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    Ermac is the result of conquered Edenian souls that were fused together to form a living being. The essence of all those vanquished souls bound together gives Ermac immense telekinetic abilities, making Ermac one of Shao Kahn’s strongest enforcers.

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    Alignment: Good (Formerly Evil)

    Species: Amalgam of Souls

    Origin: Outworld

    Allies: Kenshi, Nightwolf, Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Kitana, Reptile, Jax, Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Sub-Zero

    Enemies: Shao Kahn, Ashrah, Onaga, Shang Tsung, Rain, Quan Chi


    Ermac is made out of dead souls, created by Shao Kahn. Another character - Ashrah believes him to be a demon. Ermac used to be one of Shao Kahn's best warriors. He participated in the invasion of Earthrealm and trusted his leader to the death. After Shao Kahn's death, Ermac wandered the Outworld without instructions. Eventually, a blind swordsman named Kenshi found him and freed Ermac from Kahn's control. Thankful, Ermac taught Kenshi the art of telekinesis.

    Now that Ermac was free, he could freely choose his destiny. He repented for what he had done in the past and began fighting for the good. After choosing his faction, Ermac met another warrior, who, like Kenshi, understood his suffering. His new ally's name was Liu Kang. Kang's goal was to free his enslaved comrades and Ermac's was to atone for the evil he has committed earlier in the name of his master. They allied and were eventually successful in achieving their goals.


    Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

    The unknown ninja warrior shows the world who he actually is and also warns that he will return more powerful than ever.

    Mortal Kombat Trilogy

    Shao Kahn finds a threat in Ermac. He realizes that the souls who made Ermac do not trust their tyrannical leader anymore. Shao Kahn's power is no match for the legions of deceased warriors. They destroy their master in a battle, devastating the entire realm.

    Mortal Kombat: Deception

    Ermac battles with Liu Kang's enslaved comrades in Dragon King's throne room. Then Kang frees their souls. Ermac is happy that his warrior skills for once helped a good cause. However, he was still feeling an ominous force coming from all around him.

    Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

    The energy of Blaze shatters Ermac, separating him into the many beings who composed him. Now, all Ermacs are physically connected and rely on their collective consciousness. Ermac has become an army of warrior souls.

    Mortal Kombat

    With Shao Kahn dead, Ermac was no longer bound to him. Anarchy erupted within Ermac as the many warrior souls that comprised his being struggled for dominance. Only one had the strength of will to quiet the chaos. The conflict resolved, Ermac returned to Outworld, determined to reunite with his past. Queen Sindel and Princess Kitana were shocked to learn the truth: that trapped among the many spirits of Ermac was their husband and father King Jerrod. Though he would never be the Jerrod they once knew, Ermac would forever serve his Queen and the Edenian people.

    Behind the Scenes

    Ermac's creation for Mortal Kombat was originally a wishful misinterpretation of an arcade audit screen. Audit screens are tools through which owners of the game could gauge how often players had achieved certain game goals, ostensibly to adjust difficulty to make the game easier or harder (and thus get more quarters). In one of these audit screens which tallies how many times players have, for example, beaten Goro or Shang Tsung, there is a listing which mysteriously states "ERMACS" followed by a number. What this really meant was a shortening of Error Macros, or how often error macros were triggered during the course of the game. Some fans, though, interpreted this as a secret character, in the vein of Reptile.

    Rumors were further fueled by a faked picture of Ermac as a playable character which was then published by a gaming magazine. The rumors were later shown false, however, and the secret character of Ermac was made into a running joke with the MK team. In Mortal Kombat II there were several hidden references to Ermac meant to deny Ermac's existence, while poking fun at the original rumors.

    That was until they decided to create the character for Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, based on the ninja subtype (in which Scorpion, Sub Zero, and Reptile are all classed), with a red color scheme and unique powers.


    Gaming Appearances

    Ermac's first appearance is in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Ermac is an unlockable character by putting in a code from the Versus Screen.

    Ermac is also playable in Mortal Kombat Trilogy

    Ermac's next appearance in a MK game is in Mortal Kombat: Deception

    Ermac is also a hidden boss fight in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks he is at the Warrior Shrine where he brings a statue of Johnny Cage to life to help fight Liu Kang and Kung Lao. Emac's latest appearance is in Mortal Kombat

    Non-Gaming Appearances

    Ermac has a small role in the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation movie serving as one of Shao Kahn's generals although he is never identified by name.

    Alternate Attire ( Mortal Kombat)

    • Hooded Robes
    • Classic Ninja

    Special Moves

    2D Ermac

    • Teleport Punch - Ermac vanishes in a cloud of fire and reappears behind his opponent, punching them. This move can also be performed in the air.
    • Telekinetic Slam - Using his telekinetic powers, Ermac lifts his opponent and slams them to the ground, causing them to bounce upward and allowing for a follow-up combo.
    • Hado-Energy - Ermac sends a green fireball slithering at his opponent.

    3D Ermac

    • Telekinetic Slam - Using his telekinetic powers, Ermac lifts his opponent and slams them to the ground, causing them to bounce upward and allowing for a follow-up combo.
    • Hado-Energy - Ermac sends a green fireball slithering at his opponent.
    • Mystic Float - Ermac uses his telekinesis to propel himself into the air for a few seconds, setting up for a pair of follow-up moves.
    • Mystic Bomb - Ermac slams his body on the ground, creating a small shockwave.
    • Dive Kick - Ermac dives downward with an aerial kick.
    • Telekinetic Throw - Ermac telekinetically tosses his opponent across the arena behind him.
    • Teleport Punch - Ermac vanishes in a cloud of fire and reappears behind his opponent, punching them. This move can also be performed in the air.
    • Green Spark


    • Telekinetic Massacre - Ermac repeatedly slams his opponent to the ground over and over until they explode.
    • Uppercut Beheading - Ermac uppercuts his opponent and his head explodes
    • Animality - Ermac turns into a tiny frog and eats his opponent
    • Mind Over Splatter - Ermac levitates his opponent into the air and telekinetically rips the limbs from the body, then proceeds to slam the opponent head first into the ground.
    • Pest Control - Ermac shrinks his opponent down to the size of a bug and proceeds to squash them with his boot.


    Ermac levitates his enemy to an upside down position, then slams the foe to the ground breaking their neck. As the victim lies motionless on his or her stomach, Ermac levitates himself over the body before delivering a brutal elbow drop that shatters the victim's spine.


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