Jason Voorhees makes his big debut as a Mortal Kombat fighter today, further bridging the connection between the fighting game and horror movies. Of course, he's not the first character to make the jump into the Mortal Kombat universe, nor is he the last. But since movie monster, killers, and robots all make for fantastic characters in fighting games, why not add more? Or perhaps take things to an all new level by creating a fighting game featuring horror and action movie protagonists? Here are our picks for the best movie characters ready to make the Mortal Kombat X roster, or any other NetherRealm developed fighting game.
Freddy Krueger [A Nightmare on Elm Street]
The dream haunting slasher, Freddy Krueger, made a surprise appearance in Mortal Kombat 2011 (MK9), so it's kind of surprising that he doesn't rise again for the sequel to take on his old rival Jason Voorhees. Although Freddy has the burned skin look, along with the signature hat, striped sweater, and bladed claw gloves, he's based on the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street. As such, he is more serious and has fewer (and far less campy) one-liners than the original character portrayed by Robert Englund, but maybe a little more personality could show during the match intro sequences. In fact, original 1980s version could be one of the variations. With the loss of Baraka from the roster, MKX has a spot open for scary faced close range blade fighters that's made from the stuff of nightmares.
Michael Myers [Halloween]
Michael Myers, the masked killer from the Halloween series, would round out the horror movie trio alongside Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kreuger. There is the distinct possibility that apart from the mask, the silent psychopathic slasher would play very similarly to Jason, since his extra long kitchen knife could almost pass for a machete, but Mortal Kombat has worked with similar characters before. Originally conceived as an unstoppable force of evil -- bullets, fire, and stabbing do little to stop him from killing everyone in his path. Rob Zombie wrote and directed a reboot of the Halloween, which delved more into Myers' psychology, but that mainly translates into how the inhumanly strong and tough mass murderer has a little more motivation to his killings. But no matter how it works out, a showdown between Myers and Jason would prove once and for all who deserves to wear the bloodied horror movie crown.
The next upcoming DLC fighter is the Predator, so another natural pairing would be to have him take on the xenomorph from the Alien series. Genetically pre-disposed to be the perfect killing machine, its long tale, claws, and speed would be a huge challenge for even the best fighters. The Alien changes its look and movement depending on what animal it was born from, so it fits perfectly into MKX's three variation system. Furthermore, the creature bleeds molecular acid that burns through just about anything, which could be bad news for fighters that like to get in close. Some might think that the Alien would be seriously overpowered, but remember that it has a weakness to fire, which puts it at a disadvantage against fireballs and certain level interactions. We're betting it wouldn't like being frozen by Sub Zero's ice blasts either.
Mad Max [Mad Max]
With Mad Max: Fury Road releasing later this month, distributed by Warner Bros, we're positively shocked that the wild post-apocalyptic survivor isn't making an appearance in MKX already. Especially since Ferra/Torr is clearly inspired by Master and Blaster from Beyond Thunderdome.
As a character used to harsh desert conditions, facing marauders that make many of Outworld's denizens look tame by comparison, Mad Max would use a combination of firearms and blades to fight. As a former highway patrolman, his fighting style might be reminiscent of Stryker, but with more of a survivalist twist. Of course, Mad Max is also about vehicles that are custom fitted for combat, so his X-ray might include calling in a convoy of road warriors to run his opponents over.
Terminator [The Terminator]
With Cyrax and Sektor out of the picture, we're starting to miss the presence of cyborg/robotic fighters (with all respect to Jax). Although the robot disguised in human skin might not have rockets built into his arms, it's a great improviser, and there are a variety of models. One variation would feature the original leather jacket and sunglasses, with its superior strength coupled with a shotgun and grenade launcher. If NetherRealm wanted to get more creative with the character, The Terminator might just steal weapons from opponents, similar to how Shinnok can copy special moves. Another variation would be the liquid metal model, with a completely different move set and style. Lastly, there's the full-on skeletal robot from the future, equipped with lasers and the ability to call in drones.
Having the Terminator show up would work well with this summer's release of Terminator Genisys. The big takeaway from confronting a Terminator is that it can't be reasoned with, it feels no pity, and it absolutely will not stop... ever.
Again, we miss having cyborgs around, and the newly rebooted RoboCop looks like he'd fit in nicely with the Mortal Kombat roster. Built with heavy armor and fast reflexes, RoboCop can take on adversaries in hand-to-hand combat or using his oversized non-standard issue pistol with stun setting. Although he wouldn't necessarily pack a punch the way Jax would, or go in for the close-up blasts like Jacqui, RoboCop could hold his own at range. He would step into a fight by saying, "Your move, creep," and his X-ray or Fatality would have to somehow include calling in an ED-209... because it has to.
