Hsu Hao is one of the most reviled characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise, and Reddit users recently gathered to criticize and protect the cyborg.
In a humorous Reddit discussion, Mortal Kombat fans debate why the character Hsu Hao is so reviled by both fans and producers of the franchise. The powerful grappler is a double agent working for the wicked Red Dragon clan, first appearing in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance in 2002 and reappearing in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon’s large, all-inclusive roster. Unfortunately, because of Mortal Kombat’s extensive and varied history, many forgotten Mortal Kombat characters, such as Hsu Hao, whose quality and popularity vary greatly.
Since the franchise’s inception in 1992, Mortal Kombat’s roster of vicious brawlers has grown and developed drastically. Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Raiden were part of the original arcade classic’s iconic lineup, which has remained the default roster in Mortal Kombat 11. Following sequels added even more beloved characters, like Baraka and Mileena, who have become iconic features of the violent games. Guest fighters such as Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Kratos from God of War have become a mainstay of the gory brawler series’ current installments since 2011’s Mortal Kombat. In addition, pop culture figures such as Jason Voorhees, The Joker, Spawn, The Terminator, and others have joined Mortal Kombat’s guest character list.
Reddit user 69thgenderrr started a conversation about the cyborg Red Dragon warrior Hsu Hao, one of the Mortal Kombat franchise’s less popular fighters. When questioned why the community despises Hsu Hao so much, many claims that the character’s design and moveset are “boring” or “bland” and that many players are unaware of his existence; some players even say that Ed Boon, the co-creator of Mortal Kombat, has shown animosity for Hsu Hao. On the other hand, some admirers claim that critics are “envious of his thunder klap” and that the boxer “did nothing wrong.”
Although the Mortal Kombat series’ roster has grown dramatically over the last three decades, ancient characters like Hsu Hao have always had a chance to return. According to rumored leaks, Mortal Kombat 12’s roster will be massive when the next installment of the fast-paced fighting game series is released. Likewise, according to rumors, Mortal Kombat 11 will be expanded with many new and returning characters in the franchise’s next installment. While no official announcement about MK12 has been made, this hypothetical progression of MK11 might allow MK12’s roster to be just as huge as Mortal Kombat: Armageddon’s while also being far more in-depth.
The elemental ninja’s Scorpion and Sub-Zero are two of the most known characters from the Mortal Kombat franchise. Fans, on the other hand, have not always adored every boxer. However, Hsu Hao’s flat design and unoriginal moveset have earned him a lot of laughs, with devs even expressing remorse about including him in Deadly Alliance. Nonetheless, some defenders argue that a modern overhaul may transform Hsu Hao into a fascinating and powerful kombatant.