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If I am to redeem myself, I must continue to learn all that I can and prepare for this final battle against the Dragon King. My journey is far from over.
~ Shujinko

Shujinko is an Earthrealm warrior that was manipulated by Onaga into gathering the six Kamidogu. He is the main protagonist of Mortal Kombat Deception.


Quest through the Realms

Shujinko as a young man

Many years ago, when Shujinko was a child, he was approached by a spiritual entity that called itself Damashi. Damashi told him that it was a servant of the Elder Gods and had been sent to find a mortal with enough courage and potential to perform a quest for them. Shujinko eagerly accepted and Damashi commanded him to retrieve the Kamidogu from Earthrealm, Netherrealm, Chaosrealm, Outworld, Orderrealm, and Edenia. To help him, Damashi gave Shujinko the ability to observe and mimic the abilities of warriors he came across. His quest lasted decades and lead him throughout the realms with his talents in battle increasing greatly as he went on.

In Earthrealm, Shujinko would study briefly with the Lin Kuei and learned some of the skills of cryomancy. After going to Netherrealm, he watched the rivalry of Ashrah and Ermac develop and during his time in Chaosrelam, he helped Havik defeat a group of Seidan guardsmen, who were attempting to control the realm's water. Shujinko then went to Outworld, where he fought Baraka and his Tarkatan forces, who were about to massacre an entire city for defying Shao Kahn. Desperate to get help for the city, he went to Orderrealm and, after stopping a riot brought about by Darrius, recruited the help of Hotaru and the Seidan guardsmen. They went to Outworld and succeeded in defeating the Tarkata, bringing the city under their control.

The six Kamidogu and the realms they're from (from left to right starting at top left) Earthrealm, Netherrealm, Chaosrealm, Outworld, Edenia, Orderrealm

Shujinko proceeded to go to Edenia and helped Sindel in driving off an invasion attempt by Shao Kahn. After this he found the last Kamidogu and went back to the Nexus, the place he'd been using to travel between realms, where he planned to present them to the Elder Gods. However Onaga appeared and revealed that he was Damashi, then forced Shujinko to flee and took the Kamidogu for himself. The Dragon King proceeded to head to Outworld so he could reclaim his throne and then enact his plan to use the Kamidogu to remake the realms in his own image.


Shujinko absorbing fighting prowess from all the warriors

Shujinko realized the threat he had unwittingly helped to unleash, swearing to stop Onaga after being decieved, and though his quest had been false, it had allowed him to become one of the strongest warriors throughout the realms. He headed to Outworld and succeeded in bringing a number of powerful warriors to one location, Shujinko defeated Onaga, then used the ability Onaga had given him so many years ago to absorb their fighting essences, granting him enormous power. With this new supplement of power, Shujinko shattered the Kamidogu and defeated Onaga, allowing Nightwolf to trap his soul within the Netherrealm.


Shujinko defeating Onaga

Shujinko became known as the hero of Outworld, but still felt some guilt since he brought back Onaga in the first place and didn't think he was worthy of admiration. Soon after this, Kitana asked him to meet her at Shao Kahn's fortress, telling him her forces had flushed out the remnants of the emperor's empire. However Shujinko realized that when he and Kitana went their separate ways after Onaga's defeat, she went to Earthrealm to help Liu Kang's ghost. He decided that either she'd gone on the quest and returned early or the invitation wasn't from her at all. Shujinko refused to be deceived as he had with Onaga and decided to go uncover this possible plot, so as to become worthy of being admired by Outworld's people. As it turned out, the invitation had been from Mileena at the command of Shao Kahn, whom he fought, but allowed himself to be defeated so he could be captured.

Later Taven came across Shujinko in the emperor's dungeon and freed him. He explained he'd allowed himself to be captured in order to get close to his enemies, then take on Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Quan Chi, and Onaga on his own. Taven was skeptical of this, but Shujinko disappeared, leaving the demigod to regard him as a fool.

In his ending, Shujinko defeated Blaze allowing him to absorb the strength of every fighter, driving him mad with power. He destroyed all the other fighters and challenged the Elder Gods for control of the realms.

Powers and Abilities

Shujinko is a talented fighter, having been trained by Bo' Rai Cho, the same master who trained Liu Kang and Kung Lao. But his greatest ability is the one given to him by Damashi, the power to copy the powers of any fighter he encounters. Shujinko has done this to Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Sindel, and many others and his journeys through the realms has likely made him very powerful and his older status does not seem to hamper his fighting skills.


For a time I was revered as a hero. The people of Outworld accepted me wholeheartedly as the defender of their realm. But their respect was and gratitude were misplaced, for it was I who allowed Onaga to return. I played the role of champion to help inspire this war-ravaged land, but I don't feel worthy of their admiration.
~ Shujinko
You have located Dairou, a mercenary from the Realm of Order. Will you hire him?
~ Shujinko
You have located Darrius, leader of the Resistance. Will you join his cause?
~ Shujinko
Not only will I defeat him, but a host of his allies.
~ Shujinko telling Taven he will defeat Shao Kahn where others have failed
I will be able to destroy Shao Kahn and his allies in one stroke.
~ Shujinko telling Taven his plan to defeat Shao Kahn
I suggest leaving quickly Taven for I ca not guarantee your safety.
~ Shujinko
What if I refuse?
~ Shujinko asking what if he doesn't want to go on a quest to save the realms
No! Not him I will be your champion!
~ Shujinko refusing to let one of his friends to become champion for this quest
I will do as you ask.
~ Shujinko when Damashi tells him to keep Bo Rai Cho's medallion instead of returning it to him
I am a great warrior.
~ Shujinko to a Lin Kuei guard
I must warn you I am quite skilled in the art of combat.
~ Shujinko to Mileena
Men do often recall details of bargains they make under desperation.
~ Shujinko lying to Hotaru about Zeffeero's deal
Yes allow your soldiers what you are to frighten to do yourself. Then face me in combat if you are so sure of your strength then face me yourself
~ Shujinko to Baraka
If I discover this Quan Chi I will relay you whatever information I can for a price.
~ Shujinko to Scorpion





  • In Japanese, Shujinko means "protagonist", a reference to the fact that he was the main protagonist of Mortal Kombat Deception.
  • He joined the Lin Kuei when he was young, but has done very few missions for the group, joining only to gain knowledge of Sub Zero's fighting style.
  • Shujinko is unpopular with fans due to the fact he replaced Liu Kang as protagonist and his special moves are all copied from other characters.
  • He narrates all of the character's endings in Deception with the exception of Raiden's and Onaga.


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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

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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