Mortal Kombat 11 Can Teach You A Lot About Australia


OPINION: When I first noticed Kano in Mortal Kombat 1, I hated him. I bloody hated him. He had a bullshit knife projectile, an much more bullshit cannonball roll. And I imply, simply have a look at the guy–he sported a vivid white gi, a dumb bandolier (for what?), and a cheap-looking steel masks. I hated the sight of him, particularly as a result of he was the one Obviously Bad Guy within the unique roster. He was additionally simply straight up the least attention-grabbing character. In a sport with ninjas and magical projectiles, Kano was only a boring goon with a knife; a waste of area.

He did not get any higher within the following 26 years, affected by some questionable redesigns, just like the one the place he began carrying a lock of Sonya Blade’s hair round his neck like a creep. In Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe, as a substitute of being a person of Japanese-American descent, Kano was retconned to be Australian, a supposed nod to the misinterpreted accent of Trevor Goddard’s (RIP) cockney model of Kano within the 1995 Mortal Kombat film. This was an attention-grabbing choice, however not one which essentially modified how unexciting Kano was.

Can’t spell Kano with out “No.”

UNTIL NOW. In Mortal Kombat 11, a sport crammed to the brim with objectively top-notch character redesigns, Kano is all of a sudden ALL ABOUT his Australianness. It’s an important transfer, the right transfer, and what’s extra, this redesign is executed in an unprecedented, sensible approach. In reality, MK11’s Kano is the perfect and most genuine Australian character in any online game, ever. Yes, much more Australian than Roger, the playable kangaroo in Tekken.

There’s a depth to his character that goes past an imagined upbringing and accent that elevates him far above only a caricature. You can see it in the best way he carries himself. The humorous Australianisms, throwaway swears, and informal “mates” that drop naturally into his quips. His extra relaxed character and grounded appearance–he appears like a dad you may meet at a seashore BBQ, downing beers along with his stomach hanging out, embarrassing you in entrance of your pals along with his 70s pornstar moustache and misguided, chauvinistic jokes.

Every little element about Kano in Mortal Kombat 11 is in service of fleshing out his new, wonderful personality–no longer only a Crime Dude with a knife, he personifies the mischievous, rowdy, and give-no-shits nature of the perfect and worst Australian society has to supply (typically related to being a “larrikin,” a dated however idealised embodiment of those tropes).

It’s rounded out with a stellar voiceover job by JB Blanc, who I used to be satisfied was a local Aussie till I seemed him up (he performed Gustavo Fring’s private surgeon in Breaking Bad!), which sounds real with out being over-the-top and cartoonish like say, Junkrat in Overwatch (although I really like him too). Kano in Mortal Kombat 11 is endlessly entertaining to me–he is the world citizen’s Johnny Cage.

I bloody love Kano now. I really like how properly he represents my nation. I really like how one can be taught a lot about Australian tradition by merely observing and finding out Kano. In reality, I really like the main points about his character a lot that I spent far an excessive amount of time ignoring my common work and compiling this useful file of Kano-isms to show you about Australia. Hey look, you’ve got learn this far, may as properly carry on studying with…


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Kano’s main weapons of selection are his signature knives. Now, the apparent connection you is perhaps drawing right here is the well-weathered Crocodile Dundee quote (“That’s not a knife…“) however there is a extra trendy line to be drawn–Australia’s strict gun legal guidelines. It is extremely troublesome to personal any sort of firearm on this nation except you may have an excellent and particular purpose, because it rattling properly must be. Kano does not have the luxurious of bringing goddamn firearms right into a combating match like actually all of the American fighters, so I think about he simply needed to get actually good with no matter he might receive from the outlets simply. Sure, he is alleged to be an inter-dimensional arms seller or one thing, however in accordance with Baraka in Mortal Kombat 11, all of the weapons he supplied to the Tarkatans had been busted anyway so who the hell is aware of?

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On prime of a seemingly infinite provide of knives to throw, Kano additionally has a seemingly infinite provide of beer to drink. And he drinks. A lot. There’s an intro animation the place he drinks a beer. There’s an outro animation the place he drinks a beer. There’s a between-rounds animation the place he drinks a beer whereas spacing himself out for the subsequent spherical. One of Kano’s fatalities has him sculling (shortly consuming) a beer, glassing (hitting) his opponent with the bottle, after which waltzing with their corpse just like the fun-loving man he’s.

