In the original
arcade versions of Mortal Kombat, there was a listing in the audit menu
for "ERMACS". In Revision 3.0, it was listed directly underneath
"Reptile Battles," giving the appearance that they were grouped
together. It was believed to reference a character the same way "Reptile
Battles" does, leading people to believe that Ermac was also a secret
character. The Ermac listing is actually a shortening of the term "Error
Hence, Ermac was created by the MK Team because of fan mythology. It was said
that by overplaying the Sega version of Mortal Kombat with Scorpion,
the screen would eventually flash an alert message on the screen. The message
read "Error Macro" and it would turn Scorpion's yellow outfit red.
However, this was proven to be completely false. Despite repeated references
that tried to inform the player that Ermac did not exist, the MK Team eventually
decided to create him and include him in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
Ermac is an entity
composed of legions of dead souls created by Shao Kahn, most likely out
of souls he had previously taken. Ermac has a variety of telekenetic powers
which allows him to manipulate every aspect of living and non-living objects
with his mind. In addition, he is able to manipulate soul energy because of his
composition, which he uses in the form of both levitation and firing projectile
attacks. Ermac's one weakness is the Netherrealm itself. Since he is a being
created by magic, his powers would decrease over time the longer he stays in
that realm, weakening the bond holding the souls together and threatening his
Ermac served as one
of Shao Kahn's greatest warriors,
participating in the invasion of Earthrealm (as recounted in Mortal Kombat 3). However, after Shao Kahn's defeat and subsequent loss of power, Ermac
remained under Kahn's control and wandered Outworld without instructions.
During the events of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, the wandering Ermac
was found by the blind swordsman Kenshi and was freed from Kahn's control.
To show his gratitude, Ermac taught Kenshi the art of telekinesis.
Ermac's newfound freedom
meant he was also free to choose his own destiny. He decided to repent
his earlier ways and became a force for good. After making this decision,
he met a warrior soul who, like Kenshi, understood his suffering. This
warrior soul was that of Liu Kang and was not only in need of another ally,
but assistance in freeing his enslaved comrades. Ermac was eager to help
Liu Kang, as this was an opportunity
to help him atone for the evil he had committed in Shao Kahn's name. Ermac
decided to help Liu Kang and the two would set out to free Liu's allies
from Onaga's control. They are
eventually successful in their pursuit. On one mission for Shao Kahn in the
Ermac became acquainted with Shujinko. He was also assaulted by
who believed him to be a demon.