Terminator's introductions and victory screen references in Mortal Kombat 11 compared side-by-side to the T-800's first two films

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Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • October 9, 2019 at 11:29 a.m. PDT

Fighting game developers are known to have some of the best attention to detail in the business, and NetherRealm Studios is not one to shy away from neat references in their assortment of guest characters in Mortal Kombat titles.

The Terminator T-800 officially launched just yesterday for Mortal Kombat 11, and pretty much all of his battle introductions and victory screens appear to be references / reconstructions of some of the iconic scenes of the first two Terminator films.

Fighting game content creators Nick and Autumn have even edited together a cool new video to show off the original movie sequences side-by-side to how they are used in MK11.

Starting out with the first intro we saw in his trailer, we have digitized Arnold Schwarzenegger pulling a shotgun out of a box of Johnny Cage action figures which was of course in reference to the T-800 pulling the weapon from a box of roses in the film — something Cassie actually points out in her versus dialogue.

The futuristic and apocalyptic war zone outro is also like a shot-for-shot recreation of Terminator's bleak timeline including the skull being crushed by the endoskeleton as a nice gruesome touch.

Of course there's potentially his most iconic introduction with Arnie appearing out of a time bubble crouched down on the floor though his video game counterpart is able to keep his clothes on while traveling through time apparently.

There's also some other neat touches like the T-800 walking out of the fire as an endoskeleton and the fact that the Terminator can also absorb projectiles with his back like he did to protect John Connor in Terminator 2. You can check out the full batch of references to the movie scenes below.

Image sources Terminator, Terminator 2.

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