There have been many female characters in the MK universe during the past three decades. Now, as you all know, there are three timelines, the original or 1st timeline (Mortal Kombat, MK II, MK 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, MK Advance, MK Trilogy, MK 4, MK Gold, MK: Deadly Alliance, MK: Tournament Edition, MK: Deception, MK: Shaolin Monks MK: Unchained MK: Armageddon), the 2nd timeline (MK9, MKX, and MK11), and 3rd timeline (Mortal Kombat 1). This is a complete list of all Mortal Kombat female characters ranked by how they appeared in the franchise; starting with the original Mortal Kombat back in 1992 and ending with Mortal Kombat 1. Now let’s fight!
She was the first of all Mortal Kombat female characters that appeared in the franchise. She appeared back in the original Mortal Kombat game (1992) and she was the only female character back then. Sonya Blade is the hottest U.S. Special Forces soldier and she is a brutal fighter with awesome kicking moves. In the past, she was kidnapped and taken away by the bad guys but in the new timeline, she’s a whole new person. Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat 9 had a really good start with Johhny Cage and they even have a daughter, Casie Cage; but unfortunately, they didn’t make it, they got divorced so even Kronika couldn’t help them. In Mortal Kombat 11, she died as she blew herself up in the Shinnok’s Bone Temple, but the younger version of her later appeared in the game.
In Mortal Kombat 1, Sonya Blade appeared only as a cameo and wasn’t a playable character in the story mode; Sonya is a playable character in the game, although. Because it’s the 30th anniversary of the Mortal Kombat series, her design and clothes are like from the first game Mortal Kombat (1992). Sonya wears a green sports bra, green yoga pants, white socks, and white sneakers. She also has upper arm and lower armbands. This was another reboot after 2011’s Mortal Kombat 1, so maybe she’ll play an important role in a DLC.
This 10,000-year-old Edenian princess appeared for the first time in Mortal Kombat 2 (1993). She is the daughter of Sindel and Jarred, the king of Edenia. Kitana in the Mortal Kombat universe has most of her moves related to her steel fans. She was tricked by Shao Kahn. She was led into believing that Shao Kahn is her father and her sister is Millena. But eventually, she found out that it was all a lie and she tried to kill Shao Khan. She had a great relationship with Jade, another Edenian we’ll discuss later. Kitana in Mortal Kombat 9 doesn’t grow up with Mileena. The romance between Kitana and Liu Kang was at its peak after Raiden (the corrupted version) set them to be King and Queen of Netherrealm. In Mortal Kombat 11, a younger version of Kitana was brought back (by Kronika) to the present, where she killed Shao Khan and set free Kotal Kahn.
Kitana is one of the main protagonists of Mortal Kombat 1, and she also has an older sister, Mileena, in this timeline. Kitana is loyal to her older sister and wants to ensure that Mileena will be the next queen. In the end, if you play as Kitana during the Battle of Armageddon, she becomes a general of her sister’s army. She had only one task: to kill the followers of Shao Khan and Khan himself. Kitana won many battles and earned the respect of other soldiers, as they didn’t like her at first; they thought that she was a spoiled dilettante. In the end, she’ll remain a general of her sister’s army, and hopefully, she’ll kill Shao Kahn. Kitana’s outfit is somewhere between Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance.
The second of the hottest ninja trio in history, Mileena, also made her first appearance in Mortal Kombat 2. Kitana is a beauty-and-a-beast all-in-one character, as she has the body of a goddess and the face of Tarkatan. That’s because she is a mix of Kitana (Edenian) and Baraka (Tarkatan). She has acrobatic moves mixed with Baraka-like savage moves, brute strength, and a pair of Sai. She was created by Shang Tsung because Shao Kahn feared that Kitana would learn the truth about what he did and she would betray him. After Shao Khan was killed in MK9, she became the empress of Netherrelm. Since she was even worse than her “father” she was captured in MK X and executed by D’Vorah. In Mortal Kombat 11 she was available in Kombat Pack 2 DLC but didn’t have to do much with the story.
