Motaro is a centaur-like creature and a character from the Mortal Kombat franchise. He and his race of Centaurians hail from Outworld and serve Shao Kahn as hunters and warriors. Motaro himself commanded Kahn's extermination squads during the invasion of Earthrealm and personally slew the Earth warrior Johnny Cage, but he failed to stop Raiden's other champions from besting Shao Kahn and reversing the merger of Earthrealm and Outworld.
At an unknown point between the events of Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Motaro and his entire race were afflicted with a curse by their long-time enemies, the Shokan. This curse transformed the Centaurians into bipedal minotaurs and gave them another reason to despise the Shokan even more.
With four legs or two, Motaro still proved to be a lethal opponent during the Battle of Armageddon. However, like most of the kombatants, he too perished.
In the Mortal Kombat (2011) game, Raiden altered the course of history by sending a message to his past self. In this alternate timeline, Raiden killed Motaro during the Outworld invasion.
- Brute Strength - Motaro is one of the strongest characters in the MK franchise. He can send most opponents flying with a single punch or kick and projectile attacks usually bounce off him. His charging attacks are particularly devastating.
- Tail - Motaro possesses a long, coiling tail that ends with a razor-sharp tip. As well as using it to trip or slash opponents, he can also use it to cast magical energy blasts.
- Teleportation - Motaro can teleport to avoid attacks or ambush his opponents.