Reptile (Mortal Kombat)

Reptile (Mortal Kombat)

General CVG character
name= Reptile

series="Mortal Kombat" series
firstgame="Mortal Kombat" (1992)
liveactor=Daniel Pesina ("MK", "MKII")
John Turk ("UMK3", "MKT")
Keith Cooke (first film)
Jon Valera ("")
inuniverse=Mortal Kombat character
origin = Zaterra (Now part of Outworld)
race = Saurian
weapons = Battle axe ("MK4", "MKG")
Kirehashi("MK:DA", "MK:A")
fighting-styles = Hung Gar ("MK:DA")
Crab ("MK:DA")
Pào Chuí ("MK:A")
alignment = Evil

Reptile is a fictional character in the "Mortal Kombat" fighting game series.

About Reptile

Reptile is a green garbed, human-like reptilian ninja that embodies the archetype of the unhappy underling. Reptile is said to be physically hideous and repulsive, but he is renowned for his great stealth and unquestioning loyalty. Unlike many other henchmen of the lords he has served, Reptile does not strive for power. Rather, he is caught in a delusional state of mind, an obsession about finding the last remaining member of his race, the Saurians, or freeing his homeworld from Outworld's grasp. This obsession is so important to him that it causes temporary fits of insanity.

Reptile was hidden in the original "Mortal Kombat". Before battles with an opponent he would make his appearance and jump in the middle of the screen in a Sub-Zero win pose. Above his head would be clues on how to find him, such as "Look to "la luna" ("the moon" in Spanish or Italian and hinting The Pit stage), "Alone is how to find me" (denoting that he is only unlockable in single player mode), or "Perfection is the key" (directing toward the double Flawless victory). This concept was then copied for Smoke and Jade in "Mortal Kombat II".

He was a merge between the original Sub-Zero and Scorpion characters. "Mortal Kombat" co-creators John Tobias and Ed Boon admitted in an interview that the "birth" of Reptile was when they took Sub Zero and Scorpion and fused the two into one and colored him green (yellow + blue = green). They christened this character "Reptile" due to his green color and their reference to lizards. While he wasn't given a lot of character depth at the time, he was worked on more (character wise) and later, in "Mortal Kombat II", Reptile was developed into a full character with his own special moves and would be available from the outset.

It is not quite clear how old Reptile is. Estimates run in the tens of thousands of years, or even millions. What is known, however, is that the Earthrealm was nearly destroyed by a battle between the gods millions of years ago. Reptile's race of Saurians escaped to another realm, Zaterra, which was then invaded and annexed by Outworld's emperor, Shao Kahn. As was the usual process for Kahn conquering another world, most of the Zaterrans were killed in the ensuing battles, only leaving a handful of people left. Among those, or among those descended from these survivors, was Reptile. Unlike the others of his kind, who were forced into slavery, Reptile was trained to be a servant of both Kahn and Shang Tsung.


"Mortal Kombat II"

Naturally, when Tsung returned to Outworld, so did Reptile. He protected his master from harm during the events of "Mortal Kombat II", and then went on to receive special missions from Shao Kahn himself, who had promised to release the remaining members of his race from slavery if he would unquestioningly do his bidding.

"Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3"

Such an opportunity arose when Kitana had escaped into the unknown regions of Earthrealm during Kahn's invasion of that world in "Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3". Reptile was sent by Shao Kahn, who promised he would resurrect Reptile's race if the mission was a success; Jade was also sent to find and, if necessary, kill Kitana. He did not succeed as Jade betrayed him to help her friend Kitana.

"Mortal Kombat 4"

After the war was over, with Kahn defeated and both Earth and Edenia free, Reptile was brought back as a prisoner to Edenia, and tried there for genocide, a bitter irony since his own race once was the victim of the very same act. Reptile was then exiled to the Netherealm.

When the fallen Elder God Shinnok invaded Edenia in Mortal Kombat 4, Reptile grasped the opportunity to join Shinnok's Army of Darkness as a commander, hoping to convince Shinnok to revive his near extinct race. After being on the losing side once more, he escaped into Outworld again and rejoined his old masters, in spite of the fact that neither had ever kept their promises towards him.

"Deadly Alliance"

Because of his state of separation from the other members of his race, and especially his matriarch, Reptile had begun to show signs of devolution. Although he used to mask his appearance by posing as a human, this proved to be no longer possible. By the events of "", Reptile had nearly gone insane and had a significantly changed appearance, which included a tail.

With the armies of Edenia and Outworld locked in combat, Shao Kahn requested the services of the sorcerer Shang Tsung. Reptile was sent to tell Tsung of the emperor's request but upon reaching Tsung’s new place of residence since being released from prison, Reptile overheard Tsung and Quan Chi forming their Deadly Alliance and plotting to kill Shao Kahn. On his way back to inform his master he was distracted by Nitara, who revealed to him knowledge of his lost civilization. She gave him the Kirehashi blade, which was an artifact of the Zaterran civilization, as proof and revealed to Reptile the location of Kitana’s forces. Reptile knowing how this knowledge would greatly aid his master in the war with Edenia raced back to tell the emperor, but he was too late; Shao Kahn lay slain on the floor.

