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I have lived for thousands of years because I make the right decisions.


—Tanya's Mortal Kombat: Deception Biography

Tanya is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. First presented as a treacherous and deceiving Edenian, Tanya has typically served as a minor antagonist in the series, siding with many of the major villains in the series. She serves as a major ally to the half-Tarkatan Mileena.

Tanya made her playable debut in Mortal Kombat 4 and appeared in a few games afterwards, until being one of the many characters in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

Tanya returned in Mortal Kombat X as a non-playable, albeit fightable character while also serving as a minor antagonist in the game's Story Mode. She later appeared as a DLC character, being the second available through DLC as part of the Kombat Pack.

A new version of Tanya returns in Mortal Kombat 1 as a playable character, and serving as an antagonist & supporting role in the game's Story Mode.

About Tanya

Tanya is a slender, gloomy woman from Edenia. Originally introduced as an ostensible innocent, she was quickly revealed to be corrupted by evil, a worshiper of Shinnok and an ally to the Brotherhood of Shadow. After Shinnok's defeat, she later served Shao Kahn, the Deadly Alliance, and Onaga. Tanya seems to view herself as a survivor more than anything else, justifying her choices as being the "right decisions". She is one of the few henchwomen from the Mortal Kombat series, and prides herself on her superior knowledge of magic and diplomacy. Because of her frequent betrayal of the Edenian cause, she has earned the rivalry and bitter hatred of Jade.

In the new timeline, Tanya becomes a leader of the Umgadi, an order of warrior priestesses selected from the firstborn daughters of Outworld and tasked with protecting the royal family. Her traitorous tendencies have completely vanished, though her relationship with Mileena and her family remains.


In her first appearance in Mortal Kombat 4, Tanya wore the standard female 'ninja' leotard, in yellow and black. Unlike the other female ninja characters like Kitana, Mileena, Jade and Skarlet, she did not wear a mask. She kept her hair back in a single braid. In MK4, her signature weapon was the boomerang.

Upon her return in Deception, now revealed to be a villain, Tanya maintained her yellow and black color scheme, but now had longer hair with blunt cut bangs and sinister glowing white eyes. Her primary outfit consisted of a revealing yellow and black bustier with matching skirt. As an alternate costume, she wore a version of her MK4 costume without exposed cleavage. The boomerang weapon from MK4 was replaced by the kobu-jutsu tonfas.

In Mortal Kombat X, Tanya has her hair cut in a graduated angled bob with blunt bangs, but retains her general color scheme and glowing eyes from Deception. Her clothing is styled in a more ornate fashion similar to Ancient Egyptian clothing, with a midriff-baring top, a menat necklace, and several bracelets. Like the other returning female characters, she shows less skin than before, now wearing black tights with gold paneling, low heeled tall boots, and a gold skirt. Her kobu-jutsu weapon style from Deception returns, along with a new weapon: the naginata. While in her Pyromancer variation, she has markings on her back, shoulders and torso that glow when she activates her power.

In Mortal Kombat 1, Tanya dons dreadlocks with silver ornaments, her pupils are once again visible similar to MK4 and MKX's Story Mode. While she retains her yellow and black color schemes, she now wears royal clothing due to her status as a leader of Umgadi. She now has a new weapon: Three-Section Staff.

Combat Characteristics

Powers and Abilities

Tanya is an adept fighter, relying on her agility and favoring powerful kicks coupled with her pyrokinetic abilities. She shows skill with her tonfas, using them to block her opponents weapons and even unorthodox manners such as rebounding projectiles. Mortal Kombat X also depicts Tanya using a naginata in an equally unusual way, such as a standing pole before following up with an actual attack. MKX also shows that Tanya is able to enhance her fireballs using a dark substance to act as an accelerant to increase its potency. Tanya has also gained a teleport as a of MKX, using it as a means of moving closer towards her opponent or to escape from oncoming attacks. Mortal Kombat 1 now has Tanya wield a three-section staff as her main weapon, replacing the Kobu Jutsu.