King Leonidas 
As a Spartan king sporting a shield, sword, and a healthy talent for dispensing violence, Leonidas fits perfectly into practically any roster. He doesn't have to be limited to the sword and shield, either, since he would be equally proficient at using a spear or possibly a bow. What sets Leonidas apart from other fighters is that he's the head of an army, and he's a skilled tactician. Therefore, special attacks would include calling in some loyal soldiers to help him out. At some point, a wall of corpses would have to be worked into his repertoire, either as an X-ray or Fatality. At the very least, there needs to be a deep pit with spikes at the bottom, because we miss the old Mortal Kombat spike pit.
Captain Spaulding [House of 1000 Corpses / The Devil's Rejects]
Get freaked out by family values with Captain Spaulding. The sadistic clown-faced head of the Firefly household isn't much of a fighter, so he wouldn't necessarily be a copy of Joker from Injustice: Gods Among Us. Instead, he excels at setting traps and calling upon the other family members to help out. Baby is used for seduction and misdirection, while Tiny (who looks like an oversized Freddy Krueger] and Otis do most of the heavy hitting. One-on-one battles with a skilled fighter is tough enough. How about a whole family of deranged and sadistic killers?
Conceived by Clive Barker in same generation as Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers, Pinhead was meant to be a sort of anti-horror movie monster. Jason and Michael were mindless brutes, and Freddy was a comical line dropper, but Pinhead was designed to be articulate and calculating - near surgical in his use of violence. He's Hell's equivalent of Hannibal Lecter, with control over pleasure and pain. However, later movies put him more in line with other monsters and emphasize his ability to deal pain. Pinhad can fire chains with hooks on them, which could work similarly to Scorpion's kunai or Takeda's whips. He also has access to a number of demonic powers, which would bring him more in line with Quan Chi or Shang Tsung. Lastly, as their leader, he can call upon other Cinobites to deliver their own brands of pleasurable suffering on opponents.
Alex DeLarge [A Clockwork Orange]
Although he doesn't have the same bodycount as some of the other characters shown here, Alex DeLarge is nonetheless one of the most iconic sociopaths in movie history. His brutal fisticuffs and gang of Droogs are supported by his charismatic personality. Furthermore, he's the only character that gets powered up by both drug laced milk and classical music composed by Luwig van Beethoven, particularly the Ninth Symphony - which was ironically written to express the heights of human goodness. Depraved and merciless, Alex DeLarge embodies the worst aspects of humanity, and he'd bring plenty of the old ultraviolence to any fighting game, including Mortal Kombat. To top it all off, of course, he could use a phallic statue to bludgeon opponents to death as a Fatality.
Steven Wong posted a new article, 10 Movie Characters That Should Appear in Mortal Kombat X
Forrest Gump, Kevin Bacon from Footloose, and Johnny 5.
Johnny 5 would be pretty awesome.
It would work well with the variation-of-fighting-style for him too. You have normal J5, then you have the time he's like a gang member, and then you have the gold skin version from when he became a U.S. Citizen (lol)
Normal J5 can fly, gang-member J5 can shoot his laser, gold J5 can jump?
One Must Fall?
Isn't there a Short Circuit 3 coming out?
I would assume a lack of cybernetic characters is largely driven by the budget and time constraints those animations would have required when it came time to create the X-Ray and fatality moves.
Also, my top vote is Betamax (Big Hero 6) using the Ferra/Torr character model.
You won't believe what #7 is!
Do we really have to keep passive-aggressively suggesting the writers are dialing it in on click bait articles? It's insane how much people seemingly give a shit about titles to articles on the Internet. I liked this piece because the idea of those roster additions is cool to think about. If you disagree, simply move on without shitting on yourself.
I was totally expecting 100% satire with this piece but each of those characters would fit perfectly in the MK brand. Alex DeLarge is a bit of a stretch though...perhaps Pumpkinhead?
No Rambo ? WTF
Dalton and Brad Wesley
All dudes (one alien) - how genderist.
Philo Beddoe (and Clyde)
Classic Captain Kirk (with original fight scene music)
movie monsters fighter!!1
Uma Thurman as The Bride
Rambo or Rocky
Also, why New Robocop and New Mad Max images? Neither is 'iconic'.
Not from a movie, but I'd like to promote former lawyer Jack Thompson. Maybe a look alike.
Only if easy fatalities are on by default for any player playing against JT
The Plants from The Happening
Laurence Fishburne in Othello
Voldo from Soul Calibur
Guile from Street Fighter The Movie.
Surprised no one mentioned Rawhead Rex or Pumpkin Head. Also,The Tall Man from Phantasm and Maximilian from The Black Hole.
Shit,there really should just be a fighting game with all horror movie icons.Here's the lineup.
Pinhead(with alternate Cenobites
I think that's a good roster to start with.
Ok,didn't know about this and where in the hell can I play it!
Also, why Ghostface but not Chef Raekwon? That's dirty man.