I’ve watched Mortal Kombat (1995) over a dozen times, and Johnny Cage cracks me up every single time I rewatch it! While that’s a bit surprising, we shouldn’t underestimate the excellent line delivery and natural charisma of Linden Ashby. He brought Johnny Cage to life with so much flair and attitude, giving the Van Damme-inspired character the personality we’ve grown to love. As a result of this, Ashby’s Johnny Cage says a bunch of funny things in Mortal Kombat (1995), some of which was improvised by the actor himself. Therefore, it’s about time I delve back into this cult classic, and list the 5 BEST Johnny Cage quotes of Mortal Kombat (1995)!
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5. “Sonya… you go ahead. Find out what that was. Liu and I’ll wait here.”
This type of quote is a classic, isn’t it? The joke about being scared, and suggesting others to go and see what’s making that scary noise! While it’s hardly innovative or new, in 1995 it lands well and comes across somewhat funny. But, it’s Linden Ashby’s delivery that makes it funnier than it should be, and I’m thankful for that. He pauses at the right time, and his facial expressions are genuine, showcasing a great level of subtlety in his acting, during a simplistic humorous scene!
4. “I’m going to my trailer, I’m gonna get a gun. Then, I’m gonna shoot myself for being in your movie!”
Johnny Cage has a way with words, and this is a great example of the character’s sense of humor. It’s not just about the delivery, but the wordplay. He’s referring to the movie that he’s “shooting”, and turns that word on its head, when he says he’ll literally shoot himself. While it’s undoubtedly a joke, it lands well and works perfectly. In all honesty, it’s a giggleworthy quotes, and these types of lines are what make Mortal Kombat (1995) such a joy to watch!
3. “This is not good. But I’m fine. I can deal with this. So… this is Outworld, huh?”
How would you react if you teleported to Outworld? You’d most likely be just as uncomfortable and nervous as Johnny Cage! While it’s a meager joke in essence, it’s downright funny, even by today’s standards. I mean, even in 2021 most people would make a silly and goofy joke, not for anyone else, but to amuse or lighten the mood for themselves. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s quite annoying, isn’t it? Well, that’s a part of Johnny Cage’s gimmick. He’s unintentionally annoying, and that’s why we love him!
2. “This is where you fall down.”
Johnny Cage utters this line twice in Mortal Kombat (1995). Once in the beginning of the movie, and once when he defeats Goro, making it quite memorable. While it’s equally funny both times, the intention and attitude in how he delivers this line changes, and that’s the reason this quote makes the list! In the beginning, he honestly tells an actor that he’s supposed to fall down, and that he missed his cue. When he beats Goro, he’s delivering the line tongue-in-cheek, knowing that it’s a badass line to say, as it fits the situation. Therefore, it’s a one-two punch that works if you pay attention to Linden Ashby’s difference in delivery.
1. “Liu, I hate this place. I do. I’m telling you I hate it. I’m in a hostile environment, I am completely unprepared, I’m surrounded by people who probably want to kick my ass. It’s like being back in high school!”
This is the cream of the crop when it comes to Johnny Cage quotes from Mortal Kombat (1995), and I hope you can see why? Linden Ashby’s delivery gives rhythm to this quote, making every word feel important, necessarily tying every part together nicely. In turn, it’s the word selection that becomes so vital, as switching “kick my ass” to “kill me”, wouldn’t have the same amount of punch to it. While it’s a matter of preference, I feel like Johnny Cage’s goofy sense of humor is what brings it to life, which means the use of certain words. Admittedly, it might not matter that much, but one thing’s for sure, this is the best Johnny Cage quote from Mortal Kombat (1995)!