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Let's see what your made of.
~ Kabal's battle cry in Mortal Kombat (2011)
I'm thinking shoot first, ask questions later.
~ Kabal to Stryker, after 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.

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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 | Blaze | Cyrax | Dairou | Ermac | Erron Black | Ferra & Torr | Hotaru | Kabal | Kai | Khameleon | Kotal Kahn | Li Mei | Meat | Mokap | Nitara | Reptile | Sareena | Sheeva

Non-Playable Heroes
Argus | Art Lean | Jerrod | Liu Chan

Good Races
Edenians | Elder Gods

Good Organizations
Edenian Resistance | Forces of Light | Lin Kuei | Outer World Investigation Agency | Seidan Guard | Seidan Resistance | Shirai Ryu | Shaolin Monks | Special Forces | White Lotus Society

Non-MK/Guest Star Heroes
Batman | Captain Marvel | Catwoman | Flash | Green Lantern | John Rambo | Kratos | RoboCop | Spawn | Superman | Terminator | Wonder Woman

Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins (1995): Johnny Cage | Liu Kang | Raiden | Scorpion | Sub-Zero | Sonya Blade
Mortal Kombat (1995): Johnny Cage | Liu Kang | Raiden | Scorpion | Sonya Blade | Sub-Zero | Jax Briggs | Kitana
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997): Johnny Cage | Liu Kang | Sub-Zero | Raiden | Scorpion | Sonya Blade | Jax Briggs | Kitana | Cyrax | Ermac | Sheeva | Nightwolf | Sindel | Smoke
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010): Johnny Cage | Scorpion | Sonya Blade | Jax Briggs
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020): Scorpion | Liu Kang | Raiden | Johnny Cage | Sonya Blade | Kitana | Jax Briggs | Reptile | Nitara
Mortal Kombat (2021): To be added

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