Shao Kahn is a boss and recurring playable character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He was voiced by Steve Ritchie in the second and third Mortal Kombat games.
One of the primary villains in the Mortal Kombat series, Shao Kahn (often misspelled as Shao Khan) is the Emperor of Outworld. He is known for his godlike strength, extreme brutality, and knowledge of black magic. Like his subordinate Shang Tsung, he has the power to consume others' souls. Later in the series, his abilities are toned down to make other bosses appear superior.
Shao Kahn originally served as an advisor to Onaga when the latter ruled Outworld as the Dragon King. Onaga's Empire had become the most powerful in the realms and so he began searching for a way to become immortal. Before his goal could be realized, Shao Kahn made his move by poisoning Onaga and taking his kingdom. Leading whatever troops that remained loyal to the Dragon King, Kahn continued many of the former emperor's plans. He continued to add lesser realms to Outworld, either through direct conquest or through Mortal Kombat.
A milestone in his military victories was the merging of Edenia with Outworld. After his warriors had won in Mortal Kombat, Kahn invaded the realm. On the battlefield, Kahn killed King Jerrod, and took Queen Sindel as his wife, raising their daughter, Princess Kitana, as his own. He had the young princess trained as his personal guard and as an assassin. Sindel took her own life in an attempt to escape subservience to the Emperor. Unwilling to be denied, Kahn held her soul in Outworld, stopping her transition to the afterlife. Kahn had also instructed his sorcerer Shang Tsung to create a Tarkatan based clone of Kitana (called Mileena), So as Kitana grew up, she would not remember her past, and assume that her and Mileena were his twin daughters.
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