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[[File:Mortal_Kombat_Defenders_of_the_realm.png|thumb|right|214px]]'''''Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm''''' (also known as '''''Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series''''') is an ''animated series'' based on the popular ''[[Mortal Kombat (series)|Mortal Kombat]]'' fighting game series. It aired on the ''USA Network'''s ''USA Cartoon Express'' animation block for one season of 13 episodes from September to December of '''1996'''.
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[[File:Mortal_Kombat_Defenders_of_the_realm.png|thumb|right|214px]]
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'''''Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm''''' (also known as '''''Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series''''') is an animated series based on the popular ''[[Mortal Kombat series|Mortal Kombat]]'' fighting game series. It aired on the USA Network's "USA Cartoon Express" animation block for one season of 13 episodes from September to December of 1996.
   
== Storyline ==
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==Storyline==
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The characters and their back-stories are mostly continuous with the movie ''[[Mortal_Kombat_(film)|Mortal Kombat]]'' albeit with some minor differences. The characters’ designs are modeled after how they looked in ''[[Mortal_Kombat_3|Mortal Kombat 3]]'' the Arcade game. The series takes place in Earthrealm, Outworld, and various other realms after the events of the first movie and the plot has very little to do with the plot of any of the games. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the show was that it provided the debut appearance of [[Quan Chi]], who became a key character in the ''MK'' series, namely in [[Mortal Kombat 4]] and in [[Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance]].
   
The characters and their backstories are mostly continuous with the movies ''[[Mortal_Kombat_%28film%29|Mortal Kombat]]'' and ''[[Mortal_Kombat:Annihilation|Mortal Kombat: Annihilation]]'', although there are some minor differences. This includes what the characters looked like in ''[[Mortal_Kombat_3|Mortal Kombat 3]]'' the Arcade game. The series takes place in Earthrealm, Outworld, and various other realms after the events of the first movie and the plot has very little to do with the plot of any of the games. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the show was that it provided the debut appearance of [[Quan_Chi|Quan Chi]], a key character in the ''MK'' series who was the villain of ''[[Mortal_Kombat_4|Mortal Kombat 4]]'' and part of the [[Mortal_Kombat:Deadly_Alliance|Deadly Alliance]].
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The show was focused on a group of warriors assembled by [[Raiden]] to defend Earthrealm from invaders of various other dimensions that entered through portals. The assembled warriors included [[Liu Kang]], [[Kurtis Stryker]], [[Sonya Blade]], [[Jax Briggs]], [[Kitana]], and the younger [[Sub-Zero]], with [[Nightwolf]] functioning mostly as tech support. The warriors operated out of a hidden base from where Nightwolf and Raiden monitored portal openings; the warriors would fly dragon-shaped jets to deal with disturbances. [[Shao Kahn]] was something of an arc villain throughout the series, being responsible for allowing other realms to invade Earthrealm. The finale involved Kitana leading a rebellion from Outworld against her stepfather, [[Shao Kahn]].
 
The show was focused on a group of warriors assembled by [[Raiden_%28Mortal_Kombat%29|Raiden]] to defend Earthrealm from invaders of various other dimensions that entered through portals. The assembled warriors included [[Liu_Kang|Liu Kang]], [[Stryker_%28Mortal_Kombat%29|Kurtis Stryker]], [[Sonya_%28Mortal_Kombat%29|Sonya Blade]], [[Jax_%28Mortal_Kombat%29|Jax]], [[Kitana_%28Mortal_Kombat%29|Kitana]], and the younger [[Sub-Zero_%28Mortal_Kombat%29|Sub-Zero]], with [[Nightwolf|Nightwolf]] functioning mostly as tech support. The warriors operated out of a hidden base from where Nightwolf and Raiden monitored portal openings; the warriors would fly dragon-shaped jets to deal with disturbances. [[Shao_Kahn|Shao Kahn]] was something of an arch-villain throughout the series, being responsible for allowing other realms to invade Earthrealm. The finale involved Kitana leading a rebellion from Outworld against her step-father, Kahn.
 
