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Origin

Scorpion is a quasi-immortal ninja avenger from hell, for his part, has reinvented a new conception about the death itself by transgressing the earthly disappearance of his body and his soul from the earth by a personal revenge. Scorpion becomes a tormented spectre who seeks revenge for the death of his entire family and relatives at the hands of a former enemy clan (named Lin Kuei), that provided services to several evil beings, among them Quan-Chi. Scorpion is known as a clever, excellent and hyper-skilled murderer (Ninja) with supernatural powers, whose role has been ambiguous since he has been malignant in the beginning, but then he reformed by all the pangs of conscience suffered in the past.

Scorpion is from a Japanese clan called the Shirai Ryu from Osaka. "Scorpion" was his code name, given to the greatest ninja in the clan. His father, whom used to be a member, initially forbade his son to join the clan because he didn’t want his son to live a life of a ninja, Hanzo however joined anyway in order to provide for his family. He was hired by Quan-Chi to find a map somewhere hidden in the Himalayas. Secretly, Quan Chi also hired Sub-Zero from the Lin Kuei, rivals and enemies of the Shirai Ryu.

Quan Chi thought if he hired two it would increase his chances of finding Shinnok's amilet, just in case if one of them fail. When Scorpion got to the Himalayas he encountered Sub-Zero got their at the same time, they both fought for their prize and Sub-Zero killed Scorpion.

An ultimatum to Sub-Zero

Scorpion is fortunate, however that Sub-Zero was sent to the Netherrealm by Raiden to retrieve Shinnok's amulet. They both met and fought; Sub-Zero wins again and escapes. Scorpion follows Sub-Zero back to earth and participates in Shang Tsung's tournament. The two met again on Shang Tsung's boat and Scorpion grabbed Sub-Zero by the throat and said:

"You killed me in cold blood exactly two years ago, to this day, but my demons have allowed me to avenge my death. I could kill you at this moment, but I am not a murderer. We will meet at the tournament, and then, Lin Kuei warrior, you will pay with your life."

They didn’t meet in the tournament, but they did meet in the closing of Mortal Kombat. This time they battle to the death. Scorpion won the battle and avenged his death. Then, he violently blast into flames and ash, and is sent back to the Netherrealm.

An accomplished revenge: Sub-Zero was killed by Scorpion

A year after that happened; Scorpion heard Sub-Zero was going to enter the second tournament. He was furious that Sub-Zero was still alive. Scorpion followed Sub-Zero to the realm of Outworld, this time Shao Kahn was the host. No body knows if they met in the tournament, but Scorpion saw Sub-Zero sparing the life of an opponent. Scorpion didn’t understand why, but Scorpion realizes that this is Sub-Zero's younger brother completing an unfinished mission. Scorpion then vowed to protect the younger Sub-Zero in retribution for killing his brother and returned to the Netherealm.

When Shao Kahn failed to take the souls from Earth's Hell during his invasion, Scorpion was released and Shao Kahn managed to convince him to fight on his side. However once Scorpion realized Sub-Zero was one of Shao Kahn's enemies, Scorpion turned on the emperor. After things returned to normal, Scorpion returned to the Netherealm.

When Shinnok prepared to attack the Heavens, Quan Chi offered Scorpion life in return for his service. Scorpion accepted. But, Quan Chi revealed grizzly news to Scorpion... that the Lin Kuei had massacred the Shirai Ryu and his family. Scorpion once again sought revenge and defeated Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero insisted of the Lin Kuei's innocence and Quan Chi appeared and confirmed this, revealing that he was the one that slaughtered his clan and family and, with the defeat of Sub-Zero, no longer had need of him and was about to return him to the Netherealm, but Scorpion grabbed Quan Chi and brought both of them to the deepest pits.

In the Netherealm, Quan Chi would be hunted, beaten and tortured by Scorpion. Quan Chi was unlikely to escape because his powers grew weaker in that realm, but Scorpion's powers grew stronger. While in searching for the sorcerer, Scorpion encountered the Earthrealm warrior Shujinko who proposed to the ninja to help him in his search in exchange for Scorpion training Shujinko in controlling his inner rage. Scorpion accepted and after Shujinko's training, together they search the realm for Quan Chi and eventually, they found him. Scorpion confronted the sorcerer and defeated him in combat but he was once again able to escape Scorpion's wrath. While on the run, Quan Chi made a deal with the Oni Drahmin and Moloch to protect him from Scorpion in return for helping them escape from this realm. Quan Chi eventually escaped and Scorpion followed after, but he would appear far away from Quan Chi and had to search for him again. He would encounter Quan Chi yet again and fights him but now a fully powered Quan Chi defeats Scorpion and throws him into an acid pool. Scorpion survived and continued his quest for vengeance, he eventually sneaks into Quan Chi's and Shang Tsung's fortress but is ambushed by Drahmin and Moloch. Although he puts a up a good fight against them, their combined might was too much for him and he is eventually defeated. Unable to eat or kill the ninja specter, the Oni decided to throw him in the Soulnado which Quan Chi had created and the souls attempted to tear Scorpion apart.

