The Mortal Kombat games count amazingly absurd Finishers as a series trademark. And the Babality Finisher is just completely ridiculous.
And I love it.
For those unfamiliar with MK Finishers, per the Mortal Kombat Wiki, a Babality is a Finisher that allows players to turn their opponents into an infant version of the character.
Babalities were first introduced in Mortal Kombat II and featured in the Mortal Kombat 3 versions before being absent from the next several games. However, this Finisher made a return in Mortal Kombat (2011) (but would subsequently be excluded from Mortal Kombat X). In MK (2011), every character, including bosses, has a baby model.
Unlike in Mortal Kombat 2 and 3, where the defeated opponent would only sit and cry upon turning into a baby, each character in MK (2011) has a different animation once they are turned into a baby. This usually involves a humiliating or Friendship-like action with a signature trait of that character’s to drive the point home.
As demonstrated here by Baraka, the MK characters make for some ugly babies. All the human characters look like Cabbage Patch Kids if Cabbage Patch dolls were extremely frightening. And wow do these kids have some bad attitudes. Most of the Babalities end with the characters crying and that is a super annoying sound effect.
With that said, I love the Babality Finishers because they’re all so absolutely stupid and fun. Raiden gets frightened by his own thunder? Okay. Noob Saibot accidentely traps himself in a never-ending portal? Sure. Kitana almost gets cut in half by her own fans? Great. This stuff is so ridiculous that it’s actually glorious.
And so, after going through all the Babalities in Mortal Kombat (2011), here are my favorite ones:
The gifs were made from footage from deathmule’s video featuring all Babalities.
Did I get all the best Babalities or did I miss some? Or do you think Babalities completely suck? Let me know in the comments!