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Create your small roster
02/15/2019 09:24 AM EST

With the 30+ characters that we will likely end up with and the disappointment among online fans, I think it would be fun to see how fans can create a roster if they were limited to only16 characters like in the pre 3D era. Often they were not even necessarily diverse, which to me is the most important thing that NRS lacked in MKX. MK11 seems to be improved, but with 30+ it shouldn't be that hard. Now who would you pick and what kind of characters are they, if you were to pick a maximum of 16 including new ones from all the past games?

Here's mine:

  • Scorpion - Ninja, fire character
  • Sub-Zero - Ninja, ice character
  • Shang Tsung - Sorcerer, spiritual character
  • Kotal Kahn - God / sorcerer, spiritual character
  • Kai - Shaolin, martial arts character
  • Liu Kang - Shaolin, martial arts character
  • Baraka - monster
  • Goro - monster
  • Skarlet - blood magic character
  • Havik - blood magic character
  • D'vorah - animalistic
  • Reptile - animalistic
  • Ashrah - demon
  • Noob Saibot - demon
  • Kabal - earthrealm force
  • Jax - earthrealm force
  • This would close to my favourite characters, but not necessarily. I like the diversity

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    02/15/2019 09:25 PM EST

    Fun thread — it’s challenging and interesting to limit yourself.

    1. Scorpion: I’m not his biggest fan, but as the icon of the series, you must include him.

    2. Sub-Zero: As above.

    3. Zombie Liu Kang: I went back and forth on this one, but I went with this being a stand-alone release, and I think an evil and fallen Liu Kang can play like Liu Kang and be interesting. I think fans familiar enough with MK would be intrigued by the series’ protagonist being undead and “cooler.”

    4. Cassie Cage: You’re going to need a protagonist. Cassie is interesting enough (I know some will debate this), and her parents could be killed or something. Sets up a fatalistic story for her. She’s in the Sonya Blade/Johnny Cage role.

    5. Kitana: A major part of the series, and I think she could step into another major protagonist role. She could be Liu Kang’s adversary and maybe a mentor for Cassie and some other heroes.

    6. Mileena: I think she’d be a cool inclusion as a rival for Kitana. You’ve got the Sub-Zero/Scorpion dynamic with them.

    7. Jacqui: A lot of people will hate this, but in my storyline she goes insane and kills her father, Sonya, Johnny Cage and Takeda. She could use a lot of Jax’s power moves. Sets her up to be something for Cassie to take down.

    8. Erron Black: I just think he’s cool, alright?

    I had Raiden and Quan Chi in my initial list. Raider is super-iconic, but I kind of might toggle with the idea of having this be about his death and their being little hope for good. I kind of had it “set out of time,” so you can tell the Sub-Zero/Quan Chi/Scorpion story again, but Iet’s move forward with:

    9. Selphina: I’ve had this name in mind for a new sorceress character for years. She can bring the “black magic” element to the game. Fights using a staff and is canonically very powerful.

    10. A New Human Crime Lord: I always liked the Mavado/Red Dragon stuff. I think Earthrealm needs some baddies. This character could be connected to and replace Kano some way.

    11. A Masked Character That Uses Blades: I guess a next generation substitute for Baraka. They would play differently though — a more elegant fighter. No one really knows who they are or what their agenda initially is.

    I’m running out of new character ideas, but I’d probably try to get some more in there. But I guess you can just do Raiden and some other favorites, and replace my new ones with your Quan Chis and Barakas.

    I didn’t expect to get shy of 16.

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/15/2019 11:10 PM EST
  • Scorpion
  • Subzero
  • Raiden
  • Liu Kang
  • Kitanna
  • Mileena
  • Sindel
  • Kabal
  • Nightwolf
  • Triborg
  • Noob Saibot
  • Havik
  • Nitara
  • Human Smoke
  • King Jerrod
  • Fujin
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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/16/2019 12:49 AM EST
  • Scorpion
  • Sub-Zero
  • Noob Saibot
  • Sektor
  • Cyrax
  • Smoke
  • Johnny Cage
  • Sonya
  • Kitana
  • Sareena
  • Sindel
  • Liu Kang
  • Raiden
  • Shang Tsung
  • Reiko
  • Havik
  • Kintaro and Moloch as sub-bosses.

