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I have been called an enforcer of the Deadly Alliance. I prefer the term "ambassador".
~ Tanya, when she was serving the Deadly Alliance.

Tanya is a traitor to the realm of Edenia and a villainess from the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games.


Tanya seems to view her self as a survivor more than anything else, justifying her choices as being the "righteous decisions". Though she is skilled kombatant, Tanya prefers more subtle means of achieving her goals. Tanya will manipulate, scheme, and kill anyone to get what she wants or survive any dangerous situation.

Powers and Abilities

Tanya is a skilled fighter and has a number of special attacks. She is able to shoot a fireball from her hands and lunge forward in a corkscrew style attack with her feet covered in flame aimed at the opponent. Tanya can also perform kicks that have her feet charged with fire and she can also disappear in flaming haze, turning invisible.


I have lived for thousands of years because I have made the right decisions.
~ Tanya in Mortal Kombat: Deception.
You my die now.
~ Tanya when she kills someone.
You install me at your peril.
~ Tanya when installed by Cassie.
I will free the souls within you.
~ Tanya fighting Ermac.
Torr finally kill Ferra.
~ Tanya making fun Jason Voorhees when he is draging a female body.
My family respected you.
~ Tanya when she is fighting Kitana.
I don't know what Kitana saw in you! Can you see, Liu Kang? This us a trap!
~ Tanya says with laughter amazed with how easily she tricked Liu Kang.
Thought Tanya is a skilled kombatant, Tanya prefers more subtle means of achieving her goals.
~ Tanya's biography in Mortal Kombat X.
With Mileena executed, Tanya's dreams of a free Edenia seemed dead as well. She and the other rebels were fugitives from Kotal Kahn's justice. Her fellow Edenian Rain had proved a powerful ally and satisfactory konsort. But he had become useless to her. In exchange for leniency, Tanya informed the Khan of Rain's whereabouts. Imprisoned but alive, Tanya's plotting began annew.
~ Tanya's arcade ending in Mortal Kombat X
Come amuse me.
~ Tanya to Jax Briggs.
Edenian's should not fight each other.
~ Tanya to Kitana.
Shall we.
~ Tanya before fighting Sub-Zero.
It's all a game to me.
~ Tanya to Takeda.
Quite a handsome Shaolin.
~ Tanya to Kung Jin.
Be gone snake.
~ Tanya to Kano.
And if I do not?
~ Tanya to Raiden after the thunder god ask her to explain herself
Your ego needs boundaries.
~ Tanya to Quan Chi.
~ Tanya to Kano.
I'm Tanya, not D'Vorah.
~ Tanya joking with Shinnok after he calls her an insect.
Subtle as a hectocare blasting powder.
~ Tanya after Johnny Cage says her name.





  • It was very hard to tell that she was evil at first, since she seemed very innocent. However her ending in MK4 showed her truly malicious nature.
  • Tanya is considered one of the most untrustworthy characters, since she constantly double crosses people.
  • She was at first thought to be a clone of Jade, similarly to how Mileena is a clone of Kitana.
  • Tanya's fatality from MK4, where she wrapped her legs around her opponents head then spun around to snap their neck 3 times, was voted tenth on Screwattack's Top 10 List of Worst Mortal Kombat Fatalities.
  • In MKX story mode, she told Kotal Kahn that she wanted to help Mileena because Mileena vowed to create a free Edenia. This is unknown because Tanya always betrays her realm.
  • Tanya was named after one of Ed Boon's sisters.


           Mortal Kombat Villains

Main Villains
Dark Kahn | Onaga | One Being | Quan Chi | Shang Tsung | Shao Kahn | Shinnok

Other Villains
Baraka | Cyrax | D'Vorah | Daegon | Drahmin | Ermac | Erron Black | Ferra and Torr | Frost | Goro | Havik | Hsu Hao | Jade | Jarek | Kabal | Kano | Kintaro | Kira | Kobra | Mavado | Mileena | Moloch | Motaro | Noob Saibot | Rain | Reiko | Reptile | Scorpion | Sektor | Sheeva | Sindel | Skarlet | Smoke | Tanya | Tremor | Triborg

Undead Villains
Kitana | Kung Lao | Kurtis Stryker | Liu Kang

Guest Star Villains
Catwoman | Darkseid | Deathstroke | Freddy Krueger | Jason Voorhees | Kratos | Leatherface | Lex Luthor | Predator | Xenomorph

Non Playable Villains
Bannak | Cilene | Hideyoshi | Hydro | Jataaka | Jola | Kebral | Kia | Komodai | Masked Guards | Oni Warlord | Oniro | Rojack | Rook | Ruby | Ruutuu | Siann, Mika and Sora | Tasia | The Kombatant | Zaggot | Zara | Zenkaro

Evil Races
Centaurians | Hellspawn | Kytinn | Oni | Shokan | Tarkata | Tormentors | Wraiths

Evil Organizations
Army of Darkness | Black Dragon Clan | Brotherhood of Shadow | Cyber Ninjas | Dragon King's Army | Festival of Death | Forces of Darkness | Kahn Guards | Red Dragon Clan | Shaakans | Shadow Assassins | Shadow Priests | Tekunin

Mortal Kombat Legacy
Liu Kang