The More You Know: Mystery of Mortal Kombat’s ‘Toasty!’ Revealed

Ok, so for hardcore fans of the Mortal Kombat franchise this little tidbit might not be that much of a “reveal,” but for those of you like me this knowledge changes a commonly held misconception I’ve had for the past ten years. You might remember a running gag that began back in Mortal Kombat II where an image would pop up in the bottom right corner of the screen at (seemingly) random intervals to yell “Whoopsie!” For YEARS I thought that face belonged to Double Dare host, Marc Summers… turn out I was wrong on two accounts.

Left: Marc Summers, Right: Not Marc Summers (Dan Forden)

Not only is that “easter egg” NOT Marc Summers, he also says “Toasty!” and not “Whoopsie!” Seems that the running gag is, in fact, an inside joke featuring Sound Designer Dan Forden that was programmed to appear for a “particularly vicious uppercut.” The gag would continue in subsequent games and has even been confirmed for the latest reboot due out today. Consider this myth busted… but it will always be “Whoopsie!” to me.

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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