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Shang Tsung (Character)
from Mortal Kombat (1992) (VG)

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Mortal Kombat (1995)
Shang Tsung: Flawless victory!

[about Kano]
Shang Tsung: Why else would I have chosen such a disreputable-looking cretin? Look at him! No dignity, no manners... Yet in the realm of Earth, men like him can amass great wealth, and almost god-like power.
Kano: Yeah, and I'd like to get back to my amassing as soon as possible, if you don't mind! Now when do I get paid?

Shang Tsung: Johnny Cage, I challenge you!
Liu Kang: No! You'll fight me. I am Liu Kang, descendent of Kung Lao. I challenge you to Mortal Kombat.

Shang Tsung: We are here to fight in Mortal Kombat. Tomorrow the great Kombat begins, and now a taste of things to come.

Shang Tsung: Your soul is mine...
Shang Tsung: Fatality.

Liu Kang: Shang Tsung killed my brother!
Shang Tsung: You're mine!

Shang Tsung: We are not alone.

Liu Kang: All those souls and you still don't have one of your own. I pity you sorcerer.
Shang Tsung: [Enraged] Save your pity for THE WEAK!

Shang Tsung: IT HAS BEGUN!

Shang Tsung: [Johnny Cage is about to fight Goro] Finish him quickly. Pay me my tribute.
Goro: This puny mortal will be no problem. I'll crush him with one blow.
Johnny Cage: All right? Let's dance.

Shang Tsung: From this moment on, my island will be your battle ground.
[points to Liu Kang]
Shang Tsung: Liu Kang, you will be first. Let Mortal Kombat begin.

[to Goro]
Shang Tsung: You imbecile!

Shang Tsung: Challenging Goro eh? You weren't supposed to fight him now. Are you THAT eager to die?
Cage: I'm not the one who's gonna die.
Shang Tsung: I see. You're very foolish. A true sign of a hero. You want to protect your friends, but make no mistake; they too will die, after Goro destroys you.
Cage: So what's the problem?
Shang Tsung: As you wish. As absurd as your request is I shall grant it. In return, I reserve the right to challenge the winner myself... or another of my choosing. In a place designated by me for the final battle of the tournament.
Cage: You got it pal.

Liu Kang: [shouting] You can't run from me, Shang!
Shang Tsung: I don't need to run!

Shang Tsung: You will be next!

Shang Tsung: Some of you will even have the distinct honor and pleasure, to face Prince Goro, our reigning champion.

"Mortal Kombat: Conquest: Warrior Eternal (#1.1)" (1998)
Shao Kahn: Kung Lao is the best and the last Earth has to offer. Your final battle, Shang Tsung. After your victory, Earth finally becomes my domain.
Shang Tsung: Our domain. Meaning, of course, that I would share in its power as your most obedient servant.
Shao Kahn: Your ambitions serve you well, Shang Tsung. But know this: failure now is unacceptable.

Shang Tsung: Very clever. Playing dead.
Kung Lao: Not as clever as this.
[roundhouse kicks Shang Tsung]

Shao Kahn: He is worthless and weak. Finish him.
Kung Lao: No. Listen to me. When the next tournament comes, remember what you saw here today. The people of Earth are not murderers. In respect of the Elder Gods and the laws of Mortal Kombat... I choose... mercy.
Rayden: Nice speech.
Shang Tsung: You should have killed me, Kung Lao.

Shao Kahn: Are you enjoying the rewards of failure?
Shang Tsung: Great Shao Kahn... end this now.
Shao Kahn: How dare you beg for death! Only victors are granted their desires. There's a fate worse than death. The Cobalt Mines of Shokan. An eternity of pain and suffering. Mocked by the dregs of the universe. A fitting punishment for letting the Earthrealm slip through my hands! You are forever known as an Outcast. Failure. Failure!

Z'dak: I'm Z'dak and this is my region. There's no power greater than mine down here.
Shang Tsung: Yes. You're right. There is no greater power than your stench.

Z'dak: Out of tricks, sorcerer?
Shang Tsung: A few more, up my sleeve.
[steals Z'daks soul]
Shang Tsung: Hocus pocus.

