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There is an order to the universe — laws that all of nature must obey.
~ Hotaru's biography in Mortal Kombat: Deception.

Hotaru is an antagonist in Mortal Kombat, appearing in Mortal Kombat: Deception and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon as a playable character and in Mortal Kombat 11 in Joker's arcade ending. Believing law and order were the two primary necessity of the universe, Hotaru is a guardian from the realm of Seido, Orderrealm, and was dedicated to maintaining law and order by any means necessary.

He was voiced by Paul St. Peter in Mortal Kombat: Deception.


Hotaru can be described as an extremist and a very lawful person. He believed that law and order are the main necessities to all nature, and this in law and order were very strong to the point where he would severely punish anyone who were rebellious to his belief. He is also devoted to the service of Onaga.


Mortal Kombat: Deception

In the story, Shujinko seeks help from Hotaru to battle against the Tarkatans in a small town of Outworld. As Hotaru helped, Shujinko returned on his quest with Damashi (actually Onaga). After a long journey, Shujinko decided to return to Outworld. As he encountered Hotaru, he was falsely imprisoned for a long period of time. As Shujinko broke free, he challenged Hotaru and other Seidan forces and escaped.

Upon the Dragon King's return Hotaru saw an opportunity to bring order to not just Orderrealm but all the realms. Joining Onaga he helped the Dragon King in his plans to remake the realms through assisting the Tarkatan hordes as they hunted down all who could stand in their way. In his non-canon ending Hotaru executes Sub-Zero to make an example of any who would oppose his lord.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

When the battle of Armageddon started, Hotaru joined the Forces of Darkness in hopes of securing the godlike power for himself. As the battle raged, Hotaru killed Li Mei. The pyramid rose from the ground where Blaze stood ready to take on any challenger. In his non-canon ending Hotaru was able to kill Blaze, with this power Hotaru became the God of Order and was able to remake all the realms into his own image. As a final act of revenge Hotaru transformed his most hated enemy, Havik, into his most devoted follower by stripping him of free will. In canon he is killed at some point during the battle to which Shao Kahn claims the power.

Mortal Kombat 11

In Mortal Kombat 11, Hotaru appears as a cameo character in Joker's ending, being killed by Mileena.




  • Havik
  • Shujinko
  • Dairou
  • Darrius
  • Li Mei
  • Kenshi
  • Sub-Zero



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

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

Other Villains
Baraka | Chameleon | Cyrax | Drahmin | Ermac | Erron Black | Frost | Hotaru | Hsu Hao | Jade | Jarek | Kabal | Kano | Kira | Kobra | Kollector | Mavado | Mileena | Moloch | Motaro | Rain | Reiko | Reptile | Scorpion | Sektor | Sheeva | 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 | John Rambo | Joker | Kratos | Leatherface | Predator | Terminator

Non Playable Villains
Forrest Fox | Jataaka | Kia | Lin Kuei Grandmaster | Lucifer | Malebolgia | No Face | Oni Warlord | Rojack | Ruutuu

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): Shang Tsung | Goro
Mortal Kombat (1995): Shang Tsung | Kano | Goro | Sub-Zero | Scorpion | Reptile | Shao Kahn
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation: Shao Kahn | Sindel | Shinnok | Mileena | Motaro | Sheeva | Ermac | Jade | Baraka | Cyrax | Smoke | Scorpion | Noob Saibot | Reptile | Rain
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth: Shang Tsung | Sub-Zero | Reptile | Baraka
Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Gadsen | Liu Kang
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge: Scorpion | Quan Chi | Shang Tsung | Goro | Shao Kahn | Kano | Baraka | Reptile | Moloch | Motaro | One Being
Mortal Kombat (2021): Shang Tsung | Sub-Zero | Mileena | Reiko | Kano | Kabal | Goro | Reptile | Nitara
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms: Shao Kahn | Shinnok | Shang Tsung | One Being | Scorpion | Lin Kuei Grandmaster | Sektor | Cyrax | Mileena | Smoke | Reiko | Kintaro | Jade | D'Vorah

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm: Hideyoshi | Komodai | Oniro | Ruby | Zaggot | Zara | Zenkaro
Mortal Kombat: Conquest: Bannak | Baron Reyland | Cilene | Jola | Kebral | Kiri and Ankha | Noob Saibot | Quan Chi | Queen Kreeya | Peron | Qali | Scorpion | Reptile | Siann, Mika and Sora | Sub-Zero | Vorpax