Hey, who said video game villains are always ruthless, ruthless bullies? As the saying goes, you can’t always judge a book by its cover.
It’s no secret that every great hero needs a great antagonist to create an awesome story in all forms of entertainment. I mean, ask yourself, would Batman be the same without Joker? Would Spiderman still be so entertaining without villains like the Green Goblin or Doc Ock?
The villains you love to hate so much make it all the more satisfying when they get what they have to come thanks to the protagonist.
As much as this is true for the most part, there are times when it is not.
The sentiment regarding these iconic comic book characters above can also be expressed when it comes to video game villains. Whether it’s Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion, Magus in Chrono, or Metal Gear’s Big Boss, sometimes you just can’t judge a video game villain by what you see on the cover.
When it comes to Mortal Kombat, villains like Quan Chi and Shang Tsung always come to mind when you think of the greatest MK antagonists of all time. For some, Scorpio may also be a contender for the larger list of antagonists.
But while he’s done some pretty horrific things, after taking a deep look at his past, his story might just have some questioning of their opinion.
After the devil incarnates, Quan Chi murders Scorpion’s family and clan (the Shirai Ryu), he tricks Scorpion into believing that Sub-Zero was the culprit. From there, Scorps aligns with Quan Chi, seeking revenge on the Shirai Ryu.
Unlike most villains; those whose motives are rooted in greed, materialism or selfishness, Scorpion is opposed to Sub Zero by the vile wizard, Quan Chi, and only seeks revenge for the death of his clan and those close to him.