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Villain Overview
Pretty boy ain't gonna save ya this time!
~ Kano to Sonya Blade.
I'll take care of him, no charge. One dead Lin Kuei, in a tick!
~ Kano to Shang Tsung and Smoke in Mortal Kombat (2011).
Back off... and all's well. Piss me off... and Cassie's gonna' meet Uncle Kano.
~ Kano to Sonya Blade.

Kano is the treacherous, arrogant and crude leader of the Black Dragon Clan, and an antagonist from the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games. He holds a sick infatuation with Sonya Blade (much to her disgust). He is also a supporting antagonist in the 1st Mortal Kombat game, a minor antagonist in Mortal Kombat II, a major antagonist in 3-Armageddon, an anti-villain in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, one of the supporting antagonists (along with Noob Saibot and Mileena) in Mortal Kombat 9 and a major antagonist in Mortal Kombat X.



Powers and Abilities

Kano is a deadly adversary due to his resourcefulness, his master manipulation & opportunistic tactics. He engages in fights when the odd are in his favor. He tends to use other members of his team (Tasia, Jarek, Tremor, No Face & BD Thugs/Mercenaries) to wear down his opposition, so he can have the advantage in a fight. Whether he is wearing you down for the advantage or forced to fight right away, Kano is an extremely adept hand-to-hand fighter and  also displays great prowess with knives, particularly his signature weapon: a pair of butterfly knives. Kano has proven to be a challenge for even more skilled fighter.

In addition to his skills, Kano has had several cybernetic upgrades throughout his body, particularly his Cybernetic Eye, which he can omit a laser beam from. Another of Kano's special moves is his ability to tuck into a cannonball and propel himself toward his opponents. Kano is also shown to be incredibly strong and powerful, as he can punch through a person body. He is even capable to punching through metal, ripping out vital organs, ripping off someone's head, and even rip out an entire skeleton out of his opponent with his bare hands.



  • Black Dragon (Jarek, Tasia, No-Face, Kabal, Kira, BD Mercenaries & BD Thugs)
  • Shao Kahn (killed by Raiden and the Elder Gods, revived in MK 11)
  • Shang Tsung
  • Sindel
  • Smoke
  • Quan Chi (killed by Scorpion in MKX game)
  • Noob Saibot
  • Tanya
  • D'Vorah
  • Baraka (killed by D'Vorah in MKX game, revived in MK 11)
  • Mileena (killed by D'Vorah in MKX game)
  • Motaro (killed by Raiden in MK 2011)
  • Sektor (killed by Sub-Zero in MKX comics)
  • Reiko (killed by Havik in MKX comics)
  • Cyrax (killed himself in MKX comics)
  • Havik
  • Rain
  • Chaosrealmers
  • Shinnok
  • Skarlet
  • Tarkata
  • Triborg
  • Tremor (formerly)
  • Goro
  • Kintaro (killed by Sonya, Cassie, and Jacqui in MKX comics)
  • Shokan (formerly)
  • Sheeva (formerly)
  • Ermac (formerly)
  • Reptile (formerly)
  • Saurian (formerly)
  • Erron Black (formerly)
  • Geras
  • Kronika


  • Earthrealm heroes
  • Liu Kang
  • Kung Lao
  • Nightwolf
  • Sonya Blade
  • Kurtis Stryker
  • Johnny Cage
  • Kabal (formerly)
  • Kotal Kahn
  • Saurian
  • Shokan
  • Sheeva
  • Ermac
  • Ferra & Torr
  • Reptile
  • Erron Black
  • Sub-Zero
  • Scorpion
  • Li Mei
  • Bo' Rai Cho
  • Special Forces
  • Cassie Cage
  • Jacqui Briggs


Liu Kang?
~ Kano mistakes Kung Lao for Liu Kang.
~ Kano after Kung Lao tells him he is not Liu Kang.
So how's the family Briggs?
~ Kano to Jax Briggs.
I'm a Black Dragon.
~ Kano after Jax Briggs wants to know why he is smug.
Get set for a relapse.
~ Kano talking about Jax dying again.
Hello my lovely.
~ Kano to Sonya Blade.
Escape and miss all the fun.
~ Kano to Sonya Blade.
Hello baby, miss me?
~ Kano to Sonya Blade.
It's your funeral.
~ Kano to Kenshi.
This ain't no game.
~ Kano to Kenshi.
I get a new sword out of it.
~ Kano before fighting Kenshi.
Sorry love, nothing personal.
~ Kano to Kitana.
I'd do you for free.
~ Kano to Kitana.
I'll have that rope spear.
~ Kano to Scorpion.
Who had I want to buy it.
~ Kano after Scorpion says his weapon is not for sale.
My favorite kitchen appliance.
~ Kano making fun of Sub-Zero.
Let's bring you down a peg.
~ Kano to Sub-Zero.
Sorry, no refunds.
~ Kano after Mileena says she wants her gold back.
I prefer the winning side.
~ Kano after Mileena says he betrays her.
Won't even get my hands dirty.
~ Kano to Takeda.
Over here, sweet girl.
~ Kano to Cassie Cage.
Baby girl, first swings on me.
~ Kano to Cassie Cage.
Going to cut you ear to ear.
~ Kano to Cassie Cage.
Shall we dance. pretty girl?
~ Kano to Jacqui Briggs.
They let anyone one in aye.
~ Kano talking about the Shaolin Monks after Kung Jin calls him a dirtbag.
You could use a friend like me.
~ Kano to Shinnok.
That's your last go at me.
~ Kano after Johnny Cage makes a joke about Kano.
Why don't we work together?
~ Kano to Erron Black.
Use your might! Kano fight the word is at your feet! Use your might I'm on your side. You are wanted, and you're haunted. You're the bad guy, but I feel for you. You're the danger, a fallen angel. But I like you, you're the strongest of them all.
~ Kano's in his own song, Use Your Might.


  • Kano bears some resemblance to the Terminator and Ed Boon stated that his design was based on the T-800's appearance in Terminator 2, when the Terminator's face skin is peeled off, revealing his mechanical face.
  • When Kano faced the Flash, he stated that he would give Kabal a run for his money.
  • His fatality in UMK3, where he reached down the opponent's mouth and pulled out their skeleton, was listed number 6 on Screwattacks' list of Top 10 Mortal Kombat Fatalities.
  • In the games, Kano was originally intended to be Asian, but Trevor Goddard's portrayal of Kano as Australian in the Mortal Kombat movie was well liked by the developers, who incorporated aspects of it into subsequent games.
  • A cyborg heavily based on Kano appears at the Bad Anon meeting in the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph.
  • Kano is also the moniker of a well-known UK grime MC.
  • Kano was mostly bald in the digitized Mortal Kombat games.


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

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

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Kitana | Kung Lao | Kurtis Stryker | Liu Kang

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