NeatherRealm gears up to unleash another gory reveal tomorrow for Mortal Kombat 11. The iconic franchise has plenty of elements that fans cherish, but one of the best aspects that get people talking is its reach beyond the canon to introduce beloved murderous characters from people’s favorite games and movies. Here is my dream list of fighters that will hopefully appear in DLC for the latest release.
#1: Terminator (Terminator)
Playing as the unstoppable Terminator would empower players with its robotic strength. The added bonus would be playing as Arnold Schwarzenegger, would enhance people’s skills even further.
The brute strength and gunplay from the T-800 could lend itself to plenty of violent possibilities for moves and fatalities. Inspiration from the films will certainly give plenty of morbid ideas to the developers over at NetherRealm Studios.
#2: Ripley (Alien)
Mortal Kombat X featured Ripley’s alien nemesis, so why not give her time to shine? Ripley is one of the most powerful ladies in film history. NetherRealm never found an issue when placing strong women in the bloody franchise like Sonya Blade and Kitana.
Ripley’s arsenal of a flamethrower and pulse rifle leads to plenty of ways to kill her foes. If she does get added, let’s all agree that her fatality must include injecting her enemies into space somehow.
#3: Joel and Ellie (The Last of Us)
Two things Mortal Kombat has done in the past to make this work is their introduction of Kratos from God of War in the 2011 release and having two characters in one with Ferra and Torr in Mortal Kombat X. Replicating Ferra and Torr would make for the perfect love letter to PlayStation fans of Naughty Dog’s masterpiece.
Kratos being a PlayStation exclusive character lets NetherRealm have the freedom to dip its toes in another property from Sony’s vast roster.
The Last of Us is nothing without both of its protagonists so the two would have to come together as they slaughter through each arena. Come on Sony and NetherRealm, get to talking about this idea.
#4: Master Chief (Halo)
Giving Xbox fans some love, Master Chief would be the ultimate choice for this bloody puncher. He has plenty of skills fighting Covenant and Flood to take on Sub Zero. His vast experience with a wide variety of weapons and vehicles would make Spartan 117 a difficult foe for anyone facing him in the ring.
#5: Doom Slayer (DOOM)
Arguably the most vicious killer in video games is Doom Slayer. The silent protagonist rushes through space and hell to brutalize any demon in his path. The marine has plenty of toys that will dismember and blow up any body part. When going hand to hand, he can deliver some mean punches that will still tear his enemies apart.
Watch out Scorpion, Doom Slayer will make you “get over here,” and it will not be nice.
#6: Any Marvel Superhero/Villain
DC had its turn with the crossover title Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, now let Marvel have its turn with any of its heroes or villains. With the hype coming from the movies, any of the major players in the Avengers films would lead to excellent choices. Spider-Man webbing up his opponents, Thanos snapping everyone to dust, or Iron Man blasting pieces of flesh off his foes would do for the perfect bridge between MK and Marvel.
#7: Jedi/Sith Lord (Star Wars)
Both the Jedi and Sith are powerful enough with their skills in using a lightsaber and the force to gut anyone in their path. Due to the Sith’s grim presence and brutal mindsets, having Darth Vader or any other iconic character on the dark side would be more fitting for the most violent fighting game. The use of laser burns, force lightning, and force push allow for plenty of options for terrifying fatalities.
#8: John Wick (John Wick)
Keanu Reeves’ action trilogy stands as my favorite action movies for a great reason. The choreography beats out any other film in the genre. Just tell him Baraka ate his dog then he will be on a killing spree. Whether it is with guns, his hands, or a pencil, he will manage to get his target.
#9: The Hound (Game of Thrones)
Game of Thrones has a roster of potential fighters suited for the ultraviolent world of Mortal Kombat, but The Hound is one of the most vicious and biggest favorites from Westeros. He has had quite the journey facing plenty of people and white walkers, yet always surviving even when he lost to Brienne of Tarth.
Mortal Kombat 11 comes out April 23 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.