    Shao Kahn as final boss.

    No idiotic guest characters.

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/16/2019 01:23 AM EST
    • Reptile
    • Human Smoke/Enenra
    • Raiden
    • Liu Kang
    • Kitana
    • Sareena
    • Shang Tsung
    • Reiko
    • Scorpion
    • Sub Zero
    • Havik
    • Noob Saibot
    • Mileena
    • Khameleon
    • Fujin
    • Frost
    • New Sub Boss
    • Shao Kahn Final Boss
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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/16/2019 02:17 AM EST

    1. Scorpion

    2. Sub-Zero

    3. Raiden

    4. Kitana

    5. Mileena

    6. Sektor

    7. Smoke

    8. Fujin

    9. Tanya

    10. Quan Chi

    11. Mavado

    12. Kenshi

    13. Bo' Rai Cho

    14. Hotaru

    15. New Character (male)

    16. New Character (female)

    Sub-Boss: Moloch

    Boss: Liu Kang

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/16/2019 02:56 AM EST

    Hm... this is a real challenge

    • Scorpion
    • Sub Zero
    • Raiden
    • D'Vorah
    • Kotal
    • Mileena
    • Jade
    • Fujin
    • Sektor
    • Shang Tsung
    • Reptile
    • Kenshi
    • Sindel
    • Noob
    • Nitara
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    02/16/2019 06:19 AM EST

    Yeah quite challenging indeed, but especially to balance between the type of characters. I see plenty of rosters with the mains from trilogy, ninja / palette swaps etc. I know NRS has a bigger roster, but I think we need to cut them a little slack. This is my point of this thread as well. They at least try to make characters who were kind of plain like Skarlet and Jade as in ninjas with copied moves to real fleshed out characters who can hold their own.

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/16/2019 09:22 AM EST
    02/16/2019 09:31 AM EST

    1) Scorpion (Fire based character)

    2) Sub-Zero (Ice based Character)

    3) Sareena (Demonic powers)

    4) Fujin (Wind God)

    5) Kung-Lao (Slice 'N' Dice Character)

    6) Jade (Stealthy Assasin)

    7) Rain (Water based character)

    8) Takeda (Pretty unique gameplay)

    9) Erron Black (Gun shootin' Cowboy)

    10) Li Mei (Speedy Magical Character)

    11) Shang Tsung (Shape-shifter)

    12) Skarlet (Blood magic)

    UNLOCKABLE SECRET CHARACTERS

    13) Reptile (Acid based character, animalistic)

    14) Khameleon (Elusive, animalistic)

    15) Havik (Sub-Boss) Savage, aggressive, nasty and chaotic.

    16) Nitara (Boss) Blood Queen, Savage and animalistic but also powerful.

    And because I cannot follow instructions- SORRY!

    DLC 1

    17) Liu Kang

    18) Kitana

    19) Mileena

    20) Reiko

    DLC 2

    21) Sonya Blade

    22) Raiden

    23) Noob Saibot

    24) Tanya

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/16/2019 12:03 PM EST

    From MK1:

    1.Liu Kang - iconic character, protagonist, traditional kung fu, Bruce Lee- inspired character.

    2.Sonya- iconic character, stong female, brings modern fighting and gadgets.

    3.Raiden - iconic character, major story driving force.

    4.Johnny Cage - Iconic character, important story role, comic relief.

    5.Scorpion- series mascot

    6.Sub-Zero- iconic character, interesting specials and story.

    From MK2:

    7. Kitana- major character from other realm, interesting moves and story.

    8.Shang Tsung- fun villainous character, potential to be smart, menacing, and traitorous threat.

    9.Kung Lao- secondary protagonist, interesting move gimmick (hat), iconic character.

