Mortal Kombat's Oddest Couple: Liu Kang and Kitana

In Mortal Kombat, it was something that Liu Kang a mortal would actually fall for the Edenian princess Kitana.  Whether or not Kitana is really a goddess remains a mystery but knowing that from Rain's bio, the Edenians were descended from gods.  What do I think of this odd relationship?  It's almost like in Chinese myths of the Lotus Lantern (San Sheng Mu and LIU Yan Chang) and the myth of the Tanabata that involves an immortal woman and a mortal man.  In fact, I think Liu Kang's name was derived from the name LIU YAN CHANG for some reason.  In the Tanabata, it's another goddess tale that where in the end, the mortal could only meet his wife once in a year.  Sad.

So how did they fall in love?  It was during the events of Mortal Kombat II where Kitana who is 10,000 years old in Earth years (but maybe 20 in Edenian standards) had met him when she learned of her true past that her father wasn't the Outworld titan Shao Kahn who merged Edenia and Outworld.  Perhaps Liu Kang was motivated to fight both Shang Tsung and Kintaro in the Outworld tournament to save her from her execution and eventually Shao Kahn.  Although they tried to be together but wars and more wars just keep tearing them apart especially during the Outworld invasion and later, Shinnok's invasion of the realms which tournaments may have been held.

In Mortal Kombat 4/Gold, Liu Kang chose to dump Kitana as he was needed.  In Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance, Kitana mourned for his death.  In Mortal Kombat Deception, Liu Kang's spirit did interact with Kitana but whether or not there was any rekindling prior to Armageddon was never explained.  In Mortal Kombat 2011, Liu Kang saw Kitana die before his very eyes.  Sad.  In fact, both are not only separated by realms but also by their obligations- one as champion of Mortal Kombat and the other as princess.

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