Sonya Blade is one of the more well-known of the Mortal Kombat characters, and probably shares the spotlight with Kitana as the most prominent female in the series. Sonya Blade is a member of the US Special Forces, and possesses possibly the most bitter rivalries held in the Mortal Kombat series – that against Kano, the killer of one of her partners. Thus, most of her storylines are related to tracking down Kano in some way or another. Though she stars alongside Liu Kang and Johnny Cage in the 1995 feature film, her closest friend in the game is Jax, her superior within the Special Forces. She is usually depicted as hotheaded and impulsive, especially when dealing with something involving Kano.
Sonya is ultimately selected by Raiden as a warrior to represent Earthrealm in the Mortal Kombat tournament. She is notably absent from the second game, appearing chained and imprisoned in one of the stage backgrounds. She would, however, return from the third game on to continue her search for Kano.
primary fighting style appears to be Tae Kwon Do, though like most Mortal Kombat characters, none of this is in any way evident until she is given the fighting style in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
Energy Rings - Sonya blasts a projectile of energy rings at her opponent. In Mortal Kombat 3, the rings would explode into liquid. Weird.
Bicycle Kick - Sonya does an upward bicycle kick, carrying her opponent up into the air.
Leg Grab - Probably her signature special move; Sonya flips forward onto her hands, grabs her opponent with her legs, and defies the laws of physics by slamming them into the ground behind her.
Square Wave Punch - Sonya Blade demonstrates her mathematical prowess by traveling in a perfect square wave with a punch extended.
Sonya’s most famous fatality without a doubt is her kiss of death, where she blows a ball of burning death upon her opponent. In Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, this move evolves from burning her opponent to causing them to vomit and inflate until they explode.
Sonya’s design has seen many changes, but her green color theme and ponytail have more or less been the staple of her design (though even these have seen deviations in certain titles). Her most famous outfit is most likely that of Mortal Kombat 3, where she sports an outfit featuring green, white and black. Later designs incorporated more of the fact that she was a member of the special forces, culminating in her latest MK vs. DC design in which she sports a beret, combat boots, and an uncanny resemblance to a fish.
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