Goro is the Prince
of the Shokan race, hailing from the Kuatan realm of Outworld. As a General
in the Outworld Emperor Shao Kahn's militia, he fights for the pride and
glory of his people. Goro became Grand Champion of the Mortal Kombat tournament
after defeating the Great Kung Lao.
For 500 years, he remained undefeated and helped Shang
Tsung grow ever closer to achieving Shao
Kahn's goal of domination over Earthrealm. In his 10th title defense,
however, he faced Liu Kang. Kang pushed him to his limits and finally defeated
the mighty Shokan warrior. In the tournament's aftermath, Goro went missing
after a battle where he fought Kano,
Cage, and Sonya Blade. He was
believed to be dead. It is theorized that he actually retreated back to
his kingdom during this time. Shang Tsung, meanwhile, faced execution for
his defeat at the hands of Liu Kang and for Goro's apparent death.
Goro would resurface
after Kahn's downfall, during the events of Mortal Kombat 4/Mortal Kombat
Gold. Despite having the intent to avenge his losses at Liu
Kang's hands, Goro began to take an interest in the matters of his
own race and joined his fellow Shokans in war against the Centaurians.
Princess Kitana intervened and negotiated both races through a truce and
peace accord. The meeting was interrupted by Kung Lao who desired to challenge
his ancestor's killer. The Shaolin Monk lashed out with a ceremonial strike
of revenge that left Goro's chest scarred. Considering the score settled,
the two shook hands. When Shinnok
and his legion were defeated and Edenia was free once more, Goro and the
Shokan race decided to ally themselves with the Edenians, agreeing to sign
a peace treaty with the Centaurs as a condition of their new partnership.
Years later, during
the time of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, the united Edenian and Shokan
forces attacked the weakened Shao Kahn's armies. Exhausted from battle,
Goro was struck from behind by Noob
Saibot. He was mortally wounded, apparently dying from the injury,
and Kitana held a royal funeral
for the fallen Shokan prince. However, Goro is able to survive, being saved
from death by Shao Kahn himself, with the promise of returning the Shokans
to their former glory and the banishment of the Centaurs in exchange for
his allegiance. Agreeing to these terms, Goro placed his royal seal on
a nearby disfigured fallen Shokan (whom Kitana and the Shokan army found
and mistook for him, successfully deceiving them while hiding his defection),
and resumed his place at Shao Kahn's side.
In Konquest Mode in
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Goro is confronted by Taven
in Shao Kahn's Fortress, as the latter wishes to kill Quan
Chi but must get past Goro in order to do so. Taven eventually defeats Goro, who storms off.