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Villain Overview

Let's see what you're made of.
~ Kabal's Battle Cry in Mortal Kombat (2011).
I'm about one thing: what's best for me.
~ Kabal to Scorpion, Mortal Kombat 11.

Kabal is a warrior who is a member of the Black Dragon Clan and an antagonist from the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games. He is an anti-villain in Mortal Kombat 3-Armageddon, and a supporting protagonist turned minor (undead and possessed) antagonist in Mortal Kombat 9 and a minor antagonist (still undead and possessed) in Mortal Kombat X. He later appears in Mortal Kombat 11 as a supporting antagonist with his past self also being fought in one chapter.


Original Timeline

Mortal Kombat 3

Kabal was a member of the Black Dragon Clan until Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm. His soul was spared and he discovered that he was one of the chosen fighters. Kabal was attacked by one of Kahn's extermination squads and severely mutilated, surviving only through artificial respirators. He still had an unbroken will to fight and left behind his life of crime, swearing to become a force of good.

Between Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Kabal fought and was wounded severely by Mavado, who was a leading member of the Red Dragon that sought to wipe out the Black Dragon. He also took Kabal's hookswords as trophies.

Mortal Kombat: Deception


Havik found Kabal on the brink of death and saved him, in exchange for him bringing back the Black Dragon as a force of chaos and anarchy. In spite of his vow to give up crime, Kabal did exactly as Havik asked, trained with him for a few years, and returned to Earthrealm to reclaim his hookswords from Mavado.

He then began searching for new recruits and eventually found Kira, a weapons dealer whose ruthlessness in battling her enemies impressed him. Afterwards Kabal and Kira rescued rouge martial artist Kobra from imprisonment. Kabal and his recruits accompanied Havik to Outworld, Kabal secretly wanting to test the pair of recruits and he then tested their progress in the battle against the Dragon King.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Kabal encountered Taven in Argus's temple after the demigod beat Kobra and most of the other Black Dragon. He offered him a place in the clan, but was turned down and defeated by Taven.

Kabal joined the Forces of Darkness in the battle of Armageddon, and was seen trying to stop Stryker from climbing the Pyramid of Argus, however, it backfires and Kabal was thrown off of the pyramid. Along with most of the kombatants, he was killed.

In his ending, he defeated Blaze imbuing his hookswords with great power. Kabal challenged Mavado to battle and overpowered him easily, causing him to perform Hara-kiri. He held Mavado's head as a sign of the Black Dragon's superiority.

Current Timeline

Mortal Kombat (2011)

In an alternate timeline, Kabal was formerly a police officer and a close friend and partner of Kurtis Stryker. Both of them were about to fight Kintaro, but Kintaro burned Kabal with a fireblast. Because of this, his skin and lungs were left heavily burned. When Stryker came back after he beat Ermac, Kabal was nowhere to be found. It turned out that Kano (an old friend of Kabal from his time as a member of the Black Dragon Clan) rescued him and Shang Tsung healed most of his wounds while Kano outfitted him with his mask and respirator.

Kabal escaped and fought Kano, Mileena, Noob Saibot, Sheeva and a Cyborg Sub-Zero (while still being controlled by the Lin Kuei). He joined Raiden so he could help defeat Shao Kahn, but ultimately, he along with Nightwolf, Sub-Zero, Kitana, Jax, Smoke, Jade, and Stryker were killed by Sindel. However Kabal and the others souls, including, Kung Lao, and Sindel, were claimed by Quan Chi and were forced to serve the evil sorcerer forever. Kabal was among the revenants who attacked and were defeated by Raiden in the Netherrealm.

Mortal Kombat X

Revenant Kabal

For the next 25 years, Kabal continued serving Quan Chi as an undead slave. After the events in previous Mortal Kombat game back when Johnny, Sonya and Kenshi were younger before Cassie, Jacqui Takeda and Jin were born Kabal, Sindel and Kurtis Stryker attacked Raiden and Fujin at Raiden's temple. Along with Quan Chi and his demon army. Raiden and Fujin defeated the demons first and then Kabal, Stryker, Sindel and Quan Chi but not before Quan Chi summoned Shinnok into Raiden's temple when Shinnok was defeated Quan Chi and his revenants retreated.

