Sheeva is a female Shokan from the Mortal Kombat video games who made her debut in Mortal Kombat 3. Unlike Goro and Kintaro, she has been a playable character in each of her appearances.


Original timeline

Sheeva's role within Shao Kahn's dominion is that of a master jailer, assigned with punishing the emperor's prisoners of war. She was also the bodyguard of Queen Sindel, the former Edenian monarch that Kahn took as his bride after conquering her realm, until the queen took her own life. After Sindel was resurrected when Kahn put his plan to invade Earthrealm into action, Sheeva returned to her former post. She ultimately failed in her duty, of course, since Kitana and her Earthrealm allies were able to break Shao Kahn's control and bring Sindel back to the side of good.

After Outworld's armies retreated from Earthrealm, Sheeva was not seen for some time. She would reappear among the Forces of Darkness during the Battle of Armageddon where she would die halfway up the steps of the Pyramid of Argus.

Alternate timeline

In the altered timeline of the series, Sheeva is first seen during the Outworld Tournament, serving as master jailer. She is guarding the captive Sonya Blade until she is defeated in kombat by Jax Briggs. She is later tasked with guarding the rebellious Kitana after the princess discovered the creation of Mileena. She is then defeated by Jade. Sheeva later participates in the invasion of Earthrealm and is beaten in battle against Kabal when he infiltrates Shao Kahn's fortress.

Many years later during the Outworld Civil War, the Shokan king Gorbak is slain in battle against Kotal Kahn. Since Goro had previously been crippled, he is disallowed from ascending to the throne of Kuatan. A gladiatorial contest is held to decide who shall inherit the crown, a contest which Sheeva ultimately wins.

Powers and abilities

  • Searing Blast - A deadly fireball attack.
  • Teleport Stomp - Sheeva leaps up into the air and comes crashing down right on top of her opponent.
  • Skin Rip - Sheeva flays her enemy alive... with her bare hands.
  • Lend A Hand - Sheeva rips her opponent's arms off and uses them to smack the enemy down.
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