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|~ Jax Briggs's Battle Cry in Mortal Kombat (2011).|
|“||That knocked some of my rust off.||„|
|~ Jax after defeating Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat X.|
Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs is a Special Forces commander with cybernetic enhancements and one of the main characters from the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games. He is the partner and best friend of Sonya Blade, the father of Jacqui Briggs, and the godfather of Cassie Cage.
Mortal Kombat II
As the Mortal Kombat tournament finished, Jax finds Johnny Cage and interrogates him, looking for Sonya. Jax eventually finds her at the island and apologizes to Johnny. Jax clashed against Kintaro after Johnny Cage was being attacked at his commercial shoot. After the fight, Jax decided to go back to Outworld to look for Sonya.
He managed to free Sonya and captured Kano, only for him to escape back to Outworld. He attempted to notify the government about Kano's whereabouts, unfortunately, the people are yet to be convinced.
Mortal Kombat III
As Jax destroyed Shao Kahn's scheme of merging Earthrealm, Jax was promoted into the commanding officer of the Outworld Investigation Agency.
Mortal Kombat IV
Jax teams with Raiden to take down Shinnok when they were at Edenia, only because Sonya was also in the battle against Shinnok.
Jax would then kill Jarek by tossing him off of the cliff.
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Jax decided to join the Forces of Light in the battle of Armageddon. As he critically injured Quan Chi, Shao Kahn took him down. He was later dead in the battle like most other kombatants.
Mortal Kombat (2011)
Jax was held captive by Shang Tsung, held in Goro's Lair. As Sonya enter the lair, she finds a critically wounded Jax as she freed him. After Sonya took Kitana and Jade down, Raiden, Johnny Cage, and Liu Kang appeared and Raiden healed Jax up completely. Jax was shown disgusted as Scorpion murdered Bi-Han. He also appeared when Liu Kang emerged victory against Shang Tsung.
As Raiden refused Shang Tsung's offer for a second tournament (Hosted by Shao Kahn), Shang Tsung summoned an army of Tarkatan to attack the temple. Jax attempted to defeat as many Tarkatans and rescue people, only to be knocked out by other Tarkatans. As he regains consciousness, he acknowledged the fact Sonya is gone. Therefore, it became his main objective.
Jax, Raiden, and Johnny Cage sneaked into the Throne Room. As Jax exposed himself to Shang Tsung, the tournament begun where he challenged Baraka, defeating him. The three were then at the Armory, where Johnny upsetted Jax, resulting to Jax defeating him. As Jade appeared, she challenged Jax, only to be defeated.
The three then headed to the Dead Pool, where they detected Sonya tied on hooks. Jax attacked and defeated Sheeva to free Sonya.
Jax and Sonya headed to the Soul Chamber. Both were surprised to see Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) only to find out he's the younger brother. As Ermac appeared, Jax attempted to attack him only for Ermac to tear both of Jax's arm off. Sub-Zero then objected Sonya to head back to Earthrealm to get Jax healed after he defeated Ermac.
Jax got both mechanical arms and reprogrammed Sub-Zero (cyber form) and restored his humanity. After the group fought off the Cyber Lin Kuei's, Sindel appeared and attacked the group. Jax was killed as she pierced his throat with her heels.
Mortal Kombat X
Sonya was left sad and disgusted as she acknowledged Jax being a revenant. As Jax is attacking Sonya, Johnny Cage intervenes and defeats him.
Jax was later restored back along with Scorpion and Sub-Zero. As he was restored, he decided to retire and live with his family.
As 25 years passed, Sonya sought Jax out for his assistance to track down Quan Chi. As Jax was later convinced, they headed to Netherrealm, taking down the revenants. Jax took Liu Kang and Quan Chi down and captured the sorcerer.
Mortal Kombat 11
Times after the events of Mortal Kombat X, Jax's wife, Vera, passed away, leaving Jax broken to the point where he retired while his daughter, Jacqui, is enlisted in the Special Forces.
The younger Sonya and Jax are summoned by Kronika at the Special Forces base. The younger Jax seemed surprised about him and Sonya having kids.
The younger Jax and Jacqui were at a shooting range, testing his prosthetic arm. Jax learned about his demise, becoming a revenant and his experiences of it, and how his wife passed.
Jax (present) attempted to reach out to his daughter, Jacqui. The phone connection was not able to connect due to the time quake. As Jax rested, Kronika appeared suddenly and managed to recruit him.
As Raiden sent the younger Jax and Jacqui to Shang Tsung's Island, revenant Kabal appeared, only to be defeated. When the two reached to the Well of Souls, they were encountered by Bi-Han, who was then defeated. The older Jax appeared and Jacqui was disgusted acknowledging the fact her dad joined up with Kronika. The younger Jax defeated his older self and then headed out, only to be encountered by Cetrion. Moments later, Cetrion putted Jacqui's life on the line so that Jax would hand over the crown.
