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Li Mei
Li Mei 2
General
Real Name Li Mei
Gender Female
Origin Outworld
Resides Sun Do, Outworld
Species Outworlder
In Mortal Kombat
Weapons Sai (MK:DA)
Kunlun Dao (MK:D, MK:А)
Fighting Styles Baji Quan (MK:DA)
Lui He Ba Fa (MK:DA, MK:D, MK:А)
Mi Zong (MK:D)
Games MK: Deadly Alliance
MK: Deception
MK: Unchained
MK: Armageddon
Mortal Kombat (2011) (cameo)
Mortal Kombat X (cameo)
Portrayers Tara Strong (MKX)

Li Mei is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. She made her debut in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.

Combat CharacteristicsEdit

Signature MovesEdit

  • Nova Blast: Li Mei shoots a purple ball of energy at the opponent. In Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance this special move is called Sparkle (MK:DA, MK:D, MK:A)
  • Flipping Heel Kick: Li Mei flips forward in a circular motion, bringing her feet over her head kicking the opponent and then landing back on her feet. (MK:DA, MK:D, MK:A)
  • Flying Flurry: Li Mei launches herself forward with a series of punches to the opponent's face. (MK:DA, MK:D, MK:A)
  • Carnival Spin: Li Mei spins backward and kicks the opponent in an impossible fashion. (MK:DA, MK:D, MK:A)

FatalitiesEdit

  • Fatal Kicks: Li Mei kicks her victim's stomach, lodging her foot in the opponent's innards. She keeps it there for a second before pulling it out, then kicks the victim's head, causing it to explode. (MK:DA)
  • Brutality: Li Mei repeatedly strikes at the torso and head of her opponent very quickly, and then stands, striking a pose. The confused opponent then screams in pain a few seconds later and explodes in a shower of gore. This fatality seems to borrow from the Asian martial arts study of pressure-points. (MK:D)
  • Head Grenade: Li Mei walks up to her opponent and with one swift uppercut, knocks her foe's head straight into the air. Li Mei patiently waits for it to come back down before she kicks it hard at her opponent. When the head strikes them, they explode into piles of blood and bone. This is done in a different way than Liu Kang's Shaolin Soccer. (MK:D)

Other FinishersEdit

  • Hara-Kiri: Deadly Limbo: Li Mei throws her sword into the air and bends over. The sword falls back down and decapitates her. (MK:D)

Stage RelationshipsEdit

Li Mei's people had been forced by the Deadly Alliance to build the following:

TriviaEdit

In General

  • Li Mei is rather notable in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance for having four special moves; most characters have only two or three. She retains all these moves in Mortal Kombat: Deception.
  • There's a common misconception that "Li Mei" means "plum" in Mandarin. In fact, this is incorrect; plum in Mandarin is "Lizi". "Mei" in Mandarin means beautiful, but paired together Li Mei has no significance as a name in Mandarin.
    • Whether this mistake was made on behalf of Midway or just a rumour, it's apparently pervasive enough to have lasted for years.
    • In Catonese, however, "Li" (李) can mean "plum" in English, as well as "Mei" (梅). Combined they mean nothing, so when they're spaced out in English, it is literally translated to "Plum plum." Nonetheless, both words "Li" and "Mei" are references to her trademark purple color scheme. Also, regarding the Mandarin context, while "Mei" doesn't translate to "beautiful" in English, "Meili" does.
  • She is the only normal character to use the "Baji Quan" fighting style, although created characters can use it in Armageddon.
  • Her Flying Flurry special is almost like a punching version of Liu Kang's Bicycle Kick.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

  • Has the same voice actress as Nitara.
  • She has the same sais that Mileena has in Mortal Kombat: Deception.
  • One of the only three character to possess a "tragic" ending in the game, when she has her soul transferred to a mummified soldier by Shang Tsung. The others being Scorpion and Frost.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

  • After offering to train Li Mei, Shujinko foreshadowed her ending in Deadly Alliance by warning her that fighting Shang Tsung and Quan Chi alone would "end in misfortune."
  • She has the same fighting style that Bo' Rai Cho had in Deadly Alliance: Mi Zong.
  • She has the same voice actress as Jade and Mortal Kombat: Unchained Kitana.
  • Many fans have criticized her Deception ending. The ending had many negative views or opinions because it involved Li Mei betraying the heroes and teaming up with Onaga. However, this ending is non-canon.
  • In Mileena's Deception Ending, Li Mei is shown holding a naginata instead of her weapon in the game, which is the Kunlun Dao. Coincidentally, Li Mei was "severely injured" by a naginata in the Armageddon intro video, by means of Hotaru.
  • In the character select screen, when Li Mei is locked, she is obviously shown in her alternate costume in her character space.
  • Li Mei had a large face makeover between Deadly Alliance and Deception. In Deadly Alliance, she had big, brown eyes and big lips, however, in Deception, she had small, green eyes and smaller lips. Her alternate costume in Deception still keeps her Deadly Alliance face model.
  • Li Mei might have met Kai at some time during his journey in Outworld because in a rare moment speaking to Li Mei she tells of a dark skinned monk, that might have been him.
  • Li Mei is described as The Defender of the People of Outworld.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

  • She appears in Konquest Mode attacking Shinnok in the Netherrealm cliffs. When Taven shows up, he fights off Li Mei. It is not made clear whether this was the real Li Mei, or simply a clone Shinnok created to test Taven's strength.
  • She is the first character to receive a critical wound in the opening Armageddon cinematic, by means of Hotaru.

Mortal Kombat (2011)

Mortal Kombat X

  • A seemingly older Li Mei appears leading a village of refugees from Outworld in MKX's story mode, serving as an informant to Sonya and the Special Forces.
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