Friends: Kung Lao, Siro, Taja
Enemies: Shao Kahn
Rayden is the God of Thunder. He is the offspring of two Elder Gods, along with the Emperor of Outworld, Shao Kahn. Thousands of years ago, Rayden was forced to fight his brother to the death for the family throne. Whoever won would become an Elder God alongside their parents. Rayden mangaged to defeat Shao Kahn, but he was not ruthless enough to kill him. As a result, neither of them became an Elder God. Rayden was bestowed as the God of Thunder, and Shao Kahn was sent as the ruler of a wasted realm, destroyed by malevolence. That realm was Outworld. As Shao Kahn’s power grew and grew, his armies and forces also grew and grew.
Eventually, he became so powerful that he was worthy of being bowed to. He found that he could invade other realms, and clame them as his own. Every realm he invades becomes another colony of Outworld, and by now Shao Kahn has built an empire over galaxies of realms. As for Rayden, he is just as much of a tyrant as Kahn, but less of a monster. Rayden is not only the God of Thunder, but the protector of a realm known as Earth. This is the final realm Shao Kahn needs to conquer before he can call himself the ruler of all existence. But to capture this realm, Shao Kahn must win ten consecutive tournaments of Mortal Kombat, a battle between Outworld fighters and warriors from Earth realm.
Every generation, Rayden must choose his band of warriors and send them to fight in the tournament. But Rayden is forbidden to interfere in the battles or aid the mortals, unless one of the competitors breaks the sacred rules of Mortal Kombat.
The current champion of Mortal Kombat is Kung Lao, who successfully defeated Outworld sorcerer Shang Tsung in the last tournament. Rayden stands by Kung Lao as he waits for the next tournament to come, and defend Earth realm yet again. But Lao isn’t alone. With him are the other Earth warriors, Siro and Taja. As the three fighters encounter many different enemies and fatal situations, Rayden guides them along the way. He often appears to them out of nowhere, offering them clues and hints as to how to deal with the problems at hand. But he must always remember not to tell them the solution directly, as this may jeopardize Mortal Kombat and risk many of his rights as the protector of Earth realm.
After thousands of years as the Thunder God, Rayden’s combat skills are nothing short of devastating. The strength of his attacks make Kung Lao look like a fool. His body is made up of pure electricity, giving him a huge and destructive advantage. It isn’t rare that an explosion of electical charge occurs when he drives a blow into his opponent. You might think that since the power of his attacks are so immense, then it can’t be possibel for him to be nimble. Wrong. Rayden is as quick, fast and agile as any living thing can possibly be. The height of his jumps are astonishing and the gracefulness of his flips is amazing. In all fairness, though, he IS a superhuman powered fighter, who possesses unimaginable martial arts skills.
Rayden can defend as well as he can attack, maybe even better. You will see, as he battles an opponent in one of the episodes, an example of his unique defense skills. His foe attempts to strike Rayden with a mighty sword, but Rayden is able to snatch the sword between his hands as it comes down on him. This kind of stunt requires ultimate timing, superior strength and lightning (heh, heh) speed reflexes.