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Mortal Kombat Fighters
Fighter ID:
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Age
Eternal
Occupation
Thunder God
Species
Deity
Weapon(s)
Hammer, Staff
Fighting Style(s)
Nan Chuan, Jujutsu

Games
Mortal Kombat
Arcade
Mortal Kombat 2 / Mortal Kombat II
Arcade
Not available in Game Boy, Game Gear, or Master System versions.
Mortal Kombat Trilogy
Playstation
Unavailable in R-Zone and Tiger LCD version.
Mortal Kombat 4
Arcade
Mortal Kombat Gold
Dreamcast
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
Playstation 2
Unlockable via coffin in console versions. Unavailable in GameBoy Advance version.
Mortal Kombat: Deception
Playstation 2
Unlockable via Konquest Mode.
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Playstation 2
Mortal Kombat: Unchained
Playstation Portable
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe
Playstation 3
Mortal Kombat (2011) / Mortal Kombat 9 (fan name)
Xbox 360
Mortal Kombat X
PlayStation 4
Injustice 2
Mortal Kombat 11

Storyline
Mortal Kombat
Security
Immortal God of Thunder, Protector of Earthrealm. Raiden has saved Earthrealm time and again by rallying the bravest and strongest warriors of the day to defend it. After centuries of kombat and bloodshed, he fears unintended consequences for humanity, and himself.
Kombat Rebooted
Raiden is the God of Thunder and Protector of Earthrealm. Ageless and wise beyond measure, he leads Earthrealm's mortals in the endless battle against the forces of darkness. When Shao Kahn, Emperor of Outworld, threatened to merge his realm with Earthrealm, an overwhelmed Raiden implored the Elder Gods to give Earthrealm a fighting chance. Thus the Mortal Kombat tournament was created. For millennia Shao Kahn has been kept at bay, but nine consecutive losses to Goro have eroded hope that Earthrealm can be saved. Determined to prevent Armageddon, Raiden tirelessly quests to find a champion worthy of Mortal Kombat.
Liu Kang
Killed
Character has ended another characters life, directly or indirectly.
Kombat Begins
The name Raiden is actually that of a deity known as The Thunder God. It is rumored he received a personal invitation by Shang Tsung himself and took the form of a human to compete in the Tournament.
Kombat Kontinues
Watching event unfold from high above, the thunder god realizes the grim intentions of Shao Kahn. After warning the remaining members of the Shaolin tournament, Raiden soon disappears. He is believed to have ventured into the Outworld alone.
The Wrath of Kahn
As Earth's sworn protector, Raiden finds himself banished in the merger between Earth and Outworld. The Thunder God transforms himself into a mortal warrior in order to exist once again on Earth and fight on the side of his human comrades - this time risking his place in the pantheon of gods, and giving up his own immortality.
A New Dimension of Kombat
The God of Thunder returns to Earth after the defeat of Shao Kahn - but finds a new threat when Shinnok's forces led by Quan Chi attack the elder gods. With the heavens in disarray, Raiden exists as one of the last Gods of Earth. He must come to the aid of his elders and put an end to the villainous reign of his ancient enemy.
MK Trilogy Endings
When Outworld and Earth merge, Rayden finds himself battling Shao Kahn without the assistance of the Elder Gods. The Thunder God must transform into a mortal in order to exist in the combined realms. When he does this, he puts his own immortality at risk. But Rayden has always found ways of foiling Kahn's plots. He guides the chosen Earth warriors into battle against the Outworld emperor's armies, then finally faces Kahn himself. The powerful beings fight until the very core of the Earth is shaken and Rayden emerges victorious.
Return of the Dragon King
"I was well aware of Onaga, the former ruler of Outworld. Shao Kahn had been his adviser until he poisoned the Dragon King and stole Outworld for himself. But Onaga had somehow returned, more powerful than before. His power seemed augmented by a force previously exhibited only by the Elder Gods. Even the might of the Deadly Alliance combined with my own could not defeat him. I did the only thing I could: I released my godlike essence in an attempt to destroy them all.

By the time my energies reformed in Earthrealm, I was aware of all that had transpired. I became disgusted with the doings of mortals. It was Shujinko's vanity and desire for glory that had led to the return of the Dragon King. I will no longer allow the will of men to determine the fate of this realm. They will fight for it, or I will destroy them. All will fear the new God of Thunder." -Raiden
The Battle of Armageddon
"No longer will I entrust the safety of Earthrealm to the free will of mankind. The time has come to take matters into my own hands

Centuries ago I defeated an ancient sect of necromancers, the Houan. Though their members subsequently were scattered to the winds, their ancient underground temple still existed, abandoned and unused for ages. On the stone walls within were etched enchantments that would revive the dead. Strewn about were the enchanted chains of binding the Houan would use to control their undead.

I laid the corpse of Liu Kang on a ceremonial altar and bound it with the shackles. Reciting the unholy enchantments, I brought to life the body of my former ally and infused it 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 free this abomination to wreak havoc on those who have done harm to Earthrealm.

Though I tried to conceal my activities, my use of the dark energies did not go unnoticed. Shinnok appeared before me and proposed an alliance. He would help secure the protection of Earthrealm in return for my aid in some undisclosed plot. I am no fool. I know well the treachery of this former Elder God. I accepted his offer and will complete this task, but only to discover his true objective. Until then, I will use Shinnok to serve my own ends." -Raiden
MK Armageddon Endings
The thunder god, Raiden, overpowered Blaze and absorbed the energy intended to transform the sons of Argus. His strength enhanced beyond that of other gods, Raiden became a deity of unimaginable power.

Releasing his fury upon the realms, he destroyed them all. None would threaten Earthrealm again.
Injustice 2
"You face the true God of Thunder"
The elder God of Thunder has sworn to defend the Earthrealm from any and all threats. As the inter-universal crisis brought about by Brainiac rings out across the multiverse, Raiden is summoned to fight the collector of worlds in order to protect both realms. Raiden knows that if this universe falls, his own universe will become Brainiac’s next target.
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe Endings
As the inter-dimensional conflict ended, Raiden returned to Earthrealm, only to discover that exposure to his homeworld's sun weakened him greatly.

The sorcerer Quan Chi offered Raiden a jade-colored stone that would replenish his power - in return for his sworn allegiance. Where Quan Chi acquired this stone is a mystery. Raiden must now decide between servitude to an evil sorcerer... or mortality.
Worlds Collide
God of Thunder, protector of Earthrealm. Ageless and wise beyond measure, he is the defender who rallies Earthrealm's mortals to fight against the forces of evil. When his brother Shao Kahn, emperor of Outworld, finally invaded Earthrealm, only Raiden and his Forces of Light stood between slavery and freedom. As Earthrealm merged with Outworld, Raiden held the line and fought back against the emperor, defeating him and freeing Earthrealm. It had seemed that peace was finally achieved, but the battle for Earthrealm has only just begun.

Fun Facts
Everybody Loves Rayden
Though consistently label Raiden in arcade iterations, his name is occasionally (and inexplicably) listed as Rayden in home conversion, and other media (films, comics, etc).
Big Trouble In Little Earthrealm
Even if Boon and Tobias didn't straight-up admit it, it's pretty clear that Raiden and old-man Shang Tsung were heavily based on the Three Storms (specifically, Lightning) and David Lo Pan, respectively, from John Carpenter's film Big Trouble in Little China.