Drinking is Kano’s loveliest new character trait to me, due to how true to character it is–Australians like to drink. We have one of many highest charges of alcohol consumption on the earth. It is a central a part of our cultural identification. It’s a part of our day-to-day. Pubs are locations you’re taking your households for lunch. Our oldest dwelling former prime minister is known for inhaling beers like the best of us, and even has a brew named in his honor. Hell, I had a few beers at lunch earlier than scripting this. Drinking defines our greatest instances and our worst times–having fun, and having a brawl. Kano’s consuming behaviors exemplify each.

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Kano’s default intro animation sees him pissing on the ground earlier than a battle (“Bloke’s gotta mark his territory”). It does not matter if it is exterior within the filth, in a robotics lab, or on a pleasant shiny stage. His brutality victory animation additionally sees him piss on the ground. I imply, I get it–a one that drinks as a lot as Kano goes to want to piss rather a lot, and actually, if you’re tenting or driving by means of the agricultural areas of Australia you would be forgiven for pissing on the facet of the street or by a tree–only about 0.2% of Australia’s land mass is urbanised (although 90% of the inhabitants occupies that 0.2%, it is wild). Hell, even after an enormous night time of consuming I might perceive for those who wanted to piss in an alley or one thing, though it is legally a punishable offence right here.

But Kano’s pissing habits are extra doubtless an indicator of his disregard for the self-seriousness of Mortal Kombat’s pageantry, which is certainly an Australian perspective to take. And I simply need to make it clear that we do not all piss on the road at each alternative, okay?

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Kano does not put on a shirt in his MK11 default costume. He positively is not essentially the most toned fighter on the roster, although he does alright (“Over 50 and still a rippa!”). But it is a dad-bod flaunt greater than something, and like most dads, he is in all probability reached an age the place he does not give a shit anyway. Especially if you’re in Outer Realm and it is sizzling. It’s sizzling in Australia, too. Our summers repeatedly hit over 40 levels Celcius (104 Fahrenheit), even larger with local weather change, so it is not an enormous deal to see individuals stroll round with out shirts. You do what you gotta do, and Kano is a sensible man.

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I don’t know the place sequence creators Ed Boon and John Tobias truly obtained the title “Kano” from. My finest guess, by way of Google, is that “Kano” is a Japanese title that loosely interprets to “masculine power”, and provided that his unique nationality was Japanese-American, I assume that checks out. It nonetheless checks out in Mortal Kombat 11–Kano is a fairly manly middle-aged white man, in any case. But man, Kano works so properly as an Aussie-as-hell Australian title.

We prefer to truncate lengthy phrases in Australia, however not solely that, we like so as to add an “O” to the top of phrases, too. Avocado? Avo. Liquor retailer? Bottle-O. Gas (service) station? Servo. Afternoon? Arvo. I might go on without end. With Kano’s retconned nationality, I might 100% imagine that “Kano” is simply an Australian nickname for one thing longer. What might that be? Kane? Kayden? Caleb? It could possibly be something. But it works–“Yea mate, Kano’s (Kayden’s) gone to the servo (gas station) to pick up some durries (cigarettes)”.

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There was a factor in leisure information just lately, the place middle-aged American actress Anjelica Houston threw shade on the middle-aged forged of Poms for, what I can collect, doing what she thought was a dumb middle-aged film thought. Jacqui Weaver, a beloved middle-aged Australian actress who’s a part of the Poms forged, publically retorted in a separate interview, seemingly with none regard for social etiquette or self-preservation, saying merely, “She can go f*** herself.”

Australians aren’t one to beat across the bush and put up with bullshit. The blasé, single-minded dismissal of pretentiousness, I feel, is an endearing cultural trait. Kano does this so many instances in his interactions with the remainder of Mortal Kombat’s high-and-mighty forged of rulers, gods, and narcissists, casually dismissing no matter holier-than-thou shit they could have occurring. This sits comfortably along with a self-deprecating lack of know-how, too, for higher or worse. Some of my favourites:

Noob Saibot: “I am Death’s hand!”

Kano: “Bugger off, mate”


Sonya: “I only deal in dead criminals.”

