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"Listen well, all of you!", "Shang Tsung,"
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the Mistress of All Evil.

Old Shang Tsung
Shang Tsung
Background information
Feature films Mortal Kombat (1995)
Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins
Television programs Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Mortal Kombat: Conquest
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Video games Mortal Kombat (1992) (boss)
Mortal Kombat II (sub-boss and playable)
Mortal Kombat 3
Ultimate Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Mortal Kombat (2011)
Park attractions
Actor Ho Sung Pak (MK)
Phillip Ahn, M.D. (MKII)
John Turk
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Bruce Locke
Johnson Phan
Voice Jim Cummings
Performance model
Character information
Other names Shang, Tsung, Mr. Shang Tsung, Sorcerer
Personality Deadly, evil
Appearance An old man with white hair
Occupation Sorcerer
Affiliations Evil
Goal Further his own power
Home Earthrealm
Friends Shinnok, Shao Kahn, Mileena, Quan Chi, Reptile, Noob Saibot aka the elder Sub-Zero
Enemies Elder Gods,Liu Kang, Raiden, Fujin, Smoke, Kenshi, Kung Lao, Sub-Zero, Scorpion
Minions Scorpion (in the movie), Sub-Zero (Bi-Han)
Likes Stealing souls
Dislikes Unknown
Powers and abilities Sorcery
Weapons Sword
Fate Gets defeated by Liu Kang
Typical Saying "Your soul is MINE!"

Shang Tsung is the secondary antagonist of the Mortal Kombat series. Specifically, he is the main antagonist of Mortal Kombat (1992), one of the main antagonists of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (the other being Quan Chi), as well as the secondary antagonist of both Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and Mortal Kombat (2011), and a key antagonist in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. He is Shao Kahn's right-hand-man and the nemesis of its de-facto protagonist, Liu Kang. He is a powerful and deadly sorcerer, virtually unmatched in his mastery of sorcery, and a shapeshifter who consumes souls in order to sustain himself.


Much of Shang Tsung's origins remains a mystery, but it is speculated that he was human at one point. He competed in the first Mortal Kombat tournament, but cheated in one of the battles. Because of this, the Elder Gods (the highest power in Mortal Kombat) sentenced him to death. However, Shang was saved by a timely alliance with vicious Outworld Emperor Shao Kahn.

Mortal KombatEdit


Shang Tsung as an old man

At the behest of his master, Shang Tsung took over the Mortal Kombat tournament, changing its rules to allow the emperor to conquer the Earthrealm through it. If he achieved a winning streak of 10 tournaments, he would be allowed to conquer Earth.

Mortal Kombat IIEdit

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Shang Tsung with his youth restored

After being defeated by Liu Kang, Shang Tsung begged his master Shao Kahn for one more chance to achieve the last victory on the tournament. Kahn, out of pity, grants him his request, restoring the sorcerer former youth and power, so he could attract the Earth's warriors to certain death at Kahn's hands.

Mortal Kombat 3Edit

Alternate TimelineEdit

Mortal Kombat (2011)Edit

Mortal Kombat XEdit

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

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