|“||Takeda is no more. I am Scorpion.||„|
|~ Takeda to the Great Kung Lao.|
Takeda, better known as Scorpion, is a major antagonist in the 1998-99 TV series Mortal Kombat: Conquest, serving as the secondary antagonist of "Warrior Eternal", the main antagonist of "Thicker than Blood", and the central antagonist of "The Serpent and the Ice". He is based on the video game character of the same name.
He was portrayed by Chris Casamassa, who also portrayed Scorpion in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie.
Takeda was originally a bodyguard working for Baron Reyland, a owner of a trading post in the city of Zhu Zin, and the father of Jan Reynald, who was the Great Kung Lao's girlfriend. He was also good friends with both Kung Lao and fellow bodyguard Siro.
Following his victory over Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat, Kung Lao went to the trading post to ask from Baron Reynald to marry his daughter. However, the Baron refused and ordered Takeda to drive him out. Takeda tried to reason with Kung Lao, but when he was refused, he tried to kill him, but Siro stopped them in time.
At the same time, the defeated Shang Tsung, who was imprisoned in the cobalt mines of the Shokan in Outworld as punishment for his defeat to Kung Lao, he planned his revenge, and with the help of a woman named Vorpax, he managed to use his magic in order to release Scorpion. He then moved him to Zhu Zin, where he possessed Takeda so that he kills Kung Lao for him. He even attempted to steal his soul for Shang Tsung, before being stopped by the Baron, who was soon killed. Takeda, fully transformed now into Scorpion, kidnapped Jen in order to lure Kung Lao out and the two fought in the Temple of the Order of Light. When Jan attempted to help Kung Lao, Takeda fatally wounded her with a fire ball but was eventually defeated by Kung Lao and sent to the Netherrealm.
Later, Shao Kahn resurrected Scorpion so he can help him get rid of Kung Lao. He had him built an organization of warriors/assassins loyal to him in order to conquer Earthrealm from within. Scorpion started to recruit people and his numbers were growing daily, one of them being Peron, a woman who was involved with Takeda before thus implying that he still had Takeda's memories. Another member of his force was Cassar, the younger brother of his old friend Siro, who promised Scorpion that he'll try to recruit his girlfriend Hanna, thus leading him to the trading post, where he and another assassin fought Kung Lao and lost. Cassar informed his boss and later Hanna, wanting to turn Cassar back and having learned of Scorpion's headquarters from the other assassin managed to pretend joining Scorpion's cause and thus managed to take her lover away with the help of Siro. Scorpion learned what happened and went to the trading post himself to punish Cassar for his betrayal. The two brothers Siro and Cassar fought bravely but were defeated and Cassar was killed. Scorpion was then chased by Kung Lao and Taja, with Kung Lao possibly defeating him once again, but with Scorpion escaping.
Some time passed, and Shao Kahn having enough of Kung Lao decided to call Scorpion and the Lin Kuei in order to join forces promising them each half of the Earth Realm. The two quickly started to fight, but eventually agreed to cooperate. Scorpion soon started to fight with the Lin Kuei's best warrior, Sub-Zero, for the leadership of the alliance. Scorpion, wanting to be the leader sent some of his assassins to attack Sub-Zero's family who were barely saved by Kung Lao. Later, Peron killed Sub-Zero's little sister before being killed by him. Thus, a vendetta started between Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Scorpion entered the Lin Kuei Temple and told their Grand Master of Sub-Zero's deeds and then they were both called by Shao Kahn again who angrily told them to solve their differences and kill Kung Lao. Eventually, Scorpion and Sub-Zero fought a fierce battle in the streets of Zhu Zin and they both seemed evenly matched before Kung Lao, Siro and Taja joined along with some Lin Kuei assassins forcing Scorpion to teleport. He wasn't shown or mentioned again after this.
Takeda was a good but also tempered bodyguard who didn't hesitate to kill if his boss Baron Reynald wanted to. Both Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn took advantage of this and manipulated him. Even though Takeda turned evil and was possessed by them, he still had memories of his past life even after being transformed into Scorpion as shown with him having Peron as his captain. Scorpion was brutal and accepted no failure or treason, even killing his own men if they don't prove worthy in training sessions with him, and killing Cassar for leaving his cause. He also didn't hesitate to involve harmless civilians such as Sub-Zero's family. Scorpion is initially loyal to Shang Tsung but that loyalty was gone when he was sent to the Netherrealm. Even though he seemed to be loyal to Shao Kahn, it's questionable is he was or if he was just pretending to be loyal out of fear, as Shao Kahn could easily sent him back to the Netherrealm.
Powers and Abilities
Takeda was powerful in his own, being able to fight Kung Lao for a while but was eventually defeated. After being resurrected as Scorpion he gave Kung Lao an even harder fight but barely lost at the end. He later managed to defeat both Siro and Cassar without much difficulty and even survived a second encounter with Kung Lao, implying he improved since their first fight. He later went toe to toe with Sub-Zero.
- Shao Kahn
- Shang Tsung
- Baron Rayland
- Great Kung Lao
- Jen Reyland
- Lin Kuei