He was seen with the other revenants versions of Smoke, Stryker, Sindel, Kitana, Liu Kang and Kung Lao escorting Quan Chi to his fortress to await D'Vorah. Kabal, the other Revenants and Quan Chi traveled by horse due to Quan Chi's powers being weaker than what they were before. They were ambushed by the Special Forces, Jax, Kenshi, and Sareena. Kabal charged in on his demon horse and attacked the solider while the others attacked for a safe distance before getting closer and into the fight. Kenshi rushed in to protect the Special Forces soldiers Kabal and Kenshi fought each other during the hole fight between the Revenants and the Special Forces.

After the battle Kabal retreated with the rest of the revenants to Quan Chi's fortress he hasn't been seen after that. Later in the game a darker, crueller Raiden enters the Netherrealm with Shinnok's decapitated living to tell the new rulers Kitana and Liu Kang what fate awaits them and anyone else who pose as danger to Earthrealm (including Kabal).

Mortal Kombat 11

Kabal returns as a playable character in the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11. He was revealed on February 5, 2019. Like with the other Revenants, Kabal is truly evil this time around as he still threatens Earthrealm despite no longer being controlled. He first appears in chapter 1, fighting Cassie during Raiden and the Special Forces invasion of the Netherealm before being defeated.

After Kronika manipulated time to merge past and present, Kabal's younger self, during a time when he was loyal to the Black Dragon, was among those present, and participates in the ambush on the Special Forces Desert Command base and captures the younger Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. Kabal is lied to by the older Kano that Sonya would be the one responsible for his burns by torturing him to get information on the Black Dragon. He attacks Sonya to get some "pre-emptive vengeance" before being defeated by her. His fate after the Special Forces storm the Black Dragon is unknown, however, given the presence of his Revenant, he presumably survived and was taken into custody.

The Revenant version of Kabal, along with Jade, were guards of Kronika's crown in Shang Tsung's island. Kabal began circling around the younger Jax and Jacqui in the courtyard, but was slowed by Jax. Kabal and Jade confronted the two Briggs, and he taunted them. However the Briggs went onto defeat him.

In his ending, the human Kabal defeated Kronika, but decided that he did not want the responsibility of keeping time, so went back and returned it to Kronika. In return, Kabal was allowed to take out all those who could burn him, and left the Black Dragon. Presumably using riches from the clan, Kabal retired to a life of domestic bliss with two sons, living in a mansion armed with military grade weaponry to take out Shao Khan or Shinnok in case they ever showed up.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

After Shang Tsung, Fujin and Nightwolf revisit the timeline, Kabal and Jade ambush them on the island before the Briggs arrive. Kabal battles Fujin, but is defeated by the wind God.

Other Media

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Main Article: Kabal (2021)

Powers and Abilities

Kabal's dash move.

Kabal is a ruthless, but level-headed fighter and wields his hookswords with great skill. His face is so hideous it can scare people to death, as evidenced by one of his fatalities. Kabal can also fire a plasma blast from his mask and use his superhuman speed to perform a dash, that spins his opponent around like a top. As shown in one of his fatalities, he can move up to speeds far quicker than the speed of sound though his top speed is unknown.


You fight well. I don't know who you are but there is always room in the Black Dragon clan for another ruthless warrior.
~ Kabal makes an offer to Taven to join the Black Dragon, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.
You're a dead ringer for your mother!
~ Revenant Kabal before fighting Cassie Cage
Hope you're ready for some pre-emptive vengeance!
~ Human Kabal to Sonya after being convinced she burned him.
Jax Briggs. We were partners under Quan Chi's command. You'll join me again.
~ Revenant Kabal before fighting Jax.
Too slow! I expected better, Fujin.
~ Revenant Kabal to Fujin.


  • One of the hints in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is "Kabal says thank you very much". This may be a reference to a side mission players can perform, where he will reward them with his hookswords.
  • Kabal's fatality in MK3, where he removed his mask to scare the opponent to death, was listed as ninth on Screwattack's Top 10 Worst Mortal Kombat Fatalities list. It later returns in Mortal Kombat 11 as one of Kabal's brutalities.
  • While all the other characters must perform "mercy" to use their Animalities, Kabal can do so automatically on the Sega Genesis ports. However this makes his head fall off.
  • In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Kano states that the Flash was so fast, he would give Kabal a run for his money.
  • Because Kabal is possessed as a revenant while his past version is evil which disappointed some fans, both are believed to appear in the sequel of Mortal Kombat 11 where the revenant Kabal would be snapped out from the influence.
  • Curiously, the younger Kabal is depicted with superspeed, even though he should come from a time period before he gets them.


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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 | Queen Kreeya | Peron | Scorpion | Siann, Mika and Sora | Sub-Zero | Vorpax