A bunch of new characters are ripping each other's body parts out in Mortal Kombat X. That's nothing new in the decades-old fighting series. But, a gay character? That is definitely new.
Kung Jin -- a one of the new Shaolin Monks fighting for Earthrealm -- appears to be the first gay male character in Mortal Kombat. The revelation comes during a flashback cutscene.
Relevant dialogue starts at about 3:30 in the video above, where Raiden says, "Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your make-up." Later, after the thunder god tries to get Kung Jin to follow in his ancestors' footsteps and become a warrior monk, Kung Jin says, "I can't... They won't accept..." Raiden -- who knows what the young mortal's talking about because, well, he's a god -- replies by saying, "They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires."
The interpretation of this particular character beat -- first talked up at Gay Star News -- was seemingly confirmed in a tweet by NetherRealm cinematic director Dominic Cianciolo, where he said, "I see people are picking up on the subtle exposition contained in Kung Jin's flashback. Glad we have observant fans!"