"Bow to me."
—Shao Kahn
Shao Kahn
Name Shao Kahn
Height 7'2" (213.4 cm)
Weight 400 lbs (181.4 kg)
Homeworld Outworld
Race Outworlder
Eye Color Red
Hair Color Black
Weapon(s) Wrath Hammer
Debut Mortal Kombat II
Voiced by Brian Glynn (MKII, MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK:SM)
Patrick Seitz (MKvsDCU)
Bob Carter (MK 2011)
Portrayed by Steve Ritchie (MKII, MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK:SM)

Shao Kahn is the main antagonist of Mortal Kombat series and M.U.G.E.N: Ultimate All-Stars. He first appeared in Mortal Kombat II, then appears in Mortal Kombat 3.


Emperor Shao Kahn's lust for power is matched only by his ruthlessness. For ages he conquered other realms and merged them with Outworld. Eventually he turned his attention to Earthrealm. To stave off invasion, Raiden convinced the Elder Gods to enforce the rules of the Mortal Kombat Tournament. Only if Shao Kahn were to win the tournament could he take Earthrealm. But Liu Kang defeated Outworld's champion, Shang Tsung, dashing any chance of Shao Kahn's victory. Enraged, Shao Kahn disregarded the Elder Gods' warnings and mounted an invasion. Defeated once again by Raiden and his allies, he was seemingly ripped apart by his own portal. But the realms are never truly safe from the evil that is Shao Kahn.

The Legacy of Shao KahnEdit

  • Mortal Kombat II (1993)
  • Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)
    • ​Ultimate ​Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)
    • Mortal Kombat Advance (2001)
    • Ultimate Mortal Kombat (2007)
  • ​Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996)
  • Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004)
    • ​Mortal Kombat: Unchained (2006)
  • ​Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (2005)
  • Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006-2007)
  • ​Mortal Kombat (2011)


Shao Kahn is one of the few non-ninja characters whose appearance has stayed consistent throughout the years. He is easily recognizable by his intimidating stature; his apparent height varies between appearances, but he is always significantly taller than regular characters. He is almost never seen without his trademark warlord helmet which features a skull-like design with a long crest at the forehead. His attire usually consists of spiked shoulder pads, similarly designed kneepads and gauntlets, and a skull medallion embedded in two straps that intersect across his chest. When his helmet is removed, he appears to be bald with a slightly demonic face featuring red eyes and small spikes protruding from his head.








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