Signature Moves

  • Human Cannon Drill: Tanya lunges forward, spinning in a cork-screw manner with her flaming feet leading towards her opponent. In MKX, this attack is called Low Spin Kick, and her feet won't be on fire. Additionally, the opponent will be knocked into the air, away from Tanya in the opposite direction if this is successful. In MK1, this attack is called Drill Kick. (MK4, MKG, MKD, MKA, MKX, MK1)
    • The enhanced version is called Low Drill Kick, which has Tanya recover faster after knocking the opponent into the air, allowing for a juggle. The attack deals no extra damage.
    • In MK1, the enhanced version has Tanya recover faster after knocking the opponent into the air, allowing for a juggle. The attack deals no extra damage.
  • Surging Blast: Tanya sends a blast of fire from her hand at her opponent. In MKX, this attack is called High/Low Fireball, which is now an orb of golden fire that can be fired at either a high or a low arc. In MKX, this attack is called Heavenly Hand (MK4, MKG, MKD, MKA, MKX - Pyromancer Variation, MK1)
    • In MKX, the enhanced version is called Surging Blast which activates much faster, deals increased damage and sends the fireball straight at the opponent rather than in an arc. The fireball is capable of canceling/destroying incoming projectiles that make contact with it.
    • In MK1, the enhanced version becomes a Mid-hitting projectile that goes through other projectiles and knocks the opponent down.
  • Air Fire Blast: Tanya jumps into the air and sends a blast of fire at a 45 degree angle towards her opponent. In MKX, this attack can be performed at different ranges, called Air Close/Far Fire Blast, respectively. In MK1, this attack is called Air Heavenly Hand. (MK4, MKG, MKD, MKA, MKX - Pyromancer Variation, MK1)
    • In MKX, the enhanced version is called Air Surging Blast and has Tanya send two fireballs at the opponent for double the original damage. Only one of the fireballs can be affected by Dark Shroud or Devil's Dust.
    • In MK1, the enhanced version lets Tanya drop to the ground faster and makes the opponent slowly crumple to the ground, leaving them open to attacks.
  • Split Flip Kick: Tanya somersaults forwards with a flaming kick directed at her opponent. In MKX, this attack is called Flip Kick, and her feet won't be on fire. Additionally, Tanya knocks the opponent down with the kick. (MK4, MKG, MKD, MKA, MKX)
    • The enhanced version is called Split Flip Kick, which has armor and has Tanya perform a front flip and land right onto of her opponent's chest, dealing increased damage.
  • Find Me: Tanya surrounds herself with a flaming haze and becomes invisible. (MKD, MKA)
  • Air Spin Kick: Tanya performs a Spin Kick while in the air, torpedoing herself at the opponent's head, knocking them down. (MKX)
  • Air Split Drop: Tanya drops down from the air and does a leg split on the floor as she lands down, knocking the opponent off their feet. (MKX)
  • Teleport Away/Forward: Tanya crouches in place and teleports through a golden aura, leaving behind a brief golden afterimage of herself and reappearing in the air. Tanya can either teleport towards or away from her opponent. Tanya can delay when she teleports and can cancel the attack before teleporting. Canceling the attack requires and spends a bar of stamina. The attack can also be used in the air, called Air Teleport Away/Forward, respectively.
    • The enhanced version is called Quick Teleport Away/Forward, where when Tanya teleports, if she makes contact with the opponent, they take damage. Additionally, Tanya can use airborne attacks after teleporting. These versions of the attack can not be delayed, can not be canceled nor can they be performed in the air.
  • Tonfa Toss: Tanya throws her Tonfa at the opponent to deal damage. (MKX - Kobu Jutsu Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Tonfa Throw. Upon successfully hitting the opponent, the Tonfa will come back, stunning the opponent and setting them up for a free hit. The returning Tonfa does not have an increased hitbox, where it can miss ducking opponents. If the opponent is only struck by the second strike, they will still be stunned however the damage will be reduced. The Tonfa will still return to Tanya even if she is struck by an attack.
  • Blade Drive: While in the air, Tanya dives at the opponent and stabs them with her Tonfas, knocking the opponent away. (MKX - Kobu Jutsu Variation)
  • Tonfa Swipe: Tanya lunges forward, slashing her opponent with her Tonfas. Tanya can perform follow-up special attacks after using this attack; (MKX - Kobu Jutsu Variation)
    • Tonfa Slash: After performing Tonfa Swipe, Tanya slashes her opponent a second time, dealing increased damage.
    • Tonfa Push: After performing Tonfa Slash, Tanya stabs her opponent with her Tonfas, knocking them away.
