A Shaolin monk, Kai is a descendant of the family that originally founded the secretive White Lotus Society. Kai is a former member of this society, as are Liu Kang and Kung Lao. He met Liu Kang who happened to be in America at the time, recruiting to train a new generation of Shaolin warriors. During the events of Mortal Kombat 4, Liu Kang and Kai join the Earth warriors in Edenia to assist Raiden in his battle against Shinnok. After Shinnok was beaten, Kai decided to wander the Earth on a quest for self-enlightenment.


Mortal Kombat 4

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Mortal Kombat Gold, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

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Page Updated:  Sep. 4th, 2013

I thought Kai was a halfway decent design in MK4. He debuted with a simple, cool appearance for a Shaolin Monk and had some pretty interesting special moves too. I never thought we'd see him again after the MK4 era, but Midway eventually threw Kai into MK: Armageddon to "complete" the roster... of course.

Sadly, they totally screwed up his design in Armageddon. FACT: When bringing back a classic character from a franchise after so many years, it's wise to keep the integrity of the character intact. The Midway dev-team obviously had no common sense back then, because they made Kai look like a completely different character. For starters, he looks like he aged about 30 years, has an entirely different facial structure, different haircut, and started wearing strange, bulky armor that looks like it's from some random FPS / MMO game. He went from cool Shaolin Monk... to Quake grunt. ^o^ Brilliant stuff. Bulky melon-colored armor.... Wow. Is that how we remember Kai, Midway? This is one of the reasons why MK: Armageddon should've never happened. 

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