Sindel (or Queen Sindel by title) is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.
Sindel rules the realm of Edenia alongside her daughter, Princess Kitana
. Her power appears to be more of an inner, ethereal nature, however, and she has a natural affinity with aerial magic, as evidenced by her ability to levitate
and manipulate sonic waves.
Sindel's storyline begins ten thousand years ago, when her kingdom was invaded by Shao Kahn
, and she was forced to watch as her husband, King Jerrod
, was killed, her people enslaved, and her then-infant daughter Kitana adopted by Kahn as his own. This proved too much for her, and soon after the invasion, she committed suicide.
However, this would not be the end of her. Gaining aid from Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn would conspire to bring her back to life, but not in Outworld. Instead, her resurrection would take place on Earth, which would allow Shao Kahn to step through the borders separating the realms and claim her for himself, thus forcing a merger between Earth and Outworld. She would also be revived in a brainwashed state, with no knowledge of her past and having complete loyalty to Kahn. After the sorcerer Shang Tsung failed to secure Earth via the Mortal Kombat tournament, Kahn implemented this plan, and was partially successful; Sindel was reborn just as was planned, but Kahn was only able to garner a partial merger of the realms by her revival before Earth's warriors defeated him. However, Kahn didn't just lose Earth in his defeat; Kitana - realizing that her mother was alive - succeeded in procuring an audience with her and convincing her of her true past, thus turning Sindel against the emperor. As Kahn's defeat also succeeded in separating it from their homerealm of Edenia, Sindel took up her rightful place on its throne, and vowed not only to rebuild their home, but to also bring down Shao Kahn for his many crimes.
However, those plans had to wait, as one of Sindel's people, the daughter of an Edenian ambassador to the realms named Tanya, betrayed her homeland and allowed the Netherrealm forces of the fallen Elder God Shinnok to invade the palace. Though Kitana got away, Sindel herself was captured and held in her own dungeon until Shinnok's forces were defeated. Enraged at this latest invasion on her kingdom, Sindel sent Kitana to form an alliance with the Shokan armies and lead them into battle against a weakened Shao Kahn while she continued to help restore Edenia to its former beauty. Unfortunately for her, Edenia was once again invaded, this time by the Dragon King, Onaga, who had resurrected Kitana and her Earthrealm allies and placed them under his control. She was once again confined inside her own prison, this time guarded by her own daughter, but was freed by Jade. She scoured Edenia for more information on Onaga that might lead her to a way to free Kitana from his control.
In Sindel's Mortal Kombat: Armageddon ending, she defeats Blaze and obtains godlike powers. With these newfound abilities, she decides to resurrect her husband King Jerrod, reaching out to the Heavens and taking his soul. She gives him flesh and bones, allowing him to live once more. Now Sindel, Jerrod, and Kitana will work together to ward off evil tyrants like Shao Kahn and to keep the realms safe and protected.
- Banshee Scream: Sindel screams and stuns the opponent for a free hit. (MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK:D, MK:U, MK:A)
- Levitate: Sindel uses her flying abilities to float in mid-air. (MK3, UMK3, MKT)
- Fireball / Star Screamer: Sindel fires a ball of energy from her mouth. In all 2-D games, she can also perform this move in the air. In Trilogy, she can also throw two balls at once. (MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK:D, MK:U, MK:A)
- Sliding Foot Grab: Sindel slides forward, face down on the ground with her arms reaching out to grab the opponent's legs. When she does, she bends up her legs to kick the opponent in the face and knock them down. (MK:D, MK:U, MK:A)
- Super Scream: Sindel screams with force to destroy her opponent. In Mortal Kombat 3 and its updates, Sindel used her voice to rip off her opponent's skin, leaving a skeleton covered in flesh remains (this version was later reused as another fatality for Fujin in Mortal Kombat 4, in which he used his wind powers to rip off his opponent's skin). In Deception, this fatality returned in another fashion; in which Sindel used her voice to tear her opponent's body to pieces. (MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK:D, MK:U)
Appearances in other media
Sindel appeared in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and was portrayed by South African actress Musetta Vander. In addition to her backstory with Kitana, she is named Kahn's new general of his Extermination Squads following the early death of Rain.
Although Sindel is never seen or mentioned by name on the live-action TV series Mortal Kombat: Conquest
, her canon biography was acknowledged when Kitana declared that her mother had killed herself following the execution of Jerrod, rather than be subservient to Kahn.
Sindel has a minor cameo appearance during Malibu Comics
single issue Kitana/Mileena titled Sister Act
. The comic revealed Kitana's past, showing Sindel as her caring mother. An interesting point is that in the comic, Sindel's hair is black. Although the comic shows Jerrod's death in the hands of Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung, Sindel's fate is never shown.
Sindel was one of several MK3
characters who were not officially named until the game neared completion. During production, she was nicknamed "Muchacha" and "The Bride" by the development team.
In Mortal Kombat 3
, the original Sindel costume used for filming game footage was red. It was digitally tinted purple for the game. Her "that was fun" quote from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
was used in the second movie. She is the first character in the Mortal Kombat
series who used the power of flight as both a move used in combat and as a victory pose.