20 Greatest Klassic Mortal Kombat Fatalities

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The time had finally come.  All of the hype buzzing around the schoolyard about the simplistic yet brutal arcade smash Mortal Kombat was about to come to a head as my tingling eight-year-old hands cradled the oversized Sega Genesis controller.  There my on-screen avatar stood, the elusive Sub-Zero, before my fading opponent, the brash Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage, as I eagerly entered the button combination -- forward, down, forward, high punch.  With a swift uppercut, Sub-Zero's chilled fist took with it Cage's head, causing poor Johnny's spinal cord to dangle in the air like a wet spaghetti noodle.  I sat awe-struck, repelled but amazed, and I knew at that point that Mortal Kombat would soon join the ranks of some of the most cherished franchises in video game history.

By 2007, the hyper-violent fighting game and its numerous sequels and spin-offs had sold 26 million copies.  This fact could be attributed to Mortal Kombat's pick-up-and-playability, the straight-forward controls making it possible for even the most rookie of gamers to start kicking ass immediately.  The story of a group of Earth warriors competing in a life-or-death tournament verses the monstrous challengers of the Outworld realm was a bloodbath that lead to the formation of the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) and society's campaign against video game violence.  One of Mortal Kombat's biggest selling points is the Fatality, the final blow dealt by the winner of a battle that often mains, dismembers or otherwise annihilates his opponent in a way unique to each individual fighter.  These are the 20 Greatest Classic Mortal Kombat Fatalities from the original games leading up to 1996's Mortal Kombat Trilogy, the final 2D installment of the beloved series.

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