John Tobias

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John Tobias (b. 24th August 1969 in Chicago, Illinois) is considered one of the masterminds behind the Mortal Kombat franchise at Midway Games, Inc., together with Ed Boon.

Prior to joining Midway, he was an artist for the comic book series The Real Ghostbusters. For Mortal Kombat he was responsible for many of the characters' storylines and their design. The series lost much of his charm near 2000 and he left the company during the production of Mortal Kombat: Special Forces with some other developers. He then went on to co-found Studio Gigante in 2000. Although Studio Gigante was never officially closed, it is no longer active and John Tobias currently does freelance work.

One of the famous secret characters in Mortal Kombat is named after him. The black ninja Noob Saibot is a combination of the reversed names Ed Boon and John Tobias.

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The Making of Karateka (2023, Windows) Interview Videos Starring
Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection (2012, Windows) Team
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (2010, iPhone) Original Arcade Design Team
WWE WrestleMania 21 (2005, Xbox) Project Lead
Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus (2003, Xbox) Project Leads
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997, PlayStation) Mortal Kombat Created by
Mortal Kombat 4 (1997, Arcade) Mortal Kombat created by
Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996, Nintendo 64) Mortal Kombat Trilogy Design Team
NBA Hangtime (1996, Genesis) Special Thanks
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1996, Genesis) UMK3 Design Team
NHL Open Ice: 2 On 2 Challenge (1995, Arcade) Special Thanks
WWF WrestleMania (1995, Arcade) Special Thanks
Mortal Kombat 3 (1995, DOS) Design
Cruis'n USA (1994, Arcade) Special Thanks
Mortal Kombat II (1994, Amiga) Midway Mortal Kombat Team
NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1994, Arcade) Special Thanks
NBA Jam (1993, Arcade) Special Thanks
Mortal Kombat (1993, DOS) Design
Total Carnage (1992, Arcade) Total Carnage Design Team
Smash T.V. (1990, Arcade) Smash TV Design Team

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