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, Johnny 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.
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Page Updated:  June 10th, 2023

Goro is one of MK's most iconic characters, and made a pretty significant impact in the fighting game universe when he appeared in the first Mortal Kombat (and the first movie). In the 90's... he was a pretty cool design, although he did look just a tad silly with his cute little yin yang belt & black underwear. lmao.

The MK dev-team waited all the way until MK Gold to bring Goro back to the series. Since then, he's appeared in several 3D MK games and stayed true to his original design for the most part. His later MK9 rendition is easily his most respectable and fleshed-out appearance to date. His X-ray move is sick!!! And I'm glad he left his yin/yang belt and underwear in the 90's. lol. His MK9 redesign is actually pretty good. 

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