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Villain Overview
My blades will find your heart!
~ Baraka to Jax Briggs.
Shao Kahn conquered my realm. I owe him my loyalty. I honor his will!
~ Baraka to D'Vorah.
Speak. You've earned the chance.
~ Baraka to Kitana
No one's ever made Tarkatans such an offer. But there are your words, not his.
~ Baraka to Kitana
We will share in Outworld's rule.
~ Baraka

Baraka is a Tarkatan warrior and a former antagonist from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.


Original Timeline

Mortal Kombat II

Baraka led the attack on the Shaolin Temple in the Earthrealm, which caused Liu Kang to seek vengeance and journey into Outworld, all according to Shao Kahn's plan. He teamed up with Mileena in an attempt to take down Shao Kahn, but they failed in the attempt. Baraka was sent to the lowlands of Outworld, but escaped after Kahn was defeated during the events of Mortal Kombat 3, left to wander the realms.

Mortal Kombat 4

Quan Chi found Baraka wandering through Edenia and offered him a chance to rule the realms at his side, if he fought for Shinnok. The Tarkatan agreed due to his need for combat, but planned to betray his masters yet again. However Shinnok was defeated before he got the chance to.

Mortal Kombat: Deception


Baraka in Mortal Kombat Deception.

Baraka found a new master, this time the resurrected Onaga, whom he had great faith in. The Tarkatan freed Mileena and recruited her to the Dragon King's side to pose as Kitana so as to misdirect Edenia's forces against Baraka's raiding forces, keeping them away from Onaga. But when Mileena gave Bo Rai Cho control of Edenia's army, many of the Tarkata were defeated, angering Baraka. When the two set up a meeting in the Beetle's Lair, the Tarkatan sent another of his race in his place, since he had grown suspicious of her. This proved to be an excellent decision since Mileena killed the Tarkatan in an attempt to get rid of Baraka.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

In the final battle of Armageddon, Baraka joined the Forces of Darkness to fight against Kung Lao once again.

In his ending, Baraka defeated Blaze and gained godlike power. The Tarkatan then decided to be his own master and ordered Shao Kahn and Onaga to bow before him or die. They responded by attacking him, only to be impaled on Baraka's armblades, which grew to twice their normal size. Now ruler of Outworld, the Tarkatan made Mileena an offer to be his queen. She chose wisely, implying that she agreed.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe


Baraka as he appears in MK vs DC.

After the merger began, Baraka attacked Sonya at the Shaolin Temple, but was defeated. He then appeared as one of Quan Chi's allies, along with Shang Tsung after Scorpion managed to track down Kitana. The Netherrealm sorcerer sent Baraka, Scorpion, and Shang to take out Captain Marvel, but they were defeated. Afterwards he and the other two appeared at Raiden's Sky Temple as Quan Chi freed Kitana from the rage. Baraka then joined forces with the other Mortal Kombat fighters so as to defeat Dark Kahn. Upon arriving, Baraka was surprised by what Outworld has become, since it had fused with Apokolips.

In his ending, the rage dissipated in all the inhabitants of the realms, except for the Tarkata. The rage brought them to a whole new level of bloodlust and they stormed through the realms, dominating all and marking their foreheads with the blood of their enemies.

Alternate Timeline

Mortal Kombat (2011)


Baraka in MK (2011).

Baraka took part in Shang Tsung's Mortal Kombat tournament and fought Johnny Cage, but was defeated by the movie star, who thought his fangs and blades were just special effects. Later on, the Tarkatan listened to Cyrax talking to Raiden and reported this to Shang Tsung, who sent Baraka and Sheeva to kill the Lin Kuei, thinking he'd turn against him. However, Cyrax beat the two of them. After the tournament was over, Baraka led his fellow Tarkata in attacking the Wu Shi Academy, capturing Sonya Blade in the process. Once Raiden and the other Earthrealm warriors arrived in Outworld, Jax faced off against Baraka, but the Tarkatan lost yet again. After Kitana found out the truth about her past, Baraka was commanded to guard the Tower where she was imprisoned and as he was ding so, also sorted the weapons that Shang had gotten from the Black Dragon Clan with another Tarkatan. He told the other not to mess around with the weapons and sent him elsewhere, when Jade arrived.

