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Background information
Origin Mortal Kombat 3
Hero information
Full name Kabal
Alias None
Occupation Member of the Black Dragon Clan (original timeline: later to become the leader)

Reformed criminal (alternate timeline)
Revenant slave of Quan Chi (alternate timeline)
Servant of Liu Kang and Kitana

Powers / Skills Fighting skills

Hooksword wielder
Superhuman speed

Hobbies Killing peoples

Spending time with Stryker, Raiden and his allies (especially in MK9)
Serving Liu Kang and Kitana

Goals Make the Black Dragon strong.

Become the force of good and aid Raiden in his quest by any means possible. (MK 2011)
Serve Quan Chi. (undead & possessed)
Serve Liu Kang and Kitana the Netherrealm. (currently)
Get his revenge on Raiden, help Liu Kang & Kitana conquer more realms. (still trying to achieve)

Friends / Allies Original Timeline:
  • Kobra
  • Kira
  • Kano
  • Havik
  • Black Dragon

Current Timeline:

  • Kurtis Stryker
  • Shinnok
  • Quan Chi
  • Smoke
  • Liu Kang
  • Nightwolf
  • Kung Lao
  • Kitana
  • Jade
  • Sindel
  • D'Vorah
Enemies Original Timeline:
  • Shao Kahn
  • Mavado
  • Hsu Hao
  • Taven
  • Red Dragon

Current Timeline:

  • Jax Briggs
  • Jacqui Briggs
  • Kenshi
  • Sub-Zero
  • Johnny Cage
  • Cassie Cage
  • Sonya Blade
  • Takeda Takahashi
  • Raiden
  • Sareena
  • Kung Jin
  • Scorpion
  • Fujin
  • Reptile
  • Special Forces
  • Noob Saibot
  • Kano
  • Elder Gods
Type of Hero Heroic Criminal

Let's see what your made of.
~ Kabal's battle cry in Mortal Kombat (2011)
I'm thinking shot first, ask questions later.
~ Kabal seeing Reptile in Mortal Kombat (2011)
Starting to feel like the old days. Only faster.
~ Kabal after defeating Sheeva

Kabal is a character from Mortal Kombat. Despite being a villain at first, he later becomes a hero.


Kabal first debuted in MK3 as a member of the Black Dragon who had survived an attack from Kahn's extermination squads, and was left disfigured and kept alive by artificial respirators. He temporarily leaves behind his life of crime with the Black Dragon and becomes a force for good. Between MK3 and MK: Deadly Alliance, Kabal is wounded severely in battle by Mavado, a leading member of the rival Red Dragon who stole his hookswords and kept them both for himself. Havik visits Kabal at the brink of death and restores him, and then instructs him to revive the Black Dragon as a force of anarchy and decay.

He fights Mavado again, defeats him and retrieves his hookswords. Kabal then also recruits Kira and Kobra, and all three join Havik on Outworld in MK: Deception. He toughens his charges by testing them in combat against Onaga's enemies. In Armageddon's Konquest mode, Taven refuses his offer of membership in the Black Dragon before defeating Kabal in combat. In the 2011 reboot, Kabal was a former Black Dragon member who reformed and now worked with Stryker as a cop. During an encounter with Kintaro, Kabal was severely burnt but was rescued by Kano.

However, from that day on he had to wear artificial respirators as his lungs were severely damaged and could not be repaired. This version of Kabal is strongly aligned with the forces of good and joined the Defenders of Earthrealm, following his MK3 incarnation. It also revealed the origin of Kabal's superspeed as being attributed to the influence of Outworld magic. Kabal is killed with most of allies by Sindel.


He was once a member of the Black Dragon along with Kano. Now Kabal devotes his life to fight injustice: He will give crime's inner circles a new reason to fear.
~ Kabal biography in Mortal Kombat III


  • One of the hints in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is "Kabal says thank you very much". This may be a reference to a side mission players can perform, where he will reward them with his hookswords.
  • Kabal's fatality in MK3, where he removed his mask to scare the opponent to death, was listed as ninth on Screwattack's Top 10 Worst Mortal Kombat Fatalities list.
  • While all the other characters must perform "mercy" to use their Animalities, Kabal can do so automatically on the Sega Geneis ports. However this makes his head fall off.
  • In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Kano states that the Flash was so fast, he would give Kabal a run for his money.

External links

           Mortal Kombat Heroes

Main Heroes
Bo' Rai Cho | Cassie Cage | Johnny Cage | Kung Lao | Liu Kang | Raiden | Scorpion | Shujinko | Sonya Blade | Sub-Zero | Taven

Secondary Heroes
Fujin | Jade | Jacqui Briggs | Jax Briggs | Kenshi Takahashi | Kitana | Kung Jin | Kurtis Stryker | Nightwolf | Sindel | Smoke | Takeda Takahashi

Other Heroes
Ashrah | Cyrax | Dairou | Darrius | Ermac | Erron Black | Kabal | Kai | Khameleon | Kotal Kahn | Li Mei | Nitara | Sareena

Non-Playable Heroes
Art Lean | Chan Kang | Jerrod

Good Organizations
Elder Gods | Forces of Light | Special Forces | White Lotus Society

Non-MK/Guest Star Heroes
Batman | Captain Marvel | Catwoman | Green Lantern | Kratos | Superman | The Flash | Wonder Woman

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