Liu Kang is a character who needs no introduction but deserves one all the same. And for this week's character towers, Liu Kang is getting his chance to shine. \n \nLiu Kang is the hero of Mortal Kombat. He's considered the protagonist for the first part of the Midway timeline, the first third of Mortal Kombat 9, and the last act of Mortal Kombat 11. He, along with Raiden, is the closest thing the series has to a good guy, and he does what he does selflessly. \n \nLiu Kang was introduced in the first game in the series, the original Mortal Kombat, where he defeated Goro and Shang Tsung, setting back Shao Kahn's quest to invade Earth Realm through 10 victories in Mortal Kombat. He defeated Shao Kahn himself in the next game in a new "one victory, and either Shao Kahn gets to merge Earth Realm with Outworld or he's barred from Earth Realm forever" tournament. \n \nThis second tournament was a ruse, however, to allow Shao Kahn to resurrect his wife Sindel in Earth Realm, allow Shao Kahn to ignore the rules and merge Earth Realm so he could get access to his wife. Lui Kang again defeated Shao Kahn, weakening the Emperor greatly and forcing him to abandon his conquest. \n \nLiu Kahn went on to defeat Shinnok in Mortal Kombat 4, and even though he denied Kitana's quest to join her as Edenia's king, Liu Kang was still riding high. But this was not to be, as he was killed by Shang Tsung and Quan Chi in the opening of Deadly Alliance. His body was resurrected by Dark Raiden in Deception, with his soul set lose from his body. This would be his fate until Armageddon when Raiden sent his message back in time to the first game in the timeline. \n \nLiu Kang's story remains the same until the Mortal Kombat 3 portion of Mortal Kombat 9, where he was accidentally killed by Raiden as he was headed to face Shao Kahn. He was then turned into a Revenant for the events of Mortal Kombat X and 11, though a variation of Lui Kang from the time of Mortal Kombat 2 was brought forward to serve on Raiden's side during the events of Mortal Kombat 11. \n \nFlaming Fists Liu Kang is based on the Flaming Fists variation in Mortal Kombat X and is based on his initial skin in that game. He maintains his bicycle kick, his windmill punch and his X-ray from Mortal Kombat X. \n \nHis towers are as expected; the first tower is the bronze only, second is bronze and silver, and the third is silver only. The fourth tower requires at least 1 Outworld character, and the final one requires D'Vorah to be on the team, a strange choice given that Liu Kang didn't have any interaction with her before. \n \nLiu Kang is an important character to the franchise, and his Flaming Fists variation does him justice. If players don't have him, they'll want to get through his toward as soon as possible.