Cage is a movie star who is a master at martial arts. His design is loosely based on martial arts movie star, Jean-Claude Van Damme. (Interestingly, the original creators of Mortal Kombat wanted Jean-Claude Van Damme to appear in the first Mortal Kombat game, but Van Damme turned it down.) Although Johnny is a
primary character, he's more of a stab at comic relief in contrast to the
stoicism of Liu
Kang. He jokes around a lot and can be a little full of
himself every now and then. Nevertheless, his skills are nothing to joke about. He is a good friend to Liu
Kang, Kung Lao, and Sonya
was derided by film critics and the movie-going public for using special
effects and wires for his fights. Unknown to them, his Shadow Kick and
Force Ball were not effects; he actually performed those supernatural feats.
To prove it to the world, he entered the Mortal Kombat tournament. During
the final battle between Liu Kang and Shang
Tsung, he teamed up with Sonya and Kano to fight Goro near the pit.
When Shang Tsung's island fortress began to crumble because of his defeat
to Liu Kang, Raiden saved Johnny
and dropped him off at a boat that belonged to the Special Forces Agency
near the island. He then met Jax and was interrogated by him on the whereabouts
of Sonya. Johnny told him everything he knew, from the tournament to Sonya's
whereabouts but Jax didn't believe any of it. After Johnny was set free
he made the movie Mortal Kombat based on his experiences, which revived
his then-failing career.
long after that, Johnny was attacked while shooting a commercial by a revitalized
Shang Tsung, Kintaro, Baraka,
and Mileena. Luckily for him,
Jax arrived and tried to help him.
They were later joined by the other Earthrealm warriors to help fight the
horde off. He then traveled into Outworld with his friends for Mortal Kombat,
eventually Liu Kang challenged the emperor, proving again he was the true
champion of Mortal Kombat, Kang beat Kahn within inches of his life. Defeated,
Kahn ordered his forces to kill the Earth warriors. Johnny’s comrades were
fortunate to make their way back to Earthrealm, Cage however was caught
by one of Shao Kahn’s extermination squads and killed.
Shao Kahn invaded Earthrealm
by way of a loophole involving having his deceased Queen Sindel
reincarnated on Earth in Mortal Kombat 3, Cage, due to the merger of the
realms blocking his ascent into the Heavens, was one of the chosen warriors
whose soul was protected by Raiden. Like the other chosen warriors, he
became a target for Kahn's Extermination Squads yet again.
Shao Kahn’s defeat at the hands of Liu Kang, Johnny’s soul was free to
leave to a higher place. Johnny watched from the heavens as the events
of Mortal Kombat 4 unfolded. The fallen Elder God Shinnok
attacked Earthrealm. Johnny Cage sought out Raiden so that he could restore
his deceased soul and fight along side Liu Kang once more and help defeat
Shinnok. After the defeat of Shinnok, it appeared as though Raiden’s revival
of Cage was permanent as he did not ascend back to the heavens but instead
remained on Earth.
later, in the events of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Johnny Cage went
on to film Mortal Kombat: The Death of Johnny Cage, in which he was repeatedly
killed and brought back to life. Upset at the way he was being portrayed,
believing his own adventures were far more entertaining, he wanted out
of the movie but he couldn't due to his contract.
as luck would have it, he was approached by Raiden, who asked him to help
fight the Deadly Alliance of Quan
Chi and Shang Tsung. At first, Johnny thought it was the actor who
played Raiden, but when he saw the actor eating lunch, he realized it was
the real Raiden, who told him to go to Shang Tsung's island for further
instructions. He found a loophole in his contract and left the movie. He
would then use this new adventure to make his own movie. Arriving on the
island by way of parachute, he learned of Liu Kang's tragic death and went
to Outworld to help his friends. Between the end of the events of Deadly
Alliance and the beginning of the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception, Cage
was killed during the final assault on the Deadly Alliance (he, Sonya,
Kung Lao, Kitana, and Jax were overwhelmed by the Deadly Alliance's Tarkartan
warriors). Soon afterward, he was resurrected by Onaga
and made into his slave.
the events of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Johnny Cage is released from Onaga's
control, though no explanation is given as to how it happens. Ermac's
Deception ending, which shows him and Liu Kang's spirit being successful
in rescuing the enslaved Earthrealm warriors, is generally accepted as
the possible explanation, though no official word has been made as to whether
this is true or not.