Shao Kahn was an advisor to the dragon king, however he poisoned him and took over his place. Shao Kahn was now the emperor of "Outworld", one of the many realms in Mortal Kombat. He is a brillant leader but very cruel and merciless. His biggest accomplishment is perhaps taking control of Edenia (Another realm) and merging it with Outworld. His next interest was earthrealm and sent Shang Tsung to take over this realm by using Mortal Kombat. With Goro, a shokan prince, Outworld won 9 mortal kombats tournaments meaning one more would allow Shao Kahn to take over Earthrealm.

However the shaolin monk, Liu Kang defeated both Goro and Shang Tsung. Irritated at Shang Tsung, he was convinced of luring the earthrealm fighters to outworld while Shang Tsung and his servants would ressurect queen sindel that suicided herself when she was Shao Kahn wife, refusing to be enslaved. Liu Kang fought Kintaro and the emperor Shao Kahn. Despise how incredibly powerful Shao Kahn was, he was defeated. However queen Sindel was ressurected and Shao Kahn went to Earthrealm to take her. By doing this, Earthrealm became fused with Outworld and all humans had their soul stolen except for a few fighters that were protected by Raiden the god of thunder. Despise how well his plan went, he was once again defeated by Liu Kang and in the process, Earthrealm became back to normal.

Shao Kahn was now weakened and Shang Tsung and Quan Chi formed an alliance and bringing Quan Chi to them they swore allegiance to the emperor only to attack and kill him. However despise their easy victory, they simply killed a clone of Shao Kahn. Shao Kahn was able to flee and saw Goro that was wounded to death. Shao Kahn used the last of his power to save Goro thus gaining Goro trust and once again his allegiance and the shokans.

Most recently he is seen in Mortal Kombat Armageddon making an uneasy alliance with Quan Chi, Shang Tsung and Onaga (The Dragon King). It is not known if this is canon in the serie at the moment.

In gameplay, Shao Kahn is a very powerful foe worthy of being the final boss. His attacks are devastating so much that his lack of motion is easily ignored. Shao Kahn has a "trademark" weapon known as the Wrath Hammer, a sledgehammer that he sometime use in kombat. Another thing that makes him a memorable villain, Shao Kahn taunts his enemies in battles and sometime before and/or after. This is his biggest weakness because he then becomes vulnerable for an attack.
Some Taunts: You will die mortal!
You will never win!
Feel the wrath of Shao Kahn!
Feel the power of Shao Kahn!
You suck!
Its official, you suck!
by Mereije October 25, 2006
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Supereme Ruler of Outworld. He is the Bosses of all Bosses in the Mortal Kombat series. He is hard 2 beat and fun 2 play as. hes been in more MK games then any other boss, kinda like goro has been in more then ne other sub bosses.
Shao Kahn Just Regulated me man u wanna try so u can quit laughin cuz u wont beat him either.
by CJ Playa July 09, 2005
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Among the cheapest bosses in the history of fighting games.
The incarnation of Shao Kahn that appears in Mortal Kombat III is virtually undefeatable without exploiting bugs in the A.I. of the game.
by Squid Wrangler April 14, 2005
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The ruler supreme of the "Outworld", he wants to be th absolute Emperor of the Earth.
by Samurai Katsu September 03, 2003
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