Fujin and Noob Saibot's conversation during Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath pays homage to an obscure but interesting confrontation

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • June 27, 2020 at 7:48 p.m. PDT | Comments: 8

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath's story DLC inevitably altered the events of Mortal Kombat 11's narrative as a result of the time travelling element that was present. One of the major players involved in this reworked storyline was Fujin.

While attempting to secure Kronika's Crown from Shang Tsung's Island, Fujin and Shang Tsung engaged in a couple of battles against Jax and Noob Saibot. Although longtime Mortal Kombat fans are most likely already familiar with Fujin and Noob Saibot's history, some of the newer players might have been confused by what was said to one another.

"A new trick, Bi-Han?" mocked Fujin after he escaped Noob Saibot's attempt at entrapping him in a black hole. "Amusing, but insufficient."

While it may not be immediately apparent to observers, Noob Saibot's name in life was Bi-Han. Notably, he was the Sub-Zero that fought on the side of Shang Tsung and Outworld in the first Mortal Kombat tournament.

Although Bi-Han was directly responsible for Scorpion's death, Quan Chi framed Bi-Han for the death of Scorpion's family. Despite Raiden's attempts to persuade Scorpion from killing the then Sub-Zero, Scorpion's rage and thirst for vengeance ultimately got the better of him.

When Kuai Liang first confronted Noob Saibot during the events of Mortal Kombat 9, even he was unable to recognize his older brother. Bi-Han had become a literal shadow of his former self.

Evidently, Fujin was able to recognize Bi-Han from a former encounter. The battle between these two actually took place before the first Mortal Kombat tournament — which means it was unaffected by Raiden's meddling of events that came about due to his vision of defeat in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

"You lost to me at your temple, Fujin," retorted Noob Saibot. "Now, Kronika has made me even stronger."

"You did not win that fight," responded Fujin. "You ran away."

This conversation is actually a reference what happened during Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. After killing Scorpion, Bi-Han was hired by Quan Chi to defeat four elemental guardians that were protecting the Amulet of Shinnok.

The first opponent that Bi-Han confronted for the sake of this task was the God of Wind. While he was unnamed at the time, we now know this entity as Fujin.

To emerge victorious, Bi-Han, controlled by the player, had to run away from Fujin's final attack once his health became low enough. Failing to do this would result in an instant death for Sub-Zero.

Ironically, Fujin would completely eviscerate his own body while attempting to kill Sub-Zero with this attack. Obviously Fujin would restore himself later as we would see him in Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat X (unplayable), and Mortal Kombat 11.

Funnily enough, Fujin essentially tells the player how to beat him in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero during this conversation in Mortal Kombat 11. Indeed, you have to run away from Fujin at the end if you want to win this fight.

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