The Mortal Kombat franchise is one of the best classic video games - known for its gore, savagery, and insane fatalities. In fact, the video games are so notoriously violent that they've caused controversy since the early '90s. The 2011 reboot even got banned in Australia, Germany, and South Korea.
But that's exactly what makes Mortal Kombat awesome: needlessly excessive violence. It's so clearly exaggerated in all of the top Mortal Kombat games that you can't help but laugh. The fact that the most gruesome fatalities are rather difficult to pull off only makes it that much sweeter when you beat the sh*t out of your friend.
The series' creators understood the joy of using those finishing moves, so they started creating hidden fatalities, level-based fatalities, and advanced versions of fatalities in the Mortal Kombat series. For example, there are moves called "brutalities," in which you simply pummel your opponent to smithereens, and "animalities," in which you turn into your inner animal and maul your opponent to death.
With the release of Mortal Kombat X in 2015, things have only gotten gorier. Check out this list of killer moves and vote up the most brutal Mortal Kombat fatalities!
For an old-school character, Raiden still packs a deadly punch in each new installment of Mortal Kombat. Even in the original game, Raiden shocked (pun intended) players with his unbelievably gruesome fatality called Electric Decapitation.
As the name suggests, Raiden zaps an enemy's head with electricity until it pops like a balloon.
As a blood manipulator, Skarlet's signature moves in Mortal Kombat X mainly involve the red stuff. Her talent is on full display in her comically twisted fatality, Make It Rain.
Rather than make money rain down from the sky, Skarlet elevates her enemy by piercing their limbs with blood pillars, then guts their stomach to bathe in their blood.
There's no better way to show off your Chinese heritage than transforming into a mythical Chinese dragon. Just ask Liu Kang. His signature fatality allows him to chomp the upper body of his opponents as a ferocious dragon.
Before being resurrected as Noob Saibot, Bi-Han was infamous for his cold heart and inhumane attacks. His violent past is evident in his Mortal Kombat 9 fatality, Make a Wish.
Just as the name suggests, Noob's finishing move is comparable to siblings breaking the wishbone of a Thanksgiving turkey. The vengeful spirit summons a shadow clone and the two rip the enemy apart.