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After Shao Kahn, conquered the realm of Edenia and merged it with his own, he decided he would keep the former king's daughter Kitana alive and raise her as his own. Though she grew up knowing nothing of her origin, Kahn nonetheless feared that one day Kitana would discover her true parentage and turn against him, so he ordered Shang Tsung to bring to life a more vicious and loyal version of Kitana that could take her place if necessary, and this has been done by fusing the essence of both Kitana and a Tarkatan warrior. The process was not a complete success, however, as the clone was disfigured with a hideous mouth of the Tarkata (Baraka's race). Kahn nonetheless allowed her to live and introduced her as Kitana's supposedly lost twin sister. Instead of replacing Kitana, as originally planned, Mileena would be used to ensure her allegiance to him. The two thus grew up together as Shao Kahn's daughters and personal assassins, though Mileena (who also became a companion of Baraka) secretly grew to harbor great bitterness and jealousy towards Kitana, whom Kahn favored over her.

As Kahn feared, Kitana did finally find the truth about her past and so Mileena was ordered to keep close watch over her rival when Kitana secretly allied with Earthrealm warriors during the events of Mortal Kombat II. The two are pitted against each other in the tournament, but Kitana proves to be superior and Mileena is killed, her soul descending into the Netherrealm. Damned to the Netherrealm after her death, Mileena swears fealty to Shinnok, the ruler of the realm.
During the events of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Shao Kahn attempts to resurrect Mileena. Shinnok sees this as an opportunity to secretly monitor the events unfolding in Earthrealm, and thus he allows Mileena to return to life, also magically granting her the ability to read Kitana's thoughts. After Kahn is defeated, Mileena is summoned back to the Netherrealm. In Mortal Kombat Gold (1999), Mileena assists in Shinnok's invasion of Edenia but allows her sister to escape Shinnok's dungeons. After Shinnok's defeat, Mileena comes to Kitana' palace and demands the power over Edenia to be shared with her but Kitana refuses and, when attacked, traps Mileena, locking her away in a dungeon.

Mileena remains imprisoned for years, until Onaga the Dragon King began his own invasion of Edenia, during which she is freed from her imprisonment by Baraka. During the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mileena is ordered to pose as Kitana in order to mislead the princess' armies while Onaga gathered his strength. However, as Mileena began the game's titular deception, she also secretly decides to take control of both the forces of Edenia and Onaga's own undead army for herself. In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mileena seizes Shao Kahn's fortress in the name of "peace". As she did this still under the guise of Kitana, she decides to continue her charade until the Edenian armies were corrupted enough to follow her under her true identity. Though at first confident that Outworld is hers to rule, when the returning Shao Kahn mounts an offensive against the fortress to re-instate his rule over Outworld she is forced to reveal herself and surrender to him. Kahn then commands her to capture Shujinko, who would be used as a bargaining chip in gaining Onaga as an ally, and Mileena locates and defeats Shujinko, taking him to Shao Kahn's palace. But having tasted power for herself, she is no longer content with being his minion and get the throne of Edenia back for herself. She is later killed by Shang Tsung during the final all-out battle at the Soulnado.
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Page Updated:  Feb. 19th, 2023

When she debuted, Mileena was a simple palette swap of Kitana but featured a very different moveset. Overall, Mileena was different enough from her sister to be considered an original character. Throughout the years, she's managed to maintain her own style and unique persona in the series. Mileena's later designs in the 3D MK games were fairly decent, but many of her newer outfits are laughably slutty. Seriously, that one MK9 outfit she has is all about the underboob.

I suppose typical men wouldn't complain about such a thing, but I find a few of her outfits to be over-the-top and just plain ridiculous. It seems like the MK dev team spends a lot of time at strip clubs to get inspiration for their female clothing designs. Anyhow, Mileena's the ugliest hot chick ever. Her MK9 redesign / moveset is pretty solid. Her return in MKX and MK11 were also pretty decent, although her animations are iffy. For one, her posture in her MK11 stance is painfully stiff and off-balance.

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