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An Animality is a Finisher that debuted in Mortal Kombat 3 that allows the victorious player's character to turn into an animal to viciously maul the defeated opponent.


Animalities are presented as the character morphing into their spirit animal in which a Mercy had to be performed in the third round of the match in order to be able to perform the Animality.

List of Animalities

  • Baraka – Vulture (grabs the opponent's upper body and flies off, severing it from their lower body)
  • Cyrax – Shark (swims underground with a fin out, coming back from the other side of the screen to devour the opponent)
  • Ermac – Frog (eats the opponent whole)
  • Jade – Cat (attacks the opponent in a vicious clawing flurry)
  • Jax – Lion (pounces at the opponent, devouring them)
  • Johnny Cage – Kangaroo (kicks the opponent away with his powerful feet)
  • Kabal – Skeletal Rhinoceros (rams the opponent away)
  • Kano – Giant Tarantula (constricts the opponent with his legs)
  • Kitana – Rabbit (mauls the opponent off screen)
  • Kung Lao – Cheetah (pounces at the opponent, devouring him/her)
  • Liu KangDragon (eats the upper half of the opponent's body, as in his MKII Fatality)
  • Mileena – Skunk (releases stinky fumes that suffocate the opponent)
  • Nightwolf – Wolf (pounces at the opponent, bites his opponents several times)
  • Noob Saibot – Anteater (sucks the opponent into his snout)
  • Raiden – Electric eel (wraps himself around the opponent, shocking them)
  • Rain – Small Elephant (blows a loud sound from his trunk, making the opponent's skin dissolve)
  • Reptile – Chimpanzee (chases the opponent away; the only Animality shown not to attack the opponent)
  • Scorpion – Penguin (lays an explosive egg between the opponent's legs)
  • Sektor – Giant Bat (whooshes by the screen twice, decapitating the opponent in the second pass)
  • Shang Tsung – Cobra (devours the opponent whole)
  • Shao Kahn - Hydra (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation only)
  • Sheeva – Giant Scorpion (stings the opponent, who turns red and explodes)
  • Sindel – Giant Hornet (pushes the opponent offscreen by repeatedly stinging them)
  • Smoke (Cyborg) – Silhouette of a Bull (rams the opponent offscreen)
  • Smoke (Human) – Porcupine (shoots his quills at the opponent)
  • Sonya Blade – Hawk (grabs the opponent and flies off with them)
  • Stryker – Tyrannosaurus Rex (devours the upper half of his opponent's body)
  • Sub-Zero – Polar Bear (pounces at the opponent, devouring them. The only shared Animality with Classic Sub-Zero.)



  • It is important to note that Animalities were one of many fan rumors the Mortal Kombat development team was aware of, and incorporated into a later game. Before Animalities were introduced in MK3, many fans were convinced Sub-Zero could turn into a polar bear in Mortal Kombat II. There was even a strategy guide which published a fake picture of this happening. In MKII 3.1, one of the possible lines that you would see in the game after beating Shao Kahn is a scrambling of the phrase "There are no Animalities". And of course, Liu Kang's Dragon Morph existed in MKII before it was made into his Animality in MK3.
  • The playable characters introduced in Mortal Kombat 3 morph into glowing photorealistic animals when performing their Animalities. The characters introduced in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 or re-introduced in Mortal Kombat Trilogy, however, instead explode into cartoonish-animals.
  • In all versions of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 containing them, and in the CD versions of Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Classic Sub-Zero has no Animality, only performing his victory pose followed by the announcement of one. In the Nintendo 64 version of Mortal Kombat Trilogy, however, he receives the unmasked Sub-Zero's Polar Bear Fatality, although he transforms by exploding similar to the UMK3 characters rather than morphing into the glowing Polar Bear.
  • In Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, electric eels, Raiden's Animality, appear as minor enemies in the Water Element stage.
  • Despite his name, Scorpion cannot turn into his namesake, but rather a penguin. Instead, the ability to do so was given to Sheeva. He did later gain the ability to turn into a Scorpion as part of his Scorpion Sting Fatality in Mortal Kombat 4, however.
    • Furthermore, this same repetition also occurs with Reptile, who transforms into a chimpanzee- a mammal- as opposed to any form of reptile.
  • The roar Rain makes while performing his Animality is part of the MK3 crying baby sound byte slowed down to 0.5 speed.
  • Raiden's Animality is the only one where both the victor and the victim die.

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