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Because of Goro's reign as Grand Champion of Mortal Kombat, the Shokans are among the most elite of Outworld's citizens. They maintain a high class status among the population, and are Shao Kahn's most prized soldiers on the battlefield. One of the most savage Shokan warriors to gain Kahn’s attention is the female Sheeva. She can pile drive an opponent into the ground with her fists, or skin her victims in seconds with her bare hands.

When Shao Kahn resurrected Queen Sindel as the first step in his invasion of Earth, he appointed Sheeva to be her personal protector. Sheeva became distrustful however, when Kahn appointed Motaro, a Centaurian, to lead his Extermination Squads into battle. She saw this as an insult, as the Shokan and Centaurs have long been mortal enemies. She served the emperor in Earthrealm, but when she returned to Outworld, she was shocked to learn that Shao Kahn had betrayed the Shokans, and had launched an offensive against them. She joins her brethren in fighting Kahn's warriors. Sheeva decided to take revenge on her nemesis Motaro.

Sheeva sneaks her way into Kahn's palace on Earthrealm. She learns that Motaro has nursed his Earthrealm ally, Kano, back to health. She secretly approaches Kano and offers him a deal. She asks for his assistance in assassinating Shao Kahn. Kano agrees. Some time later, Motaro has returned to the palace to report to Shao Kahn. Sheeva waits silently in the shadows. As Kano watches from his cell, Sheeva attacks the unsuspecting Centaurian. She apparently slays Motaro and intends to treat Shao Kahn similarly. In return for his release, Kano offers to distract Kahn and tells her to wait for his signal, but Kano betrays Sheeva by covertly informing Kahn of her intentions. Once Kano gives the signal, Sheeva enters the throne room where she is immediately run through the back with a sword by Shao Kahn, who lay in wait. She is seemingly killed by this attack.

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Mortal Kombat 3


Mortal Kombat 3 Ultimate, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat 9, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath


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Page Updated:  Jan. 4th, 2021

A female version of Goro seems like a natural choice for a new design to introduce in MK3. Yeah, "Rule 63" was around in 1995 (before the popular term even existed on the internets). Sheeva was a fairly memorable MK character upon her debut, although she definitely got some heat from fans upon her arrival - since most MK fans wanted to see the return of classic characters. Visually, Sheeva's design consistently had some awkward aspects over the years, but her moveset was on par.

Sheeva's MK3 fighting style, special moves & fatalities were original... although I think she was easily outshined by others in the series. Sheeva's "big return" in MK: Armageddon seemed half-assed... her rendering, moveset, and overall design in Armageddon paled in comparison to her original appearance and seemed like an afterthought. Many years later, Sheeva's MK9 incarnation faired better, but even in HD 1080p, and in her best lighting... she's still not exactly "pleasant" to look at. A consistent trait of Mortal Kombat in general, I suppose. Finally, Sheeva returned yet again in MK11 and... yet again... she's still awkward and not pleasant to look at. Her MK11 design seems forced.

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