This Cybernetic Eye Implant gives the Black Dragon mercenary leader Kano the ability to have several vision modes such as infrared vision, x-ray and is capable of firing a deadly laser. It is the result of facial damage which Kano had sustained at the hands of Jax prior to the events of the Mortal Kombat series. It first appeared along with him in the first Mortal Kombat game and has been shown throughout the entire series. It later reappeared as another collectible Relic renamed Kano's Mask within Mortal Kombat: Armageddon´s Konquest mode. It is located out the front of the Lin Kuei Temple.
This steel plate, which was surgically grafted on his face by an unnamed doctor, allows Kano to focus great amounts of energy into his right eye. He can fire the laser at various levels, which can be low enough to just knock his opponent down, or at a higher level, which is enough to burn through an opponents body. Kano's Bionic Eye, added to his already lethal arsenal, makes him a seriously dangerous man.
It was revealed in the comic Mortal Kombat X that Kano had replaced his old implant with a new one after his previous encounter with Sub-Zero, who had damaged it. His new implant is much larger as it now covers his right ear. It also changes its color glow depending on which variation Kano uses: red for Cybernetic, yellow for Commando, blue for Cutthroat, and green for no variation.
In Mortal Kombat 11, his Cybernetic Eye is referred to as an Eye Shield and is a customized Gear item which he has a wide variety to choose from. Ranging from Klassic ones to the one Kano had back in MKX. Kano's Eye Shield also displays other features that have not been displayed previously, such as Scanning, Analyzing and an X-Ray Vision Mode which makes the "Eye" turn blue when in use.
Appearances in other media
Mortal Kombat (1995 film)
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Kano appears in two episodes of the animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm and wears his signature metal plate.
Mortal Kombat (1995 novel)
In the novel Mortal Kombat, Doctor Rotwang had the Bionic Eye implanted on Kano, grating him the infrared vision. Kano then had his night vision improved, even killed Cliff LoDolce from behind in the dark.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Kano, portrayed by British actor and martial artist Darren Shahlavi in Mortal Kombat: Legacy, was heavily beaten and seriously wounded by Jax Briggs. However, he was retrieved by his fellows and brought to an unknown location, where a surgery team saved his life and place the Bionic Eye on him while the operation was overseen by the Doctor.
Mortal Kombat (2021 film)
In the 2021 film Mortal Kombat, Kano does not have a Bionic Eye. However, his upper right face was scarred by Reptile. After a quarrel with Kung Lao and Liu Kang during dinner, Kano's arcana awakened, granting him the ability to shoot eye laser.
- Kano's Bionic Eye throughout the series (especially in later entries) resembles the eyes from The Terminator when a Terminator's camouflaged face is damaged enough to expose the metal and glowing red optic recepter.
- The nature of Kano's Bionic Eye tends to vary between appearances. In some cases it appears as an external facial covering grafted onto his head, while in others it appears to have been surgically embedded into his skull beneath the skin layer.
- The Doctor who implanted Kano's Bionic Eye also also attributed with providing Hsu Hao, a member of the rival to Kano's clan, the Red Dragon, with his Cybernetic Heart Unit.