Mileena is one of the main protagonists of Mortal Kombat 1, besides her mother Sindel, and her younger sister Kitana. Since the timeline changed, so did her looks. As you can see, she’s not a “freak” anymore with that hideous Tarkatan mouth. She is also portrayed as a protagonist and a good person for once. Another piece of news is that Mileena is probably a lesbian or bisexual, as it’s seen that she is in a romantic relationship with Tanya. Mileena is infected with the Tarkatan virus, and her doctor is Shang Tsung, who makes some kind of temporary cure. It was revealed in one part of the game that if she doesn’t take the medicine, she’ll lose her mind and start killing everyone. In her ending of Mortal Kombat 1, she became the queen of Outworld and helped Tarkatans get treated fairly like other Outworlders.
Jade is the final piece of the sexiest triangle in video game history since she appeared in MK2. She wasn’t playing until Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Jade is Kitana’s best friend and her bodyguard, she also serves Shao Khan. She is an Edenian General who hates Tanya because she’s a traitor. Jade differs from Kitana and Mileena because of her darker skin tone. Her weapons are the long staff and boomerang. Since the reboot in 2011, she kept most of the things she only has a cheekier personality. Once again she’s proven to be a good friend and she freed Kitaana after defeating Baraka and Sheeva. After that, she’s killed by Selina like many others but we don’t see her in MK X. We only see her in MK 11 where it’s obvious that she is in love with Kotal Kahn.
“It’s time to go four arms” wasn’t invented by Ben 10, but rather by Mortal Kombat 3 back in 1995. This four-armed half-humanoid, half-dragon charming lady belongs to the race of Shokan (or Shokans). Fans were always adored and scared by her distinct queen-brute-warrior personality and muscular body. Sheeva’s reptilian eyes, dragon scales, and specific moves make her a legendary character in the MK universe. She was a playable character for the first time in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. Sheeva in Mortal Kombat 9 has minor importance to the story as a bodyguard of Shao Khan, but she is really important in the Mortal Kombat 11 DLC story. She helps revive Sindel with the help of Shang Tsung which as usual doesn’t end well. Out of all Mortal Kombat female characters, this one remains the most iconic female brute until the rise of Brienne of Tarth.
Back in 1995 Sindel debuted in Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) and is the mother of Kitana. This beautiful queen had a husband called King Jerrod who was killed by Shao Khan after Edenia was invaded. In the original timeline, she was brainwashed and resurrected by Shao Kahn after she committed suicide. Then she was with the bad guys but after Shao Kahn was defeated, Kitana told her real past and she joined Earthrelm. In the latest installment Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath, Sindel story was once again rebooted and now in this timeline, she was always a bad mommy. She’s been lying ever since just to keep other Edenians including Kitana close to her. Her most famous superpower is her super voice – Banshee Scream. While her appearance changed over time she was always cruel, hot, cold, and charming; but always reminding us a bit of Storm from X-Men.
Sindel is presented as one of the strongest female characters from Mortal Kombat 1. She does get killed in the game, but in the end, she joins her late husband King Jerrod. Since Sindel’s husband overtook Ermac’s body, he saved her soul by pulling it into Ermac’s body. Ermac is like a vessel for souls, and whoever is the strongest can control the body. Sindel is overprotective from time to time and cares deeply about her daughters Mileena and Kitana. Sindel is worried that other people from her city won’t find out that Mileena is infected with the Tarkat virus because if that happens, she’ll have to banish her. Another problem is that Mileena is an heir to the throne. Sindel’s looks are more stunning than ever, simply because she has a more human-like appearance and a good personality.
The only female Zatteran (also Saurians or Raptors) first appeared in Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996). She is a species to whom the famous Reptile belongs and she possesses powers of invisibility. Just like Jade, she has her face partially covered and her costume is entirely gray. She possesses all the powers of other Mortal Kombat female characters combined. Khameleon in Mortal Kombat seeks only one thing and that’s revenge against Shao Kahn. Unfortunately, she was killed in the battle of Armageddon and we haven’t heard anything else about them ever since. Even in the Mortal Kombat Armageddon game, she appeared in the Wii version because fans demanded. She has a male counterpart Chameleon and there are only three Saurians in the game including Reptile.
Khameleon is one of those Mortal Kombat female characters that we haven’t seen in almost 17 years. She appears in a brief cameo behind Tanya, and we can see that she is one of the Umgadi warriors. Other than this, nothing else was revealed, but maybe we’ll see more of her in future DLC.
