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In the original arcade versions of Mortal Kombat, there was a listing in the audit menu for "ERMACS". In Revision 3.0, it was listed directly underneath "Reptile Battles," giving the appearance that they were grouped together. It was believed to reference a character the same way "Reptile Battles" does, leading people to believe that Ermac was also a secret character. The Ermac listing is actually a shortening of the term "Error Macro".

Hence, Ermac was created by the MK Team because of fan mythology. It was said that by overplaying the Sega version of Mortal Kombat with Scorpion, the screen would eventually flash an alert message on the screen. The message read "Error Macro" and it would turn Scorpion's yellow outfit red. However, this was proven to be completely false. Despite repeated references that tried to inform the player that Ermac did not exist, the MK Team eventually decided to create him and include him in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

 Ermac is an entity composed of legions of dead souls created by Shao Kahn, most likely out of souls he had previously taken. Ermac has a variety of telekenetic powers which allows him to manipulate every aspect of living and non-living objects with his mind. In addition, he is able to manipulate soul energy because of his composition, which he uses in the form of both levitation and firing projectile attacks. Ermac's one weakness is the Netherrealm itself. Since he is a being created by magic, his powers would decrease over time the longer he stays in that realm, weakening the bond holding the souls together and threatening his very existence.
Ermac served as one of Shao Kahn's greatest warriors, participating in the invasion of Earthrealm (as recounted in Mortal Kombat 3). However, after Shao Kahn's defeat and subsequent loss of power, Ermac remained under Kahn's control and wandered Outworld without instructions. During the events of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, the wandering Ermac was found by the blind swordsman Kenshi and was freed from Kahn's control. To show his gratitude, Ermac taught Kenshi the art of telekinesis.

Ermac's newfound freedom meant he was also free to choose his own destiny. He decided to repent his earlier ways and became a force for good. After making this decision, he met a warrior soul who, like Kenshi, understood his suffering. This warrior soul was that of Liu Kang and was not only in need of another ally, but assistance in freeing his enslaved comrades. Ermac was eager to help Liu Kang, as this was an opportunity to help him atone for the evil he had committed in Shao Kahn's name. Ermac decided to help Liu Kang and the two would set out to free Liu's allies from Onaga's control. They are eventually successful in their pursuit. On one mission for Shao Kahn in the Netherrealm, Ermac became acquainted with Shujinko. He was also assaulted by Ashrah who believed him to be a demon.
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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

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Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat 9, Mortal Kombat X, Mortal Kombat 1 (Kameo)

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Page Updated:  July 22nd, 2023

So what is he... the fifth ninja clone in the MK series? I guess the MK team thought they could rehash that ninja design just one more time for good measure, especially since they didn't make a "red ninja" yet. lol. I have to admit, there was a certain coolness about Ermac even though he was a clone... his fighting style was pretty cool, for one.

What they did to him in the 3D era MK was disappointing to me. I never liked his "mummy-ninja" get-up, but at least his fighting style remained halfway cool throughout the series. His default MK9 design is still ugly... the way his huge nose sticks out from his mummy bandages is particularly hideous. However, his "hooded" alternate costume in MK9 is eons cooler and probably should've been his primary costume. On that note, he went full "mage" in MKX and looks rather cool... however, gameplay-wise he's the biggest asshole of Mortal Kombat. Such a teleporting / projectile throwing whore. F*ck you Ermac. You should've stayed an audit menu listing.

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