Scorpion's Story - Mortal Kombat

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Scorpion is one of the most popular characters in the franchise. Mortal Kombat, one of the most well-crafted characters in games and history, the world of Mortal Kombat over the years, it has shown us more than 100 characters, but only the most popular ones have gained prominence for movies, games, drawings, animations and comics.



Scorpion's First Appearance

Scorpion made his first appearance as one of the original characters in Mortal Kombat in 1992, played by actor Daniel Pesina, who lent his image to the scanned sprite, for the game.

Due to limited resources at the time, the developers at Midway were forced to create three identical ninja characters except for the color palette: Reptiles (green), Sub-Zero (azul) e Scorpion (yellow).

The limitation of the time has had a very positive effect over the years, the three characters identical in appearance, have become the most popular characters in the franchise.

Another reason Scorpion is still popular today is its spear attack.

Ou harpoon ou kunai, if that's your preference, much more memorable than your teleport punch, Scorpion would throw his rope spear at his opponent and pull them into a free swing, while yelling "COME HERE!” that scream is well known to everyone in the Mortal Kombat setting.



This voice work was done by co-creator Ed Boon and basically made this rogue ninja an overnight arcade sensation, let's face it, Scorpion has always been a character nickname next to your rival Sub-Zero.

The biographies of Sub-Zero e Scorpion in the first game we weren't told much about them. Sub-Zero was part of the Lin Kuei ninja clan and Scorpion hated him for some reason.

That was all we had to go on. I mean, unless you read the comic where Scorpion grabs Sub-Zero by the lapels and says, "You killed me two years ago and now I have a flaming skull head!".

Regardless, Scorpion's identity was explored through his fatality and ending. His classic Fatality had him removing his mask to reveal a skull as he breathed fire at his hapless victim. The ending pretty much depicted Spawn (who also made his first appearance at about the same time, so it was pure coincidence), with Scorpion victorious but broken by his failure to find his wife and child. Alright, though. Later games would recognize this so they were dead too!

Scorpion matou Sub-Zero no Mortal Kombat 1

Scorpion managed to kill Sub-Zero in the first game Mortal Kombat . This leads us to Mortal Kombat II is available 1993 . Scorpion and the other ninjas were given much nicer padded clothing. Female ninjas Mileena and Kitana were also featured! They just couldn't have pointy shoulder pads or pants. Scorpion returned alongside Reptile, as well as the new ninjas Smoke and Noob Saibot, both of whom stole Scorpion's spear attack. Surprisingly, Midway also resurrected Sub-Zero.



The mystery was quickly resolved by the promotional comic, however. The new Sub-Zero explained that he was the younger brother of the original blue ice ninja. Eventually, the series would name the older/dead Sub-Zero Bi-Han and the younger Kuai Liang.

In the game, Scorpion realized that Kuai Liang was not Sub-Zero after Liang spared an opponent. Scorpion has decided to become the protector of the new Sub-Zero. Years later, it would be revealed that the super-secret character Noob Saibot was actually an undead Bi-Han.

Mortal Kombat 2

It was weird because not only did it not feature Scorpion, it also didn't feature ANY male ninja characters other than robots. Sub-Zero turned into Henry Rollins with giant blue suspenders and Noob Saibot was just a palette swap from Kano. Even though Kabal was a themed replacement for Scorpion, the closest thing to the yellow ninja in the game was the new cyborg version of Smoke, who shot a harpoon from his torso.

Mortal Kombat 3

Scorpion's storyline in the game began with Shao Kahn accidentally freeing him from Hell and recruiting him to his team. The ninja joined the invasion of Outworld until he discovered that Sub-Zero was one of the heroes. So he turned on Kahn and went back through the Netherrealm.

Three non-fighter Mortal Kombat games were released after Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 . One was very good, the other was extremely bad, and the other was mediocre. 1997 of Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero it was the mediocre – while hated for its clunky controls, it's not really that bad once you get used to it. 



This prequel game finally gave Scorpion a name, Hanzo Hasashi, and a name for his ninja clan, the Shirai Ryu. We were finally able to see the origins of Scorpio. Sorcerer Quan Chi needed someone to go through impossible hardships to secure a magical amulet for him. Wanting to limit his stakes, he hired Lin Kuei and Shirai Ryu representatives to each hunt a map. Whoever has it would be his agent.

