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Mortal Kombat

Mileena's History

Mileena is a mutant hybrid clone of Kitana, created in Shang Tsung's flesh pits at the behest of Shao Kahn, who had become increasingly paranoid that Kitana would one day learn the truth and betray him. As a fusion of Tarkatan blood and Edenian physiology, Mileena combines and fully utilizes attributes of both races in combat, boasting incredible speed, brute strength, nimble acrobatic prowess, and frightening, carnivorous savagery matched only by Baraka.

In stark contrast to Kitana, Mileena is an evil, sadistic, cruel, twisted, hot-tempered, and psychologically unhinged opportunist whose fondest wish is to kill her "sister" and claim her existence for her own. She fights using a pair of sais and a hideous, razor-sharp Tarkatan maw which she uses to bite off chunks of human flesh and crush bones.

She is shown to be extremely flirtatious as well, utilizing her "beauty" to manipulate men to her advantage, although all of the characters she has tried this on, particularly Reiko, found her repulsive. The Tarkatan warrior Baraka is sometimes portrayed as a love interest.

Following Shao Kahn's defeat at the end of Mortal Kombat (2011), Mileena became the new empress of Outworld. However, her rule was turbulent and deeply unpopular, leading to her overthrow at the hands of Kotal Kahn. Although she tried to regain her throne by starting a civil war and hiring both Kano, Tanya, and Rain to kill Kotal, these attempts ended in failure and she was ultimately executed by D'Vorah.

Despite her violent nature and insanity, in Mortal Kombat 11, Mileena is depicted with a more sympathetic side. Interactions in the game's Arcade, along with her Arcade Ending show less of her savage side, revealing a strong connection towards Tanya, becoming enraged about her unknown whereabouts and the idea of her possibly being dead. Additionally, her Arcade Ending depicts her wanting to start a family after becoming the new Keeper of Time, presumably with Tanya, in which Mileena cherishes her daughter who, unlike her sister Kitana, does not see her as a monster.