Death Battle Combatant
Shang Tsung MK3
Name Shang Tsung
Origin Mortal Kombat
Company Warner Bros.
Appearance(s) Akuma VS Shang Tsung
Your soul is mine!
~ Shang Tsung

Shang Tsung is the villainous sorcerer from Mortal Kombat. He appeared in the second episode of Death Battle, Akuma VS Shang Tsung, where he battled Street Fighter's Akuma.


Shang Tsung is a sorcerer from Outworld. He is the servant of Shao Kahn. Long ago, he was caught cheating in the Moral Kombat tournaments. The Elder Gods punished him by making him age swiftly until an untimely death. The only way to prevent this is by absorbing souls. His skill almost had given him enough victories for Shao Kahn to take over Earthrealm, but he was stopped by his greatest opponent, Liu Kang.

Death Battle Info

Flaming Skulls

  • Can attack in Rounds of One, Two, or Three
  • Fire Damage
  • Swift & Deadly
  • Unlimited Supply of Human Skulls

Hot Escape

  • Teleport Ability
  • Extremely Fast
  • Wide Range
  • Burns victims when Appearing Close Enough
  • Sucker Punch


  • Can change into Anyone He Knows
  • Copies Abilities and Stats of Subject
  • Enables Hundreds of New Strategies

Straight Sword

  • About Three Feet Long
  • Secretly Hidden
  • Of Unknown Make
  • Prefers Fists & Magic Over Swordplay

Soul Steal

  • Sustains Youth
  • Restores Energy & Health
  • Gains Opponent's Memories & Skills
  • Uses Skills for Morph

One Minute Melee

Shang appears a combatant in Episode 50 of One Minute Melee, Fei Long VS Liu Kang. In the episode, Tsung faces off against Liu Kang and morphs into Street Fighter's Fei Long to change the tide of the battle. He is killed at the end of the fight, his head crushed into the ground beneath him.



  • Shang Tsung is the first Warner Bros. character to be in Death Battle, the other 9 are Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Raiden, Batman, Superman, Shao Kahn, Sektor, Scorpion, and Deathstroke.
  • Shang Tsung among with his opponent are the first and second to appear on Death Battle who first came to being in the 1990s, in his case, 1992 when Mortal Kombat was first released for the arcades.
  • Shang Tsung was the first Mortal Kombat character on Death Battle, followed by Raiden, Shao Kahn, Sektor, Scorpion, Sonya Blade, and Sub-Zero.
    • Scorpion first appeared as one of two forms that Shang Tsung took against Akuma before appearing as a combatant in his own episode.
  • Shang Tsung is the first Mortal Kombat character to fight a Street Fighter character, the next three were Shao Kahn, Scorpion, and Sonya Blade.
    • Shang Tsung is also the first and so far only Mortal Kombat character to lose to a Street Fighter character.
  • Hot Escape was only featured in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.


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