Lieutenant Sonya Blade, (USA) or Lt. Sonya Blade, (USA), is a female soldier who is a member of Earthrealm's Special Forces unit known as Outer World Investigation Agency (OIA) in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. She is one of the few original Mortal Kombat characters, debuting in the first Mortal Kombat arcade game, and was the first female character introduced in the series.
A member of a top United States Special Forces unit, Sonya Blade is a beautiful, stern, tough-as-nails lieutenant. Her impulsiveness is catalyzed by her superior and good friend, Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs. Sonya represents a very emancipated and headstrong woman, but for all her stubbornness and pride, she deeply cares about the lives of her friends and comrades. She has a long-standing enmity with the thug, Kano, who had murdered a former partner of hers, and stands for everything Sonya despises. She has also feuded with other Black Dragon members such as Jarek.
In her first appearance, Sonya wears a green sports bra, matching color pants and white socks. The holster on her pants, along with the groin region, are black. She wears upper arm bands and chunky forearm bands. Her hair is in a bob cut with a head band.
In UMK3 and MK Trilogy, Sonya wears a green-black-and-white sports bra and tights set with black biker gloves,upper arm bands and white socks. She also has longer hair tied into a ponytail.
In MK4/Gold, she wears a halter-style crop top and jogger set, a bullet belt on her right leg, calf-high boots, upper arm bands and forearm guards.
In Deadly Alliance, Deception, Unchained, and Armageddon, Sonya wears a white crop top, a short Special Forces jacket, dark jeans and black boots, and her alternate is tight, grey-colored jumpsuit. In MK vs DC Universe, she replaces the jacket with a beret and long, fingerless sap gloves.
In MK 2011, Sonya wears a short, tight Special Forces vest that goes above her belly button, with two straps buckled up, along with her I.D. badge. She wears a pair of dog tags, as well. On her upper arms, she wears arm bands, some of which form Xs over her biceps and triceps. She also wears dark green-and-black leather pants, a holster, knee-pads, and high-heeled, combat-style boots. Her alternate outfit consists of a white, low-cut crop top, green short shorts, tan hiking boots, green-and-black gloves, a hat, dog tags, and single arm bands just above her elbows.
Powers and abilities Edit
Sonya has the power to fire and manipulate pink-colored energy, as well as gain temporary flight (or at the very least the ability to maneuver in air). Her abilities are vast, mostly based on agility, as well as deadly and impressive due to her Special Forces training. She is very fast in combat, using quick and effective kicks and strikes. She also incorporates gymnastics into some of her moves, such as her Kartwheel Kick move and Scissor Split fatality. She is also, along with Liu Kang, Nightwolf, Johnny Cage, Jax, Sub-Zero, Smoke, Kabal and Stryker, one of Raiden's Chosen Warriors (being the only Earthrealm female with this honor) and, thus, one of the strongest fighters not only in Earthrealm, but all the realms.
- Energy Rings: Clanging her wrists together, she sends out ring-like projectiles that would hit the opponent. (MK, MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK4, MKG, MKvsDCU, MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Rings Of Justice and fires two rings, one at normal height and the other at a lower level.
- Leg Grab: Sonya does a handstand and grabs her opponent with her feet, then slams them to the ground. (MK, MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK4, MKG, MKvsDCU, MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Krazy Legs. After the opponent is slammed onto the ground, they bounce over Sonya, who grabs them by the feet and slams them back down.
- Air Leg Throw: Using her legs she tosses the opponent to the ground, from the air. (MK4, MKG, MK 2011)
- Face Planter: She takes off into the air and flies across the screen with a punch to anyone who is in the air. (MK, MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK4, MKG, MKA, MKvsDCU)
- Inverted Bicycle Kick: Like Liu Kang, Sonya rises into the air with a series of kicks to the opponent. This can turn into Bike Assault after doing a Bicycle Kick - Sonya does another Bicycle Kick to the ground. The inverted bicycle kick slightly returns in MK 2011, but Sonya can only perform it during her X-Ray Move. (MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK4, MKG, MKvsDCU)
- Kartwheel: Sonya performs a cartwheel at her opponent, kicking them on impact. (MK4, MKG, MKvsDCU, MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Kartwheel Bash and increases damage.