We didn’t see this Edenian beauty since Mortal Kombat X but we would be glad if she appeared again. Every good story has a formidable foe who is perfect for treacherous deeds and that’s Tanya in Mortal Kombat. Always sleeping and siding with the enemy, Tanya is everything but fair. She’s introduced in Mortal Kombat 4 (1997) but she was also a part of Mortal Kombat Deception and Armageddon. Tanya was a Shinok worshiper in MK4 until he was defeated but later started serving Shao Khan. Tanya in Mortal Kombat X sides with Mileena against Kotal Kahn. Later in the game, she fought D’Vorah and lost what happened later with her is unknown. She is easily memorable since she has a darker skin tone and a yellow costume. Tanya is an agile fighter with powerful kicks and pyrokinetic powers.
Tanya is the leader of the Umgadi and the bodyguard of the Royal Family (Sindel, Mileena, and Kitana). The Umgadi are warrior priestesses made from firstborn girls from the Outworld. There is only one Umgadi to protect the royal family, and this is the first time they have ever appeared in the Mortal Kombat universe. The way the Umgadi are raised reminds me of the Janissaries from the Ottoman Empire. The Umgadi also reminds me of The Dora Milaje from Black Panther. Tanya is in an intimate relationship with Mileena, which is prohibited for some reason in Outworld. Tanya uses the three-section staff as her weapon, but weapons in Mortal Kombat games usually change. In her ending, it’s revealed that Tanya became the leader of the reformed Umgadi. As you can see the person standing behind Tanya is allegedly Khameleon.
This Lin Kuei warrior was introduced back in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002). Frost is really specific and she was the best student of Sub-Zero. Just like Sub-Zero, she is a fun character but is the total opposite of him. Of all Mortal Kombat female characters, this one has the most Sub-Zero-like appearance with a fine touch of Sektor (or Cyrex). Frost has always been presented as chaos, unlike Sub Zero; they’re basically like two opposite sides of the same medal. Her cryokinetic powers are similar but not the same as Sub-Zeros. For instance, she focuses more on freezing the environment around her enemies rather than freezing them directly as Sub-Zero does. Frost appeared in Mortal Kombat 11, as a cyborg-cryomancer with unique blue hair in the early 2000 emo style.
Frost only appears as a brief cameo and didn’t play any significant role in the Mortal Kombat 1 story. Her design resembles the one from Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Most female Mortal Kombat characters have had their costumes redesigned, probably because it’s another reboot. It was cool in a way to see how fashion has changed since the ’90s.
Sarrena debuted in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997) as one of Quan Che’s three assassins. But she wasn’t playable until Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition (2003). This hot emo-looking girl has two Kamas (short swords) and she uses them in all of her combos. The story goes that she was killed by Shinnok and dragged into Netherelm after assisting Sub-Zero to kill Quan Chi. She was tormented and after many years escaped through the portal left by Quan Chi. You can call it fate but she bumped again into Sub-Zero who helped her because she helped his brother. Now in the battle of MK: Armageddon she was killed. In Mortal Kombat X Sareena was seen helping the Special Forces. In this scene, she fought resurrected Kitana but was defeated. Fortunately, Jax came along and saved the day.
Sareena appears in a brief cameo in Mortal Kombat 1, and you can see her fighting alongside bad guys as usual, and she seems to be a partner with Nitara.
Nitara first appeared in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance back in 2002. After her debut, she only appeared in MK: Armageddon and MK: Tournament Edition. Nitara is one of the most unique characters since she is a vampire and feeds on blood. Her background story starts in the realm of darkness known as Vaeternus, which is shrouded in mystery. We only know that the number of vampires from Vaeternus is incredibly low, some even speculate that there are none left except Nitara. Her realm was conquered by Shao Kahn and merged with Outworld so she is seeking a way to separate these two worlds. Her appearance with bat wings, goth-style clothes, and beauty has taken fans by storm. As you know her fighting style revolved around blood and deception as well as agile movements like her distinct Unicorn kick.
First of all, we have to say that Nitara in Mortal Kombat 1 was voiced by Megan Fox. In Mortal Kombat 1, it has been explained that there are more vampires left in Vaeternus, but they’re dying out as they need blood to survive. Nitara has a plan to fix this problem by sneaking her kind into other realms and killing its inhabitants. As she explains in her ending scene, “And I only need a few thousand to start. A number so small, compared to the billions in the realms, that no one will notice as people go missing.” Her design has drastically changed as you may notice. Nitara was changed from a hot vampire only in a bra and underwear to a more decent young-looking Megan Fox lookalike; which is still pretty hot.
