Shang Tsung (尚宗) is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. A powerful, soul stealing sorcerer, Shang Tsung is a celebrated villain of the series and serves as the host for the traditional Mortal Kombat tournament. He serves as a major antagonist to the series.
Shang Tsung made his debut as one of the few original characters in the first Mortal Kombat arcade game, in which he served as the main antagonist and the unplayable final boss. He made playable debut in Mortal Kombat II, where he serves as the secondary antagonist and sub-boss.
Shang Tsung returned as a playable character and secondary sub-boss in Mortal Kombat (2011) before Kintaro and Goro in the game's Arcade while serving as the secondary antagonist of the game's Story Mode alongside Quan Chi.
Shang Tsung returned in Mortal Kombat 11 as the guide in the game's Krypt and as a DLC character, being the first character available in the Kombat Pack. He later serves as the main antagonist of the Aftermath Story Mode expansion.
A powerful, deadly sorcerer and a primary villain in the Mortal Kombat franchise, Shang Tsung is a shapeshifter who needs to consume souls in order to sustain his health and life. In the Mortal Kombat series, he is the epitome of cunning and decadence, as symbolized by his preference for lavish parties, grand palaces, and stylish clothing. Unlike the crude Shao Kahn, this bombast is a facade, disguising Shang Tsung's true intellectual and mental sophistication. His arch-nemesis is Liu Kang, but throughout his unnatural lifespan, he has earned the hatred of many others, including Kung Lao and Kenshi.
Shang Tsung's allegiance to Shao Kahn granted him the status of a free roaming sorcerer. As such, he is able to move between realms without detection by the Elder Gods or local deities, an ability which has granted him many opportunities to commit atrocities over the centuries. Only Delia, Shinnok, Shao Kahn, and Quan Chi can match Shang Tsung's skills as a sorcerer.
Mision Impossible Theme (FC7) - Battle Song for Mortal Kombat: Vengeance
Shang Tsung was resurrected by Shao Kahn about a month since their demise in Outworld. Quan Chi was able to revive the Konquerer, and thanks to the ancient dark magic by the Shadow Priests, Kahn was able to bring Shang back to life. There were a few failed attempts, until he made a sneaky insurrection onto Kahn, only to be the mole to the Shokan and Centaurs. He began to break the news to both sides, causing an alliance with Sheeva and her Shokan warriors, who were more than happy to kill Kahn for insulting them as inferior compared to the Centaurs. Thankfully, after the scrimmage, Shang was unable to attain the throne. Instead, he was forced into the Great Pyramid and make audience with the Konquerer who assigned him and Quan Chi to resurrect and brainwash Sindel to start his foolproof invasion.
He was then seen in chains and shackles somewhere in Kahn's Fortress as Sindel usurped most of his energy before she unleashed her deadly screams onto the advancing Kombatants. It's quite possible that with all the incompetence he made, Kahn may have banished him to the Netherrealm...
Mortal Kombat: Vengeance
- While Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa was an iconic actor for Shang, for her fanfic Ikran eventually decided it shall be Neil Ross since it symbolizes his treachery better.