Goro is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.
Unlike other characters in the first Mortal Kombat, Goro was not based on a digitized actor but instead on a clay sculpture created by Curt Chiarelli. After creating it, he used it as a base for a latex model to make a 12-inch tall painted miniature. After recording a video of an actor making motions similar to those Goro would make in the game, John Tobias used stop motion animation to move the miniature's body to match the actor's movements frame for frame. In the early stages of the first Mortal Kombat's development, Goro's name was set as "Gordo" which means "fat" in Portuguese and Spanish. It was later changed to Goro by the game designers. According to Ed Boon in an interview about the character, the clay sculpture used to animate Goro in the first Mortal Kombat was twisted around and bent so many times that it simply fell apart.
In Goro's Deception bio card, when explaining how Goro was animated, Ed Boon mentions a second model for Goro had also been created. This second model was not used for animation and is still in usable condition to this day.
Goro made his first appearance in the first Mortal Kombat game, where his story described him as a 2,000 year old half human-dragon. He had been helping the sorcerer Shang Tsung in winning the Mortal Kombat tournament. Goro remained champion for nine consecutive tournaments, until he was defeated in the first game by Liu Kang. A tenth victory was all Shang Tsung would have needed in order for Shao Khan, the Emperor of Outworld, to take over Earth. After the tournament, Goro was thought to have been killed, but returned later in Mortal Kombat 4. He is known today as the Prince of the Shokan, a race from the Kuatan area of Outworld.
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