Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat

Johnny Cage is a character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series created by Midway Games Chicago in 1992. He debuted as part of the first game already and returned in most sequels while he even died between the events of Mortal Kombat 2 and 3.

Johnny Cage is an American actor known for his martial arts movies, in the games, he comes over as a playboy sometimes as an arrogant Hollywood Star but also as a legitimate martial art expert who wants to prove he is more than just a show.

He has some of the funniest moves like his “Nut-Cracker” where he punches his opponent in the groin while doing a spagat, seems he was always inspired by real-life martial art actors like Jean Claude van Damme which goes back to the development time of the first Mortal Kombat game.

In Mortal Kombat 9 he did not only get a visual redesign but also a relatively big role in the story mode with him being one of the survivors of Shao Kahn’s Invasion.  In Mortal Kombat 9 his daughter Cassie Cage is a playable character, he and his former wife Sonya Blade were some of the last MKX characters confirmed to be playable as well. In Mortal Kombat XI (2019) he is again one of the main protagonists but has a smaller role. His mysterious strong power he used to defeat Shinnok however was still not explained. 

Fun Fact: Johnny Cage got James Bond look-alike alternate costumes in MK4 and MKDA.


Johnny Cage from the Mortal Kombat Games: an Overview

Charactername: Johnny Cage   Developed /Created by Midway Games later NetherRealm Studios
Gameseries: Mortal Kombat   First seen on: Arcades  
First Game: Mortal Kombat   Year first seen in: 1992 
Last Game: Mortal Kombat XI (2019)   Birthplace: USA 
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Character   Martial Arts Style & Weapon: Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Nunchako
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Johnny Cage

Johnny Cage Spec-Op Costume Render MKX

Johnny Spec-Ops

Johnny Cage MKX Mortal Kombat X Tournament Costume Skin Render 2

Johnny Tournament

Johnny Cage MKX Mortal Kombat X Tournament Costume Skin Render

Johnny Cage Tournament

Johnny Cage MKX Mortal Kombat X Ninja Mime Costume Skin Render

Johnny Cage Ninja Mime

Johnny Cage Art and Renders from Mortal Kombat X (2015)

Johnny Cage MK9 Vs

Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)

Johnny Cage MK9 Alt Costume

Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)

Johnny Cage MKDA

MKDA (2002)

Johnny Cage MK4 Art

Mortal Kombat 4 (1997)




Johnny Cage in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

Johnny Cage is of course a part of our big Mortal Kombat Art Tribute and was drawn in all of his past designs from MK1-MK9

Johnny Cage Mk1

Mortal Kombat

Johnny Cage MK 2

Mortal Kombat II

Johnny Cage MK Trilogy

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Johnny Cage MK 4

Mortal Kombat 4

Johnny Cage MK DA


Johnny Cage MK DA Alt

MK DA Alt.

Johnny Cage MK 9

MK 9

Johnny Cage MK9 Alt

MK9 Alt.



Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Johnny Cage


Johnny Cage MK Legacy

by Esau Murga


“To my best fan”

by Esau Murga


Johnny Cage Concept

by Filipe Aguiar

Johnny Cage from MK9

by Flavio Luccisano

Johnny Cage MKX A-List Fighting Style Art

Johnny Cage MKX A-List

Johnny Cage MKX Fistcuffs Variation

Classic Johnny Cage

by Flavio Luccisano

Johnny Cage’s MKX Variation Artworks all by Romeo J. Gonzales



Updates and additions in the Johnny Cage Gallery and Overview

14.03.2022 – Johnny Cage Portrait by Flavio added

07.12.2016 – Johnny Cage Fistcuffs Art added

30.08.2016 – JC A-List Fan Art by RJ Gonzales added as well as MKX Updates