    From MK3/UMK3:

    10. Cyrax- cool design, interesting character progression, introduces more modern, sci-fi, technology.

    From MK4:

    11. Fujin -long requested by fans.

    From Deadly Alliance:

    12. Li Mei- long requested by fans, representative from other realm, potential for rags-to-riches story.

    From Deception

    13. Ashrah- cool design and story. Netherrealm representation.

    From MKX:

    14. Cassie Cage -new generation protagonist

    New characters:

    15. Geras- time bending and earth-related character

    16. New character- villainous/wild card

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    02/16/2019 04:56 PM EST
    02/16/2019 04:59 PM EST

    Unplayable Boss: Shao Kahn

    Unplayable Sub-Boss: Goro

    (The playable good guys)

    1) Raiden

    2) Sub-Zero

    3) Johnny Cage

    4) Sonya Blade

    5) Jax

    6) Kenshi

    7) Kitana

    8) Liu Kang

    (The playable bad guys)

    9) Kano

    10) Kabal

    11) Mileena

    12) Baraka

    13) Reptile

    14) Shang Tsung

    15) Reiko

    16) Scorpion

    (Hidden NPC fights)

    Quan Chi

    Sareena

    Havik

    The story would be a what if story focusing on Shao Kahn and his army invading Earthrealm.

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/16/2019 05:09 PM EST

    1.Sub zero

    2.scorpion

    3.kung lao

    4.raiden

    5.noob saibot

    6.kabal

    7.ermac

    8.smoke

    9.cyrax

    10.takeda

    11.baraka

    12.havik

    13.Quan chi

    14.Rain

    15.tremor

    16.Jade

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/16/2019 06:01 PM EST
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    From MK1:

    1.Liu Kang - iconic character, protagonist, traditional kung fu, Bruce Lee- inspired character.

    2.Sonya- iconic character, stong female, brings modern fighting and gadgets.

    3.Raiden - iconic character, major story driving force.

    4.Johnny Cage - Iconic character, important story role, comic relief.

    5.Scorpion- series mascot

    6.Sub-Zero- iconic character, interesting specials and story.

    From MK2:

    7. Kitana- major character from other realm, interesting moves and story.

    8.Shang Tsung- fun villainous character, potential to be smart, menacing, and traitorous threat.

    9.Kung Lao- secondary protagonist, interesting move gimmick (hat), iconic character.

    From MK3/UMK3:

    10. Cyrax- cool design, interesting character progression, introduces more modern, sci-fi, technology.

    From MK4:

    11. Fujin -long requested by fans.

    From Deadly Alliance:

    12. Li Mei- long requested by fans, representative from other realm, potential for rags-to-riches story.

    From Deception

    13. Ashrah- cool design and story. Netherrealm representation.

    From MKX:

    14. Cassie Cage -new generation protagonist

    New characters:

    15. Geras- time bending and earth-related character

    16. New character- villainous/wild card

    This is a GREAT list! When it gets to the 3D era, I’d probably include Quan Chi, Kenshi and Havik from 4, 5 and 6, but that’s subjective stuff and the Fujin being requested point is sound. It’d be great to sneak Erron Black in somehow. Maybe if MK11 was left out of contention? I think there are plenty of alternates for Cyrax too. As much as MK3 basically defined my childhood, I wonder if just including metal arm Jax is enough modern influence?

    I think the reasoning behind this is excellent though.

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/16/2019 06:43 PM EST

    The 16 Characters I would Choose would be;

    1. Scorpion

    2. Sub-Zero

    3. Raiden

    4. Kotal Kahn

    5. D'Vorah

    6. Erron Black

    7. Cassie Cage

    8. Sektor

    9. Mileena

    10. Skarlet

    11. Rain

    12. Kai

    13. Kenshi

    14. Takeda

    15. Reiko

    16. Shang Tsung

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/17/2019 09:54 AM EST

    This is a very good idea for a thread, as it's difficult to narrow it down to 16. I admit mine could be more diverse (if I could add one more, it'd be a cyborg) but I tried to come up with something fun and interesting that I could also base a story around.

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  • Havik
  • Jade
  • Rain
  • Scorpion
  • Kitana
  • D'Vorah
  • Liu Kang
  • Johnny Cage
  • Kotal Kahn
  • Sareena
  • Ermac
  • Noob Saibot
  • Ashrah
  • Raiden
  • Fujin
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    02/17/2019 10:03 AM EST

    And if NRS made a 16-slot roster, here's what you'd get. ;)

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    02/18/2019 09:12 AM EST
    02/18/2019 09:15 AM EST

    I'd just come up with a separate chapter, with its own characters; telling a new story that details other aspects of the MKU that are usually only briefly mentioned or unexplored. Something that takes place on the outer edges of normal storylines, in the peripheral. I'd introduce a bunch of new characters, and add some more obscure ones, and a couple of staples.

