Mortal Kombat 1 characters – all confirmed fighters

Find out about all of the fighters who make up the MK1 characters roster before the 2023 game arrives on Xbox, PS5, Switch, and PC.

Mortal Kombat 1 Characters: Liu Kang can be seen

The return of Mortal Kombat is finally here, and with it brings us the full Mortal Kombat 1 characters list for the 2023 game. A mix of new and returning fighters make up the roster, so before you start practicing any combos for your main character, it’s worth knowing who you can choose.

We can’t wait to play the latest game in the series when the Mortal Kombat 1 release date finally arrives. And, we’re sure that Mortal Kombat 1 will fight its way onto our best fighting games list. But what fighters will be helping the game reach the top spot on our list?

Mortal Kombat 1 characters

The Mortal Kombat 1 characters that have been revealed so far are:

  • Scorpion
  • Sub-Zero
  • Liu Kang
  • Raiden
  • Kung Lao
  • Kitana
  • Mileena
  • Shang Tsung
  • Johnny Cage

These are the characters we currently know about, thanks to the official announcement trailer for the game and the game’s FAQ. However, NetherRealm promises to deliver show more characters, including some re-imagined fan favorites in the future.

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Mortal Kombat 1 Characters: Scorpion can be seen


The most iconic character in the Mortal Kombat franchise, Scorpion (also known by his human name, Hanzo Hasashi) is a resurrected ninja who is strong, fast, and capable of performing amazing feats while using Hellfire, an element found in abundance in the Netherrealm.

He has appeared in every Mortal Kombat game since the series started, but we’re still happy he returns here.

Mortal Kombat 1 Characters: Sub-Zero can be seen


One of the most iconic characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise, Kuai Liang, better known as Sub-Zero, is a dangerous cryomancer that is as deadly as he is fast. He can create various weapons out of pure ice, landing devastating blows on anyone in his way.

This version of Sub-Zero is also the one to end the rivalry between the Lin Kuei and Shirai Ryu, working with his long-standing enemy Scorpion.

Mortal Kombat 1 Characters: Liu Kang can be seen

Liu Kang

Liu Kang is one of the few characters to have made an appearance in every single Mortal Kombat game, but for those unaware of him, Liu Kang has been seen as the protagonist of the series numerous times, usually being seen as a threat by Shang Tsung and his master, Shao Khan.

In this timeline, Fire God Liu Kang is the main character, after successfully resetting the universe in the Mortal Kombat 11 expansion, Aftermath.

Mortal Kombat 1 Characters: Raiden can be seen


The eternal God of Thunder and protector of Earthrealm, Raiden should be familiar to anyone who has played Mortal Kombat before, being one of the characters seen in every game in the series. He’s seen as a father figure by Liu Kang and Kung Lao, however, in Mortal Kombat 11 he is corrupted.

However, this version of Raiden is seemingly hoping to avoid the mistakes of his future self, after Kronika removed the old version of Raiden from the original timeline. It’s a bit confusing, but we hope normal Raiden is back.

Mortal Kombat 1 Characters: Kung Lao can be seen

Kung Lao

Instantly recognizable by his razor-sharp hat, Kung Lao is one of Earthrealm’s champions, similar to Liu Kang, however, he’d much rather live a life of peace. Unfortunately, things aren’t as simple as that in the Mortal Kombat universe, and he is on a constant path to prove he is equally as strong as his friend Liu Kang.

Mortal Kombat 1 Characters: Kitana can be seen


Back from the dead, Princess Kitana was originally murdered after betraying Shao Khan and siding with the Earthrealmers. However, in Mortal Kombat 11, she was brought back thanks to some time-jumping shenanigans and helped Raiden and his friends defeat Kronika.

In the end, she worked with Liu Kang to mold a new future, but the Aftermath expansion changed those plans.

Mortal Kombat 1 Characters: Mileena can be seen


A genetic experiment created by Shang Tsung, Mileena was adopted by Shao Khan and became a ruthless assassin. She has been an antagonist for most of the series, constantly jealous of her “sister” Kitana, typically showing a sadistic side of herself.

While she was somewhat missing in Mortal Kombat 11, aside from being a DLC character post-launch, she is seemingly back in the story for Mortal Kombat 1.

Mortal Kombat 1 Characters: Shang Tsung can be seen

Shang Tsung

An Earthrealm soul-stealing sorcerer, Shang Tsung is a major antagonist for the series, his abilities are almost unmatched. His allegiance with Shao Khan allows him to move between the realms unnoticed by the Elder Gods.

In the Aftermath expansion for Mortal Kombat 11, Shang Tsung was unvictorious in beating Liu Kang to create his own timeline, which would’ve been a lot more apocalyptic than the one we see in the Mortal Kombat 1 trailer. However, he is seemingly back with another plan in motion.

Johnny Cage

Action movie star Johnny Cage returns in Mortal Kombat 1. Despite his silly nature, immature behavior, and overall ego, Johnny Cage has become one of Earthrealm’s greatest defenders alongside the likes of Raiden and Liu Kang as the series went on.

However, it remains to be seen whether the new version of Johnny Cage matches that of his old self in the original timeline, as a younger Johnny was much more cocky and brash than his older self.

The roster of fighters is separate from the Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo Fighters mechanic, which are characters that are selected separately and will offer assistance during fights.

Mortal Kombat 1 character speculation

While these are the confirmed characters so far, there are a few we expect to see in the upcoming gameplay premiere during Summer Game Fest. Firstly, we hope to see the fierce Tarkatan, Baraka, make his return once again. We’d also love to see the return of the most dangerous outlander in Outworld, Erron Black, as he looks to seek adventure again.

It’s also worth noting that five crossover characters will appear post-launch. A recent Mortal Kombat 1 Kombat Pack leak suggests that Homelander (The Boys), Omni-Man (Invincible), Peacemaker (DC Comics), Ermac, and Quan Chi.

If you want to make sure you’re battling with these characters the first chance you get, you can get your Mortal Kombat 1 pre-orders in via the following retailers:

That’s everything we know about the Mortal Kombat 1 characters so far. We’re just excited to get back into the tournament, take on some of our favorite returning fighters, and perform some fatalities too, but you should find out if Mortal Kombat 1 features rollback netcode and if there’s Mortal Kombat 1 crossplay too.