But, Scorpion managed to escape through the void before being ripped apart. There he met the Elder Lords who he never thought existed. From there he saw Raiden's sacrifice and Onaga's rise to power. The Elder Lords knew this would happen and turned Scorpion into their weapon and gave him a task: destroy Onaga. Scorpion accepted and returned to Outworld.

Scorpion kills Onaga

In his ending story, Scorpion would stalk Onaga relentlessly throughout the realms until he cornered him in the Nexus. Onaga sent an army of Tarkatan to kill him but they were no match for him. In the end, Scorpion kills Onaga by going through the Dragon King's body. It was in fact Scorpion, who was the true champion of the Elders, the Enforcer of their will, only he could save the realm and defeat the Dragon King.

In the Armageddon story, Scorpion who apprently completed the Elders task in exchange for them recovering his long dead clan. But they are now the undead and this enrages Scorpion and vows his vengeance against the Elders. He is approached by the fallen Elder, Shinnok and Daegon, who make a deal with him: kill the Edenian Prince Taven in Edenia and when they achieve power from Blaze, they will destroy the Elders. Scorpion acceptes, and when Taven arrives in Edenia, Scorpion sends the undead ninjas to kills him but Taven survives. In the end, Scorpion fights him in his lair him but he is eventually defeated. He is later seen participating in the final battle in Edenia joining the Forces of Darkness and during this battle he fights his long time rival Sub-Zero. When Scorpion defeats Blaze, his family and clan have returned and he is at last reunited with them. However, their reunion is cut short when Quan Chi kidnaps Scorpion's son and escapes the the Netherealm. Enraged, Scorpion sends his entire clan to hunt down the Sorcerer; he will not rest until his son is recovered and Quan Chi is dead.

Characteristics

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Nationality: Earthrealm, Osaka Japan (Formerly), Netherralm (Reborn)
  • Martial Art: Hapkido, Pi Gua and Moi Fah
  • Alignment: Neutral
  • Age: 32 (at death), (Now a Hellspawned Spectre)

Powers & Abilitiesand Abilities

Signature Moves

Spear: Scorpion's most famous move where he throws a kunai or similar knife tied to a rope or chain at his opponent and then uses it to drag the opponent over to himself for a followup attack. Scorpion says his most famous lines performing this attack "Get Over Here" or "Come Here" or less likely "Get the F*** Over Here".

Hellfire Punch: Scorpion teleports behind the opponent for a surprise attack and either lands a punch or kick to the opponent. The attack can usually be followed up with a combo.

Leg Takedown: Scorpion takes down an opponent with a scissor leg move as a low attack.

Air Throw: Scorpion can throw airborne opponents to the ground while also in the air. .

Other Media

Video Game appearances

Mortal Kombat

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game.

Mortal Kombat II

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game.

Mortal Kombat III

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat III

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game, exactly the same as in Mortal Kombat III.

Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game.

Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game.

Mortal Kombat IV

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game.

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game. A notable difference is the overall combat system, as it isn't a 2D fighting format.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game.

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game. He appears to be one of the Mortal Kombat villains, and is seen to have a rivalry with Batman (plausibly because their family has both died).

Mortal Kombat (2011)

Scorpion is a playable character in this video game. He is significantly different in appearance to Sub-Zero II, unlike the earlier games were he seems to just be a palette swap.

Injustice Gods Among us

Scorpion is a DLC character for this game, Scorpion has been redesigned by Jim Lee in the game.

Film and Animation

Chris Casamassa as Scorpion

Mortal Kombat (film)

Scorpion appears in the first Mortal Kombat film, portrayed by Chris Casamassa with Ed Boon providing the voice. In the film, he and Sub-Zero serve as Shang Tsung's henchman. Scorpion fights Johnny Cage in a long and brutal battle with Cage emerging as the victor. His signature weapon, the spear, is modified into a living metallic snake-like creature that came from the palm of his hand. Even though he is not explicitly identified as undead, he does remove his mask revealing nothing but a skull, and also spews fire from his mouth.

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Scorpion appears briefly in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, portrayed by J.J. Perry. Serving as a henchman for Shao Khan, he kidnaps Kitana after battling Liu Kang and the younger Sub-Zero. His spear was further modified into two metal snake-like creatures that come from his hand.

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm

Scorpion in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm

Scorpion appears in the episode "Sting of the Scorpion" in which he leads an undead army in an attack on Earthrealm. He defeats Sub-Zero in battle, and is subsequently defeated by Liu Kang.