling and seeing stars. Kano momentarily regained his wits and made haste upon his retreat. Never again would the Black Dragon leader travel to Brazil alone, or cross anyone on the Street Fighter circuit, but the price he paid was worth it...for Kano had learned the legendary cannonball technique.


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Okay, now come up with an explanation that doesn't involve crossing over with another franchise.


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04/27/2014 05:33 PM EST
I'm curious; what is the explanation behind Liu Kang's dragon?
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04/27/2014 07:54 PM EST
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I'm curious; what is the explanation behind Liu Kang's dragon?


Well...there's isn't an official one yet.

The thing about the Dragon Morph that's significant is that he doesn't just turn into any old dragon, he turns into the one from the MK logo.

And the MK logo, for anyone who ever wondered why it's plastered all over every stage, is the logo of the Elder Gods and their religion, like what the Cross is to Christianity, because it's what the Elder Gods look like in their true forms.

Anyway, there's FOUR different possible explanations for why Liu can turn into this thing that I can think of:

1) Since the dragon is the logo of his religion, maybe Liu has dragon-themed powers simply because his religious faith is so strong. There's a strong possibility that what a person's chi powers look like is simply decided by their subconscious thoughts or personality. Like, all of Johnny Cage's moves have afterimages because he's a movie guy so it's meant to look like slow motion or bullet time. If you were super into fire and tigers and you learned kung fu magic, maybe you'd shoot flaming tigers at people?

2) It might have something to do with him being "the Chosen One", like maybe the whole reason he's better than everybody else and has the power to defeat Shao Kahn when nobody else can is because the Elder Gods for some reason made him gifted when he was born, so that saving the realms from Kahn would be his destiny?

That one's a bit unlikely though because the movie is the only thing that actually calls him "The Chosen One", and the Elder Gods have that whole "we don't actually care who wins as long as you follow the rules and don't wake up the One Being" attitude.

3) Note that he didn't start turning into a dragon, or throwing dragon-shaped fireballs, until after he won the tournament. So maybe it's a power he acquired as part of being the Champion of Mortal Kombat, like the power to not age for 50 years.

Or 4) He and Nightwolf are the only two guys whose "Animality" is a canon power...and Nightwolf can do it because his beliefs say everyone has a "spirit animal" they can make a connection with through training, so maybe Liu does it the same way?

It seems to me though that turning into the dragon is not something Liu does by calm prayer and meditation, because he only does it to murder people, which WOULD be out-of-character behavior for him (Remember how the Butterfly Kick-Uppercut Fatality from MK1 was so lame and nonviolent that the screen doesn't even go dark when you do it? There was an actual story reason for that, in MK1 Liu refused to kill because he's a pacifist and hates Shang's corrupt rules)...except that he gained the Dragon Morph in MK2, the game where his people were slaughtered and he was struggling with thoughts of revenge, so perhaps it's a transformation that occurs via out-of-control rage.
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04/27/2014 10:39 PM EST
I know it has been discussed before,but I am really curious what were Shao Kahn's powers when he was Protector of Outworld during Onaga rule. And HOW he learned himself to steal souls like he taught Shang Tsung? Maybe that whole soul stealing thing was because he was God of War or something or maybe even God of Death? I know it is silly,but what if he was required as God of War/Death to reap Outworld souls from humans and then deliver them either to Netherrealm...and then when he went against Onaga he decided to start stealing souls for himself?

I dunno but that would be freaking sick!

Also I wonder about how Liu Kang was able to teach Sonya that Bicycle Kick so fast. Either she is very good at learning new chi moves or they have been training this move even during MK1.
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04/27/2014 11:14 PM EST
Khameleon's MKA bio says conflict literally makes Kahn stronger.

