In one of the MK comics, the forest is said to have once been a part of Edenia, where it was known as the Laughing Forest, as the trees were jolly and filled with mirth. This, however, is likely non-canon.
The Living Forest is tied with Goro's Lair for having appeared in more Mortal Kombat games than any other arena. This stage premiered in Mortal Kombat II and then later in Mortal Kombat Trilogy. It is a playable arena in Mortal Kombat: Deception, and is also seen in Deception's Konquest mode. The Living Forest also appeared in the Mortal Kombat comic books as well.
Mortal Kombat IIEdit
In Mortal Kombat II, Jade and Smoke could be seen lurking in the background, occasionally poking their heads from around the trees. A since-disproven rumor had the winning player performing a stage Fatality where one of the trees would chew up the opponent; this concept was integrated into the Shaolin Monks version as a means of progressing through the level.
Mortal Kombat 4Edit
Mortal Kombat: DeceptionEdit
The arena's Mortal Kombat: Deception appearance remained largely unaltered, aside from adding a ditch around the arena and crisper graphics.
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin MonksEdit
In Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, the Living Forest is both a Versus mode arena and an walkthrough area players can access through the single player/co-op modes. However, it looks significantly different than its MKII predecessor, sporting tombs and canopy walkways in the trees, and lit by many torches.
Mortal Kombat (2011)Edit
The Living Forest returns in Mortal Kombat (2011), this time with corpses laying around and hanging in the trees, and the faces on the trees now have a more skull-like appearance. This new living forest is home to a new Stage Fatality. The opponent is thrown into a tree's opened mouth and soon after the tree begins to feast on the unfortunate soul's flesh, leaving only the legs behind.
Mortal Kombat: Deception
- Oddly enough, in this incarnation of the Living Forest, the trees do not moan or roar but their faces are just frozen.
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
- The faces seen on the trees are based upon Ed Boon's visage.
Mortal Kombat (2011)
- In Mortal Kombat (2011), Smoke (in his MKII costume) occasionally appears behind the trees without Jade. Pressing down and select (PS3) or back (360) when he appears would lead to a secret battle with Smoke.