A Look At Possible Meso-American Influence in Kotal Kahn for Mortal Kombat X!
Kotal Kahn himself appears as the emperor of Outworld after Mileena was overthrown. I have noticed that he not only looks like Ogre in Tekken 3, he is also having a lot of shoutout to Meso-American history in these days.
Kotal Kahn's background is that he comes from the Osh-Tek race in Outworld, one that is dependent on the sun for powering up. The Osh-Tek is an obvious shout-out to Aztec. Later he became a Mayan war god, calling himself a blood god. What he also did is that he performs the traditional Meso-American pull out the heart sacrifices, complete with his war knife called a tecpactl. His first fatality uses that Meso-American human sacrifice method.
His variations also provide shoutouts to Meso-American culture. In his Blood God variation he uses blood, crystal and obsidian totems. In his War God variation, he uses the Aztec war saw called a macuahuitl into his special moves. Either way, the use of the totems and the macuahuitl, both items which are from Meso-American culture.