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 Mortal Kombat (Comic Series) 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 has 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
Kano appears in two episodes of the animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm and wears his signature metal plate.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Mortal Kombat (2021 remake)
The 2021 remake version of Kano is shown to have his bionic eye actually implanted under his skin, giving him his normal eyebrow and eyelids, but with his trademark red bionic eye in place of his real eyeball. Scarring on his face is put in place of the cybernetic plate to appear more realistic, but still pay homage to the image of the eye. It has been shown in the red band trailer to retain its' laser ability faithfully adapted from the games.
- 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.
- Three different doctors are attributed to Kano's Bionic Eye: Doctor in Mortal Kombat (2011), The Doctor in Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Dr. Rotwang in the Mortal Kombat novel.