Baraka told her she was not allowed in and then she taunted him, calling him a good guard dog, and ordered him to heel. A fight ensued and the Tarkatan was beaten, saying Edenians had no loyalty, but Jade knocked him out. Baraka later watched Shao Kahn face off against Liu Kang and be defeated, then presuming he was dead, met with the other generals to discuss who would take over. The Tarkatan argued Mileena should take Kahn's place since she was his sole heir, but Kahn revealed that he was still alive and Baraka and the others bowed to him. He presumably later led the other Tarkata in Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm.

In his ending, all of Shao Kahn's minions were enraged when Baraka apparently killed their master, just as Earthrealm seemed in their grasp. However, it turned out that the Tarkatan had killed Shang Tsung, who'd been posing as Kahn, though this had not fooled Baraka, who had smelled the sorcerer's scent. His loyalty was rewarded and the Tarkata became Kahn's favored race.

Mortal Kombat X

Baraka makes an appearance in Mortal Kombat X. After the death of Shao Kahn, Baraka became a loyal servant to Mileena. When Mileena ambushed Kotal Kahn and his servants, Baraka was with her. However, after Ermac betrayed them and joined Kotal. D'Vorah, one of Kotal's enforcers, attacked Baraka. After an intense battle, D'Vorah managed to defeat Baraka. And after Kotal gave judgment to Baraka, D'Vorah performed a fatality on Baraka, by ripping out his heart and brain, killing him.

Mortal Kombat 11

Baraka returns as a playable character in Mortal Kombat 11. He was revealed in a Mortal Kombat 11 event on January 16, 2019.

A time-displaced Baraka was brought alongside his time-displaced allies and enemies by Kronika's time anomaly machination to the future of the present day. Baraka is amongst the time-displaced warriors who are brought to the present-day Outworld's Koliseum, took place after Kung Lao's victory against Quan Chi and Shang Tsung at the second tournament. After being defeated by Kotal where Baraka learned his future-self is dead, Baraka retreats with his allies, including Kollector with the aid of D'Vorah to be introduced to their new boss, Kronika, who claims to promises the villains the new eras they ever wanted.

Just as Shao Kahn begins to use Tarkatan shelter as his temporary main base, Baraka and his troops are guarding the Tarkatan refugees against Kotal's army. Despite Baraka being defeated by Kotal and time-displaced Jade, and almost being executed with his surviving Tarkatans, the argument between Jade and Kotal over changing Tarkatan's future redemption causes them ended up being captured by Shao Kahn, with Jade is being tortured by Skarlet at Tarkatan shelter while Kotal is about to executed at the Koliseum. The time-displaced Kitana, under a request of Shokan's current queen Sheeva, gives Baraka a second chance to redeem himself and Tarkatan's future, finally joining her rank alongside his fellow Tarkatan, the present-day Erron Black, and all Shokan.

After Kitana bested Shao Kahn and becoming the Kahn successor of a now crippled Kotal, Baraka volunteers the final battle with his new allies against Kronika's army at Netherrealm, raiding her Keep.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

Other Media

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge

Baraka appears in the movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge as a minor antagonist.


Baraka was introduced as a mean, ruthless, unforgiving, unpredictable and destructive warrior in service of Shao Kahn before later games revealed his more honorable side. He belongs to a race of nomadic mutants, later revealed in Mortal Kombat: Deception to be called Tarkata, a crossbreed between vile and unpleasant Netherrealm demons and denizens of Outworld, apparently populating the vast wastelands of Outworld. Like most members of his race, Baraka possesses long blades extending from his forearms. Although he has had numerous incursions with the Earthrealm warriors, he doesn't appear to have any particular rivalry or hatred towards Earth or its inhabitants. As a loyal and nonviolent warrior, he fights for those whom he calls "master." Mortal Kombat 11 reveals that Baraka is among the least corrupt of Shao Kahn's followers. Although still ruthless, most of his actions stem from caring about his race. He also shows compassion to some of his enemies, outright admitting to Jade that he felt sorry for those enslaved by Quan Chi. Despite serving Kronkia, he eventfully realized that Kotal and the rest of the Earthrealmers were right about Shao Kahn's uncaring nature towards the people of Outworld and turned against him. He even joined them in the final battle against Kronkia and her remaining forces.

