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Join my Brothers of the Shadow and worship our Lord Shinnok!
~ Quan Chi, founder of the Brotherhood of Shadows.

The Brotherhood of Shadow, also known as the Brotherhood of Shadows (sometimes called "Brothers of Shadows"), sometimes also known as the "Brothers of Shadow", and originally known as the Brotherhood of the Shadow (also sometimes called "Brothers of the Shadow"), is an ancient fanatical cult that worshipped the fallen Elder God Shinnok and a powerful evil organization in the Mortal Kombat videogame series.


The Brotherhood of Shadows Insignia

The original, symbolic insignia of the Brotherhood of Shadows.

The Brotherhood of Shadows is an unholy, fanatic cult centered around the demon sorcerer Quan Chi and forever worship the fallen Elder God Shinnok. Its countless members are ever scheming and planning for his release from the Netherrealm itself. Its trademarks are stealth, secrecy, deception, and its involvement are with black magic and necromancy. They achieved their goal when Quan Chi was able to get hold of the Sacred Amulet needed to free Shinnok from his eternal prison, from where he already controlled the entire Netherrealm. Agents such as Noob Saibot and Reiko rose to prominence during the subsequent war with Princess Kitana and the people of Edenia, Raiden and his Earthrealm warriors during the events of Mortal Kombat 4.

Their joint effort ultimately failed and Shinnok was defeated. In the events leading up to Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Deception, Noob Saibot began eluding Quan Chi's control and prepared for the creation of his own army, while Sareena and Ashrah left the Brotherhood. With Shinnok eliminated as a presence to be reckon with and Quan Chi's own plans with the Deadly Alliance, the Brotherhood seems to have lost its importance or is on hold. It appears that for most (former) members, their time spent with the Brotherhood was merely a catalyst for more important things to come. It was later revealed in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon that Sareena is again working with the Brotherhood of Shadow under Quan Chi's spell. Noob Saibot also led the Brotherhood of Shadow to the Lin Kuei Temple to overthrow his brother Sub-Zero as well as convert his ninjas into cyborg demons.

At the heart of the Brotherhood of Shadow' fanatical religion is these diabolical zealots' very desire to bring about the day when the malevolent Elder God Shinnok is finally and completely set free from the dark depths of the Netherrealm, and his will is done. And they will soon stop at nothing to achieve their insidious, utopian dream of being at the right hand of their divine master and creator, and thus forever rule all creation itself.


In-game appearances

Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero

Kia, Jataaka & Sareena

Kia, Jataaka and Sareena are Sisters of the Brotherhood of Shadows

The first storyline appearance of the organization comes in the form of three deadly assassins: Sareena, Kia and Jakaata. Both Jakaata and Kia are killed by the elder Sub-Zero, but Sareena is strangely sparred by the Lin Kuei warrior. She later appears to help Sub-Zero in defeating Quan Chi. Although the duo achieved victory, it is cut short by the Brotherhood's lord and master Shinnok who "kills" her with a bolt of energy as punishment for her betrayel.

Mortal Kombat II

Noob Saibot is the first of the Brotherhood of Shadow to ever appear in the series, operating in the shadows under the command of Shinnok.

Mortal Kombat 3

Noob Saibot appears once more, apparently having set a 'base of operations' in a dark lit area known as Noob's Dorfen.

Mortal Kombat 4

Another member of the organization, Reiko, makes his debut, serving under the Brotherhood of Shadows who are served and joined by their lord Shinnok's legion of demonic monsters from the Netherrealm. Sometime before the events of the tournament, Tanya, a close ally of the Brotherhood of Shadow, had been enlisted into the clan as a double agent, pretending to be a close ally of the Earthrealm warriors.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Before the events of Deadly Alliance, Noob Saibot appeared in the war between Edenia's new Shokan forces under leadership of Goro and Kitana as well as Shao Kahn's diminished army. He ambushes the weary Goro and fatally wounds him. Meanwhile, Sareena resurfaces and defects from the Brotherhood of Shadow, meeting up with the younger Sub-Zero, now grandmaster of the Lin Kuei, pledging her servitude to the newly reformed clan, indebted to the older brother's strange compassion towards her.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

Noob Saibot finally rose up to the ranks in order to fulfill his own ambition of conquest, using the deactivated Lin Kuei cyborg, Smoke, as a template for his new army. Reprogrammed under the wraith's control, Smoke ironically now serves the older brother of his best friend without question.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Quan Chi's Vixens

Quan Chi along with Jataaka, Sareena and Kia in the Konquest mode of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

While he is not a member of the Brotherhood of the Shadow anymore, Noob Saibot allies with Quan Chi, who is gathering fighters to the Forces of Darkness for the Battle of Armageddon. Quan Chi gives the order to Kia, Jataaka and the controlled Sareena for kill Taven, but they were unsuccessful. He has formed an uneasy and distrustful alliance with fellow villains Onaga, Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn. He knows that the realms are in the brink of destruction, so he casts a deadly spell upon Orin, Taven's guardian dragon, in order to try preventing him into putting a halt to his plans.

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

Kung Lao vs. Brother of Shadow

Kung Lao battles a demonic, jet-black skinned ninja who happens to be a Brother of Shadows in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks.

Minions of the Brotherhood of Shadows make their first ever appearance here, still under the command of Shinnok, a small group of Brothers of Shadows hiding in secret in the Living Forest. They are depicted as jet-black skinned humanoid demons wearing black uniforms with their eyes emitting a glowing blue or green light, depending on "version". They have the ability to melt into a shadowy form that makes them invulnerable to every form of attack sans a multality. They attack their opponents wielding sickle blades with deadly skill and agility. They are the most vulnerable when solid.

Mortal Kombat (2011)

The Brotherhood of Shadows made a cameo appearance in Mortal Kombat (2011). They have only appeared in two of three endings and mentioned in Noob Saibot's ending.

In Quan Chi's MK9 ending, after the sorcerer completed his task of stealing more souls in both Earthrealm and Outworld for the Brotherhood of Shadow, his lord and master, Shinnok rewarded him by ordering his execution, thereby eliminating an opposing usurper. Quan Chi anticipated this act of treachery and unleashed his new servant Shao Kahn, the ultimate phantom warrior.

In Skarlet's MK9 ending, the warrior Skarlet was without a master now that her creator and emperor, Shao Kahn is dead. She vowed to make the sorcerer Quan Chi pay for this betrayal. She entered the Netherrealm and aimed to vent her wrath against Quan Chi. The Brotherhood of Shadows were summoned to protect the sorcerer, but they failed to stop the bloodthirsty kunochi who has gotten stronger due to the blood of her beloved master Shao Kahn splattered upon her and enhanced her powers. Skarlet finally and brutally slain Quan Chi before she disappears into obscurity, possibly waiting the "return" of her emperor.



  • The Brotherhood of Shadows Logo

    The iconic logo of the Brotherhood of Shadow as seen in Mortal Kombat X.

    The Brotherhood of Shadow is one of the 5 selectable factions in the online "Factions" mode of Mortal Kombat X.

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