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Kotal Kahn
Kotal
Biographical information
Real name Kotal Calozeus O'lette Kahn
Also known as Corner Kahn, Khan, Ko'atal, Aztec God, Blood God, God of Sun, Helios, Rodian Man, Total Kotal, War God, Aqua God, Boloc, True Wardog
Nationality He is from Rodia
Born Before Christ
Age Unknown
Status Alive
Birthplace Rodia
Physical description
Eye colour Red, yellow, light blue
Hair colour Brown, black, red
Ethnicity Green
Height 6'9
Weight 132kg
Gender Male
Career, affiliations and family information
Affiliation(s) Kotal's Army, Red Harlow, Ermac, Reptile, Greedo, D'Vorah (former)
Notable family members Zaggot (father), K'etz Kahn (uncle), Shao Kahn (half-brother), Sindel (sister-in-law), Rain (nephew), Kitana (niece), Mileena (niece), Skarlet (niece)
Video Games, Movies and Cartoons information
Main appearance(s) (Video Games) Tekken 3, Tekken 4 (cameo), Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion (cameo), Tekken Card Challenge, Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Mortal Kombat X
Voiced by (English) Phil LaMarr
"I'll squash you like a bird in my hands."
— Kotal to Johnny Cage

Kotal Kahn is the current Emperor of Outworld in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, who made his debut in Mortal Kombat X, but before that he made many appearances in the Tekken series.

About Kotal Kahn

Kotal Kahn is a warrior from the planet of Rodia and the current Emperor of Outworld, following the defeat of the former leader and his half brother, Shao Kahn, but after that, Onaga.

History

Kotal is first mentioned in Heihachi Mishima's character profile. It states that many years after Heihachi had reclaimed control of the Mishima Corporation, one of his soldiers' missions was to search an ancient temple located somewhere in Mexico. Soon after arriving there, Heihachi learns that his entire force has been obliterated by Kotal. Heihachi, having witnessed the power of Kotal, seeks to capture it in hopes of creating the ultimate life form.

According to official canon, Kotal attacks many world-renowned martial arts masters around the world and absorbs their chi and abilities into his own being. Kotal eventually makes his way towards Yakushima, where Jun Kazama lives with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Asuka. Kotal finds them and attacks. In the ensuing fight, Ko'atal outmatches Asuka. The exact result of the battle is unknown, but Asuka is knocked out cold and awakens later on to find her home destroyed and Kotal and Jun nowhere to be found. Assuming Kotal has taken Jun's life, Asuka swears revenge on the Rodian.

As bait to lure Kahn into the open, Heihachi announces the King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 few years later. Indeed, Kotal shows up and is defeated by Paul Phoenix. However, unknown to Paul, Kotal calls upon the power of the Sun and the tournament continues. Kotal eventually confronts Jin Kazama and they clash in battle. Jin emerges victorious and Kotal is defeated.

Though Kotal does not appear in Tekken 4, he plays a role in the story. Heihachi's scientists capture samples of Kotal's blood in tissue in order to splice Kotal's DNA with Heihachi's and make Heihachi immortal, but the experiment fails since Heihachi lacks the necessary Holy Gene in his blood and instead posses the polar opposite - the Devil Gene. Heihachi announces the King of Iron Fist Tournament 4 in order to lure the wind god Fujin and Watinkano, who both carry the Holy Gene, into the open.

In both Tekken Tag Tournaments 1 and 2, Kotal appeared as an unlockable character in his Sun and Blood God forms.

Mortal Kombat

After former Outworld's emperor and Dragon King, Onaga's death, Kotal serves Mileena as one of her counsellors. But after one year of her corrupted rule, he conspires with Reptile to remove her from the throne. As they convince D'Vorah to join their coup, they are confronted by Mileena and her Tarkatan followers.

Kotal tells her that they need to ally with Earth against the Never Never Land, but she refuses to make peace with her father's murderers. He replies that she is endangering their planet, and Reptile reveals that Mileena is not Shao Kahn's biological daughter, but a genetic experiment created by Shang Tsung and Sektor. Enraged, Mileena orders her army to attack, but Ermac also soon betrays the empress, and Kotal and his allies defeat them and capture her. Kotal is pronounced as the new emperor, and he gains the support of D'Vorah and Ermac.

Three years pass, and one day Kotal Kahn rides with D'Vorah and Kano through the streets of Gand, discussing with the latter about using his resources in ending the rebellion, unaware that he had been hired by Mileena beforehand to eliminate him. Mileena’s forces stage a blockade of the emperor's carriage, and when D'Vorah leaves to inspect it, Mileena's forces attack.

As Kotal tries to see what is going on, Kano pulls out his knife and attempts to murder the emperor. A battle ensues, Kotal Kahn emerges victorious. Kahn prepares to finish him off but is stopped by Tanya, who is serving Mileena in exchange for Edenia's freedom, though she is bested as well. Spotting Mileena and Rain on the rooftops, Kotal teleports to them, killing several Tarkatans before knocking the rebel leader off the roof.

Kotal briefly talks with Rain over their respective claims to godhood before Kotal is kicked off of the roof himself by the Edenian half-god and the two then battle on the street. Defeating Rain, Kotal Kahn has Red Harlow prepare to execute him but is stopped by Mileena, who proceeds to fight the emperor. Kotal emerges victorious and prepares to execute her with solar flames. However, Mileena manages to stop his attack with Shinnok's Amulet before collapsing to the ground, with Rain teleporting her away. Kotal is shocked by Mileena's new power, which killed several of his soldiers in the backlash.