Scorpion acted as the first level boss and upon defeating him you had the option of killing him with a rip in the spine or sparing him. The result of canon was that Scorpion died. Quan Chi repaid the Lin Kuei personally by wiping out the ranks of the Shirai Ryu as well as the Scorpion family, leaving nothing but a pile of charred bones. Quan Chi then prepared Scorpion's undead soul to be his henchman, convincing him that Sub-Zero was fully behind the deaths of his loved ones.

Scorpion reappeared later in the game when Sub-Zero was imprisoned in the Netherrealm. Sub-Zero didn't really have an explanation for why he killed Scorpion and swore it had nothing to do with the death of Scorpion's wife and child. The blue ninja fought his undead foe and eventually stopped Quan Chi and Shinnok's plans.

The game ended with Sub-Zero discovering that he was doomed to go to Hell when he died. Raiden admitted that it would be possible for him to escape this fate if he turned his back on the Lin Kuei. Instead, Sub-Zero chose loyalty, which was rewarded with a new mission: participating in Shang Tsung's Mortal Kombat tournament.

Mortal Kombat 4

Later that year, Mortal Kombat went to 3D with Mortal Kombat 4 . Scorpion was playable and got a cool unmasked fantasy with the deal. He also had a fatal accident that allowed him to transform into a giant scorpion, making up for the incident with the penguin.

The game had to do with Shinnok and Quan Chi invading Earthrealm. Quan Chi convinced Scorpion to join them by saying, “Oh, that younger Sub-Zero? He played a big part in the death of his clan and family. I probably should have touched on this sooner. ” As soon as Scorpion defeated Sub-Zero, Quan Chi butted in like an idiot and spilled the beans on everything. His final plan here was to banish Scorpion back to the Netherrealm, but Scorpion managed to drag him along with him.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

In 2002, Midway launched  Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance . With a new graphic style and engine, the game featured a more detailed Scorpion to separate him from Sub-Zero and the other ninjas. Deadly Alliance was one of the darkest chapters of the game's overall plot, as in  The Empire Strikes Back . This was especially true for Scorpion.

continuing from where Mortal Kombat 4 stopped, Quan Chi escaped Scorpion and took his ass out of the Netherrealm to frame Shang Tsung. Part of his scheme involved creating a “soulnado” that reached the skies. Scorpion tried to sneak inside his fortress to kill Quan Chi, but was intercepted by his demonic muscle, Moloch, and Drahmin. The two overpowered Scorpion and pushed him into the soulnado, where he was completely ripped to shreds.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

Mortal Kombat: Deception de 2004 followed with one of the most unfortunate baits and switches. In preparation, Midway revealed that Scorpion would be the game's new hero. Finally, the franchise's most popular character would take center stage.

This turned out to be bullshit. Sure, Scorpion's story was about being rebuilt by the Elder Gods to be their new champion and going on a one-man quest to kill Dragon King Onaga with a badass holy sword, but that was a smokescreen. The game was actually about Shujinko, the star of Konquest mode. Shujinko spent around 50-60 years on a quest “in the name of the Elder Gods”, never questioning any of it. He was eventually tricked into resurrecting Onaga. He eventually fixed things by taking down the Dragon King.

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

In 2005, Midway launched Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks , a beat 'em up side game that was like a non-canon version of the end of the first  Mortal Kombat  and of all Mortal Kombat II , but without all the plot armor . In other words, fatalities were everywhere. Although Scorpion could be unlocked in New Game+, he was also a tier boss. Practically a god when fighting in Hell, Scorpion ended up being dragged into a pit of lava by a pack of ghouls. Before being fully submerged, Scorpion gave fans the Terminator 2 with the thumb up.

Also noteworthy in that game was how Scorpion would sometimes yell, "FUCK YOU HERE" using his spear attack. And that's why you're cursed to an eternity of torment, Hanzo. You have a foul mouth.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddo

Scorpion returned to Mortal Kombat: Armageddon , naturally, as the game brought back all the characters that had previously appeared in the series. Scorpion was once again a bad guy. Apparently, the Elder Gods agreed to repay their efforts by resurrecting their dead ninja clan... only they brought them back as soulless zombies. That was enough to make him fight on the side of evil with everyone from Kano to Shao Kahn.

