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Mortal Kombat character Johnny Cage is back, and, well, he’s looking a little rough.
Trailers revealing the characters that will be included in Mortal Kombat 11 have been trickling out for weeks. The most recent, featuring the newest incarnation of one of the game’s original seven characters, quickly caught the eye of people all over Twitter.
Many people were delighted to see the return of a fan favorite, and his reveal trailer did not disappoint. It was all brutal kicks and wry one-liners, with a fatality that will make any fan smile—despite all the blood. But he’s gotten older.
“It wouldn’t be Johnny Cage if he wasn’t this obnoxiously fun,” one fan wrote, along with a screenshot of Cage playing with an action figure of himself, from the tail-end of the reveal trailer. In the trailer, Cage’s impressive martial arts skills are on full display as he pounds his way through a number of foes. His fatality, which includes a brutal display with a golden trophy, ends with his vintage uppercut and a slow, subtle middle finger to the camera. Classic.
Johnny cage is so goofy WHAT A DAD pic.twitter.com/o0dH5d4pGc— Glitch (@A_Little_Glitch) February 27, 2019
There were plenty who noted how the years affected Cage, from difficulty performing his classic uppercut to his general goofiness. “I love how Johnny Cage is so old now that he can’t do his classic uppercut fatality properly anymore,” Twitter user @SairoseYT wrote.
Johnny Cage showing up to the Mortal Kombat 76 roster pic.twitter.com/CIauqsqN83— SAREENA FOR MK11 (@linkueiso) February 22, 2019
This might be one of my favorite fighting game character trailers ever.— Stephen Lyon (@Sajam) February 27, 2019
It just oozes Johnny Cage and everything that makes him a goober. https://t.co/0xcRXPuts5
There were those who were less enthused by the reveal of one of Mortal Kombat’s oldest, and most iconic, characters. “Stayed up until 3am for y’all to show me boring, dried up ass Johnny Cage,” @KickThatHoe wrote. Another user compared Mortal Kombat 11‘s Cage to “the unholy spawn of Gary Sinse, Matthew Broderick and Steven Seagal.”
Stayed up until 3am for y’all to show me boring, dried up ass Johnny Cage. pic.twitter.com/ZPCh3xopWO— e•mo•tion (@KickThatHoe) February 27, 2019
Listen. Why is MK11 so aesthetically displeasing. Almost every character design sends a shiver through me. Johnny Cage looks like the unholy spawn of Gary Sinse, Matthew Broderick, and Steven Seagal. What is with that vest. Casting Ronda Rousey clearly put a curse upon this game. pic.twitter.com/txuZz0o9NL— Jacob Costley (@Bookman2point30) February 27, 2019
Whether fans are excited to play as this fictional high-kicking Hollywood legend or not, he is on his way to gaming systems on April 23.
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.