- Flying Kick: Sonya flies across the screen with a kick to the opponent's torso. (MK:DA, MK:A)
- Kiss: Sonya blows a kiss that stuns the opponent by irritating their eyes. Note that this move won't work on Kenshi, due to the fact that he is blind. (MK:DA, MK:A, MKvsDCU, MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Deadly Kiss and hits the opponent at a further distance. This can be charged as well, but doesn't change the distance.
- Armed Forces: Sonya crouches down and releases a purplish pink projectile from her hands at the opponent. (MK:A)
- Arc Kick: Sonya performs a kick that arcs through the air, enabling her to hit the opponent in the air or on the ground. (MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Arc Wave and travels at a faster speed, as well having increased damage.
- Air Drop: Sonya can do a kick straight down after jumping in the air. (MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Air Strikes and will do multiple kicks on the way down.
- X-Ray Move - SF Beat Down: Sonya initiates her X-ray Move with a series of punches and kicks (two of each), which if any one (all, in some cases) of them lands, she then performs a leg grab on the opponent's neck, snaps it, then she uses the inverted bicycle kick and slams him/her on the ground head first, breaking their skull and neck. (MK 2011)
- Free-Fall Super Move: Sonya bicycle-kicks her opponent before using a powerful Energy Ring attack to knock them to the ground. (MKvsDCU)
- Close Combat Mode: A/X: Double Slap: Sonya slaps you in the face twice. B/O: Arm Breaker: Sonya spins you around and breaks your arm. X/Square: High Knee: Sonya high knees you in the stomach. Y/Triangle. Nose Breaker: Sonya puts the palm of her hand and uppercuts them in the nose. (MKvsDCU)
- Throw: Sonya grabs her opponent by the shoulders and knees him/her in the stomach. She then spins around and elbows them in the stomach (Forward Throw) or flips them over her shoulder (Backwards Throw). (MK 2011)
- Knockdown: Sonya rams her shoulder into her opponent knocking them to the ground. (MK 2011)
- Tackle: Performed while in Military Stance. Sonya jumps onto her opponent, knocking them to the ground on their back. She then punches them once or twice, before jumping back up and kicking them in the crotch, sending them sliding across the ground. (MK 2011)
- Fire Kiss: This fatality has been Sonya's trademark fatality ever since MK. She would blow a flaming kiss in the direction of her opponent, burning him/her alive. (MK, MK3, UMK3, MKT, MKvsDCU)
- Crush Kiss: Another variation of this fatality was found in Mortal Kombat 3 in which she would once again blow a kiss and an amazing purple, glowing orb would be hurled towards an opponent, thus crushing the opponent and leaving behind a pile of blood and bones. (MK3, UMK3, MKT)
- Slice Kiss: The kiss returns with a different style. She conjures an energy ball that destroys the opponent's upper torso once it makes contact. (MK4, MKG)
- Scissor Split: Sonya performs her leg grab trademark move and grabs her opponent with her legs, holding them high momentarily before ripping the body apart by splitting her legs. (MK4, MKG, MK 2011)
- Poison Kiss: The kiss once again returns and this time, with a sadistic new style. Sonya exhales a mystical poisonous mist at her opponent (complete with Valentine hearts), causing him/her to choke and vomit food twice and blood once. While the opponent is distracted by the vomiting, Sonya then jumps in the air and crushes her opponent's head with her feet. (MK:DA)
- Airborne Blade: Sonya grabs the opponent by the neck, stands upside-down while doing so and snaps their neck. In Mortal Kombat 4, she uses this as her Grab attack, doing the very same thing, but it is not used as a fatal blow. (MKvsDCU)
- Kut-Throat: Sonya gets a garrote wire, puts it at her opponent's throat and flips over their head. She then slowly slices through their neck, and their head falls off. (MK 2011)
- Friendship #1: Sonya does her exercise. (MK3)
