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The Video Game Easter Egg We Never Saw In Mortal Kombat

The easter eggs and secrets of the original "Mortal Kombat" game are some of the most iconic and influential in video gaming. From Reptile originally being a secret character in the very first game, to the original cryptic nature of the franchise's trademark fatalities, the little things that Midway tucked away in their arcade classic still impact "Mortal Kombat" (and gaming) as a whole. Case in point, the recent "Mortal Kombat" film adaptation did its darndest to slip some of these in-jokes and easter eggs into its script. These are usually small things, like Sonya's in-movie address being the same as an old office of NetherRealm Studios, the current developer of "Mortal Kombat" (via Polygon).

However, screenwriter Greg Russo simply couldn't fit everything from the original "Mortal Kombat" games into this adaptation. The long-beloved character, Johnny Cage, didn't make it in despite being in the very first game. Likewise, there's one other small, yet well-known Easter egg from the video games that we don't see in the "Mortal Kombat" film. This, according to Polygon, was cut despite Russo trying his best to keep it in.

The lack of the famous Toasty! line burns worse than Scorpion's hellfire

Though it seems like a small thing to overlook, the "Toasty!" line from "Mortal Kombat II," which would play along with an image of Midway sound designer Dan Forden when the player landed a powerful uppercut, was originally supposed to make it into the newest "Mortal Kombat" film adaptation. It was something that Greg Russo fought hard to include, and he managed to work it into a later version of the film. However, it was cut in post production.

"It had a spot in the story that didn't feel cringe, like it worked," Russo told Polygon. "But it [was edited out]. Liu Kang said it, after somebody was eviscerated." In the end, the "Mortal Kombat" movie probably didn't lose much without the "Toasty!" line, as it was still very successful.

Depending on the context, many fans might not have even noticed the line, were it included. Those who would've, however, would probably have gotten a kick out of it, and that is a shame. However, there is still hope, as Russo told Polygon that much of what he couldn't fit into the first movie might make it into the sequel. So, perhaps "Toasty!" could still pop up one of these days, as long as Russo can find a slick way to include it.