Robocop is the latest guest to be added to Mortal Kombat 11, joining current alumni Spawn, Terminator T-800 and the Joker. The series has a history of importing iconic characters from games and film, but there's still a handful of potential pugilists that we hope are on NetherRealm's list.
Like Nightwolf, but better.
Sam | Trevor Philips
Grand Theft Auto V protagonist Trevor Philips might be the furthest thing from fighting fit, but Mortal Kombat has a pretty loose rule set. After “mentally preparing” with a hit of meth in his fighter intro, he’d rely on an arsenal of guns and explosives to level the playing field.
As you’ll know if you’ve played GTA V, Trevor is an absolute psychopath. A staple diet of illicit drugs allows him to periodically utilise the Red Mist skill, which decreases damage taken and increases damage dealt. It essentially makes Philips an invincible powerhouse for a brief period and could add credence to his inclusion, while also doubling as a time-limited buff manoeuvre integrated into his move set.
One of his Fatalities could be a curb stop, after which he’d complain about the state of his bloodied shoe while flicking brain matter from the sole. It’s a perfect tonal fit, mirroring MK mainstay Johnny Cage’s grossout antics.
It’s unlikely to happen - whereas Chris’ Talion/Celebrimbor suggestion would arguably be a shoo-in, both being owned by Warner Bros. and all - though it’d no doubt be a fitting and fruitful crossover if ever it did.
He may not have supernatural abilities but we wouldn't bet against Trevor in any fight.
Liam | Judge Dredd
While Judge Dredd might not have a spectral companion to call upon or a rage-inducing drug habit, he does have the Lawgiver, a voice activated handgun. This iconic weapon could be used to devastating effect during fights, with players able pull off special combos to activate the different firing modes, such as incendiary or high-explosive rounds, and deal out massive damage.
It could also make for some great finishing moves, too, with the gravelly voiced Street Judge firing off pithy one-liners before dealing the final blow with one of the many types of ammo at his disposal.
More creative finishing moves could include Dredd calling in his Lawmaster bike and dragging opponents off for a short stay in the Iso-Cubes, or forcing them to take The Long Walk, where they’d have to face the terrors of the Cursed Earth alone.
But Dredd’s not just about the tech, of course. As an experienced Judge raised on the mean streets of Mega-City One, he’s well versed in many forms of hand to hand combat, and having faced-off against the worst humanity has to offer, as well as a host of other worldly enemies, Mortal Kombat 11's roster wouldn’t hold any surprises for him.
Due to a lack of recent Judge Dredd games, Robocop will be filling in for the Judge, until he gets the title he deserves.
James | Travis Touchdown
Far from a likely (or realistic) choice, the cel-shaded star of No More Heroes with a gritty MK-over could pull in those who like their fighters a bit more on the whimsical side. (He’s too violent for Smash anyway).
While weapons aren’t necessarily the be-all in MK, compared to the likes of Soul Calibur, the lightsaber rip-off/light fitting that is Travis’ beam sword could be employed for some suitably OTT Fatalities and Brutalities, while Travis himself maintains a knowing wink to the camera.
More than likely he wouldn’t be much impressed with his own inclusion, as a relatively self-referential character, which could lead to some fun character interactions as well. Imagine him teasing Robocop about the size of his gun, or asking the T-800 about what it was like being governor in those fleeting opening voice lines and his role starts to take shape.
Not an out-and-out psychopath or egomaniac, Touchdown could feel a bit more light-hearted, while playing with surprising dexterity thanks to his unassuming, wiry physique. How effective the design would translate to a “realistic” look is anyone’s guess, but it feels more likely than Deadpool at least.
Johnny Cage might have some competition when it comes to snappy one-liners.
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