Liu Kang

Liu Kang
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Home Realm:Earthrealm
First Appearence:Mortal Kombat


[edit] Story

[edit] Pre-Mortal Kombat

Liu Kang is the current elder brother of a sacred Shaolin Temple. Highly trained in the martial arts. It was Liu Kang's destiny to fight in the Mortal Kombat tournament, as the blood of the legendary Kung Lao runs in his veins. He was trained by Outworld warrior Bo' Rai Cho who had taught him the "Dragon Kick" (which would make Liu Kang a legend someday). As Liu Kang came of age, (like his ancestor) became a member of the sacred Shaolin group known as the "White Lotus Society".

[edit] Mortal Kombat

In order to embrace his destiny, Liu Kang enters the Mortal Kombat tournament. Liu Kang fought many strong warriors, but it would be Liu Kang that would be strong enough to face the reining champion of Mortal Kombat, Goro. Liu Kang than fought the tournament's sinister originator, Shang Tsung with great skill and determination, Liu Kang defeats Shang Tsung. With his victory over Goro and Shang Tsung, Liu Kang returned to the Shaolin Temples which are once again the hosts of Mortal Kombat, they will remember Liu Kang's bravery and determination as they will continue the tournaments traditions. But, Liu Kang will venture to improve himself for the case of prepairing for battles in the future.

[edit] Mortal Kombat 2

A few months after Liu Kang gained victory in the Mortal Kombat and returning to his temples after his training schedule, he finds his Shaolin Temple in ruins by Shao Kahn's Tarkatan horde. Upset, he vows revenge for the deaths of his shaolin brothers. He then receives a vision from Raiden and told him to head to Outworld where he must stop Shao Kahn. Liu Kang fought many fighters in this "unofficial" tournament. As he faced one of Shao Kahn's assassins Kitana, the leader of the Tarkatans Baraka and he even faced and defeated Shang Tsung once again despite Shang Tsung's recently granted youth. It would not be long beofre Liu Kang would face Kahn himself who was enraged at Shang Tsung's defeat. But Kahn was defeated as well, but this made Shao Kahn to formulate a plan to break the Elder gods' sacred rules of Mortal Kombat and invade Earthrealm.

[edit] Mortal Kombat 3

As Shao Kahn was planning to invade Earthrealm, Liu Kang (along with Kung Lao) trained a future generation of Shaolin Warriors. As Kahn invades Earthrealm, Liu Kang and other chosen Earthrealm warriors to stop Kahn's forces as they were trying to find and eliminate the humans of the realm. Liu Kang led the Earthrealm warriors against Shao Kahn's forces and defeated them futhering Liu Kang's reputation of 'Champion of Mortal Kombat", but as he fought Kahn's forces, he overheard that Kung Lao died during the attacks, this upsets Liu Kang and used it to defeat Shao Kahn himself. Before the portals closed and Earthrealm turns back to normal, Kitana came to thank Liu Kang for saving not only Earthrealm but her ancestral realm of Edenia.

[edit] Mortal Kombat 4

Several years have passed since Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm. What Liu Kang did not know is that Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm helped free another scorceror from another realm known as the Netherrealm, Quan Chi. By using the sacred amulet, he also freed a fallen elder god named Shinnok. Liu Kang was called into action once again by Raiden to help him defeat the fallen elder god and the scorceror. Liu Kang first ventured into Edenia to help Kitana, unofrtunately the realm was in ruins, thinking that Kitana has died in the ruins of Edenia he retuns to Earthrealm to help Raiden. Liu Kang fought and defeated Shinnok who was once again banished to another realm, much to his dismay, he was greeted by Kitana who once again thanked him for saving her realm. She even tried to proposed a chance to rule Edenia by her side, but Liu Kang declines saying that he belongs in Earthrealm and still must carry out his duties as champion of Mortal Kombat and continue the traditions of his shaolin temples. With that, Kitana says good bye to Liu Kang.

