Species: Fallen Elder God
In the beginning Elder Gods created the realms. Shinnok's lust for power and desire to rule Earthrealm caused his eventual fall from grace. Sadly for Shinnok, he was unable to enter the Earthrealm without the other Elder Gods being aware and directly defying the sacred rules. Thus he created a powerful amulet to weaken the dimensional barriers, and invaded Earthrealm. Near the end of the war against the Elder Gods, he came into direct conflict with Raiden, the thunder god. Hovering on the verge of victory the Elder Gods came and helped defeat Shinnok, stripping him of his amulet and Elder Gods status, banishing him to Netherrealm.
Shinnok escaped with of the help Quan Chi, and overthrew him to become the ruler of the Netherrealm with Quan Chi at his side. After invading, Earthrealm he aided Daegon in battle at the Pyramid of Argus by sending a doppelgänger to aid in defeating Blaze.
Mortal Kombat (2011)
Shinnok appears at the end of the main story in the 2011 retelling of Mortal Kombat. After Raiden defeats Shao Kahn, Quan Chi is seen talking to an image of Shinnok. Shinnok reveals that Quan Chi is working to bring Shinnok back to life to conquer Earthrealm and Outworld thus laying the plot for a next Mortal Kombat game.
Trapping Raiden in a magical vortex, with out the interference of the Elder Gods Shinnok uses his revitalized power to destroy Raiden.
He sent his doppelgänger to aid Daegon in defeating Blaze, but with Daegon's unexplained disappearance, the false Shinnok defeated Blaze. The power of Blaze breathed life into him, making him as powerful as the real fallen Elder God. Shinnok must now face himself if he is to rule all.