As the daughter of
Edenia's Ambassador to new realms, Tanya invites a group of refugees fleeing
their own world into the safety of Edenia. But soon after Queen Sindel
allows them through the portal, she learns that one of the warriors is none
other than the banished Elder God, Shinnok.
The portal leads into the pits of the Netherrealm itself, and the once free
realm of Edenia is now at the mercy of Shinnok.
It is unknown
when Tanya fell to the lure of the dark side of existence. Possible
explanations may have been her youth under the harsh regime of Shao
Kahn, when Outworld and Edenia were still merged, or her attraction to the
forbidden areas of magic, which led her to make contact with the fallen Elder
God Shinnok. Her upbringing on Outworld may also explain her total lack of
affinity with her native realm Edenia.
At any rate, Tanya
first appeared on the stage during the events of Mortal Kombat 4. As
the daughter of Edenia's ambassador to new realms, she invited a group of
refugees fleeing their own world into the peaceful realm of Edenia. However,
the refugees were in actuality a disguised Shinnok, along with Quan
Chi, and their sinister Netherrealm forces. Thanks to Tanya's treachery,
Shinnok was free to wage war against the gods especially the Elder Gods who
banished him to the Netherrealm. During this time, she attempted to lure Liu
Kang into a trap, but the attempt did not succeed, and Shinnok's power
base was soon destroyed. With her master gone, and herself a wanted traitor in
Edenia (having earned in particular the wrath of Jade), Tanya fled to
Years later, Tanya
resurfaced in the Deadly Alliance's ranks as an enforcer (although she
preferred the term "ambassador" and was not a playable character in
the game). She imposed Shang
Tsung and Quan Chi's will upon the denizens of Outworld. But when the
Deadly Alliance crumbled, Tanya found herself alone once more, and desired to
return to Edenia. She was found, however, by Baraka,
who gave her the choice of serving the newly resurrected Onaga
or dying. She joined the ranks of the Dragon King, who was searching for
ancient incantations that would enable him to fuse the Kamidogu into one, and
thus acquire incredible power. Believing that such information still existed
in Edenia, Tanya brought Onaga to her native realm.
In Mortal Kombat:
Armageddon, Tanya was there present at the final battle within the craters
of the Southlands in her own homeworld of Edenia fighting for the Forces of
Darkness, dying alongside the rest of the Kombatants.
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determine whether Tanya is supposed to be some sort of superhero (looking at MK4
Gold render), or just another ninja-stripper clone. Anywho, didn't Midway already make
this design in green? *cough*... Jade.
I suppose they didn't yet have a big-boob ninja wearing "yellow"
spandex... so that's where Tanya comes in I guess. Not only is her original outfit boring & generic, her
movesets are as well. All I remember about her from MK4 is her Fatality (and it wasn't
that great, either). Ohh, and her MK4 stance was shared by like 6 other characters...
so yeah, her debut was pretty weak.
Her redesign in Deception wasn't terrible, but her moveset & animations weren't that smooth or
exciting. Midway forgot to create a personality for her in that game. Tanya doesn't
speak a word (total space case). Needless to say I was surprised to see her
return in MKX... and with a new face??? This chick must get facial reconstructive
surgery every few years. And she's white now? Wow. How 'bout that. Ohh
wait, NetherRealm realized how crappy she looked in the story so they gave her a
4th facial reconstruction in the same game. ^o^ This is getting hilarious. Well,
at least she looks better now.
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