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*''Defenders'' was produced by [[Threshold Entertainment]], who also worked on the first two movies. Therefore, elements of the first Mortal Kombat movie were used in flashback scenes, such as Sub-Zero's defeat at the hands of Liu Kang (seen in ''Kombat Begins Again''), Liu Kang's victory over Shang Tsung (seen in ''Skin Deep''), and Sonya beating Kano (seen in ''Familiar Red''), though all of them appear toned down in comparison to the movie.
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*''Defenders'' was produced by [[Threshold Entertainment]], who also worked on the first two movies. Therefore, elements of the first Mortal Kombat movie were used in flashback scenes, such as [[Noob Saibot|the elder Sub-Zero's]] defeat at the hands of Liu Kang (seen in ''Kombat Begins Again''), Liu Kang's victory over [[Shang Tsung]] (seen in ''Skin Deep''), and Sonya defeating [[Kano]] (seen in ''Familiar Red''), though all of them are toned down in comparison to the movie. The [[Noob Saibot|elder Sub-Zero]] is not impaled by a water-turned-to-ice stake; he is merely frozen by water that Liu Kang throws on him. Additionally, Shang Tsung falls onto flat ground instead of spikes, and Kano is arrested rather than killed.
*This series marked [[Quan Chi]]'s debut in the MK canon.
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*This series marked [[Quan Chi]]'s debut in the franchise.
 
*USA Network aired episodes of ''Defenders'' back-to-back with those of the ''Street Fighter'' animated series. Twice the amount of episodes (26) were produced for ''Street Fighter''.
 
*USA Network aired episodes of ''Defenders'' back-to-back with those of the ''Street Fighter'' animated series. Twice the amount of episodes (26) were produced for ''Street Fighter''.
 
*Jax actually removes his metal implants in one episode ("Acid Tongue"), thus dispelling the notion for many fans that they were permanently attached.
 
*Jax actually removes his metal implants in one episode ("Acid Tongue"), thus dispelling the notion for many fans that they were permanently attached.
*[[Cyrax]], [[Sektor]], [[Smoke]], [[Rain]], [[Kabal]] and [[Ermac]] all appear unmasked in different episodes, but their human descriptions therein, except for Kabal, are not canon.
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*[[Cyrax]], [[Sektor]], [[Smoke]], [[Rain]], [[Kabal]] and [[Ermac]] all appear unmasked in different episodes, but their human descriptions therein, are not canon, except for Kabal.
*The series also featured the debut of the newly retconned [[Kano]]. His nationality was changed from American to Australian following actor [[Trevor Goddard]]'s performance in the first movie - possibly, that is the origin of the goatee Kano sports in the series (which does not appear in any game).
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*In the games, Cyrax is African-American and Sektor is Asian. In the show, their ethnicities are switched.
*Although many of the games are rated M for "mature," this series was aimed at a younger audience and thus contained toned-down violence. For example, Sub-Zero is immediately frozen by the water thrown by Liu Kang during a recreated flashback of the fight scene from the movie, in which he was actually impaled by a water-turned-to-ice stake. Another example is the flashback from the movie's final battle between Liu Kang and Shang Tsung where instead of Shang falling into spikes, he falls into flat ground.
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*The series also featured the debut of the newly retconned Kano. His nationality was changed from American-Japanese to Australian following actor [[Trevor Goddard]]'s performance in the first movie.
*[[Kung Lao]], [[Johnny Cage]], [[Mileena]], [[Sindel]], [[Noob Saibot]], [[Goro]], [[Khameleon]], [[Chameleon]] and [[Kintaro]] were not shown or referenced in the show at all. Also [[Baraka]] and [[Reptile]] are not mentioned, but two similar characters appear as replacements. <!--Do not include MK4 characters, as the animated series was from 1996 and MK4 was released in 1997. !-->
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*[[Kung Lao]], [[Johnny Cage]], [[Mileena]], [[Jade]], [[Sindel]], [[Noob Saibot]], [[Goro]], [[Khameleon]], [[Chameleon]] and [[Kintaro]] were not featured or referenced in the show at all, although Noob does make a brief appearance as the Elder Sub-Zero in a flashback. Also [[Baraka]] and [[Reptile]] are not mentioned, but two similar characters appear as replacements. <!--Do not include MK4 characters, as the animated series was from 1996 and MK4 was released in 1997. !-->
 
*Although [[Baraka]] makes no appearance throughout the series, several [[Tarkata|Tarkatan]] warriors (called in the show Nomads) appear in the first episode led by someone Jax refers to as [[Karbrac]]. This was probably intended to sound like a phonetic anagram of Baraka's name.
 
*Although [[Baraka]] makes no appearance throughout the series, several [[Tarkata|Tarkatan]] warriors (called in the show Nomads) appear in the first episode led by someone Jax refers to as [[Karbrac]]. This was probably intended to sound like a phonetic anagram of Baraka's name.
 
*In the episode ''Acid Tongue'', none of the reptilian warriors is explicitly referred to as Reptile, though all of them share the same looks (moreover the green ninja uniforms). It is however known that their apparent leader is called [[Komodai]].
 