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In this timeline, Scorpion died forever after having a frozen sword lodged in his back during a gigantic battle royale between all the characters in the series.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

In 2008, we won the non-canonical Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe , a game supposedly created in response to the series' popularity Marvel vs. Capcom  . Scorpion played only a minor role in the game's story, acting as a henchman, ignoring the Joker's antics and kicking Superman in the chest so hard that the Man of Steel had to blurt out an awkward reading of "Magic!" Scorpion's ending saw him merge with Dark Kahn and become one of the 

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe it was the last installment developed by Midway, which was sold shortly thereafter. Warner Bros. absorbed the Chicago portion of the studio and renamed it NetherRealm Studios, and Scorpion went from main character to logo. Not bad.

The first release of NetherRealm was simply called Mortal Kombat , although it is commonly referred to as " Mortal Kombat 9 â€ť by fans for simplicity. This 2011 launch took place at the end of Armageddon and involved a time travel storyline where Raiden attempted to alter the events of the first three games. That meant a Mortal Kombat which was basically the same, a Mortal Kombat II which was relatively different and a Mortal Kombat 3 that was completely off the rails.

Not much has changed with Scorpion. Raiden tried to convince him not to kill Bi-Han Sub-Zero, but then Quan Chi showed him a PowerPoint presentation on how Sub-Zero killed his family and things went accordingly. 

Raiden's reward for not killing Bi-Han would have been a petition to the Elder Gods to bring back Scorpio's family and clan and... well, we know how that would have turned out. Scorpion never made temporary peace with Sub-Zero like he did in the original timeline.

Injustice: Gods Between Us

Scorpion was featured in Injustice: Gods Between Us as a guest DLC character with a new design by legendary comic book artist Jim Lee. Transported to a world where Superman ruled with an iron fist, Scorpion has only had notable interactions with the Man of Steel and Batman in their mid-match confrontational dialogue ("For truth and justice!" "There is no justice!") . In the end, Scorpion killed the demon Trigon and took over his army, intending to rule this alternate Earth.

Mortal Kombat X 

In 2015, we had Mortal Kombat X  and a prequel comic of the same name. Scorpion's story took an interesting turn when he was inadvertently turned into a mortal man during the new timeline version of the events of Scorpion. Mortal Kombat 4 . He befriended the blind swordsman Kenshi, who helped convince him to move on. Scorpion rebuilt the Shirai Ryu from the ground up, primarily bringing those who lost loved ones into the war against Shinnok.

Kenshi discovered he had a long-lost son and, as a way of protecting him from his enemies, had Scorpion raise him. Takeda became Scorpion's valued student and created a fighting style based on Scorpion's teachings and his father's telekinetic powers.

More importantly, Scorpion put an end to his rivalry with Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei. Kuai Liang Sub-Zero showed him proof that Quan Chi was the puppet master behind all of Scorpio's pain. Distraught, Scorpion devoted himself to hunting down and murdering the sorcerer.

He did it and, sweet Jesus, it was cathartic to watch. Unfortunately, Scorpio's wrath affected the other heroes' plans. Not only did he ruin his chances of resurrecting all the undead good guys, but Quan Chi's last words freed Shinnok back onto the scene.

Scorpion was once again shamed and devoted himself to following Raiden as penance. The Shirai Ryu became Raiden's army, but at the end of Mortal Kombat X , Raiden was a black fascist hell-bent on destroying Outworld, so once again Scorpion found himself on the wrong side of history.

Mortal Kombat 11

This leads us to In Mortal Kombat 11 2019, which saw two versions of Scorpion join the fight – the heroic and his past from Mortal Kombat II , brought to the present by the villainous Kronika to help her rule the realms. The modern scorpion died of a poisonous attack at the hands of D'Vorah. The incident inspired his younger, demonic self to switch sides and join the heroes. Cetrion killed all the other Elder Gods, choosing family loyalty over morality.