Mortal Kombat (2011) (VG)
Shang Tsung: [approaches his throne] Kombatants. I am Shang Tsung. In the coming days each of you will fight. Some are here of their own volition. Others were brought here by chance. You participate in the most important Mortal Kombat in history. This tournament, the tenth after 9 Outworld victories will determine Earthrealm's fate. If you defeat all of your opponents, you will face 1 final challenge: me.

Sub-Zero: [Stepping before Shao Kahn] Shao Kahn, I challenge Scorpion: The murderer of by brother. You will bring him before me.
Shang Tsung: No one makes demands of the Emperor. Reptile.
[Reptile comes in and fights Sub-Zero, who defeats him]
Sub-Zero: [Upon defeating Reptile] I would kill you. But that is not my purpose here.
[Turns to Shao Kahn again]
Sub-Zero: Your followers hold you in high esteem, warlord. They fight and die for your amusement. My brother participated in this folley. I do so only to face his killer.
Shao Kahn: And you shall.
[Quan Chi summons Scorpion]
Scorpion: What is this? You are not Sub-Zero.
Sub-Zero: I am his family and clan. I fight for his honor.
Scorpion: He *had* no honor, and you will die as he did.

Kung Lao: [after celebrating after his victories with the Outworld audience booing him] See Raiden, Earthrealm is fre...
[Shao Kahn steps in and breaks Kung Lao's neck]
Raiden: Kung Lao!
Liu Kang: No!
Raiden: I will rip the flesh from your bones!
[Liu Kang comes in and wrestles Kahn to the ground]
Shao Kahn: Witless boy. Do you know who I am?
Liu Kang: The murderer of my friend.
Shao Kahn: I am Shao Kahn! Conquorer of worlds! You will taste no victory.
Liu Kang: You will taste your won blood.
[Fights Kahn and defeats him]
Liu Kang: On your feet!
[His left fist glows with fire]
Liu Kang: For Kung Lao, the Shaolin and Earthrealm!
[Liu Kang then punches Kahn in the chest and Kahn falls to the ground dead]
Shang Tsung: I can not believe. Earthrealm has won.
[the sky then glows]
Raiden: The Elder Gods have spoken. Earthrealm is free from Shao Kahn forever. But the price of victory was almost too steep to pay. Kung Lao's death was my fault. I encouraged him. Our triumph was not meant to be achieved this way.
[to Liu Kang]
Raiden: I see now "he must win" must refer to you. But to prevent Armageddon, you needed to defeat Shao Kahn, not Shang Tsung.
[Raiden then takes off his amulet to look at it, only to find it cracks further]
Raiden: It can not be. Shao Kahn is dead. But the future remains unchanged.

Shao Kahn: [after losing the tournament] You failed me! 500 years I have waited. Now I must wait 500 more.
Shang Tsung: My lord, all is not lost.
Shao Kahn: [Walks back to his thrown] Curse the Elder Gods and their tournament. I should've taken Earthrealm by force. But, I am bound by their rules. Rules that can not be broken.
Shang Tsung: My lord.
Shao Kahn: Kill him.
[Kitana gets out her fans and is about to kill Shang Tsung]
Shang Tsung: But, what if the rules were changed?
Shao Kahn: Kitana.
[Signals to hold off killing Shang Tsung]
Shao Kahn: Continue.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008) (VG)
Captain Marvel: This place... such evil.
Shang Tsung: Flattery will get your nowhere. This pathetic creature reeks of the Gods. I want whatever power he possesses.
Scorpion: [to Captain Marvel] We are your death.
Captain Marvel: Even with your world poisoning mine, I think you'll find Captain Marvel isn't easy to kill.

Shang Tsung: [after defeating Superman] At least *they* were more of a challenge than your masters.
Liu Kang: [Giving in to the Kombat Rage] Do not test me, Shang Tsung. I should've killed you at the acadamy!
Shang Tsung: What stopped you?
Liu Kang: Shang Tsung, your treachery ends here!
Liu Kang: [Liu Kang and Shang Tsung fight, with Shang Tsung winning] How, how can this be? You're more powerful than before.
Liu Kang: I was weakened when last we fought. But energies are in constant flux as a result of the merging. Now, I am revitalized, surging with power, I could finish you right now.
Green Lantern: [Getting up] You want a finish? You got it.
[Charges at Liu kang and punches him out]
Shang Tsung: Leave him. He is defeated. Now, you face a more dealy adversary.
[Fights Green Lantern]

Liu Kang: [after bringing The Flash back to the Wu-Shi Acadamy] Masters, masters. Where are they? Why don't they answer?
Shang Tsung: [Coming in] Because they no longer draw breath.
Liu Kang: Shang Tsung!
Shang Tsung: Soon, neither will you.
Liu Kang: [after defeating Shang Tsung] May the Elder Gods bind you in another realm for your treachery, scorcerer.

