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For all the good I had done, the event that had come to define me was that one moment of Chaos.


—Dairou's Mortal Kombat: Deception Biography

This article is about the character Dairou, the original character that carried the name. For other characters that use the Dairou name, see Dairou (disambiguation).

Dairou is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, who made his debut in Mortal Kombat: Deception.

About Dairou

Dairou was supposed to appear in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance but he didn't make the final cut. He is a former Seidan guard, who was imprisoned for killing the man who murdered his family. After escaping prison Dairou went rogue and decided to work as a mercenary. He takes assignments where he can find them, whether they are noble or not.

In the new timeline, Havik hails from the Orderrealm. His backstory is extended upon and partially amalgamated with that of the character Dairou, whose name Havik now shares as his real name, as well as his history as a member of Seido. A member of its lowest caste, Havik was driven by anger due to its laws. Havik sets out to destroy Seido's regime, replacing it with an anarchist utopia and freeing its citizens.


Dairou has the looks of a young Asian-style monk warrior with a prematurely receding (or simply shaved) hairline. He has red markings on the top of his head running down the middle; the backside of his head has dark slick hair growing with a very long ponytail swinging behind him as he moves. A portion of his clothes are metal, while the other half is leather or reinforced cloth; it is brown in color however. He wears a thick belt with a circular belt buckle. He wears all black pants with brown and gold boots.

For his alternate costume, Dairou's hair is pulled back into a ponytail; he has the same red markings on his face as well. He wears a brown and gold sleeveless shirt. Two straps run up under his underarms to his neck. His arms are bare except for brown arm and wrist guards. In the middle of his chest is a golden medallion. He wears a red sash that hangs in front of his legs as he fights. Three tassels, one to his left and right, and one hanging down behind him, flow swiftly as the fight wears on. He wears tight brown pants with gold and brown shin guards over gold and light brown boots.

Combat Characteristics

Powers and Abilities

Dairou is a stealthy fighter who chooses to rely on pop-up abilities and stealth strategy instead of powerful projectiles or sheer strength. He can slam his body on the ground to send the opponent flying, setting them up for a juggle. He can also switch places with his opponent, which can be extremely useful if Dairou has his back to a death trap.

Signature Moves

  • Tombstone Drop: Dairou falls flat on his back, causing his opponent to fly into the air, leaving a possibility for a juggling combo. (MK:D, MK:A)
  • Stealthy Shadows: Dairou instantly switches positions with his opponent, leaving a puff of yellow smoke in both places. (MK:D, MK:A)
  • Iron Leg: Dairou blasts a three-pronged energy star from his leg. (MK:D, MK:A)


  • Stretch and Slam: Dairou knocks the opponent down while holding their arms and rests a foot on their spine. From there, Dairou begins pulling violently against the limbs and then releases, sending the opponent into the ground with such force that their upper body half literally explodes in a bloody mess. (MK:D)
  • Eye Stab: Dairou tears out four ribs (two from each side) from the opponent's chest and stabs them in the eyeballs like daggers. (MK:D)

Other Finishers

  • Hara-Kiri: Backbreaker: Dairou bends his body backwards until his spinal column violently breaks in half and his dead body lays on the floor. (MK:D)



  • Dairou is unaware that his family was murdered by an assassin hired by Darrius, the same one who hired him to kill Hotaru.
  • In a Top 10 list hosted by, Dairou's Eye Stab was placed at #8 of the best Fatalities in the Mortal Kombat series.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

  • He borrowed the Wing Chun fighting style that Mavado had, the Escrima fighting style that Quan Chi had, and the weapon moves that Kung Lao had in Deadly Alliance.
  • According to Ed Boon, Dairou's Tombstone Drop is one of the most powerful moves in Deception, and Ed Boon's favorite of Dairou's moves.

Mortal Kombat 1

  • A new version of Havik appears in the New Era, this time being from Orderrealm with the idea of liberating it with chaos to create Chaosrealm. This version of Havik, despite still having the characteristics of his other timeline counterparts, is revealed to be named Dairou despite there being no similarities between the two characters.


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