The Netherrealm is a realm in the Mortal Kombat series. The Netherrealm is comparable to Hell in the Abrahamic faiths. It seems to resemble an eternal volcanic "continent", containing many volcanoes and lava pits.
Netherrealm appears to be like Outworld, a realm composed of thousands of different layers. In the Mortal Kombat universe, deceased souls or entities who have committed major crimes descend into the Netherrealm to undergo endless torture. In fact, one cannot enter the Netherrealm without being evil or having a soul tainted with evil. Additionally, magic users and magical beings are slowly weakened while in this realm. It is an alternative, more generic name for the Abrahamic concept of Hell, as one of its former rulers was Lucifer (whose name appears only in the Sub-Zero game manual but not in-game). It is also described as "the darkest region of reality", and is inhabited by demons, monsters, and beings of the purest evil.
Though exits from and entrances to the Netherrealm are very limited for obvious reasons, the world had quite a tumultuous history. Millions of years ago, the fallen Elder God Shinnok was banished there. After ages of imprisonment, he was able to break free, deposing Lucifer in the process. He restructured the realm to bear some resemblance to Earthrealm, the world which he had long desired to make his own. He later used it as a staging ground for the invasion of Edenia, but found himself cast into the depths of the realm again after this invasion was foiled. The abandoned war machines of Shinnok were then put to good use by one of his former acolytes, Noob Saibot.
Two locations within this realm include the Bridge of Immortality and the Prison of Souls. These are almost like the Di Yu in Chinese Mythology. The Prison of Souls is the Chamber of Grinding and so is the Slaughterhouse. Shinnok's Spire resembles that of Yan Wang's spire in