Appearances[ edit ] In video games[ edit ] As a member of the Edenian race in the fictional other dimension called Outworld, the character is over ten thousand years old, although she appears to be a young woman.
Despite her loyalty to Shao Kahn for most of her life, she has aligned herself on the good side after learning the truth about her past and her real family. A disfigured clone of Kitana, given the name Mileena , was introduced as Kitana's twin sister to become a prominent archrival in the original game series' timeline.
She also learns that Mileena was never her real sister, but a grotesque clone of her created at her adopted father's behest by his sorcerer Shang Tsung. According to the semi-canonical spin-off game Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks , after Kitana was found no longer loyal to Kahn, she is put into a spell-induced trance and forced to fight the Earthrealm heroes along with Mileena and Jade , before being freed from this state by the Shaolin warrior monks Liu Kang and Kung Lao.
Eventually, the sisters clash and Kitana slays Mileena. During the events of Mortal Kombat 3 , Kitana is put on trial for treason after killing Mileena. After convincing her close friend Jade to join her, Kitana locates and frees Sindel from Shao Kahn's mental control,  leading to his defeat at the hands of Liu Kang. Kitana, Sindel, and Jade then liberate Edenia from Outworld. Their jubilation is short-lived, as during Mortal Kombat Gold , Shinnok and his grand vizier Quan Chi escapes imprisonment in the Netherrealm and invades Edenia.
Shinnok's forces are eventually defeated by the joint efforts of Kitana and her allies. With Edenia freed once again, Kitana proposes to Liu Kang, offering him the chance to rule Edenia at her side as King and Queen, but he reluctantly rejects her offer, seeing his true duty as champion of Earth.
After Shinnok's defeat, Kitana captures Mileena but learns that Shao Kahn has survived his defeat in Earthrealm and is regaining power. Knowing that Kahn would attempt to reclaim Edenia once he was strong enough, she forges an alliance with Goro , prince of the Outworld race Shokan, against Kahn's forces. Deadly Alliance , Kitana, leading a preemptive strike against Shao Kahn's forces,  learns that he has been slain by unknown assassins. Despite Kitana's grief, she rejoins the Earthrealm warriors and leads them into battle.
During the assault on Shang Tsung's palace, she faces Quan Chi one-on-one but despite her improved fighting skills, gained from training with Bo' Rai Cho , Kitana is outmatched and killed alongside her allies.
Shortly after, they are resurrected and magically enslaved by Onaga,  who then sends Mileena to impersonate Kitana as the princess of Edenia.
Deception , Onaga uses Kitana to defeat and imprison her mother, Sindel, knowing that the queen would not fight her daughter. Sindel is freed from her own dungeon by Jade, and together they flee to Outworld where they attempt to find a way to defeat Onaga and free Kitana from his influence.
Unknown to anyone at the time, Liu Kang's spirit was able to remain amongst the living due to the bond he shared with Kitana. Ermac and Liu Kang are successful in freeing Kitana and the other Earthrealm heroes.
Afterward, as Kitana travels back to Edenia, she encounters Blaze , who warns her of a coming new danger that will threaten all the realms and advises her to assemble the forces of light into battle.
Weary of constant battle, Kitana is disheartened, but Blaze assures her that the wars will soon be over. Following this warning, Kitana returns in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon , accompanied by Liu Kang's spirit in order to keep him whole until there was a way to reunite him with his body.
They later meet with Nightwolf , who offers to relieve Kitana of her burden to take Liu Kang's soul into himself, allowing her to fight against the coming evil. Kitana ultimately perishes with the rest of her allies during the battle. In the uncanonical crossover game Mortal Kombat vs. Due to the "kombat rage", Kitana hallucinates, believing Wonder Woman to be an assassin sent from Outworld and challenged her.
After being defeated, Kitana flees to elsewhere in Metropolis, where she is found and defeated by Scorpion and brought to Raiden 's temple, where she tells about seeing the fusion of Shao Kahn and Darkseid: Kitana then joins the rest of the Kombatants in traveling to the fused realms of Outworld and Apokolips.
