Skarlet Mortal Kombat Render

Skarlet is a character from the Mortal Kombat game series and made her debut as a downloadable character in June 2011 

 She was created by Shao Kahn the main antagonist of Mortal Kombat by using sorcery and the blood of fallen warriors.

Skarlet is one of the characters who were rumored to be in earlier Mortal Kombat games already, and were made official characters later including own moves and endings.


While her alternate costume is available in the PsVita version of Mortal Kombat 9 and was found in the console versions as well, it can not be unlocked in them.

Skarlet is the so far only blood-related Mortal Kombat character, and also the only female Ninja in the games which can be called a Kunoichi due to her using the Taijutsu fighting style as well as the traditional Kodachi Swords and Kunais.

Her fatalities, especially the “Make it Rain” finisher are extraordinary brutal even for Mortal Kombat 9

Skarlet was one of the first characters that were revealed to return in Mortal Kombat XI (2019). Her visual design was changed drastically, however. 

 Skarlet from the Mortal Kombat Games: an Overview

Charactername: Skarlet   Developed /Created by Netherrealm Studios
Gameseries:  Mortal Kombat   First seen on: Playstation 3 & XBOX360
First Game:  Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)   Year first seen in: 2011
Last Game: Mortal Kombat XI (2019)   Birthplace:  
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Character   Weapons or Martial Arts Style:  
Additional Tags:  Ninja, Blood,   Similar Characters:  
Has Relations to:     See also:  


Skarlet is a part of the Game Art HQ Mortal Kombat Art Tribute and is being featured in her two designs from Mortal Kombat 9


Skarlet’s main costume

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Skarlet’s alternate costume

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The Development of Skarlet from her roots in Mortal Kombat II in 1993 till she was finally a playable character Mortal Kombat 9 in 2011.

Read about the history of Skarlet and her background as one of the Rumored Characters in MK II, you can enlarge nearly all the official illustrations and concept arts

Skarlet Mortal Kombat II

Back in the early nineties, when the Internet was not yet the standard it is today, gamers often carried rumors through the community and many “urban legends”  were spread 🙂

Remember how people talked about a nude cheat for Tomb Raider? About playing as Reptile in the original Mortal Kombat or as “Sheng Long” in Street Fighter II?

Ed Boon and his team did their part to make the Mortal Kombat games and especially Mortal Kombat II a true chest of secrets and rumors for the players with the hidden (and unplayable) characters like Jade, Noob Saibot and Smoke, making Reptile the formerly unplayable secret character from MK I a normal character in the sequel and hinting that there are more and more undiscovered secrets to be found in the game to get the people searching them.

Skarlet MK9 Screenshot

Skarlet is such an “urban legend”..according to people there was a female ninja in MK II wearing red clothes and while some said she would be a graphical glitch others swore that she would be a different character and not be like Kitana.

The truth, as mentioned by Ed Boon is that there was not such a glitch (the image there is photoshopped) but like with Ermac too, they finally made this character who was once just a rumor a full character in 2011. The “red ninja” in MK II was called Skarlet by players. 😉

Skarlet got MK II and UMK III costumes in the MK PSVita version while she never was in these classic games. NRS still likes to have fun with the players.

Thanks @ The Netherrealm Studios for making rumors like that playable individual characters. We look forward to seeing Belokk and Zebron in future MK games!


Screenshots of Skarlet (click on them to enlarge):

Skarlet Intro Screenshot

Skarlet Kombat Intro

Skarlet Wins

Scorpion won’t like it

Skarlet Fatality

Skarlet’s Fatality

Skarlet Alternate Costume PsVita

Skarlet Alternate Costume


Skarlet’s Role in Mortal Kombat 2011

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Skarlet was the second DLC character in Mortal Kombat 9 and like Kenshi, Rain and Freddy Krueger too, she got a trailer about her story as well as an ending in the arcade mode of the game. Here is her official bio:

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“Shao Kahn has many warriors under his command, but his trust lies solely in the fighters of his own creation. Warrior blood gathered from countless battlefields, fused with sorcery, produced his most effective enforcer yet: Skarlet. An expert tracker, she preys on those deemed enemies of the empire. During kombat, Skarlet gains strength from her opponent’s blood, absorbing it through her skin. Shao Kahn has a new mission for this formidable kombatant: discover Quan Chi’s true intentions and kill him if he plots betrayal of the emperor.”

During her ending of the arcade mode it is revealed that Skarlet became controlled by the powerful sorcerer Quan Chi and she killed Shao Kahn by herself.

Skarlet Alternate Costume

When she got covered with the blood of the Emperor, she absorbed it and its immense strength which stopped the control by Quan Chi. Skarlet attacks the new “Brotherhood of Shadow” and kills Quan Chi finally, waiting for Shao Kahn to be reborn.


