Liu, I hate this place. I do. I'm telling ya, I hate it. I'm in a hostile environment, I am completely unprepared. I'm surrounded by people who probably wanna kick my ass... it's like being back in high school!
~ Johnny Cage
Johnny Cage
Johnny Cage
Series Mortal Kombat
Age In his fifties
Birthday Unknown
Sex Male
Height 6'0" | 1.83 m
Weight 190 lbs | 86 kg
Alignment Neutral Good
Johnny Cage (real name: John Carlton) is a recurring character in the Mortal Kombat series.


Johnny Cage, famous Hollywood action hero, joined the first Mortal Kombat tournament for the publicity. As the Thunder God, Raiden, intoned at the time about the arrogant, loquacious Cage, "He is a hero... though he might not yet know it." Raiden was correct, of course: Johnny's martial arts skills were not special effects--and were pivotal in Earthrealm's victory. Johnny became a leader alongside Sonya Blade against Outworld and later Netherrealm. Sonya's initial dislike of Johnny turned to friendship and eventually to marriage. After their daughter, Cassie, was born, however, Johnny and Sonya split up. Now older and more somber, the 50-something Johnny is a consultant with a secret Special Forces unit under Blade's command. He tolerates the occasional run-in with his ex-wife mostly to spend time with his beloved Cassie--the group's squad leader.

Powers & Abilities

  • Superhuman Strength: Johnny possesses an uncanny strength for a human. He can punch someone's head off by hitting them in the groin.
  • Green Energy: Johnny possesses a special aura similar to Ki. He can use it to enhance his attacks and shoot projectiles.

Special Moves

  • Green Shadow Kick: Cage slides across the floor with one foot at a steady speed, followed by a green-colored afterimage and connects with a kick to the torso of his opponent with the other one.
  • Red Shadow Kick: The more powerful incarnation of the Green Shadow Kick, which leaves a red trail.
  • Forceball: Cage throws a green bolt of energy at the enemy. In MKII and onwards, the bolt is curved upwards.
  • Straight Forceball: Johnny shoots a Forceball in a straight direction at his opponent.
  • High Green Orb: A higher version of the curved energy bolt.
  • Triple Green Orb: Johnny shoots 3 low green orbs one after another.
  • Nut Punch: One of Cage's most memorable moves where he does a split and punches the opponent in the groin.
  • Green Shadow Uppercut: Cage would leap and deliver an uppercut with his elbow which launched his foe into the air, leaving a green trail.
  • Red Shadow Uppercut: A faster version of the move, which leaves a red trail.
  • Flipkick: Cage does a somersault kick that launches his foe into the air, leaving a green trail.
  • Fist Bump: Johnny claps his fists together, which makes his brass knuckles sparkle and doubles the amount of chip damage landed for a period, making him dangerous to opponents even when they're blocking.
  • Mimic: Johnny creates two yellow shadows around him (his Stunt Doubles), and can send them to perform some specials in his place, such as the Shadow Kick, while Cage himself can stand still and perform other attacks.
  • X-Ray Move - Ball Buster: Cage taunts his opponent. If, during this time, they attack him, he parries them and performs a triple Split Punch in the opponent's groin area. As they double up, he jumps and then slams his elbow on their back, dealing damage to their spine.
  • X-Ray Move - Kasting Kall: Cage delivers a sweet chin to his opponent's head, snapping their jaw. Then, Cage proceeds to forcefully pull their head into his knee with such force that shatters their skull. To end it, Cage then does a backflip, with his foot sending his opponent upwards, but not without snapping their neck.
  • Fatalities: Brutal finishers that take advantage of Johnny's physical strength.
    • Head Pop: Johnny punches the foe in the groin, making their head fly off.
    • Triple Punch Decapitation: Johnny repeats the Head Pop fatality three times, knocing off the opponent's head three times, somehow.
    • Torso Rip: Johnny rips out the foe's torso with his bare hands.
    • Backbuster: Johnny lifts the opponent over his head and bend their back against his with enough force to make the opponent explode into a pile of bloody bits.
    • Torso Kick: Johnny uses a Shadow Kick that separates the opponent's torso from their abdomen and feet.
    • Brain Rip: Johnny punches the foe in the stomach, causing them to puke blood. He then punches the opponent's brain off.
    • Super Split Punch: Johnny repeatedly performs his Split Punch, and keeps punching with enough force to separate the enemy's legs from their torso.
    • Forceful Shadow Kick: Johnny performs a Shadow Kick strong enough to penetrate the enemy's flesh.
    • Heads Up: A combination of the Head Pop and Torso Rip fatalities.
    • And The Winner Is...: Johnny splits the opponent's head with a karate chop, and then shoves a golden trophy into the wound.
    • Here's Johnny: Cage punches the opponent to make them turn around, and then tears through their torso with his bare hands. He then peeks through the hole and says "Here's Johnny!" as a reference to The Shining.
    • Little Improv: Cage tackles his opponent to the ground, and then proceeds to violently grab the back of the opponents head and slams it into the ground so many times that their face becomes mashed up, then walks away after one final slam.
  • Brutalities: Brutal combos that end with with the foe's bloody death.
    • Eye-Popping: Johnny performs a Nut Punch, punching his opponent's groin so hard that their head comes off.
    • Blood Spurt: Johnny delivers a Take Two combo to his opponent, which ends in a side kick that decapitates them.
    • Wow Out: Johnny delivers a Speed Bag combo that is powerful enough to remove the opponent's face, with the final hit as an uppercut breaking the opponent's neck. Still upright, Johnny seemingly winds up a final punch, but stops and ends up pushing them over with his finger with a wry chuckle.
    • Fall Guy: Johnny's Stunt Double Shadow Kicks the opponent in half.
    • Bring It On: Johnny delivers a devastating Rising Kick that obliterates the opponent's torso.
    • Break A Leg: Johnny performs his Throw, but snaps the opponent's right arm and right leg clean off before sending them away with a palm strike.
  • Animality - Hyper Kangaroo Kick: Johnny turns into a kangaroo and kicks the opponent off the screen.


  • Brass Knuckles: Normal brass knuckles with his name on them that he uses for some of his attacks.
  • Bowie Knife: A large Bowie Knife that he used as a weapon in MK4.
  • Pistol: A firearm that he used in MK4 while in his tuxedo costume.
  • Nunchaku: Johnny has been known to use nunchaku several times since Deadly Alliance (until Armaggedon).



  • Has kept up in strength with Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
  • Can easily beat up several thugs simultaneously.
  • Can hold his own against Goro.
  • His punches can make someone's testicles explode.
  • Can punch a someone's head off by punching them in the groin.
  • Capable of opening someone's chest with his bare hands.
  • Capable of ripping off human torsi.


  • Caught Reptile's tongue in the air before it hit Sonya.
  • Comparable to some of the faster Mortal Kombat characters.



  • Contributed on Shinnok's ultimate defeat.
  • Defeated Reptile, Baraka, Sonya, Kano, and Shinnok.
  • Somehow married Sonya Blade.


  • Spotty win-loss record.
  • Most attacks leave him vulnerable to projectiles.
  • Very cocky and arrogant.

Fun Facts

  • He is based on Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  • He was the first character created for Mortal Kombat, and the test prototype of the original game had two Johnny Cage's fighting each other.