[edit] Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

It would be another several years after the events of the last tournament. While Liu Kang continues the traditions of his temples, little does he know that the scorceror Quan Chi was far from finished, as he ventures throughout the realms to act revenge on the Earthrealm warriors who ruined his plans once before, he has allied with Outworld scorceror Shang Tsung anf formulated a plan to revive what is called "The Invincible Army of Onaga" to do this they must consume the souls of their enemies. First it was Shao Kahn, after forming a false alliance to the emperor they eliminated him. Then, they ventured to the Earthrealm to eliminate its powerful warriors. They begin with Liu Kang. While posing as Kung Lao, Shang Tsung surprised Liu Kang while was practicing his martial arts skills, though Liu Kang would have Shang Tsung pinned down, Liu Kang pays little attention to Quan Chi, and realizes too late that Quan Chi was Shang Tsung's ace in the hole, as Quan Chi uses a green skull to stun Liu Kang, Shang Tsung takes this oppertunity to eliminate Liu Kang, Shang Tsung breaks Liu Kang's neck and then consumed his soul, with Liu Kang's soul now imprisoned in Shang Tsung's being, he witnesses the slaying of his friends by both Quan Chi and Shang Tsung. But as Shang Tsung and Quan Chi calimed victory, they turned on each other as Onaga awakens, they try everything to eliminate the Dragon King, Raiden helps as soon as he regains contiousness ina last ditch effort, Raiden uses his powers to explode in hopes to eliminate Onaga, he also eliminates Quan Chi and Shang Tsung, releasing all of the souls Shang Tsung consumed (including Liu Kang's).

[edit] Mortal Kombat: Deception

Liu Kang's body re-animated

As Raiden sacrificed himself in hopes of eliminating Onaga, he eliminates Shang Tsung causing the souls of his eliminated opponents which included Liu Kang. But as the other Earthrealm warriors were re-animated by Onaga and forced to do his bidding, Liu Kang's soul remained in Outworld as a "Corrupted" Raiden re-animated Liu Kang's body, with Liu Kang's body re-animated it went on a mindless, raging rampage, killing many innocent people. Liu Kang's soul knows that he must save his friends and stop his body from causing anymore death and destruction. He allied with another spirit warrior named Ermac, and sets off to save his friends, though he was sucessful at breaking the hold that Onaga had on them, but he would still have to reslove the situation regarding to his body. During his journey to find his body, Liu Kang's soul has met up with a warrior named Shujinko who was on a journey to find a relic known as the "Kamidogu". Liu Kang's soul teaches Shujinko some of his moves to help him defeat Onaga and find the Kamidogu.

[edit] Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Though, Liu Kang's soul was still on the hunt for his body. But as the Elder God named Argus gave a fire god named Blaze his power, he challenged the best warriors of all the realms to another Mortal Kombat Tournament as these warriors wanted this power. Liu Kang's soul was sure that his body would be there and to try to obtain this power, as the warriors fought near the Pyramid of Argus, a lot fo them fought bravely and strong, however Liu Kang's body found Shang Tsung and fought against him. Though, Shang Tsung would pin down Liu Kang's body, the body would eliminate Shang Tsung before Shang Tsung could reach the top of the Pyramid. In the end, it would be Argus' younger son, Taven that would confront Blaze and be granted the power of the elder gods. Still to this point, it is unclear if Liu Kang's soul and his body confronted each other. What *is* clear that Liu Kang's body was eventually destroyed by the empowered Shao Kahn before fights Raiden and begins to lay claim to all of the realms.

[edit] Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe

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  • Note: The Story to this game has not been determined by Midway

