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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Shang Tsung (2021) from the Mortal Kombat (2021). The mainstream version can be found here: Shang Tsung.
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Shang Tsung is the main antagonist of the 2021 live-action film Mortal Kombat.

He is a sorcerer from Outworld who hosts the tournaments so Outworld can invade and conquer Earthrealm wanting to kill all the warriors so that they win the tournament by default.

He was played by Ng Chin Han, who also played Lau in The Dark Knight.

History

Shang Tsung in the past had became aware of an ancient prophecy stating that the "blood of Hanzo Hasashi" will unite a new generation of Earthrealm's champions to prevent Outworld's victory. So Shang Tsung has the Lin Kuei massacre the entire Shirai Ryu clan, including Hanzo so the prophecy can never be fulfilled. He used his immense power to lead Outworld to nine straight victories only needing one more for Outworld to invade and conquer Earthrealm. Shang Tsung would have to consume to souls of his victims to keep himself alive and would do this for many centuries.

Personality

Shang Tsung is a ruthless sorcerer that is determined to eliminate the forces of Earthrealm. Unlike his nemesis, Raiden, Shang Tsung cares very little about the rules of Mortal Kombat, as he has assembled Outworld's champions and invaded Earthrealm, for the sake of killing Earthrealm's champions before the tournament could even begin. He's usually a calm and collected individual, but can be angered when his plans don't go as intended.

Even so, he tries to keep his emotions in check. Whenever his emotions do begin to get intense however, his voice will slowly become more demonic sounding, letting out an echo. He also appears to not accept defeat so easily as he believes that, so long as he has many armies and champions to spare, his plans will not fail.

In contrast to his game counterpart, Shang Tsung is more openly evil instead of being deceitful and cunningly charismatic. He also appears to be not much of a fighter as he often watches his champions battle against their enemies, instead of taking part in battle himself.

He appears to have some form of affection for Nitara, referring her as being beautiful whenever he is with her and was visibly upset upon witnessing Kung Lao killing her. Though he didn't seem too upset over her demise and was more annoyed that Kung Lao was still left standing.

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  • Shang Tsung is the only villain in the film to not die.
  • While not properly explained in the movies, according to Chin Han, the reason Shang Tsung wants to invade Earthrealm so early on is because Outworld is currently dying and he has no time to waste. The movie appears to visually support this based on how dry and barren Outworld appears to be, with no forms of proper homes and structures for those that reside within the realm.

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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

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