Best Brutalities In Mortal Kombat 1

Tired of using fatalities already? Or maybe you want to take your friend by surprise with an instant kill to show off your skills. Either way, Mortal Kombat 1 has got you covered, as there are many gruesome ways to kill someone around here, with individual characters having multiple options already.



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Thus, let’s talk about some of the best you can perform, considering their style and how easy or difficult it is to pull off to ensure your success when attempting those yourself. Bear in mind there are a lot of those in the game, so what we’ll cover will be a mere fraction of what you can do.

Honorable Mention: Uppercuts And Kameo Brutalities

Kenshi and Frost in Mortal Kombat 1

Though they lack flair, the simplest Brutality you can use during your fights is the uppercut attack every character has to end the Kombat. Any character can pull off this one, ripping the enemy’s head off in the process.

You can also use your Kameo fighter to make unique Brutalities, as they tend to have more than one – some will even be mentioned here. You can also use them depending on which Kameo is with you instead of the character you’re playing, giving you more options for ending the match.

15 Watch This – Tanya

Tanya in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Tanya already shows us a good example of brutality with her moves, all courtesy of her impressive magic staff. This brutality consists of a series of hits performed by spinning her sanjiegun (a three-piece nunchaku-like weapon).

With these attacks, she rips off both of her opponent’s arms before going for a final strike that rips their head off. Pretty decent way to end a fight.

14 The Best Part – Mileena

Mileena in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Mileena has Tarkat, turning her into half a monstrosity already. Thus, a brutality that goes deeper on that is quite fun to see. After beating the opponent through a teleporting attack, Mileena uses blades like Baraka’s to finish the job.

After a series of strikes with the blades, this attack isn’t too different from what we could see from Baraka, but it’s just neat to see Mileena performing a move like that and the fact she has those arm blades, too.

13 Just A Little Dip – Rain

Rain in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

In a pretty stylish move that almost looks like a magic trick, Rain has a very straightforward brutality where he traps himself and his opponent in water.

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After a few moments with both trapped inside, the bubble bursts, and the remains of Rain’s opponent just fall to the ground before he finally reappears on the screen. Rain also always makes it rain after his brutalities, which is a fun plus for him.

12 Bed Of Spikes – Shang Tsung

Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

This one reminds us of The Pit and its stage fatality, where the person falls into spikes. Shang Tsung can summon spikes in the ground in this game to do lower attacks from a distance, and you can use them for a brutality.

Here, he’ll summon these spikes, getting the opponent completely stuck on them, which is why it reminds us of one of Mortal Kombat’s best arenas to this day. It’s like poetry; it rhymes.

11 Scream Queen – Sindel

Sindel in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Sindel has many finishers that involve a constant scream – even one of her fatalities is like that. It’s safe to say she’d have at least one brutality following the same premise, which is the case.

This simple finisher has her tossing her opponent on the ground and screaming directly at their face, destroying their skull in the process as she screams until the body stops moving.

10 You Had Enough? – Reiko

Reiko in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Another good example of being brutal (as these should all be) is our returning boy, Reiko. Second-in-command of Outworld’s army, you can expect a lot of violence from someone trained by Shao.

His brutalities, in particular, are pretty good, but here, he simply punches the opponent’s face over and over until he finally opens a hole in their skull.

9 Pin Kushion – Frost

Frost in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Continuing the trend of hitting an opponent repeatedly, we have Frost – Kameo fighters can perform brutalities, too. She creates an ice wall full of spikes and tosses the enemy on it, then pulls the body away just to shove it in the spikes a few times over.

Then, by freezing their body, she takes their head off, displaying it as a trophy – as any monster would do in this situation, and we know Frost isn’t the nicest person around here.

8 You Got Caged – Johnny Cage

Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Why kill your opponent when you have people for that sort of thing? By far the funniest one in this list, we have Johnny Cage leaving the opponent at the mercy of his makeup designer.

Johnny just gets a chair and stays there while the designer makes multiple cuts across the enemy’s face, even cutting their noses. The trigger is also pretty funny, as Jonny throws his sunglasses at the opponent’s face, who proudly wears them until they get butchered.

7 Any Way You Slice It – Scorpion

Scorpion in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Simple, quick, and efficient – not every killing strike needs theatrics. Our new Scorpion Kuai Liang proves that well, with a brutality that only features a single attack with his Kusarigama (the chain-scythe weapon).

He hits his opponent with it as he passes through, then pulls it back, slicing the opponent horizontally and getting the job done.

6 Absolute Zero – Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Unfortunately (for the opponent), Bi-Han isn’t as lovely and doesn’t mind giving them a more painful death. Absolute Zero is proof of it, as he pierces their body over and over with a spear made of ice.

Once he’s done with that, he pierces the spear through their mouth and raises it in a way that removes the opponent’s head. Merciless as always.

5 No Pain, No Gain – Jax

Jax in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

And the trophy for ‘most ironic brutality’ goes to Jax. The idea here is simple: Jax forces the opponent to sit on the ground, grabs their arms, and pulls them off.

Whoever decided to give a brutality like this for Jax, of all people, deserves a medal. Besides, it’s nice to see Jax ripping some arms off instead of vice versa; he deserves it.

4 Dancing Around – Liu Kang

Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Liu Kang’s bicycle kick got a nice animation revamp, looking a lot more realistic. But you can also make it more brutal and end the fight with it.

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By using it as a brutality, every kick rips off a part of the opponent’s body, from arms to head, and then finishes by kicking the whole upper body off, leaving the legs behind.

3 An Eye For An Eye – Smoke

Smoke in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

This would be a simple and efficient kill, putting Smoke on a similar level to Scorpion, but the fact he goes an unnecessary extra mile makes it a bit funnier.

Smoke starts off as a true assassin, putting his enemy on their knees and slicing their neck open. That’s more than enough to kill someone, but Smoke still stabs their eyes, one at a time, without any rush.

2 Fast Enough For Ya – Li Mei

Li Mei in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Reiko has some competition. The logic here is the same as Reiko’s brutality from earlier, where Li Mei punches the opponent repeatedly until she punches a hole in their skull.

Still, this brutality is worth mentioning, too, given the number of punches and overall speed of her strikes, attacking the enemy while they’re still standing up, sending them downwards, and breaking their skull open without skipping a beat.

1 Good To Be Back! – Havik

Havik in Mortal Kombat 1 photo mode

Using your arm as a weapon is a unique way to beat someone to death. Havik is a masterclass of creativity with his attacks and abilities, and one of them features ripping his own arm off to attack. And you can use it for a brutality.

He’ll continue to beat the opponent after they’re down, but the funniest part here is that he tosses his arm away, pulls the enemy’s arm off, and attaches their arm to his body.

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