Shinnok is an immortal Elder God, forbidden to interfere in human affairs or the Mortal Kombat tournament. A tall, hooded figure with piercing, unblinking black eyes, the evil Shinnok is a being of incalculable power. He is father to Shao Kahn (he is the only thing in the universe that Shao Kahn fears), and has a surprising relationship with Rayden as well. Shinnok breaks the Sacred Rules by opening the Portal between Outworld and Earth, his plan being that with control of of the Earth Realm, his power will be absolute.
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