Mortal Kombat 2 is known as a noteworthy addition to the Mortal Kombat franchise which also solidified Midway’s position in the industry. On top of that, Mortal Kombat 2 included a lot of gameplay upgrades and introduced some of our all-time favorites like Mileena, Kitana, and Kung Lao.
In Mortal Kombat 2, Shao Kahn hosts the Mortal Kombat Tournament in Outworld. He extends an invitation to Raiden, the Earthrealm protector and thunder god, who then gathers his kombatants, and together, they travel to Outworld. The new Mortal Kombat Tournament is far more dangerous, with far more worldly consequences, and this time – Shao Kahn has the upper hand.
Having in mind all the joy it’s given us, we rounded up the best and worst Mortal Kombat 2 fatalities, from the bottom up. Stick around if you’d like to remember some of the most brutal Mortal Kombat 2 moves, as well some of the more cringe-worthy ones.
How to perform Mortal Kombat 2 Fatalities?
The Fatality gameplay feature in the Mortal Kombat series allows the winner of the final round in the match to inflict a gruesome finishing move on their powerless opponent.
With the announcer’s bellowing voice prompting you to ‘Finish Him/Her’, you’ll only have a short amount of time to execute a Fatality by entering the specific button-joystick combo, while you’re located at a certain distance from your opponent.
MK2 fatalities ranked bottom up
Each character can perform several different finishing moves. For the purpose of this article, we’ve picked some of the most talked-about Mortal Kombat 2 Fatalities. Some of them are cool, some are plain weird, while others are just downright brutal.
KITANA FINISHING MOVE KISS OF DEATH
Kitana’s been a long-time favorite on the Mortal Kombat 2 roster, but her finishing move, on the other hand, not so much.
The Kiss of Death fatality sort of has a love-hate relationship with MK2 fans, but the overall consensus is that the move lies somewhere among the lines of cringe.
Once Kitana smooches her opponent on the cheek, they’ll inflate and eventually explode. It started with a kiss, how did it end up like this?
RAIDEN FINISHING MOVE ELECTROCUTION
In true nature of his thunder god self, Raiden performs a low kick, then electrocutes his opponent until their organs and blood start flying all over the place. This is one of the signature Mortal Kombat 2 Raiden moves, but compared to some of the others on this list, it’s just not as memorable.
But the “anticlimactic” nature of this fatality doesn’t shock us. To be fair, all of Raiden’s finishing moves are somewhat bizarre. As his friendship finisher, Raiden summons an infantile version of himself named Kidd Thunder. That’s it. That’s the whole story of that finisher.
The story of friendship finishers is somewhat a bizarre story on its own – friendships were introduced in MK2 as a response to the controversy which surrounded the bloody Fatalities. In contrast to said bloody Fatality, Friendship usually allows you to perform a random act of kindness towards your enemy instead of finishing them off. Said act could include the most random things like painting a picture or blowing bubbles. Basically, any act against the law of nature in Mortal Kombat.
MILEENA FINISHING MOVE MAN EATER
Mileena’s finisher move is definitely efficient alright. But does it lean more towards brutal or cringy? Soon enough, you’ll find that it lies somewhere in the middle – it’s clean, efficient, but downright creepy.
Mileena lures in her victim, gives them a sloppy kiss on the cheek, and slurps them up like a bowl of instant ramen. Then, she spits out the only thing that’s left of them – bones.
SCORPION FINISHING MOVE TOASTY
Toasty is one of those MK2 moves that remains legendary. Even though it originally appears in the first Mortal Kombat game, it’s so memorable that we thought it deserved an honorable mention.
For this fatality, Scorpion takes off his mask and reveals the skull hidden underneath. Then, he delivers a blast of his fire-breath, essentially turning them into a skeleton. The enemy’s corpse remains in a kneeling position, almost as if it’s worshiping him.
The exclamation of “Toasty!” might be optional, but we definitely encourage it.
REPTILE FINISHING MOVE HEAD-SNACK
In Mortal Kombat 2, we’re graced with Reptile’s big reveal. Just like Scorpion revealed his skull underneath the mask in the first game, Reptile reveals his reptilian head. On one hand, it was totally predictable, yet nobody saw it coming.
Once he reveals his reptile head, Reptile wags his long tongue to decapitate and devour the opponent’s head. But that’s not all. Now that he’s fully sated, he’ll turn towards the camera and smugly rub his now-full stomach.
LIU KANG FINISHING MOVE DRAGON
The best MK2 fatalities are either extremely bloody and violent or just downright cool. Liu Kang’s fatality is of the latter variety.
For his fatality, Liu will transform into a ginormous dragon twice the size of himself. As if that isn’t an impressive enough feat, Dragon Liu finishes off his enemies by devouring them. Pretty cool right?
There is one question though – if you can turn into a dragon, why not do it all the time? The only reasonable explanation is that Liu wanted to save the best for last.
JAX FINISHING MOVE ARM PULL
It’s safe to say it’s as cruel as it sounds. That’s precisely why we’ve ranked it as our number one Fatality out of all the MK2 moves.
As much as you’ll wish you were dead, Jax’s Arm Pull won’t immediately kill you. Like the name would suggest, Jax just yanks the arms off his opponent right off their body.
The opponent will find no brothers in arms, so they’ll just scream their head off, gushing blood all over the place. And Jax, like the total Chad he is, just stands there flexing over the opponent’s dismembered body.
Final Thoughts on Mortal Kombat 2 Fatalities
In short, The Mortal Kombat series gave us lots of quality content, including Mortal Kombat 2. Said masterpiece was a definite upgrade to its predecessor and it definitely helped boost Midway’s rep up a little. And by little, we mean a lot.
Keep in mind that there are lots of other memorable Fatalities in Mortal Kombat 2, these are just some of them. The MK2 finishing moves that made it to our list were simply a little more out there, in terms of cringeworthiness or brutality.
In case you can’t seem to recall some of the other MK2 moves, maybe it’s time for a little brutality. Get your game on kombatants!