You can enlarge nearly all Skarlet illustrations here!

Official Promo Art  and Ending illustrations of Skarlet from Mortal Kombat 9


Fatality Wallpaper of Skarlet

Skarlet MK9 Promo Art 1 Skarlet-MK9-Promo-Art- Skarlet Sexy Promo Art Skarlet-Story-Art
Skarlet-Mortal-Kombat-9-Ending I Skarlet-story-2-MK-Mortal-K Skarlet MK9 Ending where she kills Quan Chi

In her ending, Skarlet fights against the hordes of the Brotherhood of Shadow and finally kills Quan Chi


Skarlet Fan / Cosplay Art featured on Game Art HQ

skarlet_wins-MK-Mortal-Kombat 9 by by_sicmop

“Skarlet Wins” by sicmop

While Skarlet is the currently newest Mortal Kombat character she got a big base of fans already in a very short time.

It seems a lot players liked her mix of mysterious origins, sexy visuals and the brutal looking moveset.

A lot talented artists drew or cosplayed Skarlet since her debut in 2011.

Here you can find a selection of the maybe best ones.


Skarlet Cosplay & Interview with Nebulaluben and Hidrico


Skarlet from MK XI by Flavio Luccisano

Skarlet Mortal Kombat Wallpaper Art by Asai Balboa

The Bloodthirsty Skarlet

by Asai Balboa

Skarlet MK Portrait

Skarlet Portrait

by Fiorique

Skarlet Female Ninja from MK

Lady in Red

by Kachakacha


 More Selected Skarlet Game Art made by the Fans

Skarlet-MK-9-Mortal-Kombat-by Filipe Aguiar

by Filipe Aguiar

Skarlet MK9 Art by  by Sven Zupancic

by Sven Zupancic

Skarlet from MK by MadiBlitz

by MadiBlitz

Skarlet Mk 2011 by MadiBlitz

by MadiBlitz

Skarlet Manga Style Art by infernal_overkill

by Infernal-Overkill

Skarlet MK Chibi Art by Daisy Birkin

by Daisy Birkin

Skarlet by Darren Flood

by Darren Flood

Skarlet MKX Fan Art


by Molim

Will Skarlet return in MKX

Skarlet in MKX?

by KachaKacha


Redesigns / Concepts of Skarlet by Fans

Skarlet MK Redesign by Sven Zupancic

by Sven Zupancic

bloody skarlet from MK by_hzblunte

by HzBlunte

Skarlet in Mortal Kombat Redesign Art

by Letticia Maer


 Sprite / Pixel Art of Skarlet

Skarlet Mortal Kombat 2d Sprite by Ricardo Ivan Castillo Oviedo

by Ricardo Ivan Castillo Oviedo

Skarlet 2D Sprite by_alan_san

by Alan Francisco Fernandez Lopez



 Other Characters in Video Games which are related to Skarlet

Shao Kahn – Her Creator who collected the blood of many warriors and infused it with sorcery.
Quan Chi – Skarlet’s target. Should she find any hints that Quan Chi tries to Shao Kahn she has the target to finish him. 


What Gamers think about Skarlet from Mortal Kombat

Skarlet is a really fun character to play with in Mortal Kombat 9, and the whole thing about being related to dark blood magic makes her a character with an interesting back story as well for me, but i really wish NRS and every game company would stop to release characters in fighting games as additional DLC..especially when the characters were developers together with the other vanilla version characters already. I hope Skarlet returns in the next Mortal Kombat, maybe with a relevant and canon story as well.

by GA-HQ Founder Reinhold “GBK” Hoffmann


Skarlet was a very pleasant addition to the Mortal Kombat 2011 roster and I got to admit she was fun to use as well, but that is only speaking in terms of gameplay. It was disappointing to see her being released as a DLC which made her character all the more irrelevant to the storyline, but even more so when the creators attached the most clichéd of powers to her. Clue is fore ice, yellow is for fire and red – since this is Mortal Kombat – should logically be for blood. In that aspect, Ermac was the lucky one.

Her exclusion from the storyline coupled with the slightly boring (if not downright unimaginative) bio failed to make Skarlet a more two-dimensional fighter, her clothes as don’t look as if they’d be practical for wear given her occupation.
But does that keep her from some character development? Well, her fatalities were real kickass and her background does yield some promise that can help Skarlet be more than just the butt of period jokes. She’s a favourite amongst fans after all. I just hope that when the sequel pops out Skarlet makes a return, more badass, more brutal than before.

by Game Art HQ Contributor UltimateSushiLord





Updates in the Video Game Character Database entry and game art gallery of Skarlet

07.06.2022 – Small Updates + added Flavio’s Mortal Kombat XI Portrait art




Skarlet Mortal Kombat Render Avatar by_xdarkarchangel