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Time for my first candidate from Battle of the Realms.

What's The Work

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms is the 2021 sequel to Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge.

Who Is He And What Has He Done/Moral Event Horizon

Most of Shinnok's backstory is unknown. All that is known is that he was an Elder God who at some point betrayed his fellow Elder Gods and was imprisoned in the Netherrealm which he took over. At some point, his right-hand Quan Chi took over.

He never makes a physical appearance in the first film, only being mentioned by Quan Chi and a few others. However, he plays a significant role. as he is the reason Quan Chi does everything in the movie to free him and the fact the Quan Chi has control over the Neatherrealm. Quan Chi also says that he was sealed away by the Elder Gods for his betrayal, and Quan Chi is running the Neatherrealm in his absence.

Shinnok first appears in the second film greeting Scorpion in the Netherrealm having claimed his soul. Shinnok tells Scorpion that the keys he needs to open a temple were fused with his magic as he died with it on Shang Tsung's island. He threatens to flay Scorpion alive and bring him back to do it again if he does not cooperate, Scorpion however escapes. Shinnok also hired the Lin Kuei to make sure that Scorpion gets the Kamidogu, lying to them about what his true intention was as well as who he is.

Shinnok doesn’t make many more appearances in the film until near the end when the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei gives him the last Kamidogu. The Grandmaster is also horrified to discover this and tries to stop him though in vain as Shinnok’s demons murder him along with Sektor and Cyrax. Shinnok then summons the One Being merges with him and merges all the realms together to destroy them all. Though he is luckily stopped by Liu Kang and killed.

Redeeming Qualities/Mitigating Factors

Nothing to speak of while he was imprisoned by the Elder Gods he was only imprisoned because he betrayed them invalidating it as a Freudian Excuse, not only that instead of going after only the Elder Gods he tries to destroy the Elder Gods. He also does not care about Quan Chi while he does call him a “fine servant” that is only seeing him as a valuable pawn and not caring about him as a person.

Heinous Standards

Due to this being a Mortal Kombat adaptation the heinous standard is pretty high but considering that Shinnok is the only Omnicidal Maniac he passes this pretty easily. Not to mention his pretty horrifying threat to flay Scorpion alive and then bring him back to do it over and over again which we can tell he is completely serious about doing.

I should mention the weird situation involving the One Being, in the end t is not made clear if Shinnok is the one in control of the One Being or the One Being is the one controlling Shinnok. However it doesn't really matter as Shinnok still summoned him with the intent of getting all the realms destroyed.


Easy yes as usual.