As Raiden banished Shao Kahn into the Outworld and sends Quan Chi to the Netherrealm. Liu Kang spends his time at the Wu-Shi Acadamy training and continuing the traditions of his Shaolin Temples. One day, while he was meditating at the acadamy, Kitana tried to attack Liu Kang from behind but noticed her presence, as they talked both Liu Kang and Kitana were discussing the mysterious disappearence of their respective members. Liu Kang searches for Sub-Zero while Kitana finds Sonya. However, it seems that Sub-Zero found Liu Kang and they fought, as Liu Kang defeats Sub-Zero, they discuss about the mysterious disappearence of their respective members, then Scorpion attacks, Liu Kang fights Scorpion and defeats him, then as Liu Kang attempts to eliminate Scorpion, he trades places with The Flash, believing it to be Shang Tsung, Liu Kang fights and defeats The Flash. Then, he senses his chi, and discovers that he could be some kind of different person, he takes The Flash back to the Wu-Shi Acadamy, as he calls for his masters he recevies no respose from them, instead he finds and fights with Shang Tsung. As Liu Kang defeats Shang Tsung, he tries to attend to The Flash's chi, but then is over taken by the "Kombat Rage". Liu Kang finds himself in Gotham City still under the influence of the Kombat Rage, he believes that Batman is Shang Tsung and fights the crime fighter, but loses to Batman, who takes him to the U.N. Space Station. Then, Raiden comes to Liu Kang's rescue, despite Raiden losing to Batman, he rescues Liu Kang and brings him back to his Sky Temple. As the rest of the other Earthrealm and even some other Outworld warriors fight against the DC Universe, Liu Kang trains again, but is quickly brought back to Kombat as it is clear that the forces of good and evil must band together to defeat the DC Universe who they believe the DC Universe are forces of a being named "Dark Kahn", Liu Kang pairs up with Shang Tsung. With Shang Tsung's magic, they venture to The Fortress of Solitude where they encounter Superman and The Green Lantern. Liu Kang faces the Green Lantern while Shang Tsung faces Superman. After they defeat their respective rivals, Shang Tsung taunts Liu Kang, who is seduced by the Kombat Rage because of it, despite Liu Kang's enhanced strength, he was defeated by Shang Tsung, who was going to eliminate Liu Kang, then the Green Lantern revives and knocks out Liu Kang, but Shang Tsung fights and defeats the Green Lantern. They head back to Raiden's Sky Temple, only to be confronted by an "Enraged" Kano. As Shang Tsung purged kano from the Kombat rage, the Mortal Kombat force heads to Outworld which is being torn apart as a result of the 2 Universes merging. Liu Kang feels the rage again, but realizes that it is Dark Kahn approaching. As the Rage consumes all of the warriors and heroes alike, Liu Kang fights the Green Lantern again, though it is still unclear if he won or lost against him. But as Raiden defeats Shang Tsung (believing that Shang tsung was luring the Earthream warriors into a death trap), Liu Kang comes and tries to protect Shang Tsung knowing that Shang Tsung is not the enemy this time, though he tries to proect Shang Tsung, but was defeated by Raiden (while under the influence of the Kombat Rage), but his life was spared as Raiden was purged from the rage and realized that he must maintain control in order to defeat Dark Kahn. After Dark Kahn's defeat, Liu Kang and the rest of the warriors gathered at Shao Kahn's throne room where they discover a being named Darkseid, as Raiden takes Darkseid to the Netherrealm, Liu Kang goes back to the Wu-Shi Acadamy where he continues the traditions of his shaolin temples.