      • Tonfa Push can be enhanced to perform Rising Tonfa, where Tanya slashes the opponent into the air for a juggle and deals increased damage.
    • The enhanced version is called Tonfa Strike, which has armor and deals increased damage. Tanya can also delay each additional strike after performing Tonfa Strike or alternatively, she can perform each strike in a much faster sequence than before.
  • Air Staff Stance: Tanya jumps onto her Naginata, stabbing it into the ground and sits on top. If the opponent underneath the Naginata when Tanya does this, they will take damage. Tanya can perform various special attacks after performing this attack, however she can only perform two of these additional attacks before being force to jump off her Naginata; (MKX - Dragon Naginata Variation)
    • Jump Towards/Away: After entering Air Staff Stance, Tanya can either advance or retreat in a manner identical to performing Air Staff Stance.
      • Exit Stance: Tanya simply jumps off her Naginata and hops back onto the fightline.
      • Staff Slam: Tanya jumps off her Naginata and performs an overhead slam, bouncing the opponent off the ground. When used in the corner of an arena, Tanya is offered combo extensions; otherwise, the opponent is knocked away. Tanya is vulnerable before delivering the slam, however this window is very short.
      • Staff Slide: While on top of her Naginata, Tanya jumps onto it to quickly slide it into the opponent's feet, knocking them off their feet in the process.
      • Swing Kick: Tanya slides down to the middle of her Naginata and performs a double-legged swing kick that knocks her opponent away full-screen distance.
  • Swing Kick: Tanya plants her Naginata into the ground, swinging onto the midsection of the Naginata's handle and performs a double-legged swing kick that knocks her opponent away full-screen distance. (MKX - Dragon Naginata Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Spinning Kick, which has armor, deals increased damage and has Tanya kick the opponent into the air. Upon doing this, she will immediately enter into an Air Staff Stance and gains access to all the stance's attacks in the process.
  • Dark Shroud: Tanya spins and casts a purple aura onto the opponent, increasing the damage dealt by Tanya's Fireball attacks by 25%. If the opponent is hit by one of her fireballs, the effect ends immediately. Connecting or being struck by an X-Ray attack ends this effect prematurely. (MKX - Pyromancer Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Devil's Dust, which has armor and deals increased damage. The damage increase towards Fireball attacks remains the same.
  • Heavenly Hand: Tanya launches a golden energy projectile at her opponent. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version goes through other projectiles and knocks the opponent down.
  • Seeking Guidance: Tanya meditates briefly and forms a golden halo behind her back. This move has four charges and it can be charged to let Tanya get two charges for a slightly longer duration. When Tanya has the halo, her dashes become fater and the attacks used after the dash keep the momentum. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version lets Tanya get a charge slightly faster.
  • Umgadi Dodge: With two stacks of Guidance available, Tanya phases upwards diagonally and reappears in mid-air. This move can phase through opponent, allowing Tanya to escape from the corner if she's backed into it. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version has Tanya strike the opponent with her knee while she's phasing, launching the opponent into the air.
  • Divine Protection: Tanya enters a defensive stance with six spectral hands appearing in front of her. If Tanya is struck with a physical attack in this state, she suffers no damage from the attack and gains a charge of Guidance. If Tanya parries an attack at the exact frame it's going to hit her, she gains two stacks of Guidance instead. In this state, she has two follow-up options: (MK1)
    • The enhanced version allows Tanya to parry projectiles in addition to physical attacks.
    • Deity Push: When parrying an attack, Tanya uses the spectral hands to strike the opponent and knock them away.
      • The enhanced version deals more damage and knocks the opponent further back.
    • Umgadi Evade: When parrying an attack, Tanya phases upwards diagonally and reappears in mid-air. This move can phase through opponent, allowing Tanya to escape from the corner if she's backed into it.
      • The enhanced version has Tanya strike the opponent with her knee while she's phasing, launching the opponent into the air.
  • Spinning Splits Kick: Tanya jumps up and conjures a spectral hand that holds her hand while she spins around and kicks the opponent three times. This attack can be peformed mia-air, called (Air) Spinning Splits Kick. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version grants armor and deals more damage.

