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 Outworld.

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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Mortal Kombat 4

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Mortal Kombat Gold, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat X, Mortal Kombat 1



Page Updated:  Apr. 25th, 2024

I can't 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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