Here are the best choices for how each character’s story ends in Mortal Kombat 1.
One thing that makes Mortal Kombat stand out is its huge cast of characters, all of whom have interesting backstories and goals. In every game since the first one, you can get certain character endings by playing in single-player mode and fighting other fighters until you beat the boss at the end.
The Towers mode in Mortal Kombat 1 keeps this tradition going by letting you fight in one of five challenges to unlock a character’s ending. In these scenes, they show what happens to each fighter after the story mode ends and give hints about their parts in the inevitable sequel. There are many good character endings, but these are the best ones you can get by finishing Klassic Towers.
It’s too bad that Sindel can’t seem to escape alive in almost every Mortal Kombat story, even Liu Kang’s apparently edited timeline. The Empress of Outworld is killed by the evil version of herself from the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath campaign, even though she has a good heart and cares about her children.
Ermac takes on her soul as she dies with her family by her side. He also takes on her husband’s soul. Sindel and Jarrod fight the thousands of other souls that live inside Ermac to take control of the body. They are happy to die so they can rule over Ermac like they did Outworld.
Shang Tsung and Quan Chi’s plans to destroy Lui Kang’s timeline didn’t work, so Nitara had to go back to her world, Vaeternus, without anything. She agreed to the bad plan and said she would bring food for her people when she got back, so now she has to come up with another way to feed them and keep herself from being sent away.
Instead of taking over a realm as she had planned, Nitara changes her mind and thinks it would be easier to capture thousands of people and make them breed so Vaeternus has tons of food. It’s one of the darker ends in Mortal Kombat 1, especially for the people she captures, but it’s also a nice, sick reminder of how bad things can get in this world.
Spider-Man has to build a new army to protect himself and his followers after Sub-Zero betrays him in the story game. Finally, they run to Japan to get help from Harumi Shirai, an old friend of Scorpion’s who has become the head of her clan.
Finally, they get married, and their two clans come together to form the Shirai Ryu. Their job is to protect Earthrealm no matter what. Most of the time, Scorpion is presented as a bad guy, so it’s great to see this version of the character find love and a purpose while staying true to his beliefs.
Mileena is picked to be the next Empress of Outworld after Sindel’s death because General Shao’s betrayal has made the realm unsure of how to defend itself. Kitana is made the new boss of the military, and she is excited to protect her family and people. However, the soldiers who work for her find it hard to follow orders from someone they see as royalty.
It doesn’t take Kitana long to show that she is more than just a princess. She leads the army from place to place, killing any survivors of General Shao’s uprising. Now that the Outworld’s troops respects and loves her, Kitana has once again shown that she is a great leader, no matter what time period she is in.
In the story mode, Johnny Cage doesn’t understand why he was chosen to train with Kenshi, Kung Lau, and Raiden. Aside from being an actor, he doesn’t see himself as one of the Earthrealm protectors. But Liu Kang has always had a plan for Cage: to use his Hollywood contacts to get the word out about Mortal Kombat.
When Cage gets back from fighting Shang Tsung, he creates a movie universe to show people that strong gods and old evils are quietly threatening them. Johnny Cage is in charge of managing and connecting a multimedia series that includes movies, comics, and even video games. He is a lot like Kevin Feige in this way.
After losing his sight and getting the sword Sento, Kenshi teams up with Jackson Briggs to free his people from the Happy Wheels. Just as they finish the job, Shang Tsung comes back to try to steal Sento. Briggs had seen movies with Johnny Cage, but he didn’t think things like sorcerers were real.
Kenshi tells Briggs everything he knows, and the two of them join forces to start the Outworld Investigation Agency. Their job is to protect Earthrealm from threats from other worlds. The teamwork is so good that it feels like it could be turned into a video game.
Mileena has to take over as Empress of Outworld from Sindel, even though her Tarkat disease keeps giving her trouble. One of the first things she did was meet Baraka and learn more about his people and their colony. Mileena is shocked by the living conditions and does terrible things to change how people think of Tarkatans and fix their image.
When Mileena gets back to the kingdom, she tells everyone that she also has Tarkat and begs her people to let go of their old prejudices. With the help of her surviving family and friends, Mileena comes out of the scandal a stronger Empress than she was before and more compassionate than other versions of herself, which is very welcome.
Ashrah isn’t as well-known or loved as characters like Johnny Cage or Liu Kang, but her return in Mortal Kombat 1 is a nice reminder of all the great fighters the series has given us over the years. They become friends in the story mode, and Liu Kang asks her to help him in the fight to defend Earthrealm.
Even though Ashrah liked being a part of the Shaolin project, she felt terrible that she had to leave her Shadow Sister, Sareena, under Quan Chi’s control. Ashrah sneaks into Quan Chi’s lair and frees Sareena from his grasp. The two of them then join forces to form the Order of Light and fight to protect Earthrealm from any more danger.
The former Shang Tsung is sent to jail for his part in the rebellion and because he could be a threat in the future, even though he joined the heroes to fight Titan Shang Tsung and protect the present. He does get away in the end, but his trip is full of bad luck—a storm destroys his ship, leaving him to drown in the ocean.
Shang Tsung is shocked to find himself waking up on a secret island with a strange energy surrounding it. After exploring for a while, he finds a well of souls that he can use to get stronger and gain new abilities. This is likely the island where Shang Tsung will hold Mortal Kombat battles in the future. This could be a great sign of what’s to come.
Reptile is another character who seems very different in Mortal Kombat 1 compared to his previous games. Even though he is usually a bad guy, Shang Tsung has taken his family hostage and threatened them, which has made him do bad things like catch our heroes and hold them as prisoners.
Reptile joins the heroes to help them beat Shang Tsung when he learns that his parents were killed a long time ago. Mileena then offers to make him an envoy for the Zaterrans. He goes back to his people as a leader and finds out a dark truth about a long history of killing shapeshifting Zaterran. This is a mostly good ending for one of the most likeable characters in the game, and it will be interesting to see what happens to him next.