X-Ray/Fatal Blow

  • X-Ray - Air Up and Over: After stunning the opponent with a dive kick, Tanya does a somersault leap to strike the back of their head with her heel, crushing the back of their skull. She grabs their head and leaps over them, pulling their neck back, snapping it in half. Turning back around, she leaps onto the opponent's shoulders, holding their neck with her legs and delivers a powerful Frankensteiner throw that shatters the opponent's neck completely. (MKX)
  • Fatal Blow - 100 Hands: Tanya hits the opponent with her staff before her partner starts with their attack. Once it has ended, Tanya runs to the opponent and uses her staff as a stand to kick them and go in the air to the other side before spawning two sticks to hit them from behind and charges herself into the opponent to impale them into her staff on the chin. (MK1)

Other Moves

  • Throw: Tanya lifts her foe by the ankles & slams them down. (MK4)
  • Neck Break: Tanya leaps onto her foe's shoulders, wraps her thighs around their head & swings around them 180 degrees. (MK4)
  • Throw: Tanya uses an axe kick to hit the opponent's head, making them look down, and then kicks them in the face with the other foot to knock them away. (MKX)
  • High Heel: Tanya performs a spin heel stomp that knocks the opponent to the ground. The attack can be delayed or run-canceled, however it can not be run-canceled to continue combos. Delaying the attack allows for the heel strike to deal increased damage and bounce the opponent off the ground for a juggle instead of knocking them to the ground. (MKX)
  • Dark Burst: Tanya kicks the opponent in the shin, jabs them in the face then delivers a double backhand empowered by her Fireball. This combo is susceptible to the effects of Dark Shroud and Devil's Dust, increasing the final hit of the combo. This replaces her Bitter Hatred combo in the Pyromancer Variation. (MKX - Pyromancer Variation)
  • Tonfas: While in the Kobu Jutsu Variation, Tanya gains unique combos utilizing her Tonfas. Additionally, some of her basic attacks and combos will be altered from their original to incorporate her Tonfas. (MKX - Kobu Jutsu Variation)
  • Naginata: While in the Dragon Naginata Variation, Tanya gains unique combos utilizing her Naginata. Additionally, some of her basic attacks will be altered from their original to incorporate her Naginata, greatly increasing her reach. (MKX - Dragon Naginata Variation)
  • Descendant Blows (Backward Throw): Tanya grabs the opponent and performs a monkey flip, launching the opponent into the air while her staff drops on them from above and drives them into the ground. (MK1)
  • Wraparound: Tanya strikes the opponent in the face with her staff before extending it, wrapping it around their neck and tossing them behind herself. (MK1)
  • Brought Low: Tanya strikes the opponent with the extended staff before performing a butterfly kick and making the staff wrap around their legs and tossing them under. (MK1)


  • Kiss of Deceit: Tanya gives her opponent a kiss on the cheek, which makes their limbs, torso and head twist and contort into impossible angles, before they explode. This Fatality is extremely similar to Kitana's Kiss of Death Fatality of UMK3. (MK4, MKG)
  • Neck Screw: Tanya performs her "Breaker" move three times in quick succession. (MK4, MKG)
  • Torture Rack: Using her Kobu Jutsu, Tanya slices her opponent's torso, slits their throat and then stabs them in their abdomen, allowing them to bleed to death as they sink to their knees. (MKD)
  • Kneebone Knife: Tanya rips out the opponent's thigh bone and stabs them in the neck with it. The opponent then coughs until falling down, dead. (MKD)
  • Bloody Boots: Tanya kicks the opponent on the ground and pins their hands down with her Kobu Jutsu blades. She then walks up to them and delivers a powerful stomp right through their chest. She proceeds to stomp on the opponent's head with her other foot, with such force powerful enough to create a gaping hole. She removes her blood-covered boots from the opponent's corpse and walks away. (MKX)
  • Edenian Drill: Tanya mounts the opponent's back by holding onto their shoulders and snapping their spine with her feet. She then launches her entire body through the opponent's chest, leaving a gaping hole. She brushes off a few tracts of intestines that cover her body as she lands and gives a satisfied look at their still-beating heart in her hand. The opponent's eviscerated body falls backwards to the ground. (MKX)
  • Helping Hands: Tanya uses her staff to snap the enemy's head for a complete 180 turn before inserting her weapon into their mouth, causing them to kneel. She then proceeds to pull out their head along with their spine. With the help of her magic arms, she completely rips it off their now-headless body. (MK1)
  • Show of Hands: Tanya uses her magic hands to lift the opponent into the air by the limbs, with the hands then stretching the opponent out flat, breaking the bones inside. Tanya then throws her staff through the opponent, taking the head through the opponent, splitting the body into two. The staff lands with the opponent's head impaled on to it and the magic hands drop the two halves of the opponent's body. (MK1)

