Johnny Cage, whose real name is John Carlton, is a main video game character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. The character was modeled after Jean-Claude Van Damme.
In the first game, Johnny is derided by film critics and the movie-going public for using special effects and wires for his fights. Unknown to them, his patented "Shadow Kick" and "Force Ball" were not effects; he actually performed those supernatural feats after years of training with various masters. To prove it to the world, he entered the Mortal Kombat tournament. In his ending, he makes the movie Mortal Kombat, based on how he saved the world from an invading realm by defeating them in the Mortal Kombat tournament, which revived his then-failing career.
Not long after that, Johnny was attacked while shooting a commercial by a revitalized Shang Tsung, Kintaro, Baraka, Kitana, and Mileena. Luckily for him, Jax arrived and tried to help him. They were later joined by the other Earthrealm warriors to help fight the horde off. He then traveled into Outworld with his friends for Mortal Kombat II. Eventually, Liu Kang challenged Shao Kahn, proving again he was the true champion of Mortal Kombat; Kang beat the emperor within inches of his life. Defeated, Kahn ordered his forces to kill the Earth warriors. Johnny Cage managed to escape Outworld with his allies back to Earthrealm and managed to live in relative peace for a short while before the events of MK3.
When Shao Kahn invaded Earthrealm by way of a loophole involving his deceased Queen Sindel being reincarnated on Earth in Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Johnny Cage was found and killed by an Outworld extermination squad, due to the merger of the realms blocking his ascent into the Heavens, He was able to cheat death and have his soul restored to his deceased body. Cage reunited with his allies and fought against Shao Kahn's forces in taking back Earthrealm. When they were successful Johnny Cage's soul rose to the heavens after Outworld's hold over Earthrealm and he said farewell to his former allies as he departed to the afterlife.
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