[edit] Mortal Kombat R

As Raiden transported himself back to the events of the 10th gemeration Mortal Kombat tournament, he and the rest of the Earthrealm warriors were watching Johnny Cage fight against Reptile and a series of warriors set by the tournament's grandmaster Shang Tsung. After seeing Johnny Cage win against his opponents. Liu Kang told Johnny that there is more at stake in this tournament than just glory (which Johnny is seeking for), but Johnny was more interested in Sonya Blade and wants to find her, as Johnny finds Sonya, Liu Kang trains for the upcoming tournament and then rests. When Shang Tsung calls for Liu Kang to fight in Shang Tsung's throne room, he was given the privelage to fight Ermac and wins, as Liu Kang was training in his fighting skills and listens to Raiden's lectures, he was attacked by one of Shang Tsung's assassins Kitana, as Liu Kang defeats her she tells Liu Kang to finish her, but Liu Kang refuses and walks away, making Kitana realize that not all is what it seems to her. Later at night Liu Kang was told to fight in an Endurance match with both Scorpion and Quan Chi, despite their powers Liu Kang defeats them both. Soon after, Shang Tsung said that Liu Kang's fighting prowess was so great that he was given the privelage to fight against the tournament's champion, the Shokan Goro in his lair. As Shang Tsung transports Liu Kang to Goro's lair, he fights the Shokan and in great surprise he defeats him. Liu Kang is then transported back to Shang Tsung's throne room. Liu Kang then challenges Shang Tsung to Mortal Kombat which Shang Tsung accepts, though despite Shang Tsung's power, Liu Kang defeats him. As he the rest of Shang Tsung's henchmen walk to a portal. The rest of the Earthrealm warriors congradulate Liu Kang on his victory, as they leave from the island and to the Wu-Shi Acadamy, Liu Kang was presented with a medal by Raiden. A while after that, the Acadamy was attacked by Tarkatan forces, as the Earthrealm warriors defend the acadamy and routed the Tarkatan attack. As the Outworld tournament begins He along with Raiden and Kung Lao go to the Kove to rescue their Shaolin masters from the Netherealm being named D'Vorrah, as Raiden fights the D'Vorrah, Liu Kang and Kung Lao fight the Tarkatans. As the events in Outworld were continuing. Liu Kang and Kung Lao eventually caught up with the rest of Earthrealm's warriors, as Liu Kang and Kung Lao reached Shao Kahn's tower, they see Kitana tied up to a statue, but they were ambused by both Goro and Sheeva, Liu Kang fights Sheeva while Kung Lao fights Goro, as the Shaolin Monks defeat the Shokan, Sheeva then takes Kitana to Kahn's Arena. Soon Liu Kang and Kung Lao reach Kahn's Arena with Kung Lao fighting Shang Tsung and Quan Chi and defeating them both, Kahn then chooses Kintaro to challenge Kung Lao, but the Shokan was defeated. As Kung Lao defeats Kintaro and celebrates over his victories, Kahn takes this oppertunity to finish Kung Lao by snapping his neck. Liu Kang who is now filled with grief over the death of his friend and challenges Kahn to Mortal Kombat, Liu Kang defeats the Emperor and once again acheive a great victory for Earthrealm, but it would not be long at all before Kahn would attempt to act revenge on Earthrealm's warriors by reviving his former Queen Sindel. Liu Kang, Raiden, Johnny Cage and Sonya along with Kitana, Nightwolf and eventually Stryker, Kabal and Sub-Zero (who is now a cyborg) work together to fend off Shao Kahn's invasion. But as Raiden's amulet continues to crack, he and Liu Kang go and speak to the Elder Gods in an attempt to receive assistance for Kahn's invasion. But the Elder gods decreed that Kahn's attack on Earthrealm is not in direct violation of the rules of Mortal Kombat and refuse to help Raiden and the Earthrealm warriors. As Sindel fights and finishes most of the Earthrealm warriors in the temple (which includes Kitana), Liu Kang came to the conclusion that Raiden has become obsessed with his journey, but attends to the rest of the Earthrealm warriors as Raiden fights Quan Chi and his new army of the finished Earthrealm warriors he revived. As Raiden defeats Quan Chi's new army, he realizes that in order to prevent Armageddon is to let Kahn merge Earthrealm with Outworld in order to receive assistance from the Elder Gods, as Liu Kang prepairs to fight Kahn again, he is stopped by Raiden who proceeded to tell Liu Kang that he must let Kahn merge the 2 realms, but Liu Kang refuses to listen and fights Raiden but Raiden defeats Liu Kang and when Liu kang was about to finish Raiden, the thunder god turns the tables and Liu Kang falls to the ground badly injured, leaving Raiden to fight against Kahn, then Raiden receives his much desired assistance from the Elder Gods to fight against Kahn and finish him. As Raiden defeats Kahn and separate the 2 realms, he, Johnny Cage Sonya and the uncontious Liu Kang begin to attend to their badly damaged realm and in hopes to repair it. But the fight is far from over, as Quan Chi is very much alive.