Other Finishers

  • Hara-Kiri - Eye Stab: Tanya rips out both of her thigh bones and stabs herself in the head through her eye sockets. (MKD)


Mortal Kombat X

  • Top Off: Tanya performs her Throw, only this time, she kicks the opponent's head clean off with the heel kick. (MKX)
    • A button must be held.
  • Romp Stomp: Tanya performs a Split Flip Kick with the flip stomp destroying the opponent's sides and causing their head to pop off. (MKX)
    • Can be performed on a juggled or airborne opponent.
    • A button must be held.
  • Backstabbed: Tanya performs a Tonfa Throw where the returning Tonfa lodges into the opponent's back, causing them to fall over and bleed to death. (MKX - Kobu Jutsu Variation)
    • Can not be performed on a juggled or airborne opponent.
    • Must be a certain distance from the opponent.
  • Watch This: Tanya performs an Air Staff Stance then performs a Swing Kick that causes the opponent's entire upper body at the waist to spin completely around before falling off their lower body shortly after. (MKX - Dragon Naginata Variation)
    • Can not be performed on a juggled or airborne opponent.
    • A button must be held.
  • Pop Pop: Tanya performs a Dark Shroud or Devil's Dust then performs a Surging Blast that causes the opponent's skin to melt off, leaving only a purple glowing skeleton. (MKX - Pyromancer Variation)

Mortal Kombat 1

  • The Klassic: Tanya knocks her staff upwards, causing the opponent's head to pop off their shoulders with their spine still attached. This Brutality is shared with every character. (MK1)
    • A button must be held.
  • Rest in Pieces: Tanya performs a Throw, launching the opponent high in the air and posing as they drop to the ground and turn into viscera. (MK1)
    • A button must be held.
  • Hot Head: Tanya performs the Brought Low kombo and smashes the supine opponent's head with a staff swing. (MK1)
  • Head Kase: Tanya performs Heavenly Hand that destroys the opponent's head. (MK1)
  • Kore Sample: Tanya performs Drill Kick that destroys the opponent's shins, and they attempt to crawl away before bleeding out. (MK1)
  • Watch This!: Tanya performs the Devout Follower kombo and breaks off the opponent's arms with swift staff swings before crushing their head with the final swing. (MK1)


Mortal Kombat X

  • "The Tarkatans are in position. We await your order." (To Mileena)
  • "I'm pleased you remember me, Ko'atal." (To Kotal Kahn)
  • "She vowed to create a free Edenia. Something you refuse to do." (To Kotal Kahn)
  • "It will never be united under your rule." (To Kotal Kahn about Outworld)
  • "Leaving without your friend, D'Vorah?" (About Cassie Cage)
  • "Your people believe we avoided your island out of respect for your solitary nature; we just didn't like you." (To D'Vorah)

