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Chameleon first debuted in the PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and PC versions of Mortal Kombat Trilogy as a male ninja with partial transparency. In the Nintendo 64 version, he was replaced by Khameleon, a female counterpart who is actually an entirely separate character. There was initially little information about Chameleon as he had no storyline or game ending. All that was known about him is garnered from the hidden option to fight him (available upon beating the game). The game refers to him as "one of Shao Kahn's deadliest warriors". He later returned in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon with a completely new design and a backstory. Chameleon possesses the abilities of all of the male ninjas to appear before MK Trilogy.

Chameleon may be a part of the Saurian race, of which Reptile and Khameleon are members. This has never been conclusively stated in any of the games and is purely speculation on the part of the fans at this point due to his reptilian name, green blood, and the reptilian titles of his special moves in Armageddon. If in fact he is a Saurian, that would mean that Reptile is not the last living male of his species, which had been previously stated in Khameleon's biography screen. However, the release of Armageddon did not address this issue.

In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, he is finally given a rather vague backstory, stating that he had been present at events dating all the way back to Liu Kang's victory in the first Mortal Kombat tournament, constantly remaining hidden in the shadows and biding his time while watching the events unfold. In his game ending, it is said that Chameleon camouflaged himself, raced to the top of the pyramid, and defeated Blaze to gain immortality. The realms would then know Chameleon as the true champion of Mortal Kombat.
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Mortal Kombat Trilogy


Mortal Kombat: Armageddon


Page Updated:  Sept. 12th, 2022

Chameleon was like... what... the 7th ninja clone during the Mortal Kombat III era? Midway just wouldn't stop milking this ninja design in the mid 90s. The ninja Halloween costume was simply selling too good at the time. Ninjas are still "in" right? While mostly a redundant design, Chameleon was a naturally "mysterious" and fairly interesting design in Trilogy.

His overall concept is a bit cheap and rehashed, since he can copy all the moves and magical abilities of other MK ninjas... but I guess it's sort of a cool novelty in the end? Either way, Cham's new look in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is pretty hideous. Although, not quite as bad as some others from the PS3 3D era.

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