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- NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Shao Kahn from the film Mortal Kombat Legends. The mainstream version can be found here: Shao Kahn.
Shao Kahn is the overarching antagonist of Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge and one of the two main antagonists (alongside Shinnok) of the 2021 direct-to-video animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms. He is the emperor of Outworld who seeks to conquer and merge with Earthrealm by any means necessary.
He was voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
Most of Shao Kahn's backstory is unknown. All that is known is that at some point he became the Emperor of Outworld. At some other point he conquered and merged with Edenia and took the princess of the Realm Kitana as his daughter.
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge
Shao Kahn barely makes a physical appearance but he does play a major role he is the one behind the tournament, but he only appears at the end torturing Shang Tsung for his failure and getting his forces ready to invade Earthrealm. setting up the sequel.
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms
Shao Kahn first appears leading his army into battle against Earthrealm with many of his forces dying in the fight. Shao Kahn later appears before Raiden who says that he will keep sending his soldiers to their deaths for as long as it takes. He however offers Raiden an opportunity to put an end to the bloodshed by petitioning the Elder Gods to let them host a final Mortal Kombat tournament that decides the fate of Earthrealm. Raiden reluctantly agrees to the deal and the two go to talk to the Elder Gods.
Shao Kahn and Raiden go to talk with the Elder Gods who Shao Kahn is mocking and dismissive towards. Though they do agree to let a Final tournament happen. Shao Kahn heads back to Outworld to get his forces set up.
During the tournament, multiple people are killed as a result of it including his own allies and enemies, something which Shao Kahn is responsible for. Shao Kahn even gets in the action, beating Jax and murdering Kung Lao and is clearly revelling in his brutal kill. Shao Kahn is later betrayed by Kitana and at first, is assumed to be dead but he survives and chains up Kitana so she can watch Earthrealm lose.
Raiden and Shao Kahn end up fighting but due to Raiden giving up his godhood he loses and is murdered by Shao Kahn. Liu Kang fights Shao Kahn and beats him. Shao Kahn is presumed to be dead but after Shinnok is defeated one of the heroes comments that Shao Kahn’s body was not found.
Shao Kahn's appearance is identical to his Mortal Kombat 9 attire so if you want to know more check out.
- Main article: Shao Kahn (Mortal Kombat)#Appearance