    01. Lifen (an original 'good' female character from Outworld that I came up with)
    02. Zumurrud (Lifen's tormented sister who's part cybernetic)
    03. Buyakko (a young male Tigrar Shokan with white fur who grows up in Earthrealm and is therefor 'good')
    04. Shang Tsung (not in his young form, but ancient looking)
    05. Yeren (original character based off of Big trouble in Little China's "Chinese wildman", a monster character)
    06. Iorogomu or Io (original character; hybrid with a female upper body and a spider's lower half)
    07. Mureene (original character; female Tarkatan who was used by Tsung to create Mileena)
    08. Batzorig/Karbrac (new male Tarkatan)
    09. Shr Lin (founder of the Lin Kuei: possibly a Cryomancer and ancestor to Kuai Liang and Bi Han)
    10. Yuudai (based on the concept art for Deadly Alliance's "The Undead General", ghost samurai type)
    11. Grum (based on the MK comics; a giant, six-armed Shokan, minus the nunchucks)
    12. Nitara (somewhat redesigned)
    13. Mavado
    14. Kenshi
    15. Cassandra Cage
    16. Jacqueline Briggs (redesigned and reinterpreted)

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    RE: Create your small roster
    02/18/2019 09:25 AM EST

    I'd leave Scorpion and Sub-Zero out, which will never happen.

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    RE: Create your small roster
    04/03/2020 03:06 PM EDT

    My ideal small roster would probably be-

    1. Kung Lao

    2. Mileena

    3. Kenshi

    4. Liu Kang

    5. Scorpion

    6. Sub-Zero

    7. Jade

    8. Raiden

    9. Shao Kahn

    10. Quan Chi

    11. Motaro

    12. Kitana

    13. Rain

    14. Mavado (Might seem like a bit of a random pick, but I just really like his cape. It'd be cool to see what NR could do with him)

    15. Havik

    16. Onaga

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    RE: Create your small roster
    07/09/2022 10:00 PM EDT

    1. Scorpion

    2. Sub-zero

    3. Raiden

    4. Liu Kang

    5. Johnny Cage

    6.Jax

    7.Sonya Blade

    8. Reptile

    9. Kitana

    10. Goro

    11.Havik

    12. Minleena

    13 Jade

    14 Smoke

    15. ermac

    16.Bakara

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    RE: Create your small roster
    07/10/2022 06:14 PM EDT

    Reptile

    Kung Lao

    Kitana

    Quan Chi

    Sektor

    Tanya

    Nightwolf

    Kenshi

    Sindel

    Jax

    Kotal Kahn

    Cetrion

    Drahmin

    Taven

    Motaro

    Shinnok

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    RE: Create your small roster
    07/11/2022 01:53 PM EDT

    Interesting topic.

    1. Scorpion

    2. Sub-Zero

    3. Kung-Lao

    4. Fujin

    5. Liu-Kang

    6. D'Vorah

    7. Kotal Kahn

    8. Li-Mei

    9. Cassie Cage

    10. Skarlet

    11. Reiko

    12. Hotaru

    13. Ashrah

    14. Baraka

    15. Quan Chi

    16. Daegon

    Boss: Onaga the Dragon King (unplayable)

    Sub Boss: Geras (playable)

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    07/14/2022 06:24 PM EDT

    1. Reptile

    2. Khameleon

    3. Goro

    4. Quan Chi

    5. Raiden

    6. Fujin

    7. Kai

    8. Liu Kang

    9. Kitana

    10. Scorpion

    11. Sub-Zero

    12. Johnny Cage

    13. Sonya Blade

    14. Kia

    15. Jataaka

    16. Sareena

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    RE: Create your small roster
    08/10/2022 04:21 PM EDT
    08/10/2022 04:29 PM EDT
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    And if NRS made a 16-slot roster, here's what you'd get. ;)

    I Like This Roster Just Replace Sonya With Shang Tsung and Kotal Kahn with Shao Kahn I Think It would Work Welll With MK12's Story. Divorah Being Quan Chi's Spy Maybe Ther is a 2nd part Story DLC with Frost Shinnok and Quan Chi as DLC Where Divorah Makes a deal with Frost or Kano (The Black Dragon) to Rez Quan Chi and Shinnok as Cyborg's with free will.

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