Chameleon first debuted
in the PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and PC versions of Mortal Kombat Trilogy
as a male ninja with partial transparency. In the Nintendo 64 version,
he was replaced by Khameleon, a female counterpart who is actually an entirely
separate character. There was initially little information about Chameleon
as he had no storyline or game ending. All that was known about him is
garnered from the hidden option to fight him (available upon beating the
game). The game refers to him as "one of Shao
Kahn's deadliest warriors". He later returned in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
with a completely new design and a backstory. Chameleon possesses the abilities
of all of the male ninjas to appear before MK Trilogy.
Chameleon may be a
part of the Saurian race, of which Reptile
and Khameleon are members. This has never been conclusively stated in any
of the games and is purely speculation on the part of the fans at this
point due to his reptilian name, green blood, and the reptilian titles
of his special moves in Armageddon. If in fact he is a Saurian, that would
mean that Reptile is not the last living male of his species, which had
been previously stated in Khameleon's biography screen. However, the release
of Armageddon did not address this issue.
In Mortal Kombat:
Armageddon, he is finally given a rather vague backstory, stating that
he had been present at events dating all the way back to Liu
Kang's victory in the first Mortal Kombat tournament, constantly remaining
hidden in the shadows and biding his time while watching the events unfold.
In his game ending, it is said that Chameleon camouflaged himself, raced
to the top of the pyramid, and defeated Blaze to gain immortality. The
realms would then know Chameleon as the true champion of Mortal Kombat.