Sheeva in Mortal Kombat is a member of the Shokan race, a four-armed dragon-human hybrid, and serves as a bodyguard to the emperor of Outworld. Sheeva is known for her powerful grappling moves and her loyalty to her emperor, even participating in a failed invasion of Earthrealm. In the later games of the series, she is often depicted as a more neutral character, not fully aligned with either the forces of good or evil.
Versions of Sheeva in Mortal Kombat
The character Sheeva in Mortal Kombat first appeared in Mortal Kombat 3. She has appeared in several subsequent games in the series, including Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat (2011), and Mortal Kombat X. She also appears as a non-playable character in Mortal Kombat 11.
Sheeva in Mortal Kombat 3 is quite different from her depiction in Mortal Kombat 11 and subsequent versions.
In regards to playstyle, in Mortal Kombat 3 Sheeva is known for her powerful grappling moves and focus on close-quarters combat. In Mortal Kombat 11, Sheeva has a more well-rounded moveset that emphasizes her brute strength and grappling abilities, but also includes new techniques such as her ability to summon stone pillars from the ground.
When it comes to her appearance, Mortal Kombat’s Sheeva has evolved significantly over the years. In Mortal Kombat 3, she has a more traditional dragon-like appearance, with a green, scaly skin and sharp claws. In Mortal Kombat 11, she has a more humanoid appearance with more intricate armor and a more defined physique.
There has been change to her storyline also. In Mortal Kombat 3, she is a faithful servant of Outworld’s emperor, serving as a bodyguard and enforcer. In Mortal Kombat 11, she is a more complex character with her own motivations and a potentially conflicted loyalty to both Outworld and her own people, the Shokan.
Overall, Sheeva in Mortal Kombat 11 is a more fleshed-out and multi-dimensional character compared to her depiction in Mortal Kombat 3.
In Mortal Kombat, Sheeva has a variety of moves at her disposal. Some of her moves include:
Stomp: Sheeva stomps on the ground, causing a shockwave that damages the opponent. (Back, Down, Back, High Kick.)
Ground Pound: Sheeva jumps into the air and then comes crashing down on the opponent, causing damage. (Down, Forward, Low Punch)
Death From Above: (Down, Up.)
Searing Blast: (Down, Forward, High Punch.)
Furious Stomp: (Back, Down, Back, High Kick.)
Spinning Grab: Sheeva spins around and grabs the opponent, throwing them across the screen. (B/O in air)
Teleport Punch: Sheeva teleports behind the opponent and then punches them. (Back, Back, High Punch)
X-Ray Move: Sheeva grabs the opponent, breaks their legs and spine, and then stomps on their head. (Flip Stance + RT/R2)
She also has several special moves such as:
Fireball: Sheeva shoots a fireball at the opponent. (Back, Forward, Low Punch)
Air Throw: Sheeva grabs the opponent in mid-air and throws them to the ground.
Stompkick: Sheeva Stomps the ground and then kicks the opponent.
Hand Stand: Sheeva does a hand stand and then kicks the opponent.
Skin Rip: (Hold High Kick) Back, Forward, Forward (Release High Kick). (Close)
Nail Driver: Forward, Down, Down, Forward, Low Punch. (Close)
Stage Fatality: Down, Forward, Down, Forward, Low Punch. (Close)
Animality: Run, Block, Block, Block, Block.
Babality: Down, Down, Down, Back, High Kick.
Friendship: Forward, Forward, Down, Forward, High Punch.
Chest Pounding: (Throw.)
Sheeva in the Movie
Sheeva appeared in the 1997 film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the second movie based on the Mortal Kombat franchise. In the film, she serves as a general of Outworld’s army and is responsible for leading the invasion of Earthrealm.
Throughout the movie, Sheeva is depicted as a formidable fighter, using her four arms and superhuman strength to overpower her opponents. She is also depicted as being fiercely loyal to the evil emperor Shao Kahn, and plays a key role in the film’s climactic battle.
In terms of characterization, Sheeva is portrayed as a ruthless and cunning warrior who is not afraid to use violence to achieve her goals. She is also shown to have a sense of humor, at one point quipping “I love to dance” as she charges towards her enemies.
Despite her significant presence in the film, Sheeva’s role in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation has received mixed reviews from fans of the franchise, with some criticism directed at the portrayal of the character and the overall quality of the film.