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Wraiths (sometimes called Specters or Spectres, Revenants) are demons from the Netherrealm and they are one of the known hostile species in the Mortal Kombat fighting videogame series. The most prominent wraiths are Noob Saibot (formerly known as Bi-Han) and Scorpion (Hanzo Hasashi).

Summary

These creatures are beings who has previously died only to be returned as inhuman warriors and/or dark spirits. Although they still retain memories of their previous lives they had their personalities drastically distorted, much to shock and dismay of those who were once considered to be their loyal friends/families/allies. To make matters worse they still possess combat abilities and skills they possessed in life, coupled with their altered characteristics making them very nasty fighters to deal with. Wraiths are not to be confused with the Undead, who are best described as mere living rotton corpses.

These entities wield powers associated with the Netherrealm: shadows and darkness for Noob Saibot and hellfire for Scorpion. So far there is no known human soul who can successfully resist being corrupted into Wraiths: nor are there any known Wraiths who managed to regain humanity on his/her own. To return from Wraiths to humans the spell that turned live beings to Wraiths has to be reversed by external factors under specific conditions, timing and environments (not to mention requiring lots of risks and lucks).

History

Mortal Kombat Franchise

In Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Bi-Han had killed Scorpion (then called Hanzo Hasashi) as the elder Sub-Zero before the first Mortal Kombat tournament. Scorpion was later resurrected by Quan Chi and killed Bi-Han out of revenge, Bi-Han being resurrected as the unholy Noob Saibot.

Smoke can be considered as a type of Wraith as well. In his Mortal Kombat (2011) ending, it was stated he was sacrificed to a demon, and returned to the mortal realm as an Enenra, a creature of smoke and vapor.

In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon 's Konquest Mode, Wraiths appear in Shinnok's Spire, summoning Demon Wards and commanding them to attack Taven to prevent him from reaching the next floor of the Spire.

In Mortal Kombat X, the souls of the fallen Earthrealm warriors following the Outworld invasion have been collected by the sorcerer Quan Chi (as was the part of arrangement made with Shao Kahn: all and any who died during the Outworld-Earthrealm War had their souls to be sent to Netherrealm), following an allegiance between Netherrealm and the emperor Shao Kahn. These souls have been reincarnated into revenants of the Netherrealm, brainwashed with the sole purpose of serving the fallen Elder God, Shinnok. Only Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and Jax are the known Earthrealm warriors to be revived as humans again.

With Quan Chi presumed dead and the God of Earthrealm turning extreme militant, the future of the Wraiths who are left behind do not seem to have bright futures.

Known Wraiths

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