That sounds like a God of War to me.
I would think "God of Death" would fit the protector of the Netherealm better...which was presumably Lucifer since MKD retconned him from a demon to a deity. And now Shinnok has Lucifer's powers, and all of Shinnok's moves involve summoning giant skeleton hands, so there's that...
Kahn's ability to steal souls has to be learned sorcery, not reaping, because he can teach it to mortals, i.e. Shang.
Speaking of godly domains...I've mentioned in other threads that I think if Taven had won the prize and become a full god, he'd be God of the Sun, because his moves involved fire, moving at the Speed of Light, and using gravity (his ground pound)...so I started thinking about what Argus would be.
Well, his sons with a fire-sorceress have fire/sun powers, and his other son has weather powers. What's the common thread there? Well. I'm thinking, if Argus were to make sense, he should be "God of the Sky".
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04/27/2014 11:46 PM EST
That sounds all kinds of awesome.
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04/27/2014 11:55 PM EST
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Khameleon's MKA bio says conflict literally makes Kahn stronger.

That sounds like a God of War to me.

I would think "God of Death" would fit the protector of the Netherealm better...which was presumably Lucifer since MKD retconned him from a demon to a deity. And now Shinnok has Lucifer's powers, and all of Shinnok's moves involve summoning giant skeleton hands, so there's that...

Kahn's ability to steal souls has to be learned sorcery, not reaping, because he can teach it to mortals, i.e. Shang.

Speaking of godly domains...I've mentioned in other threads that I think if Taven had won the prize and become a full god, he'd be God of the Sun, because his moves involved fire, moving at the Speed of Light, and using gravity (his ground pound)...so I started thinking about what Argus would be.

Well, his sons with a fire-sorceress have fire/sun powers, and his other son has weather powers. What's the common thread there? Well. I'm thinking, if Argus were to make sense, he should be "God of the Sky".


Well,that kinda makes sense,but I always thought that his time stopping abilities where his image teaches Taven new moves inside monoliths outside of time had some intrigue,but you could argue it might have been Delia's sorcery as well,since she had her image there too... Maybe after being "killed" by Daegon,Argus was elevated to Elder God status? Kinda like Raiden did in Annihilation? Therefore he had many powers since becoming Elder God?
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04/28/2014 03:45 AM EST
I always assumed the Monoliths worked by telepathy, beaming images of training into Taven's head in the blink of an eye, and it just LOOKED like time stopped to us, the audience, because we're sort of seeing it from Taven's point of view.

Which any magic, like Delia's sorcery, could do, really. I'm pretty sure the game does actually say she and Argus built them together.
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04/28/2014 08:35 AM EST
I just thought Rain's mom was a weather witch or something.

And with the ambiguity of K/Chameleon, I can only speculate about their powers:
a) they are a special/rare breed of saurian that those two are the last off
b) saurian magic or teaching that ties to the symbols they both sport

The only problem with those two is that how many powers can they copy? Their first appearance had them copy all the moves of the ninja when they are at the right color. Their next game limited them to only one per color (except black). So all from one or one from all?

I just hope they keep Khameleon. And probably give her a real name because I think they are called Reptile and Chameleon because Shao Kahn is a jerk naming them what they look like while Khameleon was just named because she is similar to Chameleon during development.
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04/28/2014 10:24 AM EST
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I just thought Rain's mom was a weather witch or something.

And with the ambiguity of K/Chameleon, I can only speculate about their powers:
a) they are a special/rare breed of saurian that those two are the last off
b) saurian magic or teaching that ties to the symbols they both sport

The only problem with those two is that how many powers can they copy? Their first appearance had them copy all the moves of the ninja when they are at the right color. Their next game limited them to only one per color (except black). So all from one or one from all?

I just hope they keep Khameleon. And probably give her a real name because I think they are called Reptile and Chameleon because Shao Kahn is a jerk naming them what they look like while Khameleon was just named because she is similar to Chameleon during development.


Chameleon and Hsu Hao and some others have been ruled out.
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04/28/2014 11:48 AM EST
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I just thought Rain's mom was a weather witch or something.

And with the ambiguity of K/Chameleon, I can only speculate about their powers:
a) they are a special/rare breed of saurian that those two are the last off
b) saurian magic or teaching that ties to the symbols they both sport

The only problem with those two is that how many powers can they copy? Their first appearance had them copy all the moves of the ninja when they are at the right color. Their next game limited them to only one per color (except black). So all from one or one from all?

