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This Hero was Headlined on August 2015.

Hero Overview

Thunder take you.
~ Raiden's Battle Cry in Mortal Kombat (2011).
Despite my efforts, my vision has come to pass. An unfortune end, he once defended Earthrealm from the Netherrealm armies of Shinnok and Quan Chi.
~ Raiden, about the Elder Sub-Zero's death.
You violate our will, Shao Kahn. You merge realms without victory in Mortal Kombat. Our penalty is clear.
~ Raiden, as he speaks to Shao Kahn while being possessed by the Elder Gods.

Too long have I allowed Earthrealm to endure the horrors of war. Time and again we've defeated our enemies. But we've exacted no retribution. Demanded no remuneration. What have we gained for our mercy? More intrigue. More senseless violence. As new rulers of the Netherrealm, heed me. No longer will I simply defend Earthrealm. I will seek out and destroy all who threaten it. No mercy will be shown. No quarter given. Shinnok was an Elder God. Impossible to kill. There are fates worse than death.
~ Dark Raiden, presenting Revenant Liu Kang and Kitana Shinnok's disembodied head.

Raiden (Japanese: 雷電) is a Thunder God who takes his major role as one of Earthrealm's protectors and one of the two deuteragonists (alongside Johnny Cage) of the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, as well as being the co-protagonist of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and being the main protagonist of Mortal Kombat (2011). He has been voiced by Richard Epcar since Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. He is also the archenemy of Shao Kahn.


Although being formless and eternal, Raiden often takes human form on mortal planes. As such, he appears as a fully-grown man wearing predominately white robes and a blue vest, his face usually shadowed by a straw hat. The effect is enhanced by his glowing blue eyes that radiate with electricity and long white hair, befitting of his god-like status. In Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, one of his outfits is finished by a flowing blue cape. Lastly, his power is so great that he constantly radiates with lightning energy, electricity constantly dancing and crackling around his being.

In Deception and Armageddon, his visage is warped by Onaga's malevolent aura when he sacrifices himself, reforming as a dark warrior dressed in black robes and dark armor, his eyes changed from a soothing blue to a belligerent red. His cape was changed to a subdued red and appears tattered at the end. Due to the events of Mortal Kombat (2011), this change was rendered null. However, he seems to return to this form in the post-credits scene of Mortal Kombat X, though now he wears Shinnok's Amulet.


Raiden's godhood and duty to protect Earthrealm makes him a somewhat cold individual as he refuses to get close to humans, something him and his brother disagree on. He is very dedicated to protecting Earthrealm and will do whatever it takes (even trying to literally make a deal with the devil) to ensure it's safety. Raiden serves as a mentor to many kombatants mainly due to his wisdom and hopeful outlook. Him never giving up on the elder gods was the main reason he stoped Shao Kahn in Mk9 and he put immense faith in Liu Kang to reshape the timeline in a good way in Mk11. Despite his best efforts to keep a dutiful life of protecting Earthrealm he ended up forming actual bonds with the humans, seeing Kung Lao and Liu Kang as his son's, forming strong friendships with Nightwolf and Bo' Rai Cho and offering great wisdom and inspiration to the other Earthrealmers.

Another Darker side of raiden is his wrathful side. He was ready to kill Shao Kahn after his murder of Kung Lao and turns completely Anti-Hero in MKX with corruption of the jinsei temple, turning him into dark raiden, a more wrathful angry side of Raiden that will eliminate all threats to earthrealm without a second thought.

Powers and Abilities

Raiden using his flying attack on Superman

Raiden is extremely powerful, being a god of thunder and can use lightning as his weapon, able to fire it as concentrated blasts or torrents. He can also fly and one of his attacks is to fly at his opponent and drive them into walls. Raiden can also become ethereal, allowing him to teleport and possesses a lightning staff that he can use to fight with. Despite being a god, he is not invincible and has his limits, though it does not seem as if he can ever be fully killed.

Raiden, like all other gods, loses his powers when he enters a realm that is not native to him, but he will regain them when he leaves. He can also take on a mortal form so as to be allowed to take part in Mortal Kombat tournaments.


