Quan Chi is a playable character from the Mortal Kombat games by Midway Games Chicago and Netherrealm Studios (Since MK9).

He appeared the first time in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub Zero (1997) in which Quan Chi was the main antagonist. Quan Chi was the first time playable in Mortal Kombat 4 in 1997 and returned in Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance (2002) where he formed the final boss pair  together with Shang Tsung. Quan Chi seemed to be killed at the events of Mortal Kombat Deception (2004), but returned in Mortal Kombat Armageddon (2006). In the fighting game crossover Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008) he made only a cameo during the story while he was again returning in Mortal Kombat 9 (2011) as an unlockable character and siding with Shao Kahn.

He was revealed to return in Mortal Kombat X (2015) where he plays a large role in the story.

Quan Chi is a sorcerer who can revive dead life forms and also summon demons from the Netherrealm in MKX. Unlike other antagonists in the Mortal Kombat games his targets remain often mysterious and he seems to use even the main antagonists of the games like Shao Kahn or Shang Tsung for his own goals.

Quan Chi from the Mortal Kombat Games: an Overview

Charactername: Quan Chi   Developed /Created by Midway Games later NetherRealm Studios
Gameseries: Mortal Kombat   First seen on: Sony Playstation 
First Game: Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero   Year first seen in: 1997 
Last Game: Mortal Kombat X (2015)   Birthplace:  
Role(s) and Characteristics: Antagonistic Fighting Game Character & Boss   Weapons or Martial Arts Style:  
Additional Tags:     Similar Characters:  
Has Relations to:

Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Shinnok

Sareena, Kia, Jataaka

  See also:  




Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Quan Chi


Mortal Kombat X (2015)

Quan Chi Mortal Kombat X Render

Mortal Kombat X (2015)

Quan Chi vs Portrait in Mortal Kombat 9 

Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)

Quan Chi MKDA Art 

Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance (2002)

Quan Chi Mortal Kombat 4 Art Render

Mortal Kombat 4 (1997)

Quan Chi Mortal Kombat Mythologies Sub-Zero Official Art

Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997)


Quan Chi’s Variations in Mortal Kombat X;

Quan Chi MKX Sorcerer Variation

Quan Chi Sorcerer Variation

The Sorcerer Variation allows Quan Chi to create spell circles within the arenas. Offensive spell circles buff Quan Chi’s attacks, increasing his damage output and enhancing  special moves, while defensive spell circles weaken opponents.

This variation also allows for extra chip damage, allowing Quan Chi to quickly end rounds against defensive opponents.

Quan Chi MKX Warlock Variation

Quan Chi Warlock Variation

Warlock Quan Chi uses his dark portals to create unpredictable attacks and reach, making this Variation excellent for counter zoning and zoning mix ups.

When properly timed, Quan Chi can also combine his portals with attacks to create special combo strings that send his opponents to the Netherrealm and back.


Quan Chi MKX Summoner Variation

Quan Chi Summoner Variation

In his Summoner Variation, Quan Chi can summon a demonic beast from the NetherRealm to fight by his side. When deployed,Quan Chi’s minion brings an additional set of ranged attacks to his already diverse arsenal.

And when summoned at the end of combos, the demonic beast gives Quan Chi additional options for post combo strings.



Quan Chi in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

All Mortal Kombat Art Tribute Artworks featuring Quan Chi:


Mortal Kombat 4






Mortal Kombat 9


Mortal Kombat 9 Alt.

Quan Chi is a part of our big Mortal Kombat Art Tribute and was drawn in all his different costumes from Mortal Kombat 4-9


Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Quan Chi

Quan Chi Mortal Kombat X Summoner Variation Artwork

Quan Chi from MKX

by Toby Burns

Quan Chi Redesign Fan Art

Quan Chi Redesign

by Filipe Aguir

Quan Chi Warlock MKX

Warlock Quan Chi in MKX

by Grace-Zed


Quan Chi Mortal Kombat X Legacy Art by Esau Murga

MK Legacy Quan Chi Art

By Esau Murga

Quan Chi Portrait

by Flavio Luccisano




Updates and Additions in the Quan Chi Gallery and Character Overview

23.06.2023 – Small Updates + added the Portrait Art of Quan Chi by Flavio Luccisano

01.12.2016 – Finally a header image of Quan Chi added during his triumph in Mortal Kombat 9.