Powers and Abilities

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Baraka using his spark attack.

Baraka has great strength and stamina, along with an incredible healing factor, since he survived Kung Lao slicing him in half with his hat, though he needed to have metal staples attached to his body to keep the halves together. Baraka's main source of attack are his armblades, which he can sprout from his lower arms. He can also fire an energy spark attack by scraping his blades together.


Current Allies

  • Kitana Khan (current ruler and former enemy)
  • Outworlders
  • Sheeva (former enemy)
  • Shokan
  • Reptile (MIA)
  • Erron Black (MIA)
  • Saurians
  • Tarkata
  • Ferra and Tor (MIA)
  • Kotal Khan (former ruler)
  • Jade (former enemy)
  • Past Liu Kang (former enemy)
  • Past Kung Lao (former enemy)
  • Earthrealm (Former enemies)

Fomer Allies

  • Shang Tsung
  • Shao Kahn (killed by Raiden and the Elder Gods revived in MK 11)
  • Cyrax (killed himself in MKX comics)
  • Mileena (killed by D'Vorah in MKX game)
  • Sektor (killed by Sub-Zero in MKX comics)
  • Reiko (killed by Havik in MKX comics)
  • Goro (dead)
  • Kintaro (killed by Sonya, Cassie and Jacqui in MKX comics)
  • Rain (MIA)
  • Tanya (MIA)
  • Motaro (killed by Raiden in MK 2011)
  • Centaurians
  • Noob Saibot (MIA)
  • Hsu Hao (killed by Scorpion in MKX comics)
  • Smoke (MIA)
  • Kabal (MIA)
  • Havik
  • Chaosrealmers
  • Mavado (killed by Cassie and Jacqui in MKX comics)
  • Netherrealm Demons
  • Wraiths/Revenants
  • Quan Chi (killed by Scorpion in MKX game)
  • Jarek (MIA)
  • Black Dragon
  • Kano
  • Skarlet (MIA)
  • Moloch (killed by Kitana in MKX comics)
  • Drahmin (killed by Quan Chi in MKX comics)
  • Sindel (MIA)
  • Shinnok
  • Red Dragon
  • Daegon
  • Onaga
  • Frost
  • D'Vorah (MIA)
  • Kollector (MIA)
  • Triborg (MIA)
  • Geras
  • Kronika
  • Young Kano (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Kabal (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Kintaro (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Sektor (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Cyrax (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Kintaro (soul taken by Shang Tsung and used as a fatality)

Current Enemies

  • Skarlet (MIA)
  • Rain (MIA)
  • D'Vorah (MIA)
  • Smoke (MIA)
  • Jarek (MIA)
  • Kollector (MIA)
  • Tanya (MIA)
  • Triborg (MIA)
  • Daegon
  • Onaga
  • Shang Tsung (returns for DLC in MK 11)
  • Netherrealm Demons
  • Chaosrealmers
  • Reiko (killed by Havik)
  • Havik
  • Centaurians
  • Noob Saibot (MIA)
  • Young Shao Khan (killed again)
  • Drahmin (killed by Quan Chi)
  • Old Kano
  • Young Kano
  • Black Dragon
  • Mavado (killed by Cassie and Jacqui)
  • Revenant Kabal (dead)
  • Young Kabal (MIA)
  • Goro (soul taken by Shang Tsung in DLC)
  • Young Cyrax (dead)
  • Young Sektor (dead)
  • Revenants
  • Revenant Kung Lao (dead)
  • Revenant Liu Kang (dead)
  • Revenant Kitana (dead)
  • Revenant Sindel (MIA)
  • Revenant Kurtis Stryker (MIA)
  • Moloch (killed by Kitana)
  • Red Dragon
  • Geras
  • Kronika

