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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.
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Mortal Kombat Trilogy


Mortal Kombat: Armageddon


Page Updated:  Aug. 2nd, 2013

Chameleon was like... the 7th ninja clone from the MK series?  lol. On that note, his debut wasn't exactly what you'd call epic, but he was a "mysterious" and potentially interesting design in Trilogy. His concept is a bit cheap from a design standpoint, since he can just "easily" use all the moves and magical abilities of other MK ninjas, but I guess it's sort of a cool novelty in the end. His new look in Armageddon is pretty horrid if you ask me, though somehow not as bad as some others from that era.

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