- Friendship #2: Sonya would salute and flowers would grow all over the floor. (UMK3, MKT)
- Animality: Hawk Rip: Sonya turns into a giant hawk and carries the opponent into the air and dices them to pieces. (MK3, UMK3, MKT)
- Babality: Sonya does her Inverted Bicycle Kick and lands on her side. She spins around throwing a tantrum. (MK 2011)
Movie and TV AppearancesEdit
In the first Mortal Kombat feature film, Lieutenant Sonya Blade is portrayed by actress Bridgette Wilson. In the film, Sonya's pursuit of Kano leads her to Shang Tsung's boat, where she meets Liu Kang and Johnny Cage. The three of them are chosen by Raiden to represent Earthrealm in the Mortal Kombat tournament, and it is there that Sonya encounters Kano and defeats him, avenging the murder of her former partner by Kano's hands. Later in the film, Sonya is taken prisoner by Shang Tsung and challenged by him to Mortal Kombat. Sonya is rescued by Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Princess Kitana. Liu Kang takes Sonya's place and defeats Shang Tsung, winning the tournament.
In the animated film Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins, Sonya Blade, voiced by Jennifer Hale, appears as one of the protagonists alongside Liu Kang and Johnny Cage.
Sonya Blade appears in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm which is an animated cartoon series based on the Mortal Kombat franchise. In the series, Sonya Blade is voiced by Olivia d'Abo.
In the second Mortal Kombat feature film, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Sonya Blade is portrayed by actress Sandra Hess.
During the opening sequence, Sonya is quickly overpowered and taken hostage by Shao Kahn, but is saved by Johnny Cage before Kahn can execute her. Cage is subsequently killed in her place when Kahn snaps his neck.
Despite her sorrow over Cage's death, an emotionally guilt-ridden Sonya continues to aid her fellow Earthrealm warriors and Raiden in bringing an end to Shao Kahn's rule. She saves her parter and friend, Jax Briggs, from an extermination squad lead by Cyrax. Afterwards, she successfully fends off an assassination attempt on her life by Mileena, and is saved from one of Shao Kahn's unearthly creatures by Jax.
In the final battle between the Earthrealm warriors and Shao Kahn's kombatants, Sonya engages and defeats Ermac. The Earthrealm warriors are victorious in the battle and Earthrealm is restored to its normality.
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth is a short film directed by Kevin Tancharoen. In the film. Sonya Blade is portrayed by actress Jeri Ryan. She informs assassin Hanzo Hasashi about Sub-Zero in Shang Tsung's underground tournament.
In this online series, Jeri Ryan reprises her role as Sonya Blade.
In this continuity, Sonya is a member of the Deacon City Police Department instead of Special Forces, serving under Jax and working with Kurtis Stryker. Her former partner was killed by Kano of the Black Dragons.
In the first episode, Sonya has discovered the location of the Black Dragon's manufacturing warehouse and is recording details as she sends a message to Jax, informing him of the warehouse's address and information on their latest shipment of robotic weapons under the codename Cyber Initiative. Sonya loads her weapon as she goes to confirm her intel before telling Jax that Kano is also in the warehouse. However, Sonya is captured by Kano and the Black Dragons, and held chained to the ceiling in the warehouse's basement being tortured for several days.
Sometime later, Kano comes to visit her, to taunt and mock her, prompting Sonya to spit on him in disgust, though Kano furiously headbutts her and draws his knife, threatening to kill her like he did her partner. Sonya warns him that her friends will find him, but Kano reveals he is using the very info she sent them to lure Jax and Stryker into a trap. Kano then leaves as Jax and Stryker arrive, and Sonya soon hears and feels the effects of the massive gunfight above ground, calling out Jax's name as she struggles to get free.
