The character Ermac actually originated as a glitch from the original Mortal Kombat arcade game. If you unlocked the secret battle with Reptile, on rare occasions the game would experience a glitch, resulting in Reptile's pallete changing from green to redish orange, and his name text changing to "ER MAC" ("error macro"). After this was discovered by gamers, the producers decided to officially make "Ermac" a character.
The character Rain was referring to Prince and his hit song "Purple Rain".
Cyrax can be seen in the desert background, trapped in the sands - a reference to his ending from MK3.
Narrator: You have been chose to represent Earth in Mortal Kombat. Be warned. Although your souls are protected against Shao Kahn's evil: Your lives are not. I cannot interfere any longer as your Earth is now ruled by the Outworld Gods. These are the words of Rayden.
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