Li Mei
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Li Mei was introduced in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance as a variant of a well-known archetype in most fighting games: she is a young woman fighting against a supreme crime organization or overlord who did her wrong and fights at impossible odds. She is somewhat of a tragic hero.

Li Mei's village was forced into slavery to help construct Shang Tsung's palace around the Soulnado, which had been a long-time legend of her people. In attacking Kano, however, she gained the attention of Quan Chi, who promised her freedom if she could win a tournament. Around this time she befriended an old warrior among her enslaved villiagers; the supposed "Champion of the Elder Gods" Shujinko, captured by Kano during his 40 year quest for the Kamidogu. Shujinko offered to train her even though he felt that her chances in the Deadly Alliance's "tournament" were slim. She later journeyed to a nearby forest were she was attacked by Moloch and Drahmin. She escaped through the trees as Shang Tsung came and formed an alliance with the Oni.

In Mortal Kombat: Deception, Li Mei returned (most of the newly-introduced fighters did not). Though her ending in Deadly Alliance depicted her winning Quan Chi's tournament, and "winning" the right to be imprisoned forever in one of the Dragon King's soldiers' bodies, Deception had Bo' Rai Cho rescuing her from this fate. However, he was apparently only partially successful, and Li Mei took on some of the aspects of one of these ancient warriors. As such, she is far more battle-oriented in this game, wearing armor, for example.

In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon's Konquest mode, Li Mei is seen fighting Shinnok in the Netherealm. She begins to gain the upper hand on him until Taven (who is unaware that Shinnok turned evil) appears and demands that she gets away from "Lord Shinnok". Li Mei attempts to attack Taven for interfering, but is defeated and flees. Shinnok later reveals that this was all created as a test for Taven, thus making it unclear if this was the real Li Mei.
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Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

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Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat 1

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Page Updated:  May 5th, 2019

Li Mei wasn't a terrible female character design in Mortal Kombat. The series was never particularly known for "attractive" women (since most of them wear masks and have razor-sharp teeth)... but Li Mei's design was obviously going for "sexy" from the get-go, and I can respect that in a series that doesn't focus too heavily on such a thing. Many female characters from the 3D/PS2-era of Mortal Kombat are known to suffer from a sad, rare disease called "man-face". Li Mei is one of the few exceptions. Despite dressing a bit like a prostitute, Li Mei at least carries herself as a fighter. Out of all the fighting styles in the PS2-era of MK... Li Mei's Kung Fu-esk styles weren't terrible (but then again, definitely not good compared to other fighting games at the time).

The truth is... if a girl dresses like Li Mei, fellas, she ain't the one to bring home to mom. You don't want an "STD-ality". However, let's be fair to Li Mei... because she's not completely butt-ugly like other MK characters. She was a passable "sexy" design for the PS2-era of MK.

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