Sonya finally manages to escape when the chains embedded in the ceiling become loose after another large explosion from above, using leverage to pry herself free. Though her hands are still bound in chains, she frees her legs from the rope binding them and rushes off for the warehouse's upper level to help Jax.
In the second episode, once she's back in the warehouse, Sonya dispatches three Black Dragon members with hand-to-hand and weapons fire, even managing to shoot one that was recovering behind her without even looking. Sonya then heads for the warehouse control room and sees Jax chasing Kano on one of the security monitors before racing after them. Sonya finds Jax shortly after he's beaten Kano in a brutal fist fight and shoots a Black Dragon member just as they threw a grenade at Jax.
Their reunion is cut short just as the explosive goes off.
Sonya wakes up in a hospital, injured but alive, greeted by Stryker, who informs her she's been unconscious for nearly a week. When Sonya asks if Kano was apprehended, Stryker shakes his head, telling her his men saved him before they could arrest him. Sonya tells Stryker it was a trap and tries to sit up, but Stryker tells her to rest.
When Sonya asks about Jax, Stryker tells her he's alive, but in bad shape, and when Sonya asks what happened, Stryker reveals Jax covered her when the grenade went off, saving her life, though he sustained serious injuries to his back and arms. When Sonya asks to see, Stryker tells her he's been transferred to a different location and is in surgery, before assuring her they have a plan to help Jax.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Jeri Ryan was unable to reprise her role for Season 2, and Sonya was absent as a result.
- Partner of Jax in both the first and second movies.
- Arch nemesis of Kano in the first movie.
- Friend and ally of Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, and Kitana.
- Defeated and killed Kano in the first movie.
- Taken captive by Shang Tsung, who develops a romantic interest in her.
- Freed by Cage, Liu Kang, and Kitana before the final battle.
- Saved from death at the hands of Shao Kahn by Cage, who in turn was killed in the second movie.
- Recruited Jax to help in the battle against Shao Kahn in the second movie.
- Killed Cyrax.
- Defeated and killed Mileena.
- Saved from an unearthly creature by Jax.
- Defeated and killed Ermac in the final battle.
- Hypnotized by Reptile into becoming the bride of Shao Kahn.
- Shared a love interest with Johnny Cage.
Mortal Kombat LegacyEdit
- Lieutenant of the Deacon City Police Department.
- Snuck into the Black Dragon's warehouse to investigate the "Cyber Initiative".
- Captured by the Black Dragon and imprisoned in a room where she was taunted by Kano, the leader of the Black Dragon, who had murdered her old partner, until the DCPD broke into the warehouse.
- Saved by Jax from a grenade explosion, but the two were badly injured.
- Awakened in a intensive care unit one week later, where Stryker told her that the Department of Defense has a "plan" to save Jax.
- Has a daughter with Johnny Cage named Cassie.
- Arctika: After taking out Sektor's warship, Sonya hacks into the Tekunin tracking system whilst Taven has one of their tracking devices on him. Sonya attempts to get information from him, only to be defeated. (MK:A)
- Dark Prison: The possessed Sonya is kept here until Onaga requires her for his sinister tasks. (MK:D)
- Kahn's Arena: Sonya and Kano were both captured by Outworld forces and chained up, forced to watch as Shao Kahn attempted to destroy her friends. (MKII)
- Subway: An Earthrealm location where the Special Forces advertise recruitment (MK3, MK:A)
- Warrior Shrine: Sonya is one of the warriors honored here by way of a statue in her likeness. (MK)
Mortal Kombat (film)Edit
- "I trust one person on this planet, Jax, you're talking to her."
- "Where's Kano? Where is he?"
- "When I want back-up, I'll radio for it."