*In the episode ''Acid Tongue'', none of the reptilian warriors is explicitly referred to as Reptile, though all of them share the same looks (moreover the green ninja uniforms). It is however known that their apparent leader is called [[Komodai]].
 
*Smoke appeared in the episode "Old Friends Never Die", serving Shao Kahn and seeking Sub-Zero. He is briefly seen in human form in a flashback scene before becoming automated. In the end, Smoke's human soul was able to overpower his programming and he stood to the vow of friendship between him and Sub-Zero. Many fans consider it to be the best episode in the short-lived series.
 
*Smoke appeared in the episode "Old Friends Never Die", serving Shao Kahn and seeking Sub-Zero. He is briefly seen in human form in a flashback scene before becoming automated. In the end, Smoke's human soul was able to overpower his programming and he stood to the vow of friendship between him and Sub-Zero. Many fans consider it to be the best episode in the short-lived series.
*Being for a younger audience there are no Fatalities in the series, though in the final episode Sub-Zero freezes a Tarkatan then breaks the ice killing the Tarkatan.
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*The animated show does not depict any Fatalities due to being aimed at a younger audience, but there are still a few deaths, albeit bloodless. Sub-Zero kills a Kahn Guard and a Tarkatan (in two different episodes) by freezing them and then breaking their ice-covered bodies. Another death was Jax lifting a Guard up by his head and then (offscreen) smashing him into pieces on the ground, after which he says "Rest in Peace. Or should I say, Pieces!"
   
 
==Actors==
 
==Actors==
* [[File:MK_Defenders_Of_The_Realm.jpg|thumb|250px|The defenders of Earthrealm]][[Jack Angel]] - [[Oniro]]
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* [[File:MK_Defenders_Of_The_Realm.jpg|thumb|250px|The defenders of Earthrealm]][[Jack Angel]] - [[Oniro]], Computer
* [[Michael Des Barres]] - [[Kano]], [[Shao Kahn]] (normal voice)
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* [[Michael Des Barres]] - [[Kano]], [[Shao Kahn]] (normal voice), Captain
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* Josh Blyden - [[Komodai]]
 
* [[Clancy Brown]] - [[Raiden]]
 
* [[Clancy Brown]] - [[Raiden]]
 
* [[Nick Chinlund]] - [[Quan Chi]]
 
* [[Nick Chinlund]] - [[Quan Chi]]
 
* [[Olivia d'Abo]] - [[Sonya Blade]]
 
* [[Olivia d'Abo]] - [[Sonya Blade]]
* [[Dorian Harewood]] - [[Jax Briggs]]
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* John Garry - [[Zenkaro]]
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* [[Dorian Harewood]] - [[Jax Briggs]], [[Sektor]]
 
* [[Dawnn Lewis]] - [[Sheeva]]
 
* [[Dawnn Lewis]] - [[Sheeva]]
 
* [[Nancy Linari]] - [[Zara]]
 
* [[Nancy Linari]] - [[Zara]]
* [[Ron Perlman]] - [[Kurtis Stryker]]
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* [[Ron Perlman]] - [[Kurtis Stryker]], [[Scorpion]]
* [[Luke Perry]] - [[Sub-Zero]]
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* [[Luke Perry]] - [[Kuai Liang|Sub-Zero]]
 
* [[Brock Peters]] - [[Ramath]]
 
* [[Brock Peters]] - [[Ramath]]
 
* [[Jeremy Ratchford]] - [[Smoke]]
 
* [[Jeremy Ratchford]] - [[Smoke]]
* [[Kevin Michael Richardson]] - [[Ermac]], [[Kabal]]
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* Peter Renaday - [[Shadow Priests]]
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* [[John Rhys-Davies]] - [[Asgaarth]]
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* [[Kevin Michael Richardson]] - [[Ermac]], [[Kabal]], Black Dragon Thug
 
* [[Rino Romano]] - [[Rain]]
 
* [[Rino Romano]] - [[Rain]]
* [[Neil Ross]] - [[Shang Tsung]]
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* [[Neil Ross]] - [[Shang Tsung]], [[Motaro]]
* [[Cree Summer]] - Princess [[Kitana]]
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* [[Cree Summer]] - [[Kitana|Princess Kitana]], [[Ruby]], Computer
 
* [[Tod Thawley]] - [[Nightwolf]]
 
* [[Tod Thawley]] - [[Nightwolf]]
 
* [[Brian Tochi]] - [[Liu Kang]]
 
* [[Brian Tochi]] - [[Liu Kang]]
 
* [[John Vernon]] - [[Shao Kahn]] (normal voice)
 
* [[John Vernon]] - [[Shao Kahn]] (normal voice)
* [[John Rhys-Davies]] - [[Asgaarth]]
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* [[Frank Welker]] - Six-headed Creature, Energy Creature
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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Mortal Kombat Defenders of the realm

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (also known as Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series) is an animated series based on the popular Mortal Kombat fighting game series. It aired on the USA Network's "USA Cartoon Express" animation block for one season of 13 episodes from September to December of 1996.