The desperate and purposeless Reptile wandered Outworld aimlessly until he came across Nitara yet again. Desperate for a new master Reptile declared his loyalties to Nitara, but unknown to Reptile, he had always been merely a pawn in Nitara's plan to free her people's realm from the Outworld. The first step had been to distract Reptile long enough for the Deadly Alliance to kill Shao Kahn unhindered; next, she manipulated Reptile and the cyber-ninja Cyrax into battle. Reptile damaged Cyrax, ensuring the cyber-ninja would later help Nitara in her quest for the portal sphere. Eventually, Reptile came to realize that Nitara had fooled him, and that her plan had lead to the death of his master Shao Kahn. Enraged, Reptile tracked the vampire and Cyrax to the Lava Chamber, but he was too late. The portal sphere had been destroyed, and there was no sign of Nitara or Cyrax. All that remained was the almost fully incubated dragon egg of Onaga the Dragon King. The egg hatched, a beam of light struck Reptile, and Reptile's body became the vessel for the reincarnated Onaga.

Although claimed by most fans to be 'devolving' into a more primal state since "Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3", there is very little evidence to support that this change is anything but superficial. It is described in an unlockable photo of Reptile's home realm Zaterra, that members of his race can lose their humanoid appearance when separated for long periods of time from their monarchal leader; given the fact that this authority figure - like most of his people - were most likely wiped out centuries ago by Shao Kahn, the fact that Reptile did not start to 'devolve' until after he assumed his master was killed at the end of "Mortal Kombat Trilogy", and his race's natural camouflage ability to look like normal humans, it's more likely that Reptile's 'devolution' was a result of his increasingly maddening state overriding what mental capacity was required to maintain his human guise instead of a physical metamorphosis into a prior state of evolution.


Reptile returns in "", his separation from Onaga seemingly explained by Nightwolf's ending in "Deception", whereupon he bound Onaga's soul to the Netherrealm. Reptile is encountered in MKA's Konquest mode in the lair of the Red Dragon clan. Though no explanation is offered as to why he is there, it's possible that Reptile's DNA was also being used, along with Daegon's dragon, Caro's, as a means of creating human-reptilian hybrids, since the Red Dragon Hybrids do bear some resemblance to Reptile.

In his ending, after his victory over Blaze, the Pyramid of Argus begins to crumble under his feet. Reptile finds a tomb within the pyramid containing a female Zaterran, and Reptile slowly reverts back to his humanoid form. With the female Zaterran, Reptile revives Zaterra to its former glory. [ Reptile's "Armageddon" info] at [ Mortal Kombat Warehouse] ]

Combat characteristics

ignature moves

*Acid Spit: Reptile removes his mask and spits acid at the opponent. Sometimes the jet of acid spit would hinder the opponent for a very short time as the steam from the acid burns away at the opponent. ("MKII", "UMK3", "MKT", "MK4", "MKG", "MK:DA", "MK:SM", "MK:A")
*Power Slide: Reptile slides across the floor to the enemy, hitting them and sending them flying into the air. In "Shaolin Monks", Reptile secretes a trail of green fluid when he slides similar to the ice trail that Sub-Zero leaves when he slides. ("MK", "MKII", "UMK3", "MKT", "MK:SM")
*Chameleon: Reptile disappears or reappears in a puff of smoke. In "UMK3" , Reptile could not reappear unless he was hit. In "Armageddon", Reptile can still turn invisible, though his weapon will remain visible. ("MKII", "UMK3", "MKT", "MK4", "MKG", "MK:SM", "MK:A")
*Running Serpent: Reptile swiftly runs behind the opponent and delivers a successful elbow into their face. ("UMK3", "MKT", "MK:A")
*Slow Forceball: Reptile projects a green ball of energy that slowly moves toward the opponent. When it hits the opponent, he/she is propelled toward Reptile. ("MKII", "UMK3", "MKT", "MK:SM")
*Fast Forceball: A faster version of the Slow Forceball. ("UMK3", "MKT", "MK:SM")
*Dash Punch: Reptile slides and punches the opponent. ("MK4", "MKG")
*Super Crawl: Reptile crawls under the opponent's feet and knocks him/her over. ("MK4", "MKG")
*Rolling Spikes: Reptile curls himself up into a ball and rolls forward, knocking the opponent off of his/her feet. ("MK:DA", "MK:A")

Recurring fatalities

*Tasty Meal: Reptile takes off his mask, revealing a reptilian face. He then opens his mouth and stretches out his long tongue, sticking it to his victim's head, then quickly retracts it, ripping off the head and eating it. Reptile then rubs his stomach, giving a satisfied "Mmmm..." noise. In "Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3", Reptile also eats his opponent's abdomen and legs after eating their head, and does not rub his stomach. ("MKII", "UMK3", "MKT", "MK:SM")
*Hidden Chomp: Reptile turns invisible, then rips or cuts off his opponent's torso before reappearing. How this is done is not precisely explained. ("MKII", "MK:SM")
*Acid Puke: Reptile gets close to the victim, opens his mouth, and spews acid over them, melting them down to a sizzling puddle. ("UMK3", "MKT", "MK4", "MKG", "MK:SM")

In "Deadly Alliance" Reptile combines Tasty Meal and Acid Puke into one fatality, by spewing acid on the victim's head and face, reducing it to a skull, and then whipping out his tongue and eating the skull.