Sonya Blade: We couldn't stop them either. They overpowered us.
Raiden: How can this be?
Kano: There's a skinny one. Dressed in purple with green hair. Stronger than you think.
Scorpion: I've faced him before. A jester with a twisted face.
[Then, Liu Kang and Shang Tsung appear]
Shang Tsung: A clown? You were defeated by a clown?
Liu Kang: It might be what you said, Shang Tsung. Powers fluxing.
Kano: [Gives into the Kombat Rage and points at Liu Kang] I don't need you to make excuses for me,
[Then points at Shang Tsung]
Kano: and I don't need your approval!
Liu Kang: [Gets in Kano's way] Kano, calm down.
Kano: [Pushes Liu Kang aside] You can't handle them, couldn't even handle me!
Shang Tsung: We shall see.

Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins (1995) (V)
Shang Tsung: Can I be of assistance Lieutenant Blade?
Sonya Blade: Are you the captain of this tub?
Shang Tsung: I am Shang Tsung. The tournament master, and the Emperor's emissary.
Sonya Blade: Yeah, well I don't care abut your Emperor, and I'm not interested in your tournament. I've got a job to do!

"Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Kitana & Mileena: Part 1 (#1.4)" (2011)
Shao Kahn: The princess will learn to despise me once she knows the truth. Make one in her likeness that won't.
Shang Tsung: As you wish.

"Mortal Kombat: Conquest: Warrior Eternal: Part II (#1.2)" (1998)
Vorpax: I was going to say that even the greatest plans made by the most powerful can sometimes fail. So there is only one thing left to do.
Shang Tsung: And what is that?
Vorpax: Make more great plans. You're not the only warrior imprisoned here by Shao Kahn. Kahn's been around for eons and over the years, he's imprisoned hundreds of fighters, just like us.
Shang Tsung: Us?
Vorpax: I only show so much on a first date.
Shang Tsung: We're just full of surprises, aren't we?
Vorpax: In the Cobalt Mines, nothing is as it looks.
Shang Tsung: So I see. Hundreds of fighters, all trapped down here. With us. We could build an army.

Mortal Kombat Fates Beginning (2015)
Kano: [approaches Scorpion] So what ya have against this enemy of yas?
Scorpion: He is responsible for the murder of my family and clan, the Shirai Ryu!
Kano: Reckon I've murdered plenty of families, but neva an entire clen. Maybe me an this Ice Ninja should team up?
[walks over to Kitana]
Kano: What'cha think lollie?
Princess Kitana: I think you disgust me Kano.
Kano: Oye c'mon luv, is no use sittin round cryin ova the dead?
[walks to Scorpion]
Kano: They're six feet down unda. Who cares?
Scorpion: [becomes fed up and enraged] I will tear your beating heart from your chest!
Kano: [laughs, then points his knife at Scorpion] Now that's me job mate!
Shang Tsung: Enough you fools!
[looks at Scorpion]
Shang Tsung: Scorpion! You are dismissed!
Kano: [laughs and waves goodbye] Bye bye Ninja!

"Mortal Kombat: Conquest: Balance of Power (#1.20)" (1999)
Vorpax: What are you doing here?
Reptile: Claiming what's mine.
Shang Tsung: His? What does he have to do with you?
Vorpax: Nothing. His dealing were with Kreeya. As I'm sure you know, she's dead.
Reptile: I don't care who sits on the throne beside me after Shao Kahn falls. But I will have what is owed to me.
Vorpax: Kreeya's promise died with her. I owe you nothing, Reptile. I've chosen Shang Tsung.
Reptile: One of Shao Kahn's prisoners over the ruler of Zaterra?
Shang Tsung: I was at Shao Kahn's side when he conquered your realm. I will be at her side this time.
Reptile: You'll be at my feet, dead!