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Hero Overview

Now I have but one goal: to slay the sorcerer who blinded me.
~ Kenshi conversing with Shujinko.
Sento contains the souls of my ancestors. They guide me.
~ Kenshi to Johnny Cage.

Kenshi Takahashi is a major character from the Mortal Kombat video game franchise.


Lost Sight

Kenshi was a born warrior who wandered the Earthrealm, searching for worthy opponents and then defeating them to increase his pride. One day, he met a man named Song, who convinced him that a great warrior needed a great sword. Kenshi was led by the man to an ancient and very powerful sword, perfect for a warrior of his caliber.

But when he opened the well that it was supposedly contained in, the souls trapped there overwhelmed him and stripped him of his sight. Song revealed himself to be Shang Tsung and absorbed the souls, then left Kenshi to die. But the sword, which did exist, called out to the blinded warrior and led him out of the tomb, also revealing its origins. It had been wielded by Kenshi's descendants, a long line of great swordsman, and the well where he had found it had been the resting place of his ancestors.

The blind warrior spent the next decade training his senses, while at the same time hunting for Shang Tsung to pay him back for defiling his ancestry and betraying him.

Adventure in Outworld

Kenshi's path for revenge lead him to the Special Forces and his skills were noticed by Sonya Blade and Jax Briggs. The two were at the time, looking for members to join their new Outerworld Investigation Agency that could venture into Outworld. Realizing that this was his chance to pursuit Shang Tsung, Kenshi underwent the required examinations and tests, then joined the group.

Kenshi's Deadly Alliance bio

His chance came when he was assigned to go to Outworld so as to find the missing cyborg, Cyrax. During his time there, Kenshi came across the fusion of souls known as Ermac, and in pity, he broke Shao Kahn's control over him. Out of gratitude, he taught the blind swordsman how to use his latent telekinetic powers in combat and to sense the presence of people and objects around him.

Kenshi soon found about the Deadly Alliance and their plans but was unable to contact the Outerworld Investigation Agency since it had been blown up by Hsu Hao. However, the Deadly Alliance was aware of Kenshi and sent Mavado to kill him, who defeated him in combat and left him for dead. However, the blind swordsman was found by the Lin Kuei Grandmaster, Sub-Zero, who nursed him back to health. Because of the ice ninja's kindness, Kenshi formed a temporary alliance with him to try and find a portal back to Earthrealm.

This alliance soon formed into a close friendship and after Shang Tsung's death in his battle with Onaga, Kenshi felt the souls of his ancestors return to his sword. With his quest for vengeance now over, Kenshi left the Special Forces and remained separate from Sub-Zero's Lin Kuei after returning to Earthrealm, preferring to be battle alone, though he remained an ally of both.


Kenshi's Armageddon bio

Kenshi began to hunt the corrupt, guided by his ancestors' sword. He attacked during the night, making use of the dark to strike unseen and succeeded in taking down a number of criminal organizations. Kenshi later came across a coded message that was supposed to be sent to Mavado that allowed him to find out about the Red Dragon Clan's plans to hunt down the demigod, Taven. But before he could learn their secret base's location, Kenshi encountered Johnny Cage, who was gathering the warriors of the Forces of Light to battle against Shinnok and the forces of evil.

The blind swordsman declined the offer, thinking that it was just another pointless struggle between good and evil. However, while on a mission to bring down the Red Dragon and have his vengeance on Mavado, Kenshi received a psychic premonition, that told him everything about Taven and Daegon's quest. His sword also urged him to join the Forces of Light for the upcoming battle and Kenshi took heed of the new insight, deciding that he would be the one to lead the Forces of Light into battle.

In his ending, Kenshi's defeat of Blaze gave him back his sight and increased his other sense to extremely high levels. But this sensory overload was too much for the swordsman and he retreated to a remote cave in the mountains, where he would remain isolated in a dark, soundless cavern.



Powers and Abilities

Kenshi demonstrating his telekinesis

Despite being blind, Kenshi's spiritual senses allows him to fight on an even level with any other fighter. His sword contains the spirits of past warriors, which guides him in battle and he can sense the presence of anyone by their energy or by hearing them, allowing him to take opponents by surprise. Kenshi is also completely unaffected by attacks that affect someone's eyes thanks to his blindness. He can utilize telekinesis, taught to him by Ermac himself, and teleport using his own mind thanks to his heightened mind and senses.