Former Enemies

  • Earthrealm heroes
  • Raiden
  • Kitana
  • Liu Kang
  • Kung Lao
  • Jax Briggs
  • Old Sonya Blade (sacrificed herself in MK 11)
  • Jade
  • Johnny Cage
  • Scorpion
  • Sub-Zero
  • Special Forces
  • Old Kenshi Takahashi (died at the hands of Shang Tsung in DLC)
  • Fujin
  • Bo' Rai Cho
  • Li Mei
  • Sareena
  • Kotal Kahn
  • Erron Black
  • Ermac (soul taken by Shang Tsung in DLC, the sorcerer can change into him)
  • Ferra and Torr
  • Reptile
  • Saurian
  • Shokan
  • Young Earthrealm heroes (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Liu Kang (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Johnny Cage (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Kung Lao (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Sonya Blade (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Jax Briggs (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Scorpion (from Original Timeline)
  • Young Sub-Zero (from Original Timeline)


To savor the blood of its enemies.
~ Baraka after Kitana Khan promise to give the Tarkatans their desire
You offer equal rights to Tarkatans?
~ Baraka impressed with Kitana Khan's word but questions how true it is
I will not negotiate. Not with humans.
~ Baraka after Kitana Kahn told Sonya he would talk
You lead your tribe? Your death will be warning to them.
~ Baraka wanting to send a message to Special Forces Earthrealm after he kills Sonya
Beat me unmercifully.
~ Baraka telling Sonya how her, Special Forces and Earthrealm can earn his respect like Kitana Khan
My file Earthrealm?
~ Baraka asking Cassie why Special Forces has a file if Kitana Khan is their ally
We are at war human.
~ Baraka to Jax Briggs about Outworlds war with Earthrealm
Outworld will claim Earthrealm. You won't say much without a tongue .
~ Baraka vs Jax Briggs
She's no friend to Tarkata.
~ Baraka ro Certrion about Kronika
Tarkata can handle the emperor.
~ Baraka talking about killing Kotal Kahn with Certrion after he becomes allies with Kitana Kahn
You will leave in peices stranger.
~ Baraka doesn't trust Certrion
How is that Skarlet?
~ Baraka asking why she thinks him leaving Shao Kahn was good for her
Enjoying being Shao Kahn's slaves.
~ Baraka telling Kollector that he and his people will always be slaves if they serve Shao Kahn
I can see your jealous. First prove yourself in kombat.
~ Baraka telling the Kollector he must prove worthy to serve the Kahn
So Shao Kahn's replaced me. But he will not repay it.
~ Baraka talking about loyalty to Shao Kahn with Skarlet after joining Kitana Khan
Kotal gave us what he could not.
~ Baraka telling Skarlet that Kotal delivered on more promises under Kitana's rule rather than Shao Kahn
What about it?
~ Baraka wondering why Skarlet misses his camp now that he has joined Kitana Kahn
History won't repeat D'Vorah.
~ Baraka telling talking about how she killed future older Baraka
Tarkata now controls its own fate.
~ Baraka after Kotal Kahn is glad that Shao Kahn no longer controls his people
They aren't sold on your loyalty.
~ Baraka and his people only trust Kitana Kahn not Kotal
We are not the dogs Shao Kahn thinks us
~ Baraka to Kotal
Trust will not come easily. Then we should both be careful.
~ Baraka vs Kotal
Then it must be fought.
~ Baraka after Jade says she has bleak future as a revenant and he has one with his death
I prefer my fate to yours.
~ Baraka would rather die than be a revenant like Jade in the future
I'd think twice about being Kotal's bride. If he betrays Tarkata you will suffer.
~ Baraka to Jade
I will flay you for Kotal. It's enough you are Black Dragon.
~ Baraka wants to kill Kabal and all Black Dragon members because Kano betrayed Kotal
You move like Reptile.
~ Baraka to Liu Kang
My people won't starve Kitana.
~ Baraka telling Kitana his people won't go hungry as she regretfully stops his flesh band trade
I dare a lot of things.
~ Baraka after Noob Saibot talks about him turning from Kronika's side
We will never give up the old ways.
~ Baraka telling Sub-Zero that even though the Tarkatan have new allies they will stay the same
Daughter of Eathrealm.
~ Baraka letting Jacqui know he doesn't like Earthrealmers
It doesn't mean our war has ended.
~ Baraka telling Raiden even though he joined Kitana Kahn the war with Outworld and Earthrealm isn't over
Only if it's in our interest.
~ Baraka telling Raiden that Tarkata will only work with earth if they gain something
You are not welcome in Outworld Raiden.
~ Baraka letting Raiden know that even though Kitana Kahn rules Outworld the people still don't trust him
Kitana demands I make peace with you.
~ Baraka following and trusting Kitana Kahn's word but not Raiden
Kotal has made Tarkata hole.
~ Baraka to Scorpion after his people gave up on vengeance
Are tribe is free from your leash.
~ Baraka to Shao Kahn now that they follow Kitana Kahn
It's possible to win Tarkata back. Learn from his example emperor.
~ Baraka telling Shao Kahn that he can learn from Kotal Kahn
You are a loan emperor. Even the Shokan desert you.
~ Baraka vs Shao Kahn