- "A handful of people on a leaky boat are gonna save the world?"
- "Black Hawk to Cardinal. Black Hawk calling Cardinal. ls anybody monitoring? Jax, this is Sonya, do you copy?"
- "Do I look like your secretary?"
- Yeah, well, he didn't say anything to me. Shang Tsung knows where Kano's hiding!
- "How many times do I have to tell you? I don't need your help. I can take care of myself."
- "I smell something... bullshit."
- "Just the way I like em', dumb and ugly."
- "What, you used it to knife your mother in the back?"
- "Yeah? Study this!"
- "We can't win now. How can we possibly beat something like that?"
- "Oh, don't you dare do this to protect me, Johnny Cage."
- "Oh, I can't believe this. You are the most egotistical, self-deluded person I have ever met!"
- "I will not fight you, Shang Tsung! I'm not playing your game."
- "My friends will come for me."
Mortal Kombat: AnnihilationEdit
- "What's that supposed to mean?"
- "If anybody's gonna kill Kahn, it's going to be me."
- "Together, we couldn't even save Johnny."
- "Forget it. If I die, that's fine, but I am not losing anybody else."
- "Look! All you need to know is they're trying to kill me, and probably you too."
- "Nice look, but I'd lose the wall."
- "Nature's dying. The merger of the realms is almost done."
- "I can't explain it! The merger is close, we've only got a few days left. Use your imagination."
- "Nobody told me why Johnny had to die."
- "Thanks, Jax. I uh, I owe you one."
- "Wait. That tattoo, I've seen it before. On a robot and a woman. They both tried to kill me."
- "Your dad's an elder God? Funny how you failed to mention that before."
- "Leftover's are fine with me."
- "Jax! Help!"
- "I'm fine. So you finally got your confidence back, huh?"
- "Oh, come on, Jax. Could've been worse. Could've been the last week of our lives."
Mortal Kombat: LegacyEdit
- "Jax, I've located the Black Dragon's warehouse at 20th and Wash. They're preparing a shipment of robotic weapons to be shipped out tomorrow under code name: Cyber Initiative. I think this is what we've been looking for. I'll confirm intel and transmit as soon as I can. And one more thing, Jax... Kano's here."
- "They'll find you."
- "It was a trap!"
Mortal Kombat: ArmageddonEdit
- "Tekunin Warship! This is Sonya Blade! You are in violation of the Earthrealm Accord! Surrender immediately or risk annihilation!
- "I'm Sonya Blade of The Earthrealm Special Forces. You've got some explaining to do. What are the Tekunin up to?"
- "I can follow you anywhere. Now answer me! What is Sektor planning?"
- "I have full authority!"
Mortal Kombat (2011)Edit
- "I guess I'll have to do this the hard way." (Battle Cry)
- "Mission accomplished!" (Victory quote)
- "Good for you." (to Johnny Cage)
- "Listen, I've got serious problems here. I'm in no mood to be hit on by some movie star." (To Johnny Cage)
- "I don't need an escort! And I'm sure as hell not your baby!" (To Johnny Cage)
- "Not man enough for a fair fight?" (to Kano)
- "S.F. is on the way. You won't get far." (to Kano)
- "Jax! Jax! You in here?" (looking for Jax in the dungeons)
- "Oh my god. What did they do to you?" (upon discovering Jax in the dungeons)
- "Let him go! We're not part of your tournament!" (to Shang Tsung)
- "Done! We're leaving!" (After defeating the elder Sub-Zero)
- "Stand in my way and I'll kick your..." (To Shang Tsung)
- "You want some too? Fine by me!" (When Raiden stops her from challenging Shang Tsung)
- "Enough of this!" (after beating Raiden)
- "Come on, Jax! Move it! That's an order!"
