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Villain Overview
You will serve me in the Netherrealm.
~ Quan Chi in Mortal Kombat (2011).
You abandon them to their deaths... I returned them to life.
~ Quan Chi to Lord Raiden.

Quan Chi is a powerful demon sorcerer from the Netherrealm, who appears as a major antagonist from the Mortal Kombat fighting video game series. He appears as the secondary antagonist of Mortal Kombat 4, the main antagonist (along with Shang Tsung) of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, and the secondary antagonist (along with D'Vorah) in Mortal Kombat X as well. He is responsible for the founding of the Brotherhood of Shadow, the ancient demonic cult who worshiped his deity Lord Shinnok. He also killed Hanzo's family, wiped out his clan, and framed the first Sub-Zero for his crime. Along with Shinnok, his MK9 counterpart also helped Kronkia with her scheme even though they likely didn't do it itentionally.



  • Richard Divizio: MK4, MKG, MKM SZ (Richard also portrayed motion captures for these games)
  • Nick Chinlund: Defenders of the Realm
  • Ronald M. Banks: MK vs. DCU, MK 2011, MKX


  • Michael Rogers: MKL
  • Adoni Maropis: MK Konquest


The free-roaming demon Quan Chi, who was once an Oni, but has evolved to a human-like demon due to him mastering the magical secrets of the dark arts including interdimensional travel without detection by the Elder Gods and the power of necromancy. He soon assisted the fallen Elder God Shinnok—who had been banished to the Netherrealm by the lesser god Raiden of Earthrealm after centuries of warring. He helps defeating the dark realm's then-demon ruler Lucifer in exchange for power and the opportunity to co-rule the realm at Shinnok's side. He formed the Brotherhood of Shadow who would forever worship Lord Shinnok and serve in his name.

Centuries later, in Earthrealm, a sorcerer known as Shang Tsung reveals to Quan Chi the location of the sacred Amulet of Shinnok,

In other Media

The wicked sorcerer Quan Chi made his debut in the animated series, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, which aired a year before the Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero game. In the episode "The Secret of Quan Chi", he used his sorcery to turn everyone on Earth against each other, creating pandemonium and chaos that Earth's heroes were forced to overcome. He was voiced by Nick Chinlund.

Quan Chi also had substantial guest appearances on Mortal Kombat: Conquest, in which he was portrayed by Adoni Maropis, and mostly inspired by his Mythologies incarnation.


Quan Chi is a very tall, well-built man with red eyes. Among his distinct features is his completely white skin. He is also completely bald, devoid of any hair on his head or face.

There also appears to be a chakra on his forehead. In his first appearance, he wore a heavy green uniform with spike-studded black armor and originally, with a yin-yang emblem on it, which seems regal, he uses it for formal gatherings. During his escape from Scorpion in the Netherrealm, he has discarded some of his clothing, leaving him with half a portion of his armor and new black gloves, his torso bare otherwise.

Later, he magically carves the inscriptions of the tomb of the Dragon King's army onto his body as somewhat becoming his tattoos. On his belt he now bears the authentic Amulet of Shinnok. The MK team seems to be fond of Quan Chi's Deadly Alliance outfit, as he retains this design in every game released following Deadly Alliance, even games that chronologically predate it.

As of Mortal Kombat X, Quan Chi sports a new outfit that combines traits of both his MK4 and DA-onwards appearances. While he is still topless, he now wears an armored cuirass with spikes on his collar, reminiscent of his MK4 outfit.

Powers and Abilities

Quan Chi's Evil Magic

The demon sorcerer Quan Chi unleashing and demonstrating his evil magic in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm.

Quan Chi is the most powerful demon sorcerer of the Netherrealm, proficient in both black magic and necromancy. After gaining the Amulet of Shinnok, he gained a variety of other powers, such as the ability to travel between realms. Like most kombatants, Quan Chi is much stronger, faster, and tougher than the average super-human. He was able to defeat Shang Tsung who was able to almost defeat Liu Kang the first time they fought. However, he did so with great effort on his part. Before they bretrayed each other, their combined power and skill barely beat Raiden.
Master Quan Chi

Quan Chi

Most of Quan Chi's necromantic attacks involve summoning skulls and skeletons, which emit an eerie green glow. He can also summon a defensive wall of skulls, as well as skeletons to do his bidding. Quan Chi's black magic shows itself in the form of his ability to create the Soulando, a large tornado like column of souls, which he can shut off at any time. As his alternate weapon fighting style, Quan Chi wields a pair of Asian broadswords.