I just hope they keep Khameleon. And probably give her a real name because I think they are called Reptile and Chameleon because Shao Kahn is a jerk naming them what they look like while Khameleon was just named because she is similar to Chameleon during development.


Or, maybe Khameleon (and perhaps Chameleon too) could get moves of their own. I don't believe there's any in-universe explanations for Khameleon sharing moves with all three female ninjas, other than laziness from the developers. Storywise, is there a particular reason she'd have these three gals' abilities? Has she ever met any of them? There isn't even an explanation for her being transparent.

As for Chameleon, I'm annoyed by those constant assumptions that he is related to Reptile in any ways. Just because the female version is related to Reptile doesn't mean he also is. Secondly, we know nothing about him. He might not even be a canon character. His MKA ending doesn't really explain anything. As of now, Meat's story has more meat to it than Chameleon's does. Chameleon is really nothing more than every ninjas combined, and that's purely a gameplay thing. He's a blank slate, and the developers can do anything they want with his story, including giving him one to begin with. Right now, I think he'd be an ideal jobber, so the enforcers with actual stories, individual moves, personalities and designs don't have to be jobbed out constantly.

Only the female version should be called Khameleon, if one of them has to have a unique name. It's just a beautiful name for a woman.
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04/28/2014 01:39 PM EST
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There isn't even an explanation for her being transparent.


Presumably she's just able to leave her invisibility turned on at all times. (Weird how Reptile can cloak his clothes but she can't though...)

I don't know WHY the fuck a reptile-woman would have any hair, much less Sindel-shaped hair, though. Personally, if it were up to me, I'd redesign them to be feathers. Dinosaurs had feathers, don'tcha know...

As for the move-copying Cham and Kham do, maybe that's also an upgrade of their racial ability to...y'know, be a chameleon? Like their disguise power is so good, it's halfway to morphing like Shang?

WHY are they more powerful than Reptile? Well...in Kham's case, Reptile's devolution story does establish that the queen of the species has unique powers, and Khameleon might count as queen by default since she's last living female.

Cham might not be a natural born Raptor, I've always liked to imagine, since he has no official story, and has no business horning in on Reptile's "last male of the species" turf, that he's another artificial creature Kahn or Shang made like Ermac, Skarlet, Mileena and Meat are, using Raptor DNA.
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04/29/2014 06:31 AM EST
hanky, that link refers to the last Mortal Kombat and does not even relate to this thread. You would do poor in business (which you say every now and then you study) if you read through the normal print and misinterpret something as simple as that.

I do like the theory that Chameleon is another homonculi (or whatever is the equivalent for a lizard-person). As Chameleon's only description is "one of Shao Kahn's deadliest warriors" and Reptile is always considered the last (male) Saurian, being artificial would make sense. And I guess his multi-ability trick is canon since they had them renamed for Armageddon.
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05/01/2014 08:34 AM EST
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hanky, that link refers to the last Mortal Kombat and does not even relate to this thread. You would do poor in business (which you say every now and then you study) if you read through the normal print and misinterpret something as simple as that.

I do like the theory that Chameleon is another homonculi (or whatever is the equivalent for a lizard-person). As Chameleon's only description is "one of Shao Kahn's deadliest warriors" and Reptile is always considered the last (male) Saurian, being artificial would make sense. And I guess his multi-ability trick is canon since they had them renamed for Armageddon.


Chameleon was ruled out and since then there hasn't been a latest opinion, so we should expect the same opinion still stands.

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05/02/2014 08:17 AM EST
This thread is about explanation of characters' powers so discuss about that or bother some other thread. Khrome was stated to be a one-of-a-kind accident so unless stated otherwise, he won't appear either.

Was projectile immunity something innate to Motaro or just something to make his fight hard?
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05/02/2014 09:25 AM EST
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This thread is about explanation of characters' powers so discuss about that or bother some other thread. Khrome was stated to be a one-of-a-kind accident so unless stated otherwise, he won't appear either.