Do not dwell on your encounter with the Lin Kuei son.
~ Kenshi talking to his son Takeda
Major Briggs. I do enjoy are sparring matches.
~ Kenshi when Jax Briggs is wondering if Kenshi really is blind
Sonya, can I trust you?
~ Kenshi to Sonya Blade
Is there a problem Kitana?
~ Kenshi to Kitana
Sento has a lesson for you.
~ Kenshi to Kitana
You're out of control.
~ Kenshi to Scorpion
I merely hope to learn from you.
~ Kenshi to Sub-Zero
Sento is anything but a toy.
~ Kenshi after Mileena insults his sword by calling it a toy
When the student is ready, the master appears.
~ Kenshi to Takeda
I hear you trained well.
~ Kenshi to Takeda
We're merely training.
~ Kenshi to Cassie Cage
Your final test Jacqui.
~ Kenshi to Jacqui Briggs
Your pride is your weakness.
~ Kenshi to Kung Jin
You find much joy in disobedience.
~ Kenshi to Kung Jin
There are other ways to see.
~ Kenshi to Shinnok
I'll take my chances.
~ Kenshi to Kano
You're a scoundrel.
~ Kenshi to Kano
You risk much approaching me.
~ Kenshi to Kano
Johnny. Just want to help keep you in shape.
~ Kenshi to Johnny Cage
The friendless wanderer.
~ Kenshi to Erron Black
Sento greets you Liu Kang.
~ Kenshi to Liu Kang
I only wish to help.
~ Kenshi talking about freeing the souls in Ermac
I've come to talk.
~ Kenshi to Kotal Kahn
Well that's considerate.
~ Kenshi after Ferra says she will bite his ears off
Your eyes will betray you.
~ Kenshi to D'Vorh
Why do you confront me?
~ Kenshi to Raiden
You're improving.
~ Kenshi during mid round
My blade thanks you.
~ Kenshi during mid round
Careful, major!
~ Kenshi mid fight with Jax Briggs
Forgive me, general.
~ Kenshi mid fight with Sonya Blade
My ancestors say you're quite powerful.
~ Kenshi to Bo' Rai Cho
We'll find out won't we?
~ Kenshi when Cassie Cage thinks she ready to beat him
Show me.
~ Kenshi asking for Ermac to show how great his powers are
An honor price Goro.
~ Kenshi to Goro
I do enjoy sparring matches.
~ Kenshi to Jax Briggs
For that, there's but one solution.
~ Kenshi after Kitana says that he is in her way
I've come to talk. As you wish.
~ Kenshi after Kotal Kahn says that he wants to fight
You cannot have it.
~ Kenshi after Raiden talks about taking Sento from him
As your friend, I cannot.
~ Kenshi telling Scorpion that he can't step aside because he is worried about Hanzo's actions
I was blinded by Shang Tsung.
~ Kenshi to Tremor


  • Early on, his name was "Blind Gi" and as his development went on, he was named "Blind Kenshi". Eventually the later part became his official name.
  • Kenshi's name comes from the two Japanese words, kenshi, which means swordsman, and kensei, which means sword saint. In Deadly Alliance, it is mentioned that he is referred to as the "Sword Saint".
  • Though Kenshi is officially listed as 6'1 in Deadly Alliance, a glitch sometimes makes the 1 double, listing his height as 6'11.
  • He is unaffected by Sonya and Kira's Kiss of Death moves, since they aim for the eyes.
  • Despite his blindness, Kenshi still takes part in Deadly Alliances "Test Your Sight" challenge, using his hearing to determine his choice.
  • One of the Game Over messages in Shaolin Monks is "Who is Kenshi? Why is he blind?"
  • According to Deception's Konquest Mode, Kenshi learned Tai Chi as a child and Judo in his adolescent years.
  • After he stabs his opponent with his sword for his first fatality in Deception, he appears to be doing a small street dance before taking his sword to slice his opponent.
  • Kenshi is one of the few characters in Deadly Alliance seen doing a kata and he is seen performing it at the end of the credits. Depending on what costume he was played as in, he will do the kata in that costume.
  • Kenshi is the only character to perform a traditional Hara-Kiri in Deception, slicing open his own abdomen.
  • He is one of the first characters to get their bio on the Armageddon website.
  • Kenshi's alternate costume in Deadly Alliance does not wear a blindfold and it is believed that this is what he looked like before being blinded.
  • One of his combos is called Blind Justice, a reference to another blind hero with superhuman senses, Daredevil.
  • Kenshi is seen in the trailer for the new 2011 Mortal Kombat game, fighting Daegon at the Pit.
  • He is seen in the opening to Armageddon, stabbing Sheeva in the chest as she is strangling Ermac and Nightwolf, then had a sword fight with Quan Chi, but was stabbed in the stomach. Before the sorcerer could finish him off, Ermac (actually Shang Tsung in disguise) used his telekinesis to throw him away and then shapeshifted back into Shang Tsung and stomped on Kenshi's chest, finishing him off.
  • Kenshi's fatality from Deadly Alliance, where he sent out waves of mental energy at the opponent, causing their eyes to be pushed out of their sockets, then bends their limbs in unnatural directions ending with the head, was listed seventh in Screwattack's Top 10 Worst Mortal Kombat Fatalities list.
  • Kenshi was voted number 7 on Screwattack's Top 10 Mortal Kombat Kharacters list.


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

Secondary Heroes
Fujin | Jade | Jacqui Briggs | Jax Briggs | Kenshi Takahashi | 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 | King Jerrod | Liu Chan

Good Races
Edenians | Elder Gods

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

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

Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins: 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: Johnny Cage | Liu Kang | Sub-Zero | Raiden | Scorpion | Sonya Blade | Jax Briggs | Kitana | Cyrax | Ermac | Sheeva | Nightwolf | Sindel | Smoke
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth: Johnny Cage | Scorpion | Sonya Blade | Jax Briggs
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge: Scorpion | Liu Kang | Raiden | Johnny Cage | Sonya Blade | Kitana | Jax Briggs | Reptile | Nitara
Mortal Kombat (2021): Cole Young | Scorpion | Liu Kang | Raiden | Jax Briggs | Sonya Blade | Kung Lao | Johnny Cage
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms: Scorpion | Sub-Zero | Liu Kang | Kung Lao | Raiden | Johnny Cage | Sonya Blade | Kitana | Jax Briggs | Kurtis Stryker | Smoke | Jade | Li Mei