belongs to a race of nomadic mutants called Tarkata, later revealed in
Mortal Kombat: Deception to be a crossbreed between vile Netherealm demons
and denizens of Outworld, apparently populating the vast wastelands of
Outworld. Baraka, like most other members of his race, possesses long blades
extending from his forearms.
the events leading up to the second Mortal Kombat tournament, Baraka led
the attack on the Shaolin Temple of Light in Earthrealm, which spurred
Kang to seek vengeance in Outworld as predicted by Shao
Kahn. During the ensuing tournament, Baraka partnered with Mileena
to overthrow Shao Kahn and rule Outworld, but canon states that their plan
never came to fruition. Mileena
was murdered and Baraka was sent away to the lowlands of Outworld.
Shao Kahn's fall from power after Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Baraka escaped
and spent time traveling alone. In the time before the events of Mortal
Kombat Gold, Baraka encountered the necromancer Quan
Chi while wandering through Edenia. Quan Chi offered Baraka a chance
to rule the realm at his side if he agreed to join the army of Shinnok.
Eager for battle, he readily accepted. Once again Baraka planned to betray
his new masters, but after Shinnok was utterly defeated, his opportunity
was also lost once again. During the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception,
Baraka found yet another new master in the risen Dragon King, Onaga,
in whose strength he had great faith. Freeing Mileena from her prison,
Baraka recruited her to Onaga's ranks. She posed as Princess Kitana,
using her position to misdirect the Edenian forces into combat against
the Tarkatan raiding parties well away from Onaga. This was intended to
give the Dragon King the time he needed to complete his schemes.
Updated: June 30th, 2014
Baraka was an
undoubtedly cool and unique fighting game character design in MK2... but
later down the road...
something happened. First of all, for some strange reason, Midway decided not to
include him in MK3 and UMK3. Then, they brought him back in the later
3D games, but his appearance in those games wasn't great (right along with
the games) - obviously not a good thing when reintroducing back such a
classic, iconic character. Not only were Baraka's moves/animations shoddy in
the 3D era, but they messed up his face pretty bad.
Yes, I understand Baraka is "supposed to be ugly"... but damn... not
that ugly... that's just poor 3D rendering. lol.
The good news is, Baraka finally returned to his roots in MK9 and got the epic return
that he has been deserving for years. No doubt he's a classic character,
and easily one of the all time best from the MK universe.
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