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Mortal Kombat 11's Most Interesting Character Isn't Even Playable

As Kronika unravels reality to create a singular timeline in Mortal Kombat 11, Raiden's alliance, consisting of heroes across various eras in history, put all their differences aside to stand against the temporal goddess.

However, while we've got the likes of old-school Liu Kang, Kung Lao in his prime, the more heroic version of the Thunder God himself, and other intriguing characters we haven't seen in quite some time, the most interesting person in the game isn't even a playable character who gets in on the action: The newly-introduced boatman known as Kharon.

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When Raiden realizes he can't teleport to Kronika's Keep to stop her from using her hourglass to reshape reality, he deduces she's actually existing outside of space and time. This leads to Sub-Zero and Scorpion's mission to find the one person who could locate this secret chamber in the form of the ferryman of all the realms, a legend they initially thought existed to leave kids in awe.

Kharon's actually a play off of Charon, the ferryman of the Greek god of the underworld, Hades. Sharon carries the souls of the deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divide the world of the living from the world of the dead, so you can see how Kharon bridges the realms of life and death in the game.

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But finding Kharon isn't easy. As the man who's responsible for transporting the souls of Netherrealm, he was always meant to stay off the radar from peering eyes. Eventually, Scorpion, aka Hanzo Hasashi, finds him, but before he can secure his services, he's killed. However, his younger self recruits Kharon for Raiden's team, and we get deeper insight into the old man, which honestly fashions an absolutely nuanced character who transcends the demigods we're accustomed to in the series.

Kharon isn't a warrior; he's an all-seer who monitors the history and timelines of the Mortal Kombat universe, witnessing everything unfold as he constantly readies his ships for transport. Think of Marvel's Watcher crossed with Heimdall, then sprinkle in a bit of MK characters Raiden and Fujin, and you get Kharon. His crowning moment comes when he resist a torture session by D'Vorah for not transporting Kronika's armies, which shows he's as tough as nails.

However, he simply wasn't built for war, with his disposition as an immortal more suited to than of an Elder God. What makes him so likable is his genuine hope for peace and how he eventually sides with Raiden to achieve it. As Kharon powers his fleet, boasting Shaolin monks and the Outworld coalition led by Kitana, Baraka, and Sheeva, we see he's even more wise and brave than the Thunder God himself, and truly acts as the senior on the journey.

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Kharon acts as a newfound moral compass and a point of virtue which Raiden himself admits he couldn't live up to knowing how he'd go on to become corrupted by Shinnok's amulet. He easily lives up to the mystique everyone spoke about, which is a tall order for a character who came out of the blue. The way he educates the heroes, you can't help but appreciate him as a living, breathing crypt of knowledge, and an esoteric leader who inspires the warriors to stand in the face on unspeakable adversary.

Mortal Kombat 11 is developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive. It is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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