The BEST episodes of Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm

Every episode of Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm!

"Much has changed since the last Mortal Kombat Tournament. Dark forces of Out World have begun invading the Earth Realm. These attacks are seriously weakening Earth's dimensional fabric. Enabling not only Outworlders to enter the Earth Realm, but warriors from other domains as well. Only the most extraordinary warriors could possibly meet this challenge." - These are the words of Rayden.

Last Updated: 1/28/2023Network:USA Network
6 votes

#1 - Overthrown

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/14/1996

On the anniversary of her father's death, princess Kitana has planned a rebellion against Shao Kahn. If it succeeds, Kitana will reclaim the throne of Outworld - leaving Liu Kang and the other combatants.

6 votes

#2 - Abandoned

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/7/1996

Feeling overwhelmed and the need for a real life, Jax considers quitting the team. While he is away, the emperor Shao Kahn attacks the headquarters.

Kombat Begins Again
21 votes

#3 - Kombat Begins Again

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/21/1996

While the mortal combatants are battling Cyrax and Sektor, they are joined by Sub-Zero. This triggers memories and self doubt in Liu Kang, and mistrust for the ice ninja in Sonya and the others. When headquarters is attacked, Sub-Zero must prove where his loyalties really fall.

Skin Deep
6 votes

#4 - Skin Deep

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/12/1996

Kitana is confronted with her past when a handsome young ninja from Outworld seeks her out, which stirs jealousy in Liu Kang. However, the ninja proves to be working for Shao Kahn and abducts the princess. It's up to Liu Kang to save her.

The Secret of Quan Chi
6 votes

#5 - The Secret of Quan Chi

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/9/1996

Quan Chi a free-roaming sorcerer versed in the dark arts, uses an ancient gem to turn our heroes against one another.

8 votes

#6 - Resurrection

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/16/1996

With the help of the shadow priests, the emperor Shao Kahn succeeds in resurrecting Shang Tsung. The emperor then dispatches Shang to Earthrealm, armed with the most powerful weapon of them all - the Warrior King's orb.

Sting of the Scorpion
9 votes

#7 - Sting of the Scorpion

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/28/1996

Sub-Zero's nemesis, Scorpion, is traveling from real to realm unearthing an army of evil dead. Sub-Zero's hatred for Scorpion gives the ghost ninja the advantage. It is up to Liu Kang to overcome his self-doubt and face the incredibly powerful Scorpion alone.

7 votes

#8 - Amends

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/30/1996

While tracking Kano and the Black Dragon organization, the team discover they have a phantom ally, who turns out to be Kabal. Having been disfigured by Shao Kahn, Kabal is considered a freak. Sonya overcomes her own revulsion, then helps the others see past the ugliness to the man inside.

Swords of Ilkan
5 votes

#9 - Swords of Ilkan

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/23/1996

Sonya is feeling overwhelmed by the endless fighting and the lack of any other females to relate to. She tries to get close to the illusive Kitana, who is faced with a painful part of her past when they travel to a realm ruled by a ruthless Amazon-like warrior.

Acid Tongue
8 votes

#10 - Acid Tongue

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/5/1996

During an intense battle against Komodai, a reptilian ninja, Jax suffers and injury to his bionic arms. A rare chip is lost in action. His unique arms cannot be repaired before the combatants are forced into action again. Jax is facing his worst fear - that he is nothing without the strength of his bionic arms.

Old Friends Never Die
5 votes

#11 - Old Friends Never Die

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/19/1996

Sub-Zero has a run-in with his old friend Smoke, who is now programmed to destroy the ice ninja. He must convince Smoke the that he still has a soul before the cyber assassin takes him out.

Fall From Grace
7 votes

#12 - Fall From Grace

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/2/1996

Sonya's recklessness injures Stryker, and the team vote to suspend her. As they struggle to drive back an assault on Earthrealm, Sonya and the injured Stryker are the only ones left to defend the headquarters against an invasion by Shokan warriors.

Familiar Red
5 votes

#13 - Familiar Red

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/26/1996

Nightwolf repeatedly sends the combatants to "rips" that don't appear to exist. They begin to think his computer skills are shot. Finally, Nightwolf discovers that it's a clever ruse which Kano is behind, triggering intense feelings in Sonya who thought the thug was dead - feelings that she failed her old partner.

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