- "I don't have time for this! Outta my way!" (When confronted by Kitana and Jade)
- "Sure don't need anymore surprises like them." (After defeating Kitana and Jade)
- "Damn you!" (after Shang Tsung destroys the rescue chopper)
- "You're coming with me!" (After defeating Kano)
- "All right then. We're with you, Raiden."
- "That was awesome, Liu Kang!" (after Liu Kang defeats Shang Tsung)
- "What is it with you Shokan and underground cesspools?" (While being held captive by Sheeva)
- "You sure have a way with women." (After Jax defeats Sheeva)
- "Motherf...That portal better be close." (When the younger Sub-Zero leaves her to tend to a wounded Jax on her own)
- "But how do we know? Raiden could be having visions of possible futures, not the future."
- "Raiden... Raiden, where are you?" (barely conscious after being wounded by Sindel)
- "C'mon! It's up to us!" (To Johnny Cage, when Shao Kahn enters Earthrealm)
- "You did what you had to do to protect Earthrealm. Losses in war are...are inevitable." (To Raiden)
- Sonya's character was inspired by the karate champion and movie actress, Cynthia Rothrock.
- Sonya was named after one of Ed Boon's sisters. He confirms this in a video interview in the special edition of Deception.
- Her known relatives are Major Herman Blade (father, deceased), Erica Blade (mother, unknown), and Daniel Blade (twin brother, deceased).
- Sonya almost didn't make it into Mortal Kombat. Originally, Kurtis Stryker, who later debuted in MK3 (although, at the time, the name was given to the character who would eventually be called Jax in MKII) used her storyline, but he was dropped and Sonya created to add a female character to an otherwise all-male cast.
- Sonya was revealed to be one of Ed Boon's favorite characters during an interview around the time MK3 came out. Boon stated that she was not only one of the strongest, but also one of the most popular characters of the series.
- Sonya and Kano were the first MK3 characters to be confirmed.
- Sonya's body can be seen in the introduction of Mortal Kombat Deception, located on the stairs leading to the Shang Tsung's palace.
- Sonya was planned to be a playable character in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, along with Jax. However, Sonya's part was dropped due to deadline issues. Early shots of the game listed her code name as "Panther".
- Sonya was originally going to fight Jade during the first movie in a secret arena, but the scene was cut from the shooting script and never filmed.
- In Malibu Comics' non-canon Mortal Kombat comic book series, Sonya was kidnapped, and hypnotized by Reptile into marrying Shao Kahn. Their marriage would have opened the barriers of the two worlds (Outworld and Earth) and Kahn would had been able to take Earth as his own (as well as Sonya becoming his Queen). The wedding was stopped during a battle involving the entire cast of the first two games. The comics also suggested a love interest between Sonya and Johnny Cage.
- Sonya appears on Johnny Cage's movie poster as his romantic interest during his ending in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
- A false rumour that spread among many players in the first Mortal Kombat was the existence of a code that would make Sonya appear naked in the game (referred to as the "Nudeality" or "Nudality"). Various reports told of its existence only appearing in the Sega version, only in the arcade version, and so on.
- Sonya's partner who was killed by Kano was named Cliff LoDolce in Jeff Rovin's MK novel, Bill van Hoven in the MK movie novelization, and Wexler in the cartoon show, Defenders of the Realm.
- Sonya is the first character used in the Challenge Tower in MK 2011.
- One of the only two survivors of the Earthrealm fighters in the MK 2011 story mode, the other being Johnny Cage.
- Sonya has the longest X-Ray Move, with up to 11 hits. It easily earns the player an achievement/trophy "Block This!".
- Her alternate costume in Mortal Kombat (2011) is the same as the outfit she wore in the movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, with gloves, a hat, and sunglasses.
- She is pushed off of the Pyramid of Argus in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon by Johnny Cage during the game's cinematic intro.
- In Mortal Kombat (2011), if the player picks Sonya, it says "Sonya Blade", but the announcer just says "Sonya".
- Sonya Blade's official theme is titled, "Go Go Go."