Kano: “Talkin’ out of your clacker (anus), luv.”

to not point out:

Kano: “Why is it we ain’t we mates, Raiden?”

Raiden: “Perhaps your life of sin and licentiousness”

Kano: *pause* “Yea that could be it.”

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Okay, so regardless of his newfound endearing dad power, Kano remains to be a dishonest dude by nature. He’s a little bit little bit of a sleaze:

Kano: “Want to taste Australia’s best blood sausage?”

Skarlet: “I would rather taste your blood, Kano.”

Kano: *pause* “Would you settle for me sausage?”

…and he is positively nonetheless wickedly unscrupulous, typically speaking about making shady offers, chopping individuals open, and delivering heads in packing containers. No doubt you’ve got already drawn the “Australia is a criminal colony” conclusion, and look, that is truthful. A lot of white Australians are descended from the convicts who arrived from England within the 18th century, however rather a lot has modified since then.

Today, Australia is a massively multicultural nation that’s closely comprised of immigrants and refugees (my household included) from all around the world–Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa–and we’re additionally residence to a few of the world’s oldest indigenous cultures. What I’m saying is that the English criminals we’re typically related to are part of our historical past reasonably than our identification. Kano is an exception, reasonably than a rule to our trendy upstanding values. But then once more, our present, principally Anglo authorities repeatedly locks up refugee households and kids in off-shore detention centres so hey perhaps not.

And now, a crash course in Australian slang:

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“On Ya Bike!”

F*** off, mainly. You do not truly have to be referring to somebody’s bodily bicycle for this to work.

“Best chuck a u-ey!”

A u-ey is normally in reference to a u-turn in a automobile, but additionally can be utilized to check with a 180-degree flip. Again, Kano is mainly telling somebody to f*** off. Related: doing doughnut in a automobile is named a “dough-ey”.

“Nice bit of tucker.”

“Tucker” means meals, however I do know only a few metropolis individuals who use that time period in informal dialog. Also, Kano eats a lizard whereas he says this, and I do not know any Australian who has ever eaten a lizard. Does a crocodile depend? They style like hen.
“Don’t be a bludger.” “Bludger” is slang for a lazy individual. “Bludging” may additionally imply skipping out on college or procrastinating. You hear rather a lot about bludging on this nation.
(To Cassie Cage) “You sound like a shithouse American tourist.”

Basically what it appears like. American vacationers are shithouse.

(To Baraka) “That’s a bonza attitude!”

“Bonza” means good!
(To Kano) “Whaddaya say we split some stubbies?” A “stubby” is a time period for a small-sized bottle of beer, versus a “longneck”, though the measurements for beer fluctuate by area in Australia.
(To Scarlet) “Now your blood’s worth bottling.” “You’re very special”, mainly, however to be trustworthy I’ve by no means heard anybody say this so somebody at NetherRealm clearly simply Googled “Australian slang” after they ran out of concepts.
(To Kotal) “Let’s just give it a burl.” “Give it a go”, mainly. We had a former GameSpot worker who mentioned this fairly repeatedly, and for a very long time I assumed he was simply making phrases up.
(To Jax) “We ain’t here to f*** spiders” A flip of phrase which means you got here right here for a particular purpose. Not f***ing round, and never spider f***ing, naturally. That’s gross.
(To Jax, when requested about his first crime) “I was an ankle biter, five or six.” Ankle biter is Australian slang for little one. Australian kids don’t truly chew your ankles. Except for perhaps that feral child in Mad Max 2.
(To Johnny Cage) “Good luck with that, ya drongo.” “Drongo” is Australian slang for “idiot” or “stupid person”.
(To Liu Kang) “Whatta bunch of dills.” “Dill” can be Australian slang for “idiot” or “stupid person”.
(To Kabal) “Back off, you ungrateful yobbo.” “Yobbo” can be Australian slang for “idiot” or “stupid person” (we’ve got heaps), however normally a impolite or notably unsophisticated one.
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Spewin’ “Spewin'” is what you say if you cannot imagine one thing occurred. I assume it additionally means “vomiting”. The combo string that has this title entails Kano spitting (not vomiting) in his opponent’s face so I feel “Spewin'” in all probability refers back to the act of shock right here.
Fair Suck Of The Sav This is one other one I’ve by no means heard anybody use severely, however it mainly means “to have a fair go”, and the “sav” refers to a sausage, which is a little bit gross. We additionally name sausages sandwiches “sangas”. They are our nationwide food–a staple at {hardware} shops, college fetes, and at polling locations throughout authorities elections.