Was projectile immunity something innate to Motaro or just something to make his fight hard?


Get your facts straight. Boon himelf ruled out Chameleon. Boon hasn't yet given an opinion about Khrome.
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05/02/2014 09:33 AM EST
Boon having said Chameleon wouldn't be in MK9 has nothing to do with the thread, Hanky. We're not talking about just the new games, we're talking about MK1 thru Armageddon too, and Chameleon was already in those games so it's valid to discuss him.

So cut it out, you're disrupting the thread and I'll report you to Mick.

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Was projectile immunity something innate to Motaro or just something to make his fight hard?


I think there was fluff-text in the strategy guides about it being because he has a durable hide, like how bullets ricochet when they hit Superman. I'm not sure that makes sense for energy projectiles...but let's just roll with it. Centaurs have magic reflective skin, that's kinda cool.
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05/04/2014 07:12 AM EST
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Chimera Wrote:
Was projectile immunity something innate to Motaro or just something to make his fight hard?



I think there was fluff-text in the strategy guides about it being because he has a durable hide, like how bullets ricochet when they hit Superman. I'm not sure that makes sense for energy projectiles...but let's just roll with it. Centaurs have magic reflective skin, that's kinda cool.


Which he apparently lost when he lost his extra legs. Either that or the developers forgot to put that coding for him.

Back to C/Kham, I wonder if they had to physically touch someone to copy their energy like powers. Like absorb their essence because saurians do not naturally have ice or teleportation powers. I just hope Khameleon comes back and we get a descent explanation.
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05/04/2014 10:16 AM EST
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Back to C/Kham, I wonder if they had to physically touch someone to copy their energy like powers.


I doubt it, that would mean Cham has met and touched all 7 ninjas in person. Guys like Scorpion and Sub-Zero ain't got time for that shit, and Smoke wasn't even human anymore.
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05/04/2014 07:44 PM EST
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Chimera Wrote:
Back to C/Kham, I wonder if they had to physically touch someone to copy their energy like powers.


I doubt it, that would mean Cham has met and touched all 7 ninjas in person. Guys like Scorpion and Sub-Zero ain't got time for that shit, and Smoke wasn't even human anymore.


Maybe they watched the ninjas battle and drank the blood from the aftermath. Chameleon did just watch and wait throughout the whole story.
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01/12/2016 01:01 PM EST
If Daegon and Taven inherited their mother Delia's fire powers, by chance, do you think Argus could of handed-down water or (less likely) lightning powers to his other son Rain? Argus could of been a water god. It's not known what powers he may have had except being psychic with outstanding intellect.
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01/19/2016 01:16 AM EST
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If Daegon and Taven inherited their mother Delia's fire powers, by chance, do you think Argus could of handed-down water or (less likely) lightning powers to his other son Rain? Argus could of been a water god. It's not known what powers he may have had except being psychic with outstanding intellect.


Possibly, that sounds very logical and explainable.

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RE: The explanation behind certain characters powers
10/12/2018 01:51 PM EST
well.... I agree that super powers and mutations ate just part of the mk universe. the reboots even gave cage's "green energy" a backstory, but seriously, kano's canonball is NOT the weirdest thing, by far.
let's see, how about bo'rai'cho's supernaturally enhanced farts and pukes? What? did you say that's just grose but not hard to explain as an unfortunate super power?

then let me take this discussion to another level:
kitana's enemy inflation mk2 fatality?
jax's growing giant and stepping on his opponeny mk3 fatality?
liu kang's arcade cabinet summoning powers?
all I'm saying is, stuff gets weird very quickly. and I'm not even mentioning animalities, babalities and friendships
now, sure, the stuff I mentioned is explained by simply not being canon, but I can't help but feel like they could have been more careful in that regard when making these games.

no matter how much we try to come up with explanations, there has to be a line at some point beyond which it's simply not canon anymore
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