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Baraka belongs to a race of nomadic mutants called Tarkata, later revealed in Mortal Kombat: Deception to be a crossbreed between vile Netherealm demons and denizens of Outworld, apparently populating the vast wastelands of Outworld. Baraka, like most other members of his race, possesses long blades extending from his forearms.

In the events leading up to the second Mortal Kombat tournament, Baraka led the attack on the Shaolin Temple of Light in Earthrealm, which spurred Liu Kang to seek vengeance in Outworld as predicted by Shao Kahn. During the ensuing tournament, Baraka partnered with Mileena to overthrow Shao Kahn and rule Outworld, but canon states that their plan never came to fruition. Mileena was murdered and Baraka was sent away to the lowlands of Outworld.

Following Shao Kahn's fall from power after Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Baraka escaped and spent time traveling alone. In the time before the events of Mortal Kombat Gold, Baraka encountered the necromancer Quan Chi while wandering through Edenia. Quan Chi offered Baraka a chance to rule the realm at his side if he agreed to join the army of Shinnok. Eager for battle, he readily accepted. Once again Baraka planned to betray his new masters, but after Shinnok was utterly defeated, his opportunity was also lost once again. During the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception, Baraka found yet another new master in the risen Dragon King, Onaga, in whose strength he had great faith. Freeing Mileena from her prison, Baraka recruited her to Onaga's ranks. She posed as Princess Kitana, using her position to misdirect the Edenian forces into combat against the Tarkatan raiding parties well away from Onaga. This was intended to give the Dragon King the time he needed to complete his schemes.
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Mortal Kombat 2


 Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat Gold, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe, Mortal Kombat 9

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Page Updated:  June 30th, 2014

Baraka was an undoubtedly cool and unique fighting game character design in MK2... but later down the road... something happened. First of all, for some strange reason, Midway decided not to include him in MK3 and UMK3. Then, they brought him back in the later 3D games, but his appearance in those games wasn't great (right along with the games) - obviously not a good thing when reintroducing back such a classic, iconic character. Not only were Baraka's moves/animations shoddy in the 3D era, but they messed up his face pretty bad. Yes, I understand Baraka is "supposed to be ugly"... but damn... not that ugly... that's just poor 3D rendering. lol.

The good news is, Baraka finally returned to his roots in MK9 and got the epic return that he has been deserving for years. No doubt he's a classic character, and easily one of the all time best from the MK universe. 

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Baraka Animations