[edit] Mortal Kombat X

Liu Kang in his undead form

Around 20 years after Shao Kahn invaded Earthrealm, Liu Kang was among those who died and became Quan Chi's undead revenants, he follows Quan Chi to the part of the Netherealm where Jax and his unit were infiltrating the Realm. As Jax reaches Shinnok's chamber. Liu Kang fights Jax, but loses. After Quan Chi was killed by Scorpion (who is once again Hanzo Hasashi) Liu Kang follows Shinnok to the sacred temple in the Chinese mountains as Shinnok has corrupted the powerful jinsei. Liu Kang again fights his former mentor (who Liu Kang holds responsible for his death), but loses. He then fights members of Cassie Cage's unit: Takahashi Takeda and Kung Jin. But as Cassie Cage defeats Shinnok in his ultimate form, and Raiden purifies the Jinsei. Liu Kang knows too well that they have lost and now Shinnok was dead. They retreat back to the Netherealm. Sometime after the events that just took place, Liu Kang along with Kitana are the new rulers of the Netherealm, they are met by a different Raiden (who have been corrupted by the Jinsei and now has the Sacred Amulet) who warns them that he will no longer just passify to defeand Earthrealm, but will aggressively defeat any threat to his realm, and even presents Shinnok's head to prove his statement. Liu Kang and Kitana look on and ponder what will they do next.

[edit] Gameplay

[edit] Special Moves

Fireball: A signature move of Liu Kang; it can be performed both high and low and can also be performed while jumping.

Flying Dragon Kick: Liu Kang's trademark move as he will fly through the air with his left leg out in front and can hit his opponent either in the neck or chest.

Bicycle Kick: Liu Kang will go flying through the air with both legs moving in the style of opperating a bicyle, causing multiple hits.

Parry: A special move new to Mortal Kombat (2011), Liu Kang flames up his hands and gets into a parry stance. If the opponent attacks him they do this, he will teleport behind them and deliver a punch to the back.

[edit] Finishers

Deadly Uppercut: Liu Kang does a butterfly kicks, then uppercuts the opponent.

Dragon Bite: Liu Kang's Dragon Bite is that of a dragon biting his opponent in half. It was at first a fatality, but later became an animality, then back into a fatality again.

Arcade Drop: Liu Kang would disappear, then an Arcade machine would drop down and crush the opponent.

[edit] Quotes

[edit] From Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe

  • "Do not test me Shang Tsung, I should have killed you at the acadamy!!!"
  • "Shang Tsung, Your treachery ends here!!!"
  • "Many White Lotus have also disappeared."
  • "May the Elder Gods bind you in another realm for your treachery, scorcerer."
  • "It was really *your* move. I just merely deflected your own power against you, and I can sense your Chi, I knew you were there."
  • "I thought I defeated you, scorcerer. By the elder gods, I will FINISH you!!!"

[edit] From Mortal Kombat R

  • "Only one fight remains. Face me, in Mortal kombat!!"
  • "This tournament is more than a chance for personal glory."

[edit] Anecdotes

  • Because Mortal Kombat was based off of the ever famous martial arts movie "Enter the Dragon", Liu Kang was based off fo the movie's star Bruce Lee. Liu Kang and Bruce Lee's character's goal is to restore honor to thier Shaolin temples.
  • Liu Kang's fatality did not kill his opponent in the original Mortal Kombat. This is due to the nature of Shaolin Monks' belief to not kill off his/her opponent when they are defeated. However, the rest of his fatalities do kill the opponent.
  • Discounting spin-offs, Liu Kang has been playable in almost every Mortal Kombat game to date, with the only exception being Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
  • Most Mortal Kombat fans believe that Liu Kang developed a romantic interst in Kitana. Most fans believe it to be the movie renditions of the game (where this kind of thing happened between them and carried over to the games). But perhaps is maybe because the actor who played Liu Kang in the games (Ho Sung Pak) was dating (or at least at the time of the making of Mortal Kombat 2) the actress who played Kitana (Katalin Zamiar). Though, neither Ed Boon nor John Vogel has officially confirmed a romantic involvement between Liu Kang and Kitana.

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