Kotal later confronts Cassie Cage and her team after Kung Jin frees a child molester who was sentenced to die. They inform him of the Outworld refugees in Earth. However, Kotal Kahn suspects the team to be allied with Mileena, and he is angered when he hears that she stole Shinnok's amulet, when it was supposed to be under Earth's protection.

Kung Jin tries to tell him that his team ins't against him and that they are only looking for the amulet. Kotal doesn't believe him, declaring that Kung Jin and his friends are allied with Mileena, and then sentences all four of them to death. Kung Jin challenges the emperor to a duel for the right of defence. Kotal is defeated and asks Kung Jin to take his life. But the Shaolin spares the emperor and asks for his cooperation in the search for the amulet. Despite D'Vorah's protests, Kotal Kahn agrees with Kung Jin and they shake hands.

Upon learning of Mileena's location from Kano, the team and Kotal's Army invade the Kuatan Jungle while D'Vorah and Cassie sneak into the rebel camp to reclaim the amulet. D'Vorah and Cassie are ambushed by Tanya, Rain, and Mileena herself, but all three are knocked unconscious by D'Vorah. Mileena is captured and brought to the emperor, who claims that she is not worthy to be killed by him.

He instead allows D'Vorah to unleash her flesh-eating insects, which kill Mileena by devouring her face. Cassie and her team prepare to leave with the amulet, but Kotal is unwilling to take any further chances by leaving the amulet in Earth's care. He has them imprisoned and asks D'Vorah to hold onto the amulet. However, D'Vorah is actually a double agent working for Quan Chi, whose goal is to retrieve the amulet and free Lord Shinnok from his prison.

After the team escapes from captivity thanks to Takeda Takahashi's mind control use on one of the guards, they defeat Ermac, Reptile, and Red Harlow. As they come to, Kotal's allies proceed to inform Kotal Kahn of D'Vorah’s treachery, which saddens him. They are led to believe that D'Vorah is allied with Raiden and had rescued Cassie's team herself. In response, Kotal Kahn prepares his troops to invade Earth and retrieve the amulet.

Sometime later, they arrive in Earth, Kotal and his army find Cassie’s team, who are on their way to the Sky Temple. On his orders, Kotal's army chases them to the woods where they are ambushed. Kotal Kahn fights Takeda, who is trying to tell the emperor about Shinnok but to no avail. Jacqui Briggs then steps in and tells Kotal that Shinnok has the amulet and had infected Earth's life-force.

Seeing Jacqui speaks the truth, Kotal believes Earth to be lost, and decides to kill the team to appease Shinnok so he can bolster Outworld's defences before the Fallen Elder God comes for his planet. Jacqui manages to defeat him, but his army surrounds her and her friends. However, they are attacked by the Lin Kuei Clan, with Sub-Zero allowing the team to hurry to the Sky Temple. Kotal’s fate is unknown after Shinnok’s defeat, though it is presumed that he was pushed back to Outworld by Sub-Zero.

Quotes

  • "A mere cub... Grown to be a jaguar."
  • "She tasks me for the last time."
  • "Another Edenian. The supposed half-god."
  • "You wound me, Kano. Your offer of aid was but of wind and air?"
  • "You who would stand against me? Prepare to die!"
  • "The rebellion is over."
  • "Shinnok is now its master."
  • "You're not worth the dirt on my sandal."
  • "I will never forget those who freed Mileena!"
  • "A united Outworld stands strong against its enemies."
  • "You are a fool to trust Mileena."
  • "You will atone for your dissent, Mileena. Your blood will make right."
  • "My fury will be brought to bare!"
  • "Another Earthrealmer?"
  • "Now you shall parish."
  • "You have chosen death!"
  • "Then die. Then come at me, little dawg."
  • "My name: THE TRUE WARDOG!"
  • "Helios you say? The name Earth gave me..."
  • "You are loyal to the Tarkatan!"
  • "One of Raiden's new lambs. A lamb to the slaughter."
  • "Do you mock me?"

Powers and abilities

As a Rodian, Kotal is incredibly powerful, possessing super-human strength allowing him to smash grown men's heads into bits of bone and gore with ease while allowing him to wield his massive Macuahuitl with a single hand. He also draws power from sunlight to both strengthen himself and heal his wounds. He can invoke Blood Magic to further strengthen himself and while in his Blood God status, he was able to overpower and cut off Goro's arms. His power has been compared to that of a god's by humans from Earth. Like all Rodians he is weakened when deprived of sunlight, and unable to call on its power.

Journal Entry

It seems like Kotal was born a leader... of a cowboy, lizard and a trash bin for dead things. Probably the worst scum there is. He's an evil being after all.

Trivia

  • In Tekken 3, every stage that Kotal was battled in was pitch black, except for a small black circle in which the fighters were standing in.
    • The same goes for Ogre.
  • According to his in-game quotes in Mortal Kombat X, the people of Earth named Kotal Helios, who was believed to be the God of Sun in ancient Greek times.
  • He, despite being a Rodian, has a much different face structure compared to the other Rodians. He has mostly a humanoid face while others (Greedo for example) have a very alien-like face.
    • His uncle, K'etz Kahn, also has a more human-like face than alien.
  • Kotal Kahn is responsible for The Paris Massacre, and the 2016 Brussels Attacks.

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