She fights alongside them against the DC heroes and villains, and is one of the many knocked unconscious while Raiden and Superman battle and destroy Dark Kahn.
Kitana re-appears in Mortal Kombat , the re-imagining of the earliest three Mortal Kombat games. Kitana battles Liu Kang in an attempt to ensure that he will not reach the final stages of the first tournament, but is defeated; expecting to die, she is surprised by his decision to spare her. Later, during the second tournament, Kitana is approached by Raiden, who informs her that her supposed past as Shao Kahn's daughter is a lie, and discovers a newly created Mileena.
Before Kahn, she accuses Shang Tsung of attempting to replace her, and is shocked to learn that the Emperor himself ordered Mileena's creation, as he imprisons Kitana in the palace and commands his "true daughter" to be brought to him.
Kitana is soon freed by Jade and the two escape to Earthrealm to join their new allies against the forces of Outworld. They assist in the battle for Earthrealm, but are killed alongside several others by Kitana's corrupted mother, Sindel. In the end, she is shown to be one of the warriors that are resurrected by Quan Chi in the Netherrealm to battle Raiden.
Kitana returns in Mortal Kombat X Design history and derived characters[ edit ] A comparison of John Tobias ' sketch of the unused character "Kitsune" in then original Mortal Kombat and his concept art for Kitana in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 In , Kitana's origins were revealed by her creator, John Tobias , who disclosed that she started out as an unplayable herald -type character called "Kitsune" during the early development of the original Mortal Kombat game in ; his inspiration at the time was the character of Princess Mariko from Jordan Mechner 's video game Karateka.
Kananga in the James Bond film Live and Let Die , adding that it was his favorite finishing move of MKII and one of the best examples of their attempt to combine violent and humorous elements in the game. Deadly Alliance and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and is expanded in Mortal Kombat where she cuts off the defeated opponents' arms before beheading them. During the early s, there has been a popular yet completely false rumor regarding the supposed Nudality or Sexuality , a unique finishing move to use either by or against Kitana and Mileena.
The three all became popular characters Up until Mortal Kombat Gold, Kitana, Mileena and Jade all wore a common costume design in each game, differing from each other through palette swapping purple for Mileena and green for Jade to create their digitized sprite graphics. In Deception, Kitana appears in the endings for Sindel and Ermac, resembling an unmasked and blue-clad version of Mileena from this game.
Kitana's main costume in MKX, notably less skimpy than usual,  was created to be different than it has been in the previous games. Kitana's fans during the production of MKII were not actually steel but made of a reflective paper material, and were Zamiar's own training fans.
Unchained after her absence in Deception. Most of Kitana's traditional special moves utilize her twin fan weapons, used as a melee weapon, as a thrown projectile, and to lift her enemies in the air.
DC Universe and teleportation -based moves since Shaolin Monks. Like all playable characters in Mortal Kombat X, Kitana has three different style variations to choose from in this game, including her "Mournful" variation using Jade's special attacks such as "Shadow Kick" and weapons. Her other MKX styles are the aggressive, fast and acrobatic Assassin, and the defensively-oriented Royal Storm, which expands on her fan-lifting abilities.
According to Nintendo Power , "with such a small repertoire, Princess Kitana will be sorely challenged by experienced warriors," even as her fan toss is faster than many other projectile attacks. Now, her fan-raise combos have been severely crippled to almost not being worth it.
Deadly Alliance, "Kitana stays at the top of the heap as far as kombatants go. Shaolin Monks, Kitana is fought as a boss character twice in the game's main story mode and is also one of unlockable player characters for the versus mode. Prima Games ' guide to Shaolin Monks states she is "quick enough for moderate damage, and has some of the most potent special moves in the game," but her limitation is she needs to be fighting at close range to make an use of it.
Armageddon, however, Prima declared Kitana "a tough character to win with" and "like many of the other low tier character types, she's lacking in almost every aspect" even as she "is a little better on defense than she is on offense". DC Universe, on the other hand, called her "one of the more dangerous characters in the game due to her speed and extremely effective move-set. The guide recommended the "Mournful" variant for former Jade players, and the "Assassin" variant, which "tries to take the generally defensive style Kitana has in MKX and add some offensive firepower to it," for veteran Kitana players.