StorylineEdit

The characters and their back-stories are mostly continuous with the movie Mortal Kombat albeit with some minor differences. The characters’ designs are modeled after how they looked in Mortal Kombat 3 the Arcade game. The series takes place in Earthrealm, Outworld, and various other realms after the events of the first movie and the plot has very little to do with the plot of any of the games. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the show was that it provided the debut appearance of Quan Chi, who became a key character in the MK series, namely in Mortal Kombat 4 and in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.

The show was focused on a group of warriors assembled by Raiden to defend Earthrealm from invaders of various other dimensions that entered through portals. The assembled warriors included Liu Kang, Kurtis Stryker, Sonya Blade, Jax Briggs, Kitana, and the younger Sub-Zero, with Nightwolf functioning mostly as tech support. The warriors operated out of a hidden base from where Nightwolf and Raiden monitored portal openings; the warriors would fly dragon-shaped jets to deal with disturbances. Shao Kahn was something of an arc villain throughout the series, being responsible for allowing other realms to invade Earthrealm. The finale involved Kitana leading a rebellion from Outworld against her stepfather, Shao Kahn.

TriviaEdit

  • Defenders was produced by Threshold Entertainment, who also worked on the first two movies. Therefore, elements of the first Mortal Kombat movie were used in flashback scenes, such as the elder Sub-Zero's defeat at the hands of Liu Kang (seen in Kombat Begins Again), Liu Kang's victory over Shang Tsung (seen in Skin Deep), and Sonya defeating Kano (seen in Familiar Red), though all of them are toned down in comparison to the movie. The elder Sub-Zero is not impaled by a water-turned-to-ice stake; he is merely frozen by water that Liu Kang throws on him. Additionally, Shang Tsung falls onto flat ground instead of spikes, and Kano is arrested rather than killed.
  • This series marked Quan Chi's debut in the franchise.
  • USA Network aired episodes of Defenders back-to-back with those of the Street Fighter animated series. Twice the amount of episodes (26) were produced for Street Fighter.
  • Jax actually removes his metal implants in one episode ("Acid Tongue"), thus dispelling the notion for many fans that they were permanently attached.
  • Cyrax, Sektor, Smoke, Rain, Kabal and Ermac all appear unmasked in different episodes, but their human descriptions therein, are not canon, except for Kabal.
  • In the games, Cyrax is African-American and Sektor is Asian. In the show, their ethnicities are switched.
  • The series also featured the debut of the newly retconned Kano. His nationality was changed from American-Japanese to Australian following actor Trevor Goddard's performance in the first movie.
  • Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Mileena, Jade, Sindel, Noob Saibot, Goro, Khameleon, Chameleon and Kintaro were not featured or referenced in the show at all, although Noob does make a brief appearance as the Elder Sub-Zero in a flashback. Also Baraka and Reptile are not mentioned, but two similar characters appear as replacements.
  • Although Baraka makes no appearance throughout the series, several Tarkatan warriors (called in the show Nomads) appear in the first episode led by someone Jax refers to as Karbrac. This was probably intended to sound like a phonetic anagram of Baraka's name.
  • In the episode Acid Tongue, none of the reptilian warriors is explicitly referred to as Reptile, though all of them share the same looks (moreover the green ninja uniforms). It is however known that their apparent leader is called Komodai.
  • Smoke appeared in the episode "Old Friends Never Die", serving Shao Kahn and seeking Sub-Zero. He is briefly seen in human form in a flashback scene before becoming automated. In the end, Smoke's human soul was able to overpower his programming and he stood to the vow of friendship between him and Sub-Zero. Many fans consider it to be the best episode in the short-lived series.
  • The animated show does not depict any Fatalities due to being aimed at a younger audience, but there are still a few deaths, albeit bloodless. Sub-Zero kills a Kahn Guard and a Tarkatan (in two different episodes) by freezing them and then breaking their ice-covered bodies. Another death was Jax lifting a Guard up by his head and then (offscreen) smashing him into pieces on the ground, after which he says "Rest in Peace. Or should I say, Pieces!"

ActorsEdit

See alsoEdit

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