On Kharon's fleet, the older Jax appeared and clashed against Raiden. As Raiden defeated him, he managed to convinced Jax to fight against Kronika's army.
In Shang Tsung's Island, Jax and Bi-Han stopped Shang Tsung and Fujin from taking the crown. Jax reflected on how Shang Tsung used to torture him in the same place and how he wanted to return the favor. As Fujin defeated Bi-Han, Shang Tsung was absorbing Jax's soul, only to be stopped by Fujin.
After Fujin defeated Jax, he convinced him that Kronika was just using his sadness to her benefit. After Sindel and Nightwolf defeated Cetrion, the younger Jax and Jacqui arrived to arrest Shang Tsung and Sindel, until the older Jax calmed the situation down while the group gave information about the crown. Nightwolf decided to go with the Briggs family.
As Jax witnessed Kotal Kahn being killed and Sindel joined up with Shao Kahn, he was yet surprised due to the fact she killed him before. While Shang Tsung tricked Fujin and Raiden with the Crown, the three attacked Shang Tsung. Jax was then knocked out as soon as Shang Tsung sent Raiden and Fujin flying into him. After the two brothers were defeated, Jax's fate was left unknown like the others.
Jax is depicted as an African-American man, having dark skin, black hair and brown eyes. Jax's most striking feature is his impressive muscular upper body build, keeping his torso bare in all but one of his appearances. In his first appearances, he wore karate pants and boots. From Mortal Kombat 3 and onwards, he wears a pair of bionic armor-plating that covers and protects both of his arms.
It is not known whether his arms were replaced or upgraded in the original storyline. However, it is possible that he may have used bionic implants until the events of Deception, where he may have willingly had his own arms removed in favor of mechanical replacements. In the alternate timeline of MK 2011, he was forced to use metallic arms in order to survive, after having his organic arms telekinetically dismembered by Ermac.
In MKX, he wears a camouflage vest with his last name Briggs on his right upper vest pocket with his left upper pocket acting as a storage for his cigars and he still wears his dog tag around his neck, along with two more additional pockets near his abdomen. He has an American flag wrapped up and tied around his upper right arm and he wears green pants with some additional color of black on them and wears black army boots.
Jax is clear-headed, loyal, careful, and always keeping a watch on what his men are doing. When the need arises, he is the best on the battlefield with the attitude and ferocity of a lion.
In his Armageddon ending, Jax Briggs wish is to use the power of Blaze to reform and change the Tekunin form being evil cyborgs. Jax in Armageddon much like Jax from Mortal Kombat X also wants to retire from the Special Forces and he wants the power of Blaze to do this. While Jax uses the power to become leader of the Tekunin it never know what Jax decides to do or does after becoming their leader.
Unlike the other kombatants Jax doesn't become a god or a ruler of of a realm when he receives the power of Blaze.
Powers and Abilities
Due to his membership in the army, Jax is quite a hardened soldier in the battlefield. He is known to show incredible ferocity while staying focused at the same time. Jax's most prominent attribute is his massive upper body strength. His physique and strength are so powerful that he is able to crush human heads with ease and shake the Earth with a single punch.
Jax utilizes cybernetic strength enhancers to further augment his already impressive physical power. These implants also carry portable missiles and a piston-like mechanism to increase the force of his blows. His bionic arms may have made him the most physically powerful man on Earth, if he wasn't already that strong.
Aside from his kombat skills, Jax is also a competent technician and scientist, having been in charge of the portal development technology that the Outworld Investigation Agency uses to move between realms, and also utilized his smarts to restore Cyrax's free will.
- Jax's original name was going to be Kurtis Stryker, but this was recycled later for another character introduced in Mortal Kombat 3.
- He was originally going to be a kickboxer, but this was scrapped due to similarities to a number of Street Fighter characters. He originally wore a yellow martial arts gi, but this concealed his physique so it was dropped. There was game footage of Jax shot with his original gi costume, but his actor split the pants during shooting.
- Before Sonya was created, Jax was conceived with her scenario, but since there were no female characters, Midway conceived Sonya as his replacement.
- Interestingly in Mortal Kombat: Unchained, when Havik performs a fatality where he eats the opponents arms and vomits the remains, he still vomits meat when he does it to Jax, despite Jax's arms being metal.
- His code name is "Cobra" according to early production shots of Mortal Kombat: Special Forces.
- When Jax is knocked off the sky temple in Armageddon, he yells "Oh my god! This is not happening to me!"
- His fighting stance from MK3 is similar to that of some of the male ninjas and comes from the Shaolin Fist fighting style.
- Jax is one of the only two characters to have his own game, the other being Sub-Zero.