He is the commander
of Special Forces. Jax made his first chronological appearance in Mortal
Kombat II, though, in terms of the storyline, his first adventure is depicted
in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. This game opened depicting a prison break
at Special Forces' detention facility. Jax, driving along a highway, received
a transmission from his fellow Special Forces operative Gemini detailing
the escape and the escapees: No Face, Tasia, Jarek
and Tremor. She informed him that they had escaped to a warehouse on the
town's south side, likely receiving assistance from an outside source.
Jax surmised that source to be Kano. He received
another transmission from one Lieutenant Sanchez, whose squad had arrived
at the warehouse. After the transmission was cut off at the source, Jax
arrived at the scene to find the squad destroyed. For this, he swore he
would achieve vengeance against Kano. Using prototype bionic implants on
his arms in order to enhance his strength, Jax set out to find his enemy.
Infiltrating the warehouse,
Jax confronted No-Face and dispatched him. Proceeding into the sewers,
he did likewise to Tasia. At this point, Gemini contacted Jax again and
informed him that the Black Dragon were using a corporate building as a
front for their base of operations. At the building, Jax confronted and
defeated Jarek. His investigation then led him to the town of the lost
city of Sin Kiang. There, he defeated Tremor and discovered a portal to
Outworld. Surmising that the portal was linked to Kano's plans of global
domination, he entered. Jax caught up with Kano, who had acquired an artifact
called the Eye of Shitian. Through this artifact, Kano could acquire great
power. After an exchange of words, the two fought and Jax emerged the victor.
He used the Eye's power to bring them both back to Earthrealm and brought
Kano into custody, only to have the criminal escape at a later date. At
this point, Jax ceased using his bionic implants.
Jax's first appearance
on a fighting game was in Mortal Kombat II. Jax first came across the Earthrealm
warriors when he found Johnny Cage in the waters close to the Special Forces
Agency. Jax began interrogating him. Cage explains his story and although
is not trusted at first, is eventually set free. Jax doesn't believe Johnny's
story of until he receives a video signal from Sonya, whom is temporarily
working with Kano to escape the Outworld. As an apology for Jax not believing
Cage, he visits him at a commercial shoot where Johnny is being attacked.
Jax participates in a short battle with Kintaro here. The battle is interrupted
when the Earthrealm warriors arrive to help. After they save Johnny from
the intruders, they travel into Outworld to compete in the tournament and
save Sonya. Soon Jax came to learn
of the Emperor's dark plans for Earthrealm. As soon as he had freed Sonya
(and inadvertently Kano), he headed back home to warn his government of
impending danger. He would find himself frustrated, however, as not only
did Kano escape back into Outworld, but the government did not believe
Jax began to prepare
for war covertly and once more outfitted his arms with bionic implants.
After helping foil Shao Kahn's attempt to permanently claim Earth as his
own, Jax became the commanding officer of the Outer World Investigation
Agency (OIA). They operated from an underground bunker and had scouts in
various realms. Not only did they explore and map these realms, but they
also looked for and destroyed inter-realm portals that could lead to Earth.
He briefly assisted
Raiden in the defeat of Shinnok after he found out that Sonya was in
It was during these events that both he and Sonya would find the Lin Kuei
cyborg Cyrax, malfunctioning and trapped in a desert. Returning with him
to their home base, they reversed the automation process, restored his
humanity, and gained a new ally.
Years later, trouble
would occur again. Not only were his agents Kenshi
and Cyrax lost in Outworld, but
the OIA underground facility was nuked into oblivion by the traitor Hsu
Hao. When, soon after, Raiden summoned the Earthrealm warriors to the
abandoned island of Shang Tsung and asked them to travel with him to Outworld
to bring down the Deadly Alliance, Jax didn't hesitate. He used this trip
as a cover to track down Hsu Hao and kill him by tearing out his artificial
During the final attack
on the Deadly Alliance, Jax along with the other Earthrealm warriors are
killed by the Deadly Alliance's Tarkartan warriors. After Onaga
defeats Raiden and the Alliance, he resurrects the Earthrealm heroes as
his slaves. Their mind control is later broken by Ermac and the spirit
of Liu Kang.
June 7th, 2013
Jax was the
respectable "token black guy" of the
series since MK2, and he was definitely a cool
and likeable character back then. In my eyes as a youngster when MK2
first came out, I thought Jax was a badass dude. While he was good back then,
the MK dev-team kinda ran the design into the ground during the 3D era of MK
games, as with some other MK designs. Jax's attire and persona
Alliance and after was just plain bad... not to mention his laughable
fighting style(s) and poor animation.
Thankfully, his rebirth in MK9 was the Jax that we all remember and is by
far his best incarnation to date. His new costume design and overall fighting style
was done much better in MK9. In general, I think Jax is a simple design in a
way. He's had his ups and down throughout the life of MK, but yet, a
classic, memorable character.
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