We’ve seen this beauty for the first time in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Li Mei is a native Outworldian in the MK universe. Her most iconic move is the Sparkler which is a pink ball of energy. She’s been trained and saved by Bo’ Rai Cho (the Drunken Fist) in the Deception. Other than that, she is one of the first warriors who died at the beginning of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. She was stabbed by Hotoru’s Naginata at the beginning of the fight scene. In the reboot, she made a very small appearance in Mortal Kombat X. Li Mei led refugees from Netherelm to Earthrelm, but she also revealed Kano’s location. Also, she told them one crucial piece of information Millena has an Amulet of Shinnok and that she intends to use it.
Li Mei was probably the biggest comeback surprise from all other female characters from Mortal Kombat. Li Mei was previously a leader of Umagi but after Sindel’s husband King Jerrod was assassinated, she was downgraded to be Su Do’s First Constable (chief of city police patrols). Li Mei’s ending revealed that she was once again upgraded to lead the Imperial Police, but it was a mistake. Being a chief of the imperial police required too much bureaucracy and politics involved, so Li Mei resigned and went back to being Su Do’s First Constable once again. This is the first game after Mortal Kombat: Armageddon that you can play as Li Mei. Her costume isn’t as vulgar as in some previous games, but it’s a pretty decent medieval Asian military-style design.
Ashrah debuted in Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004) and she is as deadly as she’s beautiful. With her white robe and a hat, fans thought that she would possess wind powers or Raiden-like powers. However, Ashrah is a demon and she possesses different special moves and powers. She found a sword that cleanses her soul. It’s rather simple: the more demons she kills with the sword the cleaner her soul will be. In the end, it’s all about manipulation and deception in the MK universe, so in the events of Armageddon, it’s revealed that swords are just manipulating their users into thinking that they purify the soul. In MK: Armageddon she fights with Nitara but after losing the fight she is teleported back to Edenia. We’ve seen her comeback in Mortal Kombat 1.
Ashrah is introduced in Mortal Kombat 1 as one of the antagonists. We meet her in MK 1 as she’s killing Shang Tsung’s and Quan Chi’s forces and joining Earthrealmers and Outworlers. Ashrah hasn’t been a playable character for 16 years ever since Mortal Kombat Armageddon. In Ashrah’s ending, she accepts Liu Kang’s advice to join Earthrealm and to live and finally have a home with Shaolin Monks. It appears that Sareena is her Shadow Sister but is under Quan Chi’s spell. Ashrah kills Quan Chi and with the help of Liu Kang breaks the spell, setting Sareena free. Together they form The Order of Light to help protect Earthrealm.
This drug dealer and smuggler first appeared in Mortal Kombat: Deception. Kira was recruited and patiently observed by Kabal. Once she joined the new Black Dragon clan she was sent to the Netherelm to fight Onaga with Kobra and Kabal; when they arrived, Onaga was killed by Shujinko. In MK 9 we could see her dressed in her black and red outfit tied in the Shao Kahn’s arena. Aside from that we didn’t see or hear anything else about her. Kira dies in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon and we can see her in the trailer climbing the steps of the pyramid. She is one of the most seductive girls with some of the most badass moves. Kira combines Sonya’s Kiss of Death with Kano’s Cannonball and we get a pretty good character.
There is an unofficial debut of Skarlet in Mortal Kombat II as a secret character but it was just a glitch. If you ever played MK II arcade with Kitana, she would become red so the glitch was named Skarlet. This gorgeous-looking character debuted in 2011’s Mortal Kombat 9 as a DLC. After almost 20 years this rumor became a true character (and a good one). In Mortal Kombat 9 Skarlet was a introduced as genetic experiment created by Shao Khan with the use of the blood of the strongest warriors. However, the story was changed in Mortal Kombat 12 where Scalet is an orphan raised by Shao Khan who taught her blood magic. Other than her interesting story she is a good-looking, ninja-blood-mage who can control her enemies. She can also throw daggers, and spears, summon blood balls, and create a scythe using blood.