Mortal Kombat 1

  • "Princess Mileena. We should be on our way. Empress Sindel awaits."
  • "Once you're caught, the empress will decide your fate." (After Kenshi lost to her in a round)
  • "Are you prepared for Argus's judgement, Zaterran?" (After Reptile lost to her in a round)
  • "You trespass in Outworld, interfere in imperial matters. It is you, not I, who is the schemer here."
  • "The General? Are you so easily taken in by lies?"
  • "Once again, you prove incapable of protecting the royal house."
  • "You won't reach the empress unless you kill me." (After Li Mei lost to her in a round)
  • "Why didn't you kill me?"
  • "Stay behind me, Princess."
  • "Praise Argus."
  • "Guh! My ribs. They may be broken."
  • "Guh! Help me up."
  • "Amazing, Mileena. In another life, you could have been Umgadi."
  • "Guh..." (Moans in pain with broken ribs)
  • "I replaced her after your death, Your Majesty. She left the order rather than accept punishment." (To Jerrod)

Dark Tanya

  • "Let's rip the flesh from their bones."

Armageddon Tanya

  • "By Delia, you will fall."
  • "Be gone. I am twice the warrior you are."
  • "Faith alone won't save you."
  • "You are outwitted and outmatched."
  • "You've no hope of besting me."
  • "Thank you, Kitana." (Thanking Titan Kitana)
  • "Very generous, Liu Kang. Now let us end this."
  • "What's wrong?!"



  • Tanya's name comes from one of Ed Boon's sisters, Tania.
  • Tanya was the only character introduced in Mortal Kombat 4 to appear as a playable character in the following games until Mortal Kombat Armageddon. Other characters such as Kai and Fujin were at times planned, but failed to make the final cut.
  • Tanya is one of many characters who has the ability to turn invisible in the Mortal Kombat series. Others include Reptile, Smoke, Chameleon when in Reptile's form, Khameleon, Noob Saibot, Predator, Mileena, Triborg when shapeshifting Smoke and Shang Tsung when morphed into Reptile in Mortal Kombat 11, however it is not used during gameplay.
    • Tanya, Khameleon and Mileena are the only females to use this ability.
  • Tanya's Human Cannon Drill move is very similar to Cammy's Spiral Arrow move from the Street Fighter universe in terms of functionality and appearance - the latter technique is informally nicknamed "Cannon Drill" by fans, giving even more resemblance between both.
  • In a Top 10 list hosted by, Tanya's Neck Snap Fatality was placed at #10 of the worst Fatalities in the Mortal Kombat series.
  • According to Ed Boon on Twitter, Tanya barely missed the cut for MK 2011.
  • Tanya is the second character in the series to appear in a game's Story Mode before appearing as a DLC character, this occuring in Mortal Kombat X. The first character to do this was Skarlet in Mortal Kombat (2011) while the third was Bo' Rai Cho, this again happening in Mortal Kombat X, with Sheeva being the fourth in Mortal Kombat 11.
  • An interaction between Tanya and Tremor, in addition to some interactions with Mileena in Mortal Kombat X, and Mileena's Arcade ending in Mortal Kombat 11 suggests that Tanya is one of three LGBT characters in the Mortal Kombat series, possibly being the second bisexual character, after Mileena. The first LGBT character was Kung Jin.
    • While it is confirmed that Kung Jin is indeed homosexual, it has yet to be confirmed whether or not Tanya is in fact bisexual.

Mortal Kombat 4

  • In the development stage of MK4, the development team intended for Kitana to be a playable character, but the decision was made to add a new character instead, thus modifying the in-progress model into Tanya.
    • Due to Kitana's planned appearance in Liu Kang's MK4 ending, the model that appears in said ending is simply a recolored Tanya model, changing the color of her dress completely black while leaving the dark skin tone intact.
    • Kitana would later be made into a playable character in the Dreamcast port of MK4, Mortal Kombat Gold, although her model in this game reuses her Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 design and contains no traces of Tanya.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