Appearances in other media


Reptile was initially a bipedal lizard humanoid disguised as a statue in "Mortal Kombat", and received orders from Shang Tsung to keep Kitana away from Liu Kang and the other humans. He was played by Keith Cooke in human form for a fight against Liu Kang, in which he was killed.

In "", three ninjas, similar to Reptile in dress and vocal effects, confront the Earth warriors in Outworld. Raiden fights and defeats two of them, while the third is noticeably absent.


Reptile was portrayed in "" as a mate chosen to propagate the Amazonian race of Queen Kreeya with the power of the Zaterrans, and a betrayer of Shao Kahn. He was played by martial artist Jon Valera.

A character similar to Reptile, named Komodai, made one appearance in the animated series "," where he led an attack on Earthrealm with other Zaterrans (here called Raptors). He battled with Jax and damaged his mechanical arms, causing Jax to lose his confidence. Komodai was voiced by Josh Blyden.

Comic books

Reptile was a minor character in Malibu Comics' "MK" series. He remained the loyal servant of Shao Kahn and debuted in the "Goro: Prince of Pain" miniseries as a member of a team lead by Kitana to find the missing Goro. He also appeared in the "Battlewave" miniseries, in which he brainwashed Sonya into marrying Shao Kahn through hypnosis.


Mortal Kombat 4"]
*In Mortal Kombat, a player would have to meet several conditions to fight Reptile. These conditions are that a player will have to defeat his opponent at the Pit Stage in 1P mode just as a shadow passes over the moon with a double flawless victory and a fatality (since the Pit stage fatality does not get acknowledged as such, it doesn't count and won't result in fighting Reptile). The player will then be sent to the bottom of the pit to fight Reptile. If the player can defeat Reptile, he will instantly win 10,000,000 points.
*Reptile was the first secret character to be featured in any versus-fighting game.
*A previous attempt for the game writers to expand on Reptile's Saurian origins brought the creation of the character Khameleon in "Mortal Kombat Trilogy". She was said to be the other last remnant of Reptile's race. Her only similarity to Reptile was that she was a palette swapped ninja, although she was female. In the PlayStation and Saturn versions of the game, a similar character exists, though he is male and his name is spelled "Chameleon". This character has only been said to be one of Shao Kahn's greatest warriors. Chameleon has appeared again in "Mortal Kombat: Armageddon", while Khameleon later made an exclusive appearance alongside Chameleon in the Wii version, further expanding her storyline.
*While Reptile's "MK4" bio states that he was banished to the Netherealm for committing genocide on other species, the "MK4" comic shows Sindel (reclaiming her role as Edenia's Queen) banishing Reptile to the Cobalt Mines of Shokan for his crimes against Edenia. This is of note because until that point, the Cobalt Mines of Shokan had only been mentioned in "MK: The Journey Begins" and "MK: Conquest".
*In "Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance", Reptile appeared in his most animalistic form yet. However, in ', in Sindel's ending, he appeared in his original human appearance from the first few Mortal Kombat games; this is either an indication that Reptile has regained this form, or a continuity error due to the fact he appears in "Deceptions Konquest mode in his human-guise.
*He and Kano are the only characters from the first MK game who don't appear in the animated movie "".
*In the first two Mortal Kombat games, Reptile bled red blood like the other characters. In "Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3" and "Mortal Kombat Trilogy" however, he bled green blood. In "Mortal Kombat 4"/"Gold", his blood was turned back to normal red. In "Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance", his blood was turned back to green, although broken body stubs would appear red. His technical appearance as Onaga in "Mortal Kombat: Deception", bled red blood again. In "Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks", he bleeds red blood. Reptile bleeds green blood once again in "Mortal Kombat: Armageddon". Strangely enough, though, Reptile bleeds red blood in "Armageddon" should he fall victim to a death trap.
*Although Reptile is considered an evil character, he is always more concerned for the well being of his race than the agenda of his masters, as many of his endings have shown.
*Of all the characters who appeared in "Deadly Alliance" and "Deception", Reptile was the only one who received a new costume and character model for "Armageddon", due to considerable fan demand for his "Shaolin Monks" costume to become playable.
*Reptile was part of's third wave of "Mortal Kombat" action figures along with Kano, Johnny Cage, and Noob Saibot released just prior to the holiday season of 2006.
*In the Sega Genesis version of "Mortal Kombat", Reptile's Freeze ball, spear rope, and skeleton are colored green. Also, Scorpion's name appeared on top of the life bar.


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