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A cheeky Ed Boon secret that turned into one of Mortal Kombat's most broken characters; the history of Noob Saibot

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. PDT • Comments: 1

Noob Saibot is a Mortal Kombat regular these days who fits in just fine with the rest of the cast, but he's actually got one of the most unique histories of any of the franchise's many combatants.

From starting as a secret in Mortal Kombat 2 that the team didn't find out about until they were developing Mortal Kombat 3 to being one of the most insanely broken characters of the MK3 era, Noob Saibot's story is one worth hearing. Lucky for all of us, PNDK&M tell it very well.

Ed Boon got in a bit of trouble with MK co-creator John Tobias for not telling him about a hidden character (Reptile, fighting games' first secret fighter) in MK1. Though Boon promised not to pull anything like this again, he went ahead and slipped a third secret character (the team all knew about Smoke and Jade) into the game.

Boon even used his and Tobias' names for this character, simply reversing them both to come up with "Noob Saibot." Noob would continue to appear as a non-playable opponent in early MK3 installments, but would eventually join the character select screen with Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

He still felt like a hidden boss character, though, as his abilities were so ridiculously strong that he would become matter of fact banned in tournament play. He would also be banned in his MK Trilogy appearance, which brought about even more busted moves and sequences.

This time around, Noob had an infinite combo as his teleport slam would lead into a combo that looped.

That's really only the beginning of the story as Noob would continue to appear (as both hidden and directly playable) in future MK installments, but we'll let PNDK&M give you all the rest of the details.

Give the video a watch and then let us know the most surprising thing you learned about Noob Saibot in the comments afterwards.

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