I forgive your impending failure.
~ Raiden to Kung Lao
Quan Chi's magics linger in you.
~ Raiden thinks Jax Briggs is still under Quan Chi's control
Impossible if Earthrealm is in danger.
~ Raiden after Sonya Blade tells he is going to far
You risk much by wielding Sento.
~ Raiden to Kenshi
Misguided one.
~ Raiden to Kitana
I am protector not you.
~ Raiden to Sub-Zero
Your rebellion can not continue.
~ Raiden to Mileena
Back to hell with you.
~ Raiden to Shinnok
I should have killed you years ago.
~ Raiden to Kano
You stole Outworld's throne.
~ Raiden to Kotal Kahn
Outworld is the plague.
~ Raiden to Reptile
You are to far gone it seems.
~ Raiden to Ferra & Torr
Their protection is my purpose.
~ Raiden about producing Earthrealm mortals to D'Vorah
Your evil ends now Quan Chi.
~ Raiden to Quan Chi
I will strip the flesh from your bone!
~ Raiden to Shao Khan after Kung Lao's death
I offer... I offer the souls of Earthrealm's warriors who die in conflict.
~ Raiden trying to make a deal with Quan Chi to save Earthrealm
Liu Kang! I cannot let you fight Shao Kahn.
~ Raiden to Liu Kang
When a god speaks, heed him.
~ Raiden after defeating Baraka
Reciting the unholy enchantments, I brought to life the body of my former ally and infused him with a thunderclap of lightning. The corpse of Liu Kang would be no mere zombie; it would serve as my ultimate enforcer. Satisfied, I then set this abomination to wreak havoc on those who have done harm to Earthrealm.
~ Raiden's biography
No Langer will I entrust the safety of Earthrealm to the free will of mankind. The time has come to take matters into my own hands.
~ Raiden's biography in Mortal Kombat Armageddon
He transforms himself into a mortal warrior to fight alongside his human comrades - this time risking his place in the pantheon of gods and giving up his immortality.
~ Raiden's biography in Mortal Kombat Trilogy
But one thing is certain... Earthrealm must be protected. I have abandoned my status as Elder God to aid these mortals... an act defiant of the Heavens. I will instead remain here on Earth... as GOD OF THUNDER.
~ Raiden's ending in Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance
My patience for mortals has worn thin. If I am to protect Earthrealm I most punish those who would threaten it.
~ Raiden's ending in Mortal Kombat Deception
Those who place Earthrealm in harm's way will pay with their lives.
~ Raiden in Mortal Kombat Deception
Determined to prevent Armageddon, Raiden tirelessly quests to find a champion worthy of Mortal Kombat.
~ Raiden's biography in Mortal Kombat (2011)
I am truth and light. I must protect Earthrealm.
~ Raiden
He must win!
~ Future Raiden to past Raiden
No matter my efforts,the future remains in peril. How could I have failed Earthrealm?
~ Raiden
I seek allies not minions.
~ Raiden in Injustice 2
The death of Liu Kang haunts me still.
~ Raiden in Injustice 2
Raiden blames you for the return of the Dragon King!
~ When the Shujinko meets Raiden in Mortal Kombat Deception
Your inoslence will be punished.
~ Raiden to Tanya
You will receive no mercy.
~ Raiden to Tremor
To end your evil forever.
~ Raiden talking about figure Triborg
The thunder god, Raiden over powered Blaze and absorbed the energy instead to transform the sons of Argus his strength enhanced beyond that of the other gods, Raiden became a deity of unimaginable power releasing his fur upon the other realms, he destroyed them all. None would threaten Earthrealm again.
~ Dark Raiden's MKA ending
Through these new heroes Raiden can kombat the forces of darkness in four places at once.
~ Raiden possessing four young new heroes in his MK 2011 ending to help him protect Earthrealm.



  • Raiden's ending in MK vs. DC is a reference to the fact that he is meant to be Superman’s counterpart. The way that he loses strength from the sun and gains strength from kryptonite is the opposite of the Man of Steel.
  • Raiden is modeled after the character, Lightning, from the 1986 movie, Big Trouble in Little China.
  • In the home versions of games from Mortal Kombat 4 onward and the arcade games, his name was spelled “Raiden.” In other home versions, his name was spelled “Rayden,” possibly to because of copyright, since there was a shoot’em up game called Raiden or to avoid confusion between him and Raiden from the Fatal Fury video game series.
  • Raiden's fatality in the SNES port of the original Mortal Kombat, where he used lightning to blow up his opponents head was changed to the lightning turning them to ash, due to Nintendo’s no blood policy at the time.
  • Raiden was originally not going to be in Mortal Kombat Deception, but this was changed after fan complaint. Fujin, who was going to replace him, instead made a cameo in the Dark Prison stage.
  • Nightwolf's Friendship in MK3 and UMK3 has him transform into Raiden and then an MK2 arcade game drops down with one of two quotes, “Yes But I Can Do a Raiden Transformation” or “I’ve Never Seen a Kano Transformation”. This was gotten rid of in MK Trilogy since Raiden was in it.
  • He was originally going to wield his staff in Mortal Kombat II, but this was scrapped due to memory constraints.
  • In the Super NES version of the original Mortal Kombat, if Raiden performs his fatality on the final opponent in the third endurance match, it will make Goro appear the same gray as the ashes of his opponent.
  • Raiden's popularity as a "thunder god" and fan reaction to him lead to the creation of other god characters, such as Fujin. Despite this, he has remained the most popular god character.
  • Raiden appeared as a secret character in Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict, NFL Blitz, and NBA Jam: Tournament edition.
  • He had two female servants named Wynd and Rayne in the non-canon Malibu Comics three issue miniseries, Rayden and Kano. In another three issue series, he did not take part in the tournament, claiming he was not allowed to.
  • Raiden has been portrayed in the 2D games by Carlos Pesina, but his versus screen image was portrayed by Sal Divita in Mortal Kombat Trilogy.
  • He is the first god to appear in a versus fighting game, as well as the first one to be playable.
  • In the Kombat Pavilion, Raiden has a set of comics, the weirdest of which is "How Dan Hibiki Became The Defender Of Earthrealm".
  • His favorite food is "nuclear buffalo wings" according to his profile in Brady Games' Official MK4 Fighters Companion strategy guide.
  • Raiden's Sky Temple Represents the Willis Tower Design in Chicago where he remains.
  • Raiden's fatality from Deception, where he blasted the opponent with lightning but blew himself at the same time, was voted number 5 on Screwattack's list of Top 10 Worst Mortal Kombat Fatalities.
  • In DEATH BATTLE, Raiden fought and lost to Thor Odinson.


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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

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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

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Superman | Wonder Woman | Aquaman | Hawkgirl | Robin | John Stewart | Shazam

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Raven | Cyborg | Starfire | Red Robin | Superboy | Wonder Girl

Red Hood | Mera | Power Girl | Swamp Thing | Lobo

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Scorpion | Sub-Zero | Raiden | Hellboy | Leonardo | Donatello | Raphael | Michelangelo

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