When it comes to Mortal Kombat, the DLC characters are always anticipated by fans. The announcements always have the fans purchasing the season pass or collector’s edition. Of course, there are the classic Mortal Kombat characters making a glorious return like Rain or Triborg whom fans accept with open arms.

The most debated and discussed DLC characters are the guests; characters from other franchises outside of Mortal Kombat that made it onto the roster. Over the years, from Mortal Kombat 9 to Mortal Kombat 11, NetherRealm Studios has shocked fans with these characters. Some guest characters have been better than others.

12 Carl Weathers – Mortal Kombat X

Carl Weathers Jax Skin - Mortal Kombat X

 

When Predator dropped for Mortal Kombat X, a new skin was given to Jax. This skin not only had the likeness but the voice of a celebrity: Carl Weathers based on Dillon from Predator. While there’s nothing wrong with the skin itself, that’s all it is.

The use of Carl Weathers is a great touch but he’s given no unique dialogue. Instead, Carl just does his take on Jax’s pre-existing dialogue. This is something that would be improved with NetherRealm’s Injustice 2 and that game’s Premier Skin system.

11 John Rambo – Mortal Kombat 11

John Rambo's Screaming Outro - Mortal Kombat 11

 

Absolutely nobody was expecting this reveal for Kombat Pack 2 of Mortal Kombat 11. Not only was it the classic character of John Rambo but Sylvester Stallone was slated to do the voice. As a result, everyone was excited for him much like with Terminator and RoboCop. Sadly, Rambo is the weakest of the guest characters.

Sure, the plethora of references to Stallone’s whole filmography is fine however gameplay-smart, he’s a chunk of a large number. Most of his specials have a miles too gradual of a start-up without any suitable payoff. Rambo’s mixtures are very much like Nightwolf and Kano however not nearly as true. On top of that, his finishers and customization are as a substitute bland.

10 Kratos – Mortal Kombat (2011)

Kratos In The Living Forest - Mortal Kombat 9 2011

 

For Mortal Kombat 9, Kratos was a PlayStation 3 exclusive character. One would think such a brutal and vicious character would be ripe for Mortal Kombat. Unfortunately, Kratos’ moves also suffer from being too slow that they open him up for punishment.

Unlike Rambo, however, Kratos does have some rewarding moves that can make him deadly. Also, his moveset has more creative uses of weapons and abilities from the God Of War games.

Leatherface – Mortal Kombat X

Butcher Leatherface In The Kuatan Jungle - Mortal Kombat X

 

In Mortal Kombat X, each character is given three variations. Typically, there are cons and pros to all three but with Leatherface, two are all cons and only one has pros. The Butcher variation gives him many more combos and abilities that make Leatherface great to play.

The loyalty to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies is appreciated, especially with his different looks with all variations. There is nothing really all that bad about Leatherface but it would have been preferred if the other two variations were at least decent.

Freddy Krueger – Mortal Kombat (2011)

Freddy Krueger Waving Goodbye To Opponent - Mortal Kombat 9 2011

 

Freddy is a solid character all around. His combos are fast and deadly with some decent melee range. His specials can get the opponent from all ranges and he has easily some of the deadliest combo strings in Mortal Kombat 9.

Freddy can be a little overpowered at times, though. Also, while it made sense they were trying to promote Jackie Earle Haley’s Freddy at the time, it was strange that Freddy was not given a Robert Englund skin. Freddy is also given zero dialogue which goes completely against the character.

Predator – Mortal Kombat X

Predator Aiming His Plasmacaster - Mortal Kombat X

 

The amount of detail put into the Predator is crazy. The different skulls he takes as trophies, his mimicry, and different weapons all show a lot of care. However, his combat itself in all three variations never goes anywhere above decent.

There is nothing that kills any variation but none of them have as much impact as others. They all feel very similar to play with the pros and cons feeling tacked on. Once again, Predator lacks any skins which are criminal since there are a plethora of Predator looks across the movies.

The Terminator – Mortal Kombat 11

Terminator's Motorcycle Fatality - Mortal Kombat 11

 

At first, Terminator seems far too slow which is loyal to how the character is supposed to be. However, Terminator is a tricky character that is deceptive to unfamiliar opponents. If Terminator traps the opponent, allowing him to initiate a combo string? Terminator’s damage is downright criminal.

Some abilties like Endoskeleton might have been better, but many others can be used successfully for a few lethal payoff. The gear and skins for Terminator are also extremely good but the voice-actor is sincerely an impersonation of Arnold Schwarzenegger and it doesn’t always work.

The Joker – Mortal Kombat 11

Joker Fixing His Makeup - Mortal Kombat 11

 

Despite being already overused by NetheRrealm, many were excited to see how Joker would be done in an M-rated game. Suffice to say: this was NetherRealm’s best Joker yet. Richard Epcar (who also plays Raiden) plays the character perfectly that rivals the likes of Mark Hamill from the Arkham games.

Gameplay-wise, the Joker is an absolute monster with all of his moves having insane speed. His crushing blows are rather easy to master so opponents’ health can be taken down quickly. The only disappointment is that many of the Joker’s customization options are either over-designed or too bland.

Spawn – Mortal Kombat 11

Spawn - Mortal Kombat 11

 

Finally, after years of fans requesting Spawn since Injustice: Gods Among Us, Spawn made it to Mortal Kombat 11. His combat is rich but hard to master. However, if one does master it, Spawn can be a nightmare to fight online since he can hit the opponent from any range.

The gear and skins are all top-notch, the special moves are straight out of the comics, and best of all: his voice. Keith David returns as Spawn and like always, he is perfect. He is to Spawn like Kevin Conroy is to Batman. All the years paid off, making Spawn a great DLC character in every aspect.

Jason Voorhees – Mortal Kombat X

Jason Voorhees Slasher Variation - Mortal Kombat X

 

Everyone’s favorite slasher villain joined Mortal Kombat X and he is nearly perfect. All three variations have more pros than cons with unique abilities that help them stand out. Though Jason has never been this agile in the films, his combat still fits his slasher style.

The best Jason variation is definitely the Slasher variation which gives him way more combos that can make him a real challenge online. However, the Unstoppable variation comes a close second. What keeps Jason from being higher is, sadly, the lack of skins. Jason has also had many looks and his design hardly changes at all between variations.

RoboCop – Mortal Kombat 11

RoboCop And ED-209 - Mortal Kombat 11

 

This one had everyone worried: it’s RoboCop, he’s a slow-moving cyborg. How is he supposed to fight someone fast like Johnny Cage? Well, RoboCop dropped and while he is slow, his zoning keeps any fast characters at bay.

That’s not to say that he can’t fight: he has some deadly combo strings which connected to some abilities give a lot of damage. RoboCop requires a lot of methodic and strategic gameplay but that’s what keeps him from being too overpowered. On top of that, he’s voiced by Peter Weller himself who fits back into the role like a glove.

Alien – Mortal Kombat X

Alien Using Its Inner Jaw - Mortal Kombat X

 

While Alien does lack any skins, the three variations change up their design enough to be effective. Speaking of those variations, they are much like Jason’s: all unique with great abilities to fit different players’ styles. There is something for everybody and all three are fun to use.

For brawlers, there may be the Tarkatan variant that makes use of blades and tail mixtures. For enthusiasts of summoner and lure characters like Quan Chi, there’s Konjurer that offers the ability to summon eggs and different xenomorphs. Finally, there is Acidic which specializes in preserve-away and mid-variety combat. As a bonus, fans of the Alien franchise will experience the various iconic actions, references, and sound outcomes.