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    Reptile comes from a realm once known as Zaterra which was mysteriously destroyed ages ago. He is one of the last of the Saurian race. Shao Kahn has enlisted Reptile into his forces and makes use of his stealth and skills as a spy for his army.

    Short summary describing this character.

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    Reptile's semi-reptilian appearance in Mortal Kombat: Shoalin Monks and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
    Reptile's semi-reptilian appearance in Mortal Kombat: Shoalin Monks and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

    Reptile is a reptilian ninja (often wearing green attire) and a combatant in the Mortal Kombat franchise. Originally a secret opponent in the original Mortal Kombat as a simple palette swap, Reptile's appearance, backstory, and special moves have evolved over the course of the franchise, portraying him less of a typical ninja and more of a reptilian creature. However, in recent years, his appearance uses a mixture of standard ninja (from classic games) and reptilian (from modern games). He serves in the Mortal Kombat universe as a hidden bodyguard to the primary antagonist (and later had his body unwillingly transformed into the Dragon King Onaga).

    Reptile is played by Daniel Pesina in Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II and by John Turk in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. In the Mortal Kombat film, he is played by Keith Cooke. Reptile also appears as a secret character in early arcade versions of NBA Jam: Tournament Edition along with Raiden, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero.

    Story (canon)

    Bodyguard and Servant

    Reptile is a member of the extinct Saurian race from the Outworld planet Zaterra. Prior to the first Mortal Kombat game, Reptile swore his loyalty to Outworld emperor Shao Kahn (who promised to revive his race), unaware that it was Kahn himself who destroyed his homeworld. In the events of the Earthrealm and Outworld tournaments, Reptile kept a low profile as the hidden bodyguard of the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung. However, during Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm, Shao Kahn promised Reptile to restore his race and release Zaterra from Outworld control if he could accept a special assignment. Reptile accepted, and was dispatched (along with the mysterious female ninja Jade) to find and kill the rogue princess Kitana. Jade, however, betrays Reptile and assists Kitana (along with the warriors of Earthrealm) in Shao Kahn's defeat. Reptile was captured and exiled to the Netherrealm.

    Reptile's appearance in Mortal Kombat 4.
    Reptile's appearance in Mortal Kombat 4.

    Long-time separation from his race caused Reptile to start reverting to a reptilian appearance. Escaping from the Netherrealm and losing his mind, Reptile begins committing genocide against several species in the realms. He was then recruited by the rogue Elder God Shinnok in his war against Raiden's forces of Light. After Shinnok's defeat, Reptile (along with spectre Noob Saibot) learned that Shao Kahn was still alive and returns to his service.

    Return of the Dragon King

    With the forces of Edenia (led by Kitana and Goro) waging war with the forces of Outworld, Shao Kahn sent Reptile to enlist the help of Shang Tsung. However, Reptile overhears the sorcerors Shang Tsung and Quan Chi plotting to assassinate Shao Kahn. As he rushed to warn his master, he was distracted by the vampire Nitara, who revealed knowledge of Reptile's Saurian race, showed Reptile the location of Kitana's secret base, and offered him an ancient artifact of his people, the Kirehashi Blade. This, however, turned out to be a distraction, as Reptile returns to Shao Kahn's palace to find Kahn's corpse.

    Reptile's appearance in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
    Reptile's appearance in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.

    Reptile, having no master, wandered the Outworld wastelands directionless until he encounters Nitara a second time. He swears his allegiance to her, unaware that he was being manipulated into her plan to free her realm from Outworld's domination. She tricks him into damaging the device that allowed Cyrax to travel between realms (leaving the cyborg dependent on her). After realizing after some time that Nitara distracted him from Shao Kahn's assassination, Reptile went to confront Nitara and Cyrax, but found only the incubating egg of the Dragon King Onaga. The embryo pulses and fires a beam of white light at Reptile, in which his body transforms into a hulkish lizard beast and his soul replaced with Onaga's.

    After Onaga's defeat, a humanoid form of Reptile myseriously appears with Reptile's soul. He allies himself with the Red Dragon clan, posibly seeing this alliance as an opportunity to clone and repopulate the Saurian race. However, he is defeated by Taven.

    Endings (non-canon)

    Mortal Kombat II

    After stumbling upon a plot of his former master Shang Tsung's plot to enslave his race, Reptile enters the tournament and defeats Shao Kahn. He then kills Shang Tsung, ushering in a new era of peace and prosperity for his race.

    Mortal Kombat Trilogy

    Reptile finds and successfully kills the renegade princess Kitana. But upon his return, Shao Kahn tells him that he never had any intention of fulfilling his promise to resurrect Reptile's race. Reptile attacks Shao Kahn and kills him, severing any chance of ever learning about his fallen race.

    Mortal Kombat 4

    After serving Shinnok and destroying Raiden's forces, Reptile kneels before Quan Chi and requests that Shinnok ressurect his race. Quan Chi scoffs, saying Shinnok's time is far too valuable to waste. Reptile becomes enraged and threatens Quan Chi, only for Shinnok to appear and tell Reptile that he's unworthy of such a reward (before killing him).

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

    Reptile could tell that he'd only recently missed Nitara and Cyrax in the lava chamber. However, as he approaches an incubating egg in the center of the room. The embryo pulses and beams a white light at Reptile, transforming him into the Dragon King Onaga.

    Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

    As the pyramid crumbles in the wake of Blaze's defeat, a sarcophagus is revealed. Cracking it open, Reptile discovers a female Zaterran with whom he can restore the glory of his race.

    Mortal Kombat (2011)

    After defeating Shao Kahn everyone in the realms feared Reptile, he forces Shang Tsung to regenerate his the Reptor race. After many months the process is a success and Shang Tsung has unwittingly created an army of warriors to serve Reptile, they storm the realm and kill all that oppose them. Reptile is home once more.

    Mortal Kombat (2011)

    Special Attacks / Enhanced

    • Acid Spit
    • Camouflage
    • Elbow Dash
    • Force Ball (Fast)
    • Force Ball (Slow)
    • Slide


    Reptile uses his sharp fingers to viciously gouge the eyes of his opponent. As the victim stumbles around blindly, Reptile grabs his foe's head and twists it violently, snapping the neck in several places. Lastly, he kicks the wounded enemy in the chest breaking several ribs.


    • Acid Yak - Reptile grabs his enemy's jaw and vomits acid into their mouth. As the victim stumbles around in agony, Reptile puts them out of their misery by clawing into their abdomen and removing their stomach. Reptile holds the stomach, including length of intestine still attached, over his head in victory.
    • Weight Loss - Reptile turns invisible and slits the opponent's throat and stomach, causing blood to spew out. He then plants an acid force ball deep into the gap of the opponent's stomach, causing their upper body to explode in a few seconds. He then hisses in delight.
    • Yummy! (Klassic DLC) - Reptile removes his mask, revealing his reptile face. He then lashes out his tongue and grabs his opponent by the neck with it. He then rips their head off with his tongue and pulls the head into his mouth, eating it whole.

    Alternate Attire

    • Classic Ninja

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