Commander Cassandra Carlton or simply Cassie Cage is the daughter of Johhny Cage and Sonya Blade. Cassie Cage in MKX (2015) appears as a divorced child and a Commander of the Special Forces. As you know she possesses the powers of both of her parents. Most importantly looks like both but more like Sonya and she has strong military personnel; she’s a bit spoiled and cocky just like her father. She was a sergeant before she almost killed Shinnok in Mortal Kombat X after which she earned a commander title. We have to mention that Shinnok was in his ultimate or corrupted form. In MK11 she helped save her younger version of her parents when Black Dragon Kidnapped them and she led an attack on Kronika’s fortress. “With great powers comes great responsibility” is the quote that describes her best.
Her name means Bee in Hebrew and she is a nightmare for all of you with arachnophobia. She belongs to the Kytinnans race of humans-spiders-insects from the Arnyek Islands. D’Vorah in Mortal Kombat is a servant of Kotal Kahn. She’s first portrayed positively, but after some time it’s revealed that she’s a servant of Shinok. D’Vorah was defeated by Cassie Cage. She joined forces with Kronika in Mortal Kombat 11 and she defeated Hanzo Hasashi (current timeline Scorpio). The younger version of Scorpio cut off her appendixes and threw fire at her, after which she ran away. She is overall an interesting villain and it’s fun playing with her since she has extra “arms and legs” to fight with, it reminds us of Sheeva in a way. Her best moves and fatalities are all about appendixes and insects.
Kotal Kahn’s symbiotic bodyguard Ferra/Torr is a rather interesting character. They first appeared in Mortal Kombat X, the small Ferra, and the big Torr. She’s riding him like an angry bull so it’s an obvious mind-and-body relationship. They’re like a state of symbiosis where one can’t live without another. Also, both Ferra and Torr are from Netherrealm. They were awarded as the most innovative race that MK has come up with in a long time. Most of their special moves and fatalities are done by Ferra while the player controls the Torr. The last time we saw them was in MKX as well when they were frozen by Sub-Zero. In their ending but it’s probably not canon she leaves Torr after he dies. Even if it’s canon she didn’t find a new rider up until MK:11 Aftermath.
Jacqueline Sonya “Jacqui” Briggs debuted in Mortal Kombat X as the daughter of Jax and Vera. She has a fiancé Takeda Takahashi, and her best friend and superior is Cassie Cage. Among all other Mortal Kombat female characters she is the very first black female character. Jacquie Briggs, just like Cassie Cage, doesn’t “expose” their curves that much. In previous MK games like MK 9 and even before that female characters were more like exotic dances with ninja skills. Since MK X they’re more like strong women wearing highly specialized military and spec ops camouflage suits. Jackuqie has electronic gauntlets as her main weapon (just like Jax has a pair of metal arms). In MK11 she fought her present dad with the one from the past; eventually, they all ended up fighting together against Kronika’s forces.
The daughter of Kronika the main antagonist in Mortal Kombat 11 where they both debuted. She is a sister of Elder God Shinok to make matters worse and the Elder Goddess of virtue, light, and life. Cetrion can manipulate more elements at once like fire, water, air, and earth to create new elements such as metal, ice, energy, and lava. If this wasn’t enough she could even supersize herself, fly, and create forcefields. Just like her mother, she was “immortal” but was killed in the end by Fire God Liu Kang. Cetrion in Mortal Kombat is immortal but since she gave her essence to Kronika she became mortal in the end. Like other Mortal Kombat female characters (most of them) is not great at hand-to-hand combat and her special moves and superpowers are mostly ranged-based.
The final boss of Mortal Kobat 11 and the most terrifying villain of them all. Unlike other Mortal Kombat female characters, this one is a Titaness, actually unlike any other male or female character in the MK universe so far. Mortal Kombat 11 was the first game that had Titan as a boss and her superiors are out of this world. She can manipulate space and time and she wants to use these powers to remove Raiden from the equation. She was defeated by Liu Kang the Fire God and in the expansion Aftermath she was ultimately destroyed by Shang Tsung. Kronika isn’t the boss that you would fear like Shao Kahn, but totally the opposite. Kronika in Mortal Kombat has a patronizing voice, her personality is calm, and she looks like a robot from Ex Machina with a crown.
Kronika was used as a disguise for Shang Tsung. He used her form to convince Shang Tsung from the current timeline to assist him in defeating Outworld and Earthrealm. Shang Tsung betraying himself is the most Shang Tsung thing ever. Kronika’s costume design at some moments reminds me of a nun’s habit.