The Mortal Kombat Kombatant You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign
Ever since the first game debuted in 1992, “Mortal Kombat” has been home to a massive cast of characters, each wielding their own unique abilities, fighting styles, and motivations. There are some who’ve remained at the forefront of the series since the very beginning — iconic fighters like the Netherrealm warrior Scorpion, Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage, special forces operative Sonya Blade, and the thunder god Raiden. Then, there are the equally beloved combatants who were added to the story later on, warriors like Rain, Kabal, Kitana, and so many more.
Some “Mortal Kombat” characters have always fought on the side of good, leveraging their powers to defend Earthrealm from would-be invaders. However, it’s just as common for fighters to change allegiances, sometimes even more than once over the course of their stories. Villains become heroes after recognizing the error of their ways, heroes are corrupted to the side of darkness, begrudging alliances are formed out of desperation, and most fighters keep a blade hidden, ready to strike quickly in the event of a betrayal. It’s a rough and tough world where power is constantly shifting, and the characters who inhabit it hold many secrets beneath their cool costumes.
When choosing your fighter in “Mortal Kombat”, there’s a lot to take into consideration. Obviously, move set and play style are important to keep in mind for the video games, as is visual aesthetic. Is it better to pick a blue ninja, or a yellow ninja? A character who can teleport, or a character with two teleports? Seriously, though, the “MK” cast is massive and diverse, with plenty of great options for any player or fan. There are so many such choices, in fact, that the best option may be to let the stars decide — selecting a fighter based on personality and astrological compatibility. Here are the mainline “Mortal Kombat” characters most closely aligned to each sign, and which one you’re closest to according to the zodiac.
Aries: Johnny Cage
As a Hollywood movie star (who is based on Jean-Claude Van Damme), Johnny Cage is bold, braggadocious, and self-important. However, he’s also a fiercely brave, loyal person who has put his life on the line time and time again throughout the “Mortal Kombat” series to protect his friends and his home of Earthrealm. Johnny Cage can be rather brash, getting himself into dangerous situations without having a way to get out, and his smart mouth and penchant for trash talk have gotten him in hot water many times.
If that combination of loyalty, bravery, and occasional brashness sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a common characteristic of the Aries sign, belonging to those born between March 21 and April 19. Sometimes prone to acting before thinking, Aries are intensely competitive and deeply passionate — both qualities Cage has embodied since the very beginning of the “Mortal Kombat” franchise. While he doesn’t throw actual fireballs like some of his allies and enemies, he’s certainly well-deserving of the fire sign title. Every Aries is a star unto themselves, and Johnny Cage is no different. While his movie career and status as one of Earthrealm’s champions has earned him plenty of supporters, he has always remained his own biggest fan.
Choosing a “Mortal Kombat” character to embody the Taurus sign — reigning from April 20 to May 20 — is difficult. Such people generally prefer relaxing in serenity to engaging in any kind of overt conflict. Everyone who enters the “Mortal Kombat” tournament, by contrast, is a warrior by trade — not exactly the kind of people likely to embrace Taurus’ love of peace and luxury. However, looked at more closely, longtime Earthrealm ally Princess Kitana is actually a great pick for the Taurus sign.
For starters, Kitana hails from the realm of Edenia, which is famed in the “Mortal Kombat” universe for its overwhelming natural beauty. She is also, as evidenced by her title, royalty, making her naturally inclined to a more luxurious lifestyle than many of her fellow “MK” characters. None of that makes Kitana soft, however. Quite the opposite, her hard life in the court of Emperor Shao Kahn made her a tough and determined fighter, but one who has always remained primarily interested in peace. As both a ruler and a warrior, Kitana is nearly unmatched, largely because of her ability to stay cool, calm, and collected amidst even the most dire of circumstances. In short, she is more than a worthy bearer of the Taurus sign in the world of “Mortal Kombat.”
Gemini: Noob Saibot
One of the most important characters in all of the “Mortal Kombat” mythology is Bi-Han, a vicious warrior of the Lin Kuei assassin clan and the original Sub-Zero. As seen in the 2021 “Mortal Kombat” movie, Bi-Han is eventually killed by Scorpion in an act of vengeance, but that’s not the end of his story in the video games. After his soul arrives in the Netherrealm, Bi-Han is reformed as the shadow assassin Noob Saibot — a wraith bent on the singular goal of attaining ultimate power.
