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I did not expect to fight in this tournament. But eventually, even the Shaolin produce a warrior worthy of the Shokan.
~ Goro to Liu Kang.
I will give you a warrior's death.
~ Prince Goro to Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat (2011).
Goro is the strong but sophisticated prince of the Shokan race and an antagonist from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. Despite swearing allegiance to Shao Kahn, After being the Mortal Kombat champion for over 500 years Goro simply wishes overthrow him and take his place as Emperor of Outworld. Even if it means opting to aid Shang Tsung in his quest to conquer Earth Realm. He is the secondary antagonist in the first game and film, a major antagonist in Mortal Kombat Trilogy, a minor antagonist in Mortal Kombat: Deception and Armageddon and a supporting antagonist in Mortal Kombat 9.
He was voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, who also voiced the Pig Sheriff in Samurai Jack and Principal Lewis in American Dad!.
Powers and Abilities
Goro possesses superhuman strength and is one of the most powerful warriors alive, as evidenced by his winning nine straight Mortal Kombat tournaments. He can fire blasts of fire from his hands and mouth, leap high into the air to land on his opponents, and spin around with his fists out, which he can ignite with fire. Arguably the greatest fighter in the series he had unrivaled brutality and agility which made him a famously difficult character to beat. He was so tricky in fact that his strength had to be toned down in later games to give players a chance (anyone can face it he is a half dragon with four arms, and he is going to be competitive and tough).
Appearances in other media
Goro appears as the secondary antagonist in the 1995 Mortal Kombat film, where he is portrayed and voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. Goro serves as an accomplice of Shang Tsung and is eventually killed by Johnny Cage, who manages to knock him off a cliff to his death.
Shao Kahn (revived in MK 11)
Bo' Rai Cho
I will never aid Earthrealm!
~ Goro to Sonya Blade.
I hide from no one.
~ Goro to Kitana
Your words seal you fate!
~ Goro after Mileena calls him a coward.
The Shokan serve no one!
~ Goro vs Shinnok.
I will not abide your mockery.
~ Goro vs Kano
I serve no emperor!
~ Goro to Kotal Kahn
~ Goro to Raiden
You are a worthy opponent.
~ Goro to Ferra/Torr
I shall remove your treacherous head!
~ Goro after he finds out that Bo' Rai Cho trains Earthrealmers
No one, can child!
~ Goro after Cassie Cage says she will stop him.
You will taste Shokan fury.
~ Goro to D'Vorah.
I am ready!
~ Goro fighting Ermac.
~ Goro vs Erron Black
I am here fool.
~ Goro to Jax Briggs
You face death like a warrior!
~ Goro to Kenshi
There is no honor in you.
~ Goro to Kung Jin
~ Goro after Quan Chi ask if the Shokan prince needs aid
I will tear you apart!
~ Goro fighting Scorpion
Prepare for kombat!
~ Goro to Tremor.
Goro sitting on his throne
Goro engaging in Mortal Kombat
Goro plummets to his doom.
Goro, Ferra and Torr, Ermac, Rain and Tanya help Kotal Kahn defend Outworld.
Goro and Daegon mention the Dragon King Onaga in the Mortal Kombat X comic series.
Goro is stated to be a polygamist, possessing several wives/queens consort. Sheeva was originally believed to be one of them, but this has not been proven.
He had a cameo in Mortal Kombat: Deception Konquest mode of Mortal Kombat: Deception, where he is fighting Johnny Cage in Netherrealm, albeit missing his two lower arms.
Goro was voted #3 on Screwattack's Top 10 Mortal Kombat Kharacters list.
It was hinted that Goro felt nothing but contempt towards Shao Kahn as he rejoiced in the Emperor's "death" before being disappointed that he survived after Quan Chi healed him.
His original name was "Gongoro".
According to series creator Ed Boon, there were two models of Goro. The first model was used for stop-motion in Mortal Kombat 1. The model was posed so much that it fell apart overtime. The second model is still intact. It is currently stored at Netherrealm studios.