You may address me as master.
~ Quan Chi to Jax Briggs.
Yes, I'm sure you have.
~ Quan Chi after Sonya Blade says she has been waiting to fight him.
Tell me how are his nightmares?
~ Quan Chi asking Sonya Blade how Jax is doing.
I will put you down, dog.
~ Quan Chi to Kenshi.
Speak, puppet.
~ Quan Chi to Scorpion.
Your rage betrayed you.
~ Quan Chi to Scorpion.
Death is my ally.
~ Quan Chi to Sub-Zero
And you will be again.
~ Quan Chi after Sub-Zero says that he was Quan's slave.
It was his thirst for revenge.
~ Quan Chi after Mileena blames him for Shao Kahn's death.
I think I do.
~ Quan Chi after Takeda says that Quan Chi does not scare him.
You will serve me.
~ Quan Chi to Takeda.
Are you as fragile as you appear?
~ Quan Chi to Cassie Cage.
Unspeakable horror awaits you.
~ Quan Chi to Cassie Cage.
I will end your sad existence.
~ Quan Chi to Jacqui Briggs.
You are welcome to try.
~ Quan Chi after Jacqui Briggs says that she will beat him.
You look like Kung Lao. And you are just as head-strong.
~ Quan Chi after Kung Jin says that he will beat Quan Chi.
My lord.
~ Quan Chi to Shinnok.
I shall not disappoint.
~ Quan Chi after Shinnok wants to test him.
Does the worm turn?
~ Quan Chi to Kano.
You shall see my worst.
~ Quan Chi to Kano.
No, death.
~ Quan Chi after Johnny Cage asked if he brought cupcakes.
You will join me after your death.
~ Quan Chi to Erron Black.
Then die serving him.
~ Quan Chi after Ermac says that he serves the emperor.
Then I will bring it crashing down.
~ Quan Chi after what Kotal Kahn says what Quan Chi does to his trust.
Give your souls and you will.
~ Quan Chi after Ferra and Torr say that they don't remember their past.
Let us shed your mortal shell.
~ Quan Chi to D'Vorah.
Lord Shinnok will be displeased in your inability to merge Earthrealm.
~ Quan Chi's first words in MK vs. DC, speaking to Shao Kahn.
Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Onaga... my comrades; we are all treacherous by nature and betrayal is to be expected, but if we do not stand together, at least initially, it could mean the end of the Forces of Darkness.
~ Quan Chi in Armageddon, assuring Shao, Tsung and Onaga that they must work together.


  • Quan Chi was planned to appear in the climax to the Mortal Kombat movie, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, standing besides his master Shinnok, but was cut, though he still appears on posters and on some DVDs and laserdiscs of the movie.
  • Two of his fatalities, the Leg Rip and Neck Stretch are Ed Boon's favorite and least favorite fatalities respectively. The Leg Rip was voted #9 on Screwattacks' list of Top 10 Mortal Kombat Fatalities and the Neck Stretch was listed as number 6 on their list of Top 10 Worst Mortal Kombat Fatalities.
  • According to the Konquest mode of Armageddon, Quan Chi was the one who proposed the alliance between himself, Shang Tsung, Onaga, and Shao Kahn on the argument that they would not be able to defeat the forces of good otherwise. However, he did this under Shinnok's orders, so as to bring them to the location of Armageddon where Shinnok planed for Daegon to win.
  • His non-canon ending in Armageddon depicts Quan Chi getting so powerful to assault the Heavens, a place which is known to obliterate and destroy all evil beings who enter it, as seen in Scorpion's DA ending.


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

Other Villains
Baraka | Cetrion | Chameleon | Cyrax | D'Vorah | Daegon | Drahmin | Ermac | 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 | Sindel | Smoke

Guest Star Villains
Alien | Catwoman | Darkseid | Deathstroke | Freddy Krueger | Jason Voorhees | Joker | 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 | Oni Warlord | Oniro | Peron | Rojack | Ruby | Ruutuu | Siann, Mika and Sora | Zaggot | Zara | Zenkaro

Evil Races
Centaurians | Cyber Ninjas | Dragons | Hellspawn | Kytinn | Oni | Shadow Assassins | Shokan | Tarkata | Tormentors | Wraiths | Zombies

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

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