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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 Raiden and Fujin in Mortal Kombat X.

Quan Chi is one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside Shang Tsung) of the Mortal Kombat series. He is Shinnok's right-hand-man and the archenemy of Scorpion.

He is a powerful demon necromancer from the Netherrealm, who is responsible for the founding of the Brotherhood of Shadow, the ancient demonic cult who worshipped his deity Shinnok. He also killed Hanzo's family, wiped out his clan, and framed the first Sub-Zero for his crime. Along with Shinnok, his reboot counterpart, also helped Kronika with her scheme, even though they likely did not do it intentionally. This makes him one of the most important villains in the franchise. Without him, some of the most important events would have likely never happened.

He was voiced by Herman Sanchez in Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Deception, and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Nick Chinlund in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and by Ronald M. Banks for Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Mortal Kombat (2011), and Mortal Kombat X. In live-action, he has been portrayed by Richard Divizio in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Michael Rogers in Mortal Kombat Legacy and by Adoni Maropis in Mortal Kombat Konquest.


In the original timeline, he served as a background antagonist in the first three Mortal Kombat games, the main antagonist of Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, the secondary antagonist of Mortal Kombat 4, the titular main antagonist of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, a minor antagonist in Mortal Kombat: Deception, a cameo character in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, a major antagonist in Mortal Kombat Armageddon, and a supporting protagonist in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

In the alternate timeline, he served as a major antagonist in Mortal Kombat (2011), one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside D'Vorah) of Mortal Kombat X, the secondary antagonist of the Mortal Kombat X comic series, and a posthumous antagonist in Mortal Kombat 11, and its story mode DLC, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath.

He also served as the titular main antagonist of the episode "The Secret of Quan Chi" in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, a supporting antagonist in Mortal Kombat: Conquest and Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and one of the two main antagonists (alongside Shang Tsung) of Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge


Regardless of timeline, Quan Chi does not care about anyone but himself. Always going out of his way to manipulate the odds, he only serves people for his own benefit; considering even the few people he shows loyalty to to be a means to the end. One great example of this would be how he tricked Scorpion into thinking that Bi Han killed his clan and family. He did this to further his own goals and to provide Shinnok an extra tool to assist him.


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 Mortal Kombat 4 and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance 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

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. This along with his necromantic powers make him one of Earthrealm's greatest threats. He also beat Shang Tsung after some considerable effort on his part. Only Shinnok, Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung and Delia can match Quan Chi's skills as a sorcerer.

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. However, he never uses them during the rebooted timeline. Furthermore, since he bested Shang Tsung in combat, one can assume that he surpasses him in magical powers and skill.

Quan Chi also frequently get his hands on powerful artifacts that can enhance his own powers. Some of these artifacts are Shinnok's Amulet, the Living Weapon, Onaga's undead army, the immortal skull placed on Quan Chi's armor in MKX, his Fortress, etc.

Despite his powers, Quan Chi is nothing more than a coward. Because he sneeks no true loyalty to anyone but himself, he will do anything, even doom the realms, to avoid justice for his crimes. This led to him getting involved with beings who could easily destroy him. Thus, his cunning is also his greatest weakness as few if any, are willing to trust him. Furthermore, while he is skills are remarkable, he struggles against those who are match or even surpass him like Shinnok.


Part 1

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.
Quan Chi: Scorpion, we can...

(Scorpion punches Quan Chi)
Scorpion:MY NAME IS HANZO HASASHI! You killed my wife, my son, and then you burrowed your way into my head, misdirected my vengeance, cost me my one chance to have them restored!
Quan Chi: Your, family, I...
Scorpion: Quiet sorcerer! Nothing can help you now!

~ Quan Chi pleads to Scorpion before they fight

Part 2

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.
Master of Souls.
~ Quan Chi to Shinnok.
Raiden's servant.
~ Quan Chi to Bo' Rai Cho.
Shinnok will be displeased by your inability to take Earthrealm.
~ Quan Chi's first words in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, speaking to Shao Kahn.
I created Scorpion from Hasashi's soul after he died.
~ Quan Chi to Sektor in MK X via Sub Zero's flashback
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 Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, assuring Shao, Tsung and Onaga that they must work together.


  • 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 #6 on their list of Top 10 Worst Mortal Kombat Fatalities.
  • According to the Konquest mode of Mortal Kombat: 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.
  • Quan Chi in the alternate timeline has taken some of Shang Tsung's roles, such as resurrecting Sindel and requesting an invasion of Earthrealm.
  • His non-canon ending in Mortal Kombat: 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 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance ending.
  • According to dialogue between Jax Briggs, Sareena and Kenshi in Mortal Kombat X, Quan Chi needs Shinnok as his power source. At least in the current timeline. He also showed no signs of betraying his Master.

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