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Jarek
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General
Origin Earthrealm
Resides Earthrealm
Species Human
In Mortal Kombat
Weapons Black Dragon Sword (MK4, MKG)
Kick Axe (MK:A)
Fighting Styles Dragon (MK:A)
Games Mortal Kombat 4
Mortal Kombat Gold
MK: Special Forces
Mortal Kombat Deception (cameo)
MK: Armageddon
Portrayers Herman Sanchez (MK4/MKG)
 
 
Soon I’ll have revenge.
 

 

—Jarek's Mortal Kombat: Armageddon Biography

Jarek is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, who made his debut in Mortal Kombat 4.

About JarekEdit

First debuting as a playable character in Mortal Kombat 4, Jarek was depicted as the brutish and short-tempered second-in-command of the Black Dragon clan.[1] In the games, he initially utilized special moves and fatalities popularized by Kano, a trait later explained by stating that Jarek was once a student of his.[1][2] Jarek's lack of originality caused him to be labeled as a somewhat uninspired character by the Mortal Kombat fanbase. He would later gain his own unique moveset in Armageddon.

AppearanceEdit

In Mortal Kombat 4, Jarek wears an orange sleeveless vest, green pants, and orange wrist guards and boots.

Armageddon would have him wearing drastically different clothing. His default costume consists of him wearing red chest armor, shoulder pads, wrist guards, and boots. His alternate has him wearing a full suit of green armor with orange outlines.

Combat characteristicsEdit

Initially, Jarek shared most of his moves with a fellow Black Dragon member Kano, but later on he gained his own moves. This was explained with the fact that Jarek was Kano's student. It is stated in Jarek's bio that he spent his time training new fatalities but he never got to show them, as Armageddon featured a kreate-a-fatality system that replaced character's individual fatalities.

Signature movesEdit

  • Tri-Blade: Jarek throws a star-shaped exotic blade at his opponent. (MK4, MKG)
  • Cannonball Roll: Jarek curls himself to a ball and hurls himself to his opponent. Jarek also has a vertical version of this attack in which he launches himself upwards. This move was borrowed from Kano. (MK4, MKG)
  • Rhino Stomp: Jarek slams his body to ground, creating a small tremor and damaging the opponent. (MK4, MKG, MK:A)
  • Lasso Snatch: Jarek snatches a lasso towards the enemy, and if it connects, he brings the enemy over his body and slams them down, making them bounce. (MK:A)
  • Tricky Switch: Jarek attempts to grab the enemy, and if successful, he will push him to his side and then kick his back. (MK:A)
  • Flying Legs: Anchoring himself to the ground with his rope, Jarek lunges feet-first towards his opponent. (MK:A)

Other MovesEdit

  • Throw: Jarek lifts his foe up & power bombs them into the floor while shouting random gibberish. If performed too close to a wall, Jarek will instead whipslam his foe to the ground. (MK4)
  • Knee Breaker: Jarek stomps his foe in the kneecap, causing them to scream with pain, stunning them briefly. (MK4)

FatalitiesEdit

  • Eye Laser: Through no visible means, Jarek shoots a laser beam out of his eyes which tears the opponent to shreds. This fatality is borrowed from Kano. (MK4, MKG)
  • Heart Rip: Also borrowed from Kano, Jarek rips the opponent's heart out of his/her chest. (MK4, MKG)

Appearances in other mediaEdit

Comic booksEdit

Jarek makes a small appearance in the official Mortal Kombat 4 comic book that was distributed with some versions of the game. In it, Sonya had tracked him down to the city of Shanghai. After fighting Sonya in the rooftop, Jarek was able to evade her clutches and escaped on his motorcycle.[3]

Character developmentEdit

Jarek's facial appearance was based on Mortal Kombat character designer and modeler Herman Sanchez.[1] Because Jarek had the same moves as Kano, many fans angrily claimed that he was simply Kano in Mortal Kombat 4. This holds some truth since the development team began making 3D models of existing MK fighters and then decided they needed to add some new people as well. Jarek was designed to be the "Kano character."[1] This explains why he shares so many moves with him. The same holds true for Reiko (originally Noob Saibot) and Tanya (originally Kitana). However, Tanya and Reiko had their own original moves, while Jarek only had two (the Tri-Blade and the Rhino Stomp). It is also notable that Jarek is often compared with Kira. The main reason for their comparison is that both are Black Dragon clan members who used moves from Kano. Unlike Jarek, however, Kira has her own set of fatalities and shared some of Sonya's moves as well. In MK4, Jarek was assigned Kano's fatalities, but without an artificial eye like Kano's, he had no viable reason to shoot lasers from his own eyes. This was left anyway and never explained. In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Jarek was finally given his own set of moves, thus making him unique from Kano.

The Krypt in Armageddon includes several pieces of concept art relating to Jarek. A sketch of his Lasso Snatch move drawn by Ed Boon reveals that this rope throw was influenced by Scorpion's spear technique.[4] Two possible weapon stances are also shown: one with Jarek holding two leaf swords[5] and the other with him holding two kick axes.[6] The leaf blades were dropped as they did not fit Jarek's unrefined look.[5] In the finished game, he only uses one kick axe.

Game informationEdit

Jarek appeared as the boss of the third level in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. He had the ability to throw blades, taunt, and fire an orb that paralyzed the player if shot. He also makes a cameo appearance in Mortal Kombat: Deception's Konquest mode. In it, Jarek can be found in the Netherrealm searching for Oni teeth in order to prove his worth to the Black Dragon clan.[7] However, he simply pays Shujinko to find these for him. Jarek also appears in Armageddon's Konquest mode during the first training obelisk, representing a generic enemy that Taven must fight.[8]

TriviaEdit

  • In early versions of Armageddon, Leaf Blades were supposed to be his weapon.
  • In Armageddon, Jarek used the Dragon fighting style that Sub-Zero had in Deadly Alliance and Deception.
  • He is seen fighting Sindel in the opening cutscene of 'Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.
  • It was stated in the artwork for Jarek's "Lasso Snatch," that that would be the only time the team would re-use Scorpion's rope model for another move/character.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jarek's Bio Card. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon Premium Edition Bonus Disc, Midway Games, 2006.
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named MKSF
  3.  Mortal Kombat 4 Limited Edition Comic Book. 1998,  Midway Games
  4. Krypt Jarek Moves Sketch. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Midway Games, 2006.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Krypt Jarek's Holy Leaf Sketch. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Midway Games, 2006.
  6. Krypt Jarek's Axe Sketch. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Midway Games, 2006.
  7. Jarek: "I'm here to prove to the Black Dragon that I'm the toughest bastard in the clan by pulling teeth out of the jaws of an Oni." Konquest mode. Mortal Kombat: Deception, Midway Games, 2004.
  8. Argus: "You will meet many foes of great power along your journey. Test your might in Mortal Kombat." Konquest mode. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Midway Games, 2006.
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