Hey, who says video game bad guys are always cold-hearted, merciless brutes? As the saying goes, you can’t always judge a book by its cover.
It’s no secret that every great hero needs a great antagonist to make an awesome story in all forms of entertainment. I mean, ask yourself this: would Batman be the same without Joker? Would Spiderman still be as entertaining without villains like the Green Goblin or Doc Ock?
The bad guys that you love to hate so much make it all the more satisfying when they get what they have coming to them courtesy of the protagonist.
As much as this is true for the most part, there are some instances where this isn’t the case.
The sentiment about those iconic comic characters above can be said when it comes to video game baddies, as well. Whether it’s Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, Magus in Chrono, or Big Boss from Metal Gear, sometimes you just can’t judge a video game villain by what you see on the cover.
When it comes to Mortal Kombat, bad guys like Quan Chi and Shang Tsung always come to mind when you’re thinking of the greatest MK antagonists of all time. To some, Scorpion may be a candidate for the greatest antagonist list as well.
But while he’s done some pretty horrendous things, after taking an in-depth look at his past, his story might just have some second-guessing their opinion.
After the devil incarnate, Quan Chi murders Scorpion’s family and clan (the Shirai Ryu), he tricks Scorpion into believing that Sub-Zero was the culprit. From there on, Scorps aligns himself with Quan Chi, seeking to avenge the Shirai Ryu.
Unlike most bad guys; those whose motives are rooted in greed, materialism, or selfishness, Scorpion is pitted against Sub Zero by the vileness sorcerer, Quan Chi, and only seeks revenge for the death of his clan and loved ones.