And that's it for Scorpion in games. Now, in other media, Scorpion has been a little different as a character. For example, the spear is the most iconic image of the Scorpion, even more so than the skull and fire, but... it doesn't usually work well outside of video games. Not only is it impractical in storytelling (implanting a sharp piece of metal into your neck or shoulder isn't the sort of thing you just ignore), but it's a bit on the constrained side.

It's like in the cartoons, Wolverine and Leonardo just chop up robots, wires and pieces of wood. You've never seen Wolverine sink one of his claws into Apocalypse's eye socket. So how does Scorpion spear outside of games?

In 1995, Jeff Rovin wrote a novelization of Mortal Kombat which was interesting, a prequel that portrayed Scorpion as a guy named Yong Park, who had left the Lin Kuei years before to start a family. Sub-Zero caught up with him years later and ripped out his entrails with a katana. Park's soul then merged with his son's body to create Scorpio!

It's been over two decades since I read this thing, but I seem to remember Scorpion having a lasso instead of a spear.

Prior to the release of the first live action movie, New Line Cinema released a VHS called Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins . It was an animated retelling of the first 20 minutes or so of the movie, but with more flashbacks and a lot of iffy animation. Current things were 2D and hand-drawn, while flashbacks were all done in primitive 3D. Scorpion managed to throw his spear once in each animation style. In 3D, when facing Sub-Zero, he missed. In 2D, when facing Sonya, he wrapped the rope around her and pulled her, making the spear part completely unnecessary.

Mortal Kombat – Filmed in 1995

The film at Mortal Kombat 1995 presented Chris Casamassa like Scorpio. He and Sub-Zero were Shang Tsung's mute henchmen with a quick line about them being mind slaves to explain why they weren't trying to kill each other. Scorpion's spear has been replaced with a tiny CGI lizard and for some reason we didn't question it.

Scorpion was defeated by Johnny Cage.

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Scorpion returned in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation , where he had a short fight, kidnapped Kitana, and then recovered for the rest of the film. Casamassa also played Scorpion in the previous series Mortal Kombat: Conquest . He also had a hand lizard, but it was a much worse effect given the cable TV budget.

Around this time, Malibu Comics released a series of comics from the Mortal Kombat , which surprisingly weren't as violent. Scorpion killed people, but with a spiked ball at the end of the rope and limited blood. He was also so mean in these comics that it was hard to sympathize with him while trying to get revenge on Sub-Zero.

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm

the animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm  introduced Scorpion in the early episodes, in which he commanded an army of skeleton warriors. He was voiced by Ron Perlman, whose, "GET OVER HERE!” sounded a lot like a New Yorker yelling, “I'M WALKING HERE!” This time, his spear was a gold chain with a small lizard head at the end. He looked especially stupid, like a locksmith. Liu Kang nodded and broke the chain, throwing the lizard's head off the screen.

Speaking of cartoons, Scorpion made a cameo appearance in Comedy Central's adult cartoon Drawn Together . He volunteered to be a part of the show's cast and had a relationship moment with Link's gay archetype Xandir.

After a drying in the media of Mortal Kombat , 2010 gave us a bizarre little short film called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth . What can I best describe as the version Twisted Metal Black In the series, Scorpion was a convict played by Ian Anthony Dale. Jackson Briggs tried to convince him to go undercover and infiltrate a series of underground fight clubs run by Shang Tsung. The short was an attempt to ground the series' characters and concepts and distance itself from the supernatural elements.

Mortal Kombat: Legacy

Rebirth se turned into Mortal Kombat: Legacy , a two-season web series that attempted to retell the game's story without the overly grounded take. He had his moments and actually let us finally watch Scorpion use his weapon properly in live-action. His story essence was the same, but the big difference was that he killed both incarnations of Sub-Zero.

There was no third season. In fact, there was supposed to be a prequel web series to Mortal Kombat X with the same actors. They even filmed the whole thing! He just never saw the light of day for whatever reason. This is a shame. 

So, what's next for Hanzo? It's hard to say. He has worn many hats as a demon ninja. He has been a henchman, a punisher of evil, a gullible fool, a destroyer of worlds, a savior of the multiverse, a man fighting for revenge, a man fighting for shame and a valiant leader. Maybe he'll finally get to be the one true hero one of these days. Or he could go back to his cooking show.

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