Cut Snake

What occurs if you minimize a snake? It will get offended. “Cut snake means “offended”. Don’t minimize a snake.
FIGJAM This is incorrectly written out in decrease case letters in Mortal Kombat 11, however it’s truly an acronym for “F*** I’m Good, Just Ask Me”, as immortalised within the hip-hop track of the same name by Australian group, Butterfingers.
Penal Colony Australia was initially based as a penal colony. Makes sense.
Face Like A Dropped Pie Another sort of apparent flip of phrase–what occurs if you drop a pie? It will get fairly ugly. Personal-sized meat pies are one other iconic Australian meals factor. Most individuals on the earth assume the concept of meat in a pie is gross. Those persons are fallacious.
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A variety of Kano’s equippable eye masks are literally traditional Australia rock music references, and I used to be actually giddy after I noticed a few of these talked about. Not conversant in one in all Australia’s golden eras of music? Mortal Kombat 11 is a superb place to start out. Follow these YouTube hyperlinks for an excellent time.

Hunter Kollector

Hunters & Collectors, extra affectionately often called the “Hunnas”, had been an 80s pub rock band. Holy Grail is a karaoke traditional I bear in mind GameSpot’s editor-in-chief belting out on the common again within the day.

Mental and Everything Mental As Anything had been a laid-back 80s pop-rock band. They’re nice, I really like them. The Nips Are Getting Bigger is one in all their finest songs, however it’s positively not the most important. That accolade goes to…
Live It Up Live It Up, which is Mental As Anything’s largest hit. This is an absolute traditional. Listen to it now. I feel it was in Crocodile Dundee? I have never truly seen that film, so I would not know.
Midnight Oil Marauder Another 80s group, Midnight Oil stay one in all Australia’s most profitable political rock bands. Their frontman, Peter Garrett had an extended stint as a authorities minister. He’s additionally well-known for his uh, unique dance moves.
Bed Burner Beds Are Burning is Midnight Oil’s most well-known observe, and doubtless probably the most iconic Australian rock songs of all time. It’s a protest track that offers with the ever-present problems with indigenous land rights.
Cold Chiseled Cold Chisel are yet one more beloved 70s/80s Australian pub rock band fronted by Jimmy Barnes, who Americans may know higher as the screaming cowboy in the sky in that one video. Their finest track, one other karaoke traditional, is Khe Sanh, which tells the story of a returning Vietnam veteran.
Mister Dirty Deeds Everyone is aware of AC/DC, proper? Right. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap is what it is a reference to. Good band, good track. Bon Scott was gone too quickly.
Cruel Sensation I need to say that this one is a reference to New Sensation, a track from Aussie 80s rock band INXS. But it is also a reference to a different 80’s rock band, The Cruel Sea.
Kill.u.tonight Similarly, I reckon this one is a reference to Need You Tonight by INXS. Another nice track. That guitar riff! These are ALL nice songs.
Eye Hooks This gross reference is probably going associated to 70s glam-rock band Skyhooks. They had a bunch of hits, however Horror Movie might be the one which skyrocketed them to success. They’re mainly Rocky Horror Picture Show, the band.


I’ve disregarded a bunch of issues, and there are definitely just a few Kano references in Mortal Kombat 11 that do not fairly hit the mark. But man, going by means of all these Kano particulars makes me so proud to be an Australian, and so completely happy to see and play as a real Australian character. I’m so rattling impressed by the hassle, dedication, and execution of father Kano. It positively seems like there have been some bonafide Australians (perhaps Queenslanders? There are the next quantity of maroon [state colour] outfits and QLD location references) who labored onerous to show Kano into the lovable bogan (unrefined individual) he’s in Mortal Kombat 11. That, or some actually devoted Americans did quite a lot of in-depth analysis and managed to drag it off with measured grace.

Either approach, good onya. Kano is the perfect Australian to ever seem in a online game, and everybody at NetherRealm who had a hand in his redesign and even a lot as checked out Kano throughout growth deserves a promotion. That can be bonza (good).

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