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    The General of the Seidan Guard in the Mortal Kombat series and one who is absolutely obsessed with imposing law and order.

    Short summary describing this character.

    Hotaru last edited by Nes on 09/21/23 10:49PM View full history


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    Hotaru is a Seidan Guardsman in the Mortal Kombat series, originally appearing in Mortal Kombat: Deception. Obsessed with the concept of Order and its application to all things (as opposed to Havik and his obsession with Chaos), he ends up being allied with the game's main antagonist, Onaga the Dragon King. His name is the Japanese word for "firefly", despite one of his techniques being "grasshopper".

    His main weapon is a naginata, and he fights with magma-based abilities and the martial art of piguaquan. In Mortal Kombat: Deception, he also fights with the martial art Ba Shan Fan.

    He does not appear in the series alternate or New Era timelines.


    Prior to the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception, Hotaru ventured outside of the realm of Seido (which hailed him as a hero and the General of the Seidan Guard) to the wartorn realm of Outworld and vowed to protect the city of Lei Chen from Shao Kahn's Tarkatan invaders. Years later, he learns that the revived Dragon King Onaga has brought order through brute military rule and is compelled to ally himself with Onaga and his forces, ending up fighting alongside Baraka and the Tarkatan forces he fought against prior.

    During his time with the Tarkatan militia, he learns of a disturbance: a ninja by the name of Sub-Zero, who has slain many Tarkatans. Seeing the ninja as an interloper and a threat to the Dragon King's approaching victory, he begins his search to confront Sub-Zero and bring him to Onaga for justice. Unknowingly to him, he was also being targeted by the Seidan Reistance Movement in his homeworld, with its leader Darrius sending a mercenary, Dairou, to assassinate him.

    It is unknown whether he encountered Sub-Zero or Dairou, and he ends up fighting in the Battle of Armageddon with the Forces of Darkness, where he is slain.

    Endings (non-canon)

    Mortal Kombat: Deception

    Hotaru manages to capture Sub-Zero in the wilds of Outworld and brings him before the Dragon King, who promptly orders Hotaru to kill him as a sign of caution to all who would disobey him.

    Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

    After defeating Blaze, Hotaru is given the power to impose his will and order on everyone else. With a zealot-like mindset, Hotaru makes those around him to accept order or be forced to. He targets Havik of the Chaosrealm and transforms him into his second-in-command.

    Special Moves


    • Grasshopper: F, F, LK
    • Lava Burst: D, B, HP


    • Quick Tricks: B, F, HK
    • Grasshopper: F, F, LK
    • Lava Burst: D, B, HP
    • Fury Punch & Escape: B, F, HP


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    • Slam & Smash
      (Sweep Distance) F, U, B, D, HP
    • Triple Neck Snap
      (Close) D, F, B, F, LP
    • Hara-Kiri: Head & Spine Rip
      U, B, B, B, LP

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