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Chameleon is from the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. He debuted as a secret character in Mortal Kombat Trilogy.

Chameleon was portrayed by John Turk.


Originally, Chameleon is a secret character in Mortal Kombat Trilogy. He is described as "one of Shao Kahn's deadliest warriors". Chameleon returns in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon as a playable character. He has a bigger backstory in Armageddon.


Mortal Kombat Tournament

Chameleon was a fighter who hid in the shadows of Outworld. He was eventually found by Outworld's emperor Shao Kahn.

The emperor hired Chameleon to prevent the warriors of Earthrealm from winning the Mortal Kombat tournament. This way, Shao Kahn could still dominate Earthrealm even if he was defeated in the tournament. Mortal Kombat champion Liu Kang managed to defeat Shao Kahn and the other fighters in the tournament.

After Shao Kahn lost, he dispatched Chameleon to fight Liu Kang. Chameleon was one of Shao Kahn's deadliest warriors. He possessed the ability to camouflage himself which was an unfair advantage.

Despite Chameleon's ability of camouflage, he was still beaten by Liu Kang. Shao Kahn and his forces were sent back to Outworld and Chameleon went back into hiding.

Battle of Armageddon

Years later, Chameleon emerged from hiding. He mastered the fighting style of Crane and acquired a ninja sword. By this point, Chameleon was no longer interested in serving Shao Kahn. Instead, he wanted to be known and feared throughout the realms in the universe.

Chameleon heard about the Battle of Armageddon. He saw it as an opportunity to be known and feared. He joined the Forces of Darkness and fought the other Kombatants. During the battle, the Pyramid of Argus emerged from the ground. All of the kombatants attempted to reach the top. While everyone fought, Chameleon camouflaged himself and sneaked to the top of the pyramid.

At the apex of the pyramid, Chameleon fought Blaze who was the pyramind's guardian. He defeated Blaze and acquired the guardian's power. By acquiring Blaze's power, Chameleon became known by everyone in the realms. They feared him and his new power.

Mortal Kombat 9

Chameleon along the the female Khameleon made his appearance in the new timeline as a background character. He was seen wearing a grey outfit along the the female one they both entered into the Mortal Kombat tournament but didn't play major roles they mostly stayed on the sidelines.

Mortal Kombat 11

Chameleon like many other ninjas like Rain, Tremor and Smoke makes a cameo appearance in Mortal Kombat 11 in a DLC the Krypt. Do to the design of the character and the outfit it's most likely the young Chameleon from the original timeline. Because the one in the new timeline even though he was in the background has a grey outfit while the one in the Krypt has an outfit similar to the original classic Chameleon. He can be found falling in the same location like Tremor, Smoke and Rain the time is random but he falls off a bridge and gets impaled by the same spike as the other ninjas. He dies and over a certain amount of time his body and soul will disappear. Shang Tsung takes his soul and like all the other ninjas he killed the sorcerer changes into Chameleon during some of his fights.


  • Chameleon is a combination of every other male ninja in the Mortal Kombat series. He possesses all of their fighting moves.
  • Chameleon's ending is not canon in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.
  • Originally, Chameleon was not scheduled to be in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. He was added after many demands from fans.
  • In the N64 version of Mortal Kombat: Trilogy, Chameleon is replaced by Khameleon who is a similar character.


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

Secondary Villains
Cetrion | D'Vorah | Geras | Goro | Kintaro | Noob Saibot | Sindel

Other Villains
Baraka | Chameleon | Cyrax | Drahmin | Ermac | Erron Black | Frost | Hsu Hao | Jade | Jarek | Kabal | Kano | Kira | Kobra | Kollector | Mavado | Mileena | Moloch | Motaro | Rain | Reptile | Scorpion | Sektor | Sheeva | Skarlet | Smoke | Tanya | Tremor | Triborg

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

Non-MK/Guest Star Villains
Alien | Catwoman | Darkseid | Deathstroke | Freddy Krueger | Jason Voorhees | John Rambo | 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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