  • Baraka and Mileena seem to have a romantic relationship that was settled in Baraka's Armageddon ending.
  • His fatality from MKII, where he impales his opponent on his arm blades and holds their body up as they bleed to death, was voted number 5 on Screwattack's Top 10 Mortal Kombat Fatalities list.
  • Baraka is the main protagonist in DashieXP's Mortal Kombat series, with his "homie" Raiden being the main antagonist.


           Kombat2 MortalKombat Villains Kombat2

Main Villains
Daegon | Dark Kahn | Kronika | Onaga | One Being | Quan Chi | Shang Tsung | Shao Kahn | Shinnok

Other Villains
Baraka | Cetrion | Chameleon | Cyrax | D'Vorah | Drahmin | Ermac | Erron Black | Frost | Geras | Goro | Havik | Hsu Hao | Jade | Jarek | Kabal | Kano | Kintaro | Kira | Kobra | Kollector | Mavado | Mileena | Moloch | Motaro | Noob Saibot | Rain | Reiko | Reptile | Scorpion | Sektor | Sheeva | Sindel | Skarlet | Smoke | Tanya | Tremor | Triborg

Undead Villains
Jade | Kabal | Kitana | Kung Lao | Kurtis Stryker | Liu Kang | Nightwolf | Sindel | Smoke

Guest Star Villains
Alien | Catwoman | Darkseid | Deathstroke | Freddy Krueger | Jason Voorhees | Joker | Kratos | Leatherface | Lex Luthor | Predator | Terminator

Non Playable Villains
Bannak | Cilene | Forrest Fox | Hideyoshi | Jataaka | Jola | Kebral | Kia | Kiri and Ankha | Komodai | Lin Kuei Grandmaster | Liu Kang (Legacy) | Lucifer | Malebolgia | No Face | Oni Warlord | Oniro | Peron | Rojack | Ruby | Ruutuu | Siann, Mika and Sora | Zaggot | Zara | Zenkaro

Evil Races
Centaurians | Demons | Dragons | Hellspawn | Kytinn | Oni | Shokan | Tarkata | Tormentors | Wraiths | Zombies

Evil Organizations
Army of Darkness | Black Dragon Clan | Brotherhood of Shadow | Cyber Ninjas | Dragon King's Army | Festival of Death | Forces of Darkness | Kahn Guards | Masked Guards | Red Dragon Clan | Shaakans | Shadow Assassins | Shadow Priests | Tekunin

Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins (1995): To be added
Mortal Kombat (1995): To be added
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997): To be added
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010): To be added
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020): Scorpion | Quan Chi | Shang Tsung | Goro | Shao Kahn | Kano | Baraka | Reptile | Moloch | Motaro
Mortal Kombat (2021): To be added

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