|Status|| Deceased (Original Timeline)|
Deceased (New Timeline)
|In Mortal Kombat|
|Games|| Mortal Kombat II|
Mortal Kombat 3
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (cameo)
Mortal Kombat: Deception
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Mortal Kombat (2011)
Mortal Kombat X (cameo)
|Portrayers|| Bob Carter|
Long ago, Shao Kahn once served as an adviser to Onaga when the latter ruled Outworld as the Dragon King. Onaga's Empire had become the most powerful among all of the realms, and so he began searching for a way to become immortal. Before this goal could be realized, Shao Kahn made his move by poisoning Onaga and taking his kingdom. Leading whatever troops that remained loyal to the Dragon King, Kahn continued many of the former emperor's plans. He continued to add lesser realms to Outworld, either through direct conquest or through Mortal Kombat.
A milestone in his military victories was the merging of Edenia with Outworld. After his warriors had won ten consecutive victories in Mortal Kombat, Kahn invaded the realm. On the battlefield, Kahn killed King Jerrod, and took Queen Sindel as his own queen through (forced) marriage, raising her daughter, Princess Kitana, as his own. He had the young princess trained as his personal guard and assassin. Unfortunately for Kahn, Sindel took her own life in an attempt to escape what she believed was eternal subservience to the Emperor. However, Shao Kahn held her soul in Outworld, stopping her transition to the afterlife, not willing to let his beloved queen go so easily.
At some point, Shao Kahn invaded the realm of Osh-Tekk, slaughtering the warrior race alongside his champion, Goro. When the ruler of Osh-Tekk, Kotal K'etz, surrenders, Shao Kahn allows him to keep his realm's treasure, the Portal Stone, in recognition for the Osh-Tekk's obedience. Shao Kahn would then merge Osh-Tekk into Outworld.
Mortal Kombat IIEdit
Many years later, Kahn chose Earthrealm as his next conquest. He sent Shang Tsung and eventually Goro to Earthrealm to prepare it for an invasion via Mortal Kombat. A turning point came when Prince Goro defeated the Great Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat and initiated a winning streak that would last for 500 years. Shang Tsung, a shapeshifter, supervised the tournament. The tenth Mortal Kombat, however, saw the defeat of both Goro and Shang Tsung by a Shaolin monk, Liu Kang, thereby ruining five hundred years of Kahn's investment. Shang Tsung begged Shao Kahn to spare his life, and came up with a plan to lure Earth's chosen warriors to Outworld for a new tournament. Kahn agreed to this plan, spared Tsung's life, and restored his youth. If Earthrealm's champions could be killed, they would no longer be able to interfere with Kahn's plans.
After kidnapping Kano and Sonya Blade in the Living Forest, ambushing Johnny Cage on the set of his new movie, and enraging Liu Kang by sending Baraka and his Tarkatan hordes to destroy the Shaolin temples, they waited for the Earthrealm warriors to arrive in Outworld. Despite Kahn's vast power, Liu Kang's determination saw him through, and he defeated the despot. Unwilling to accept defeat, Kahn called his armies to destroy the Earthrealm warriors. They fled back to Earthrealm and out of Kahn's clutches.
Mortal Kombat 3Edit
Shao Kahn later enacted a 10,000 plan and Quan Chi had Queen Sindel resurrected in Earthrealm, and Kahn would be able to cross the border and claim his beloved wife, allowing him to conquer Earthrealm. Nearly every living being in Earthrealm had their souls stripped from their bodies by Kahn, claiming them as his own. He then had his extermination squads hunt down and kill the remaining survivors. However, Lord Raiden had protected the souls of a handful of warriors. It would be their task to stop Shao Kahn, and liberate Earthrealm from its new Outworld rulers.
In the ensuing fights, Kahn was confronted by Kung Lao, another Shaolin monk and descendant of the warrior Goro defeated to become champion of Mortal Kombat, but Kahn had blasted him away, seemingly killing him. Enraged, Liu Kang attacked Shao Kahn and defeated him once more. Worn down from the battle, Kahn recalled his squads and retreated back to Outworld.
This stopped the merge with Outworld, and restored Earthrealm to its original status. To make matters worse for Kahn, many of his loyal soldiers had abandoned him, and Kitana had succeeded in turning Sindel to her side, restoring Edenia as an independent realm.
Between Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonEdit
The emperor was now greatly weakened, and would remain so for a period of several years, gradually recovering his strength during Shinnok's war against the gods. The Edenians had in the meantime made peace and military treaties with the Shokan, on whom Kahn had always heavily relied, and were ready to attack Outworld a few years later. It was only through his new commander Kano's ingenuity, and the stealth of his assassin Noob Saibot (who critically wounded Goro) that Kahn able to repel the Edenian army and force them into a draw. Soon afterward, the sorcerers Quan Chi and Shang Tsung entered his throne room, swearing false allegiance to the emperor.
Quan Chi and Shang Tsung caught Shao Kahn off guard and seemingly killed him. This would appear to be the demise of the mighty Kahn. However, it was revealed that Kahn did not die, and that it was a clone that Quan Chi and Shang Tsung killed. The real Kahn appeared to the wounded Goro and, using what little power he had left, revived him, thus gaining Goro and the Shokan as allies once again.
Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonEdit
Making alliance with Goro and Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn had mounted an offense against the fortress to re-instate his rule over Outworld from Mileena. He was able to defeat Mileena's mages and took the throne from Mileena, after he accepted her defeat. He then commands her to capture Shujinko, who would be used as a bargaining chip in gaining Onaga as an ally.
With the plan worked, he would go on to form an uneasy alliance with Quan Chi, Shang Tsung, and Onaga in the hopes of defeating Blaze and seizing his god-like powers. Shao Kahn soon found himself fighting his allies and was carried off by Onaga after an unsuccessful attack on Shang Tsung. Kahn somehow escaped from his former emperor and faced against Taven, who was on a quest to prevent Armageddon by defeating Blaze.
Kahn was able to defeat Taven, killing him, and faced against Blaze. Blaze was no match for Shao Kahn, who went on to kill him and gain his power. After the smoke cleared, bodies littered the scene and Kahn stood over Blaze’s slain body, more powerful than ever. Kahn faced against Raiden in the pyramid, but the Thunder God was no match for Kahn. As Kahn laughed about how worthless and cowardly the Elder Gods were, Raiden, defeated and moments from death, his last attempt to cast a spell on his amulet, now shattered, to contact his past self and quote "He Must Win!" before Kahn killed him.
Post-Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonEdit
After Raiden's death, Kahn became the ultimate winner of Armageddon, but his ultimate triumph was soon to be his downfall. Victorious and overflowing with power, Kahn went mad from having nothing left to conquer. He ended up destroying Earthrealm completely. Unbeknownst to him, Kitana actually survived the Battle of Armageddon, recovered, and worked on a counterattack. She created an alliance between all the surviving realms and together they were able to defeat Kahn. Kahn ultimately met his fate when Kitana killed him for good. Long lasting peace was the result.