Talisa Soto as Kitana in Mortal Kombat , a film adaptation of the original game that also featured some elements from the game Mortal Kombat II , including her character.
Soto reprised her role in the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Despite being a major character in the video games' storyline, Princess Kitana was only a supporting character in both Mortal Kombat live-action films. In the movies, Kitana was portrayed by Talisa Soto , who was unmasked and wore less revealing, all-black costumes. In the first film , Kitana is introduced as a companion of Shang Tsung, who is aware that she is a dangerous adversary due to her being the rightful heir of Outworld and may attempt to ally herself with the Earth fighters, and he therefore sends Reptile to spy on Kitana.
She eventually joins Liu Kang and the Earthrealm warriors to help them defeat the sorcerer. Kitana spends most of the sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in Kahn's captivity after being captured by Scorpion , before she faces Sindel during the final battle. Kitana's steel folding fans redesigned into several individual blades instead of solid all-metal appear once as her weapon, though she fights with them closed. While Annihilation teases a romantic relationship between Kitana and Liu Kang, her background in both films consists only of her being the rightful heir to the Outworld throne.
Kitana is a main character in the television animated series Mortal Kombat: In the episode "Skin Deep", Rain is introduced as her former love interest turned enemy, though neither have ever shared any relationship in the series canon other than their Edenian heritage.
The final episode involved Kitana leading an unsuccessful rebellion against Shao Kahn's Outworld rule. Kitana is a recurring character in the noncanonical prequel live-action television series Mortal Kombat: Her outfit and weapon are resembling these she has in the films, but she uses her native Edenian fighting style which she had mastered already before Shao Kahn's invasion and which was supplemented with various moves that she learnt from prisoners of her stepfather.
The Konquest version of Mileena is neither her clone nor a sister, and Rain appears as her former best friend. She is promptly attacked by Shadow Priests and one of them uses Kitana's own fan against her. Kitana was featured in a two-part episode in the prequel live-action webisode series Mortal Kombat: In a notable difference, her mother Sindel uses a ritual so her soul fuses with Kitana's in hopes to avoid Shao Kahn's corruption before committing suicide.
Kitana appears both masked only in the animated scenes and unmasked, and bests Mileena in a fierce sparring match. When the young sisters are sent by Shao Kahn to assassinate the man who is really King Jerrod, Kitana's biological father who is killed by Mileena, Kitana eventually learns the truth after her past and decides to turn against Shao Kahn in the upcoming Mortal Kombat tournament. Kitana returned for the second season of Legacy in ,  still played by Sam Jo but in a new costume.
She first appears during the three-issue miniseries "Goro: She is the subject of a one-shot issue titled "Kitana and Mileena: Sister Act", in which her royal background from the games is intact, only she is already an adult when Shao Kahn kills Jerrod and seizes the realm, before putting her under a spell that makes her forget her past life and instead believe she is Kahn's daughter.
Unlike in the game series' continuity, in the comic series Kitana has no interactions with neither Liu Kang nor Jade; instead, she has a closer relation with Kung Lao Shang Tsung even attempts to exploit this while taking Kitana's form. World Tour for a MK game tournament. Fitness Southern California competition by pole dancing in a Kitana costume,  ilm maker Jen Soska dressed as Kitana to fight her sister Sylvia 's Mileena at Fantastic Fest ,   and dancers from the Miami Northwestern Senior High School dressed in Kitana for a controversial dance routine in It is also the name of the main character in Derek Landy 's novel Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked.
She has become commonly regarded to be one of the most recognizable characters of the Mortal Kombat franchise. At the time of her introduction, Times Union described Kitana as "the sexy and vicious fighter" and "a killer babe who melds a mix of seduction and violence. Game designer David Jaffe has described Sonya and Kitana as "two of the hottest chix in gaming.
Kitana tied for eighth with Sonya in Complex's list of the "hottest women in video games. In , Kitana was ranked as the second-top "hottest" female video game character by Kristie Bertucci of Gadget Review, who called her "way hotter" than Sonya.