It was only a matter time — Mortal Kombat X has the first gay character in Mortal Kombat history. His name is Kung Jin and he is the younger brother of Kung Lao. So what if he’s the first gay Mortal Kombat character?
A former thief and master archer for the Shaolin monks, Kung Jin was revealed to be gay during one of his flash-back cut-scenes in Mortal Kombat X. While we think being gay should be nothing special, the fact that this is Mortal Kombat — arguably the most brutal and masculine fighting game series ever — makes it somewhat newsworthy.
It’s made quite clear in Kung Jin’s story arch that he is a ‘back door bandit’, especially in the part where Raiden describes him as “Self-loathing” and tells him “They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires.”
Need more proof? Mortal Kombat X’s cinematic director, Dominic Cianciolo, has confirmed that the character is indeed a homosexual, stating on twitter:
“I see people are picking up on the subtle exposition contained in Kung Jin’s flashback. Glad we have observant fans!”
Kung Jin is just one of a growing number of video games that allow players to play as or interact with gay characters, with critically-acclaimed Dragon Age: Inquisition being one such game. Dorian was the first openly gay team member in Dragon Age history, and his sexual orientation unjustifiably received viral media attention.
But is there really an issue here? Does a gay man have a place in a game like Mortal Kombat X? Short answer — of course!
I don’t know about you, but sexuality in a fighting game matters little to us, regardless of how brutal or masculine that fighting game is. All that matters is whether or not the character is a thematic fit, and fortunately Kung Jin does Mortal Kombat good (i.e. he’s not fruity or ‘fabulous’).
Sadly, we still live in a silly little world where people will see Kung Lao’s little brother as the ‘GAY Mortal Kombat character’, rather than just another video game character/person. It’s only a matter of time before that changes…
So, what do you think about a gay Mortal Kombat character? Does it bother you?