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Raiden and Shao Kahn were brothers in an alternate Mortal Kombat timeline that was erased by Kronika

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation movie both have these family ties established

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • August 11, 2020 at 1:34 p.m. PDT • Comments: 12

The Mortal Kombat series is filled with many different beings and species. As Raiden is often referred to as the God of Thunder and the Protector of Earthrealm, he is canonically one of the strongest entities in Mortal Kombat.

We recently learned from Dominic Cianciolo, story and voiceover director at NetherRealm Studios, that Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is canon to Mortal Kombat lore. Supposedly, Kronika was dissatisfied with these series of events and wiped it from the timeline. Interestingly enough, Raiden and Shao Kahn's relationship in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is very different to what was portrayed during the events that spanned from Mortal Kombat 9 to Mortal Kombat 11.

According to Raiden's biography in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Raiden and Shao Kahn were siblings. "When his brother, Shao Kahn, Emperor of Outworld, finally invaded Earthrealm, only Raiden and his Forces of Light stood between slavery and freedom," noted the in-game text.

Since Fujin, the God of Wind, is often stated to be Raiden's brother, this would mean that Fujin and Shao Kahn were also brothers.

This relationship between Raiden and Shao Kahn also existed in the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation movie that was released in 1997. Interestingly enough, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is the only game in the series that referenced this family connection despite being released 11 years later.

In Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Shinnok was also the father of both Raiden and Shao Kahn. Outside of dialogue, Shinnok was completely absent from the story of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

Dominic Cianciolo, during the Unsolved Mortal Kombat Mysteries video, has indirectly confirmed that this relationship between Raiden and Shao Kahn is no longer a thing in the new timeline.

"At this point in Mortal Kombat, Shao Kahn, Raiden, and Argus are not the same types of beings," declared Cianciolo. "Shao Kahn, though extremely powerful, is neither a god nor an immortal. Raiden and Argus are more similar in that they have divine origins and are protector of their respective realms."

This seems to imply that Kronika ultimately decided to do away with this relationship when she wiped the timeline. Funnily enough, this connection didn't actually play any sort of role in Mortal Kombat vs. DC or any other Mortal Kombat title. Ironically, we only know that Raiden and Shao Kahn are brothers in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe thanks to the in-game biography.

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