What we think about legendary boss characters in the history of fighting video games MK characters such as Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn instantly comes to mind. When the very first Mortal Kombat game was released back in ’93 Shang Tsung was always considered to be an intestinal but not necessarily difficult boss. The amount of battles including the endurance matches and the fight with Goro all seemed tougher than the encounter with Shang Tsung in the end. It was Shang Tsung’s shapeshifting ability along with his ability to steal souls and his rivalry with Liu Kang which made him an interesting character.
However, if we are being honest about which boss character had a greater impact in the Mortal Kombat series then most people would most like choose Shao Khan over Shang Tsung. Not only was Shao Khan considered to be the emperor of Outward but he was a much tougher boss to defeat in games like Mortal Kombat II, III and IX. In fact, after Mortal Kombat II was released in ’93 Shang Tsung had went from being the main villain to being Shao Kahn’s right hand man and simply just another playable character in just about every MK game going forwards. Also, during and after battles a CPU controlled Shao Khan would always taunt players which made them want to defeat him even more so than the likes of Shang Tsung or even Shinnok. While it might be debatable on which boss character was better between the two there is no question that Shao Kahn was bigger villain in the series than Shang Tsung was.