  • In Mortal Kombat Deception's Konquest mode, Tanya is one of two characters (the other being Kabal) who will attack Shujinko if she is bumped into. Normally, the aggressive characters must be punched by Shujinko before they react.
  • In MKD's Konquest mode, with the help of Shujinko, Tanya found a cave in Outworld to use to trap Liu Kang in. However, Shujinko can also find Liu Kang to warn him about it. This is a reference to her MK4 ending, where she succeeded in luring Liu Kang into a trap where he is soon killed by Shinnok.
  • In her Deception Bio Kard, it's mentioned that her boomerang from the 4/Gold era was initially planned to reappear. For unknown reasons, it was scrapped from the final product. In the Kard video, she is also seen wielding a Naginata as her weapon, but before the game's release, this weapon was reassigned to Hotaru.
    • Later on, in Mortal Kombat X, Tanya would use the Naginata in one of her variations.
  • Tanya's weapon in Deception and Armageddon, the Kobu Jutsu, was simply known as "Tonfas" in early stages of development.
    • The Kobu Jutsu will remain visible after Tanya has turned invisible. The only way to use them invisibly is during, or at the end of, a combo while invisible.

Mortal Kombat (2011)

  • Kitana can be seen chained up in Shao Kahn's Coliseum. However, if the player chooses Kitana, Tanya will be chained up in Kitana's place. Tanya's design is unchanged from her appearances in Deception and Armageddon.

Mortal Kombat X

  • Tanya reappears as one of five non-playable fightable characters in the game's Story Mode, the others being Baraka, Rain, Sindel and Shinnok's Corrupted Form.
    • She would later be added to the game as the second fighter available in the game's first Kombat Pack.
      • While originally advertised to appear identical to her Story Mode counterpart, Tanya received an entirely new moveset, special attacks and gained an X-Ray for her DLC appearance. Her original Story Mode appearance is only playable through hacking
  • An interaction between Tanya and Kung Lao is a reference to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet's opening scene. However, instead of biting thumbs, Tanya asks if Kung Lao tosses his hat at her, which he responds with "I do toss my hat.", leading her to respond "If you do, I am for you." As Tanya and Kung Lao had no previous interactions, this is merely done for comedic effect.
  • An interaction between Tanya and Kung Jin would have Jin rejecting Tanya. This, followed by a scene in the Story Mode between Raiden and Kung Jin would lead to the speculation that Kung Jin was the first homosexual character in the Mortal Kombat series. This was later confirmed on Twitter by creator Dominic Cianciolo that Jin is indeed homosexual.
  • Tanya is one of two characters whose X-Ray attack can only be performed while airborne, the other being Takeda.
    • Kitana's, Mileena's, and D'Vorah's X-Rays can be activated in the air, however this is not the required position to activate it like Tanya and Takeda.

Mortal Kombat Mobile

  • Tanya is one of the few characters to receive an exclusive reskin in the mobile version of MK not featured in the main game she is playable in.
    • She is also one of three DLC characters from Mortal Kombat X to receive an exclusive reskin, the others being Jason Voorhees and Goro.
  • Tanya was originally one of three characters to inflict Lethal Damage, this being her Kobu Jutsu Card. The other two were Circle of Shadow Liu Kang and Nightmare Freddy Krueger.
    • As of Update 2.0, many of the revamped character cards now gain passives that grant Lethal Damage, most notably MK11 Scorpion's Passive.
  • Tanya's Treacherous Card is the only card in the game that can cancel and/or destroy the opponent's Equipment Cards.

Mortal Kombat 11

  • Tanya cameos as one of the many non-physical tower modifiers in the Towers of Time.
  • Tanya later appears in Mileena's Arcade ending with their own daughter.

Mortal Kombat 1

  • Tanya's virtue is presented as "Protection".
  • Tanya is a playable base roster character for the first time since Mortal Kombat Armageddon.
  • Tanya's previous signature weapon, her tonfas, are replaced in favour of a three sectioned staff, which is her main weapon in this game.
    • In her concept arts & various tower endings, her tonfas are still present, possibly indicating that she had them at an earlier stage of development.
  • In her tower ending, Tanya is promoted to "Matron Superior", after unveiling the truth about Li Mei's disinvolvement in Emperor Jerrod's death.


  • Tanya's boots are much bigger than the hole created in her opponent's head when performing her Bloody Boots Fatality, making her foot clip through the opponent's head when removing it.
  • Tanya's Treacherous Card can still destroy her opponent's equipment even if the opponent evades the attack and taking no damage whatsoever. This is similar to the Frostbite and Weaken debuff applying on characters that evade.


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