The busy, curious, playful nature of Geminis — born between May 21 and June 20 — may not immediately seem applicable to such a villainous character, but there are a number of things about Noob Saibot that align him squarely with the third sign of the zodiac. For starters, his shadow powers and penchant for vanishing into the wind fit well with the transient nature of the Gemini air sign. The warrior’s other primary power is the ability to clone himself, another apt comparison to the sign whose symbol is the twins. And, while Bi-Han’s shifting allegiances are generally in the interest of attaining power, he’s still one of the most mobile characters in the entire “Mortal Kombat” franchise, having been allied to the Lin Kuei, the forces of Outworld, the armies of the Netherrealm, and various other factions over the years.
Following Bi-Han in the zodiac is his younger brother Kuai Liang — the man who wears the Sub-Zero moniker for the majority of the franchise, starting when his brother is killed by Scorpion. Unlike Bi-Han, Kuai Liang is more interested in overall balance and fighting for what’s right than in becoming the most powerful warrior, but he also isn’t above holding grudges or going after opponents when he believes his life or honor to be on the line. In fact, Kuai Liang first enters the “Mortal Kombat” story on the hunt for Scorpion, desiring his own revenge for his older brother’s death. Once the new Sub-Zero discovers the larger circumstances surrounding Bi-han’s demise, however, he gives up his vendetta to serve a greater purpose.
Like Sub-Zero, Cancer signs — those born between June 21 and July 22 — are constantly balancing self-preservation with larger concerns, swaying back and forth between the world of their own emotions and the literal, physical world they inhabit. Sub-Zero is a smart and discerning person, both as a fighter and as a leader of the reformed Lin Kuei clan. He is slow to trust, deferring to gathered evidence and logic over snap judgements, but he still allows his emotions to lead him from time to time, making him an unpredictable, formidable foe.
Leo — lasting from July 23 to August 22 — can be a sign of great heroism and loyalty, but its tendencies toward self-enrichment and intense pride can also yield people like Kano. A ruthless mercenary always looking for the next big payday, Kano embodies the Leo sign in his passion for the one thing he cares about above all else: himself. Kano has a huge ego and is willing to do nearly anything to keep himself well-paid, well-fed, and on top of the food chain. However, he also embodies the positive qualities of strength, determination, and confidence that define many Leos.
Throughout the “Mortal Kombat” video games, the 2021 movie, and many other stories, Kano embodies the core Leo traits: a fierce spirit, a strong sense of self-confidence, and an intense personality that refuses to mute or abridge itself. Those traits cause trouble for the champions of Earthrealm more often than not, as Kano has frequently made himself an ally of evil forces like Shao Kahn’s Outworld empire. However, there’s no denying the impressive drive and determination with which Kano takes on every challenge, good or evil.
Virgo: Kung Lao
Studious. Industrious. Logical. Determined. These are all words frequently associated with Virgos — those born between August 23 and September 22. Not coincidentally, they’re also all words that describe the Shaolin monk Kung Lao, one of Earthrealm’s most dedicated defenders. First introduced in “Mortal Kombat II” and played by Max Huang in the 2021 film, Kung Lao is best known for his razor-sharp hat and his stoic, determined persona.
While he may not be as established in or central to the overarching “Mortal Kombat” story as his cousin and close friend Liu Kang, Kung Lao is nonetheless one of the finest warriors ever to battle the forces of Outworld. Like many other Virgos, Kung Lao values hard work. He trained for years and years to become the best fighter possible, all in the interest of defending his home from conquerors. A loyal ally and trusted companion, Kung Lao does things the right way, and he backs up his decisions with research, intuition, and extensive practice.
Libra: Sonya Blade
No one in the “Mortal Kombat” universe values justice more than special forces operative Sonya Blade. One of the original characters from the very first “MK” arcade game, Sonya is a protector of the highest degree — a fierce warrior driven by her desire to attain peace. As those born between September 23 and October 22 will know, those are textbook Libra traits, and Sonya embodies the air sign in many ways.
As a Special Forces operative (and later commander), Sonya built an impressive career trying to keep her home of Earthrealm safe from those who would do it harm. She was one of the very first champions chosen by Raiden for the tournament that kicks off the franchise canon, and she remained in the fight for decades after. Sonya is a tough but fair warrior and leader who knows her craft and takes pride in her work. She’s focused, driven, and dedicated to what she believes is right. In her quest to achieve balance, peace, and justice, she wears the markers of Libra for all to see.
Scorpio: Shang Tsung
The sign of Scorpio, ascribed to people born between October 23 and November 21, is often described as naturally plotting and deeply intuitive. Scorpios are masters of control. In the case of Shang Tsung, the scheming sorcerer of “Mortal Kombat,” those qualities manifest themselves in frequent bids for power and supremacy. As Shao Kahn’s right-hand man, Shang Tsung always has his finger on the pulse of the various realms and the champions who fight for them. He’s a conniving, brilliant tactician who is always looking for a way to gain an advantage, even if that means breaking the rules, as was the case in the 2021 film.
Shang Tsung is also a deadly fighter in his own right, wielding the power to absorb and manipulate the souls of others. He can transform his entire being into that of another, gaining both their physical appearance and their special abilities for a brief time. His deep attunement to the spirit world and the spiritual states of others — while used for evil — gives him immense power and is surely a big part of how the sorcerer has remained on top for so long. There are few “Mortal Kombat” characters as feared as Shang Tsung, and for good reason.
Despite his name, Scorpion falls far more accurately into the Sagittarius sign — November 22 and December 21 — than that of Scorpio. At first, the pairing might seem odd. Isn’t Scorpion a killer driven by little more than revenge? Well, that’s certainly how his story starts, but there’s far more to the fiery ninja than his various vendettas. The sad truth of Scorpion is that he spends much of the early “Mortal Kombat” story being manipulated by various nefarious forces, like Netherrealm’s evil sorcerer Quan Chi. Scorpion is lied to time and time again, finally realizing the deceptions put upon him and find his own meaning in life. While not always a hero, Scorpion ultimately becomes a champion for good, and his finest moments in the “Mortal Kombat” universe show him keeping the powers of darkness at bay.
When it comes to Sagittarius wanderlust, no one is more guilty than a literal wayward soul. Scorpion has visited many different realms throughout the “MK” movies and games, learning new abilities and growing in wisdom along the way. This is shown beautifully in the 2021 “Mortal Kombat” movie, in which, after centuries of torment in the fires of the Netherrealm, Scorpion rises with those same fires under his control. Who other than a Sagittarius could travel to hell itself, only to learn something productive from the experience? Of course, there should then be no doubt that the yellow-clad warrior is a fire sign.
Sonya Blade isn’t the only notable special forces operative in the Mortal Kombat universe, and while her associate and close friend Jackson Briggs shares her passion for justice, he’s more closely attuned to the Capricorn sign — December 22 and January 21 — than that of Libra. There’s no question that Jax, with his massive cybernetic arms and ability to create minor groundquakes, would be an earth sign, and he fits nicely into the tenth zodiac for other reasons as well.
Capricorns are steady people, patient and proper, willing to put in the extra time to accomplish a task if that’s what it takes. They also embody the spirit of perseverance and are not easily deterred by adversity. As anyone who’s played the “Mortal Kombat” games or watched the 2021 movie will know, Jax has had his fair share of hardship. After losing his arms in battle, it took everything in him to get back to fighting strength and find the drive to become even stronger. Nonetheless, he did just that, pushing past his own limits to achieve new heights. That’s the spirit of the Capricorn sign, which Jackson Briggs wears with pride.
This one might be a bit obvious, but if you’re looking for the Aquarius in the “Mortal Kombat” roster, you’re looking for Lord Raiden, god of thunder and protector of Earthrealm. The Aquarius sign — belonging to those born between January 20 to February 18 — is a combination of some relatively disparate personality traits. People belonging to this section of the zodiac are often seen as being caring and compassionate for humanity and the world at large, while also frequently characterized as stubborn and unswayable in their own personal ways. Who better embodies those different characteristics than the literal guardian of Earth, who’s been wearing the same cool hat for thousands of years and trains his champions with an unyielding sternness?
It also helps that Aquarius is an air sign, a perfect match for Raiden’s storm-centric superpowers. He appears with a thunderbolt and vanishes with another, always shifting his focus to different places in order to protect Earth as best as he can. While Raiden does care deeply about the people of his home realm, however, he’s also a strikingly serious individual who can come across as emotionally distant. In the end, though, that’s all just part of the toll such massive responsibility takes.
Pisces: Liu Kang
Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac, reigning from February 19 to March 20, and in the “Mortal Kombat” universe, it’s most applicable to the series’ primary protagonist, Liu Kang. Pisces’ intense spiritual and emotional attunement can sometimes stand at odds with its presence in literal, material matters, and that duality is perfectly represented in Liu Kang — a character who is both the representation of ordinary humanity, and the fated champion meant to establish balance in the world.
As any Pisces can attest, the pull between immediate life issues and larger spiritual and emotional matters can cause challenges, and Liu Kang has faced many such difficulties since he first appeared in the original “Mortal Kombat” arcade game. The Shaolin monk has frequently had to balance self-preservation and loyalty to his friends with his larger obligations to defend the world at large. While that may sound like a daunting task, Liu Kang takes it all on with pride, confidence, and selflessness, leading the charge against the various villains of “Mortal Kombat.”