Fatalities were made popular by the Mortal Kombat
franchise and involve a gruesome (and occasionally comical) death at the end of the final round.
The move originated with the idea of awarding the victor a "free punch" at the end of a match. In the single player ladder, should the player lose to Shang Tsung
, his or her character would be beheaded by Tsung. This concept was eventually programmed for each playable character.