The Story Expands Well Beyond These Main Characters And Brings Several Others

Mortal Kombat features over a dozen powerful characters, and here’s what each of their powers are. It has been more than two decades since the popular video game series received a big-screen adaptation. Even though the original Mortal Kombat holds a special nostalgic place in the hearts of some fans, Warner Bros., producer James Wan and director Simon McQuoid set out to make the best live-action adaptation yet. The 2021 Mortal Kombat received mixed reviews, but it appears fans of the property are mostly pleased with how the movie turned out and its ability to include so many characters from the games.

The biggest surprise among Mortal Kombat’s cast is the introduction of Cole Young (Lewis Tan), who is an original character created for the purposes of the movie. Gamers might not already have a connection to Cole, but the same cannot be said about almost every other character he encounters. Cole teams up with Jax (Mehcad Brooks), Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), and Kano (Josh Lawson) at first to ding Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) after Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) attacks him. The story expands well beyond these main characters and brings several others from the franchise into the movie for supporting roles.

There might not be a tournament in Mortal Kombat, but a collection of fighters and talented as these ensured that the movie includes plenty of action. Viewers are treated to battles between Sub-Zero and Scorpion, Sonya Blade and Kano, Jax and Reiko (Nathan Jones), and many more. In almost every single fight, Mortal Kombat gives its characters a chance to showcase their unique powers or be part of their journey to unlocking their arcana and discovering these abilities. Here is a complete breakdown of what each Mortal Kombat character’s powers are.


Cole Young

Mortal Kombat’s protagonist Cole Young is an MMA fighter on the back end of his fighting career when he learns about his role in defending Earthrealm. Cole was born with the Mortal Kombat symbol as a birthmark but he doesn’t have any known powers until near the end of the movie. Once he unlocks his arcana, a golden protective armor forms around Cole’s torso and arms. It appears to absorb energy when it is hit, which at first allows Cole to create bladed tonfas to use in combat. Mortal Kombat doesn’t show any more uses for Cole’s powers or his finishing move, so that will be something for the sequels to explore.


Sonya Blade

Similar to Cole, Sonya Blade doesn’t have any powers throughout most of Mortal Kombat. She’s studied the Mortal Kombat tournament and mythology for seven years prior to the movie’s events. Sonya does get powers after killing Kano during the finale of Mortal Kombat, which sees his marking transfer to her. She proves to be a quick learner when it comes to understanding her powers and unlocking her arcana. Sonya can shoot pink energy rings from her arms, similar to her power set in the video games. There is no evidence of her “kiss of death” fatality, although her fight with Kano does include a subtle reference to it. Instead, Mortal Kombat shows her using the energy rings to deliver deadly blows to her opponents.



Kano’s signature laser eye is included as his main power in Mortal Kombat once his arcana is discovered, but it isn’t a cybernetic implant this time. The ability to shoot a laser from his eye is natural for the time being. It is possible this could change if Kano manages to return in future Mortal Kombat installments and give him some upgrades in the process. For now, Kano does include his heart-ripping fatality in the movie to make him even closer to his video game counterpart.



Sub-Zero’s ice powers are part of Mortal Kombat from the very beginning of the film. Although it isn’t explained in the movie how or why he can control ice, Bi-Han’s abilities are vast. He uses them to create an ice double of himself to evade an attack and freeze the blood of his opponent to use as a weapon. In the games, Sub-Zero’s powers are the result of him being a member of the Outworld people known as Cryomancers. His go-to finishing move in Mortal Kombat is completely encasing his opponents with ice, and his preferred choice of weapon is an ice-formed dagger. Even though the movie appeared to kill the franchise’s iconic villain, the ending teased how Sub-Zero could return in future installments.


Jax Briggs

Jax’s powers primarily come from the mechanical arms he gains during the movie. After Sub-Zero freezes off his upper limbs, Jax is saved by the Shaolin Monks and given replacement metal arms. They aren’t very strong at first, but they transform to become much stronger when Jax tries to save Sonya’s life. The origin of Jax’s arms appeared to be magical or supernatural in the movie, likely the result of his arcana activating. His new robot arms give him incredible strength, which allows him to deliver powerful claps capable of squishing any head that finds itself in between his hands.


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Lord Raiden

Lord Raiden is the god of thunder and lightning in Mortal Kombat lore, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his powers are tied to those elements. He doesn’t use his abilities for combat during the movie but instead harnesses his lightning for teleportation. Raiden can send himself or anyone else to any location he wants with his lightning. The video games show that these powers can be used to attack if Raiden is put in such a position, but that will be something for sequels to explore it seems. Mortal Kombat only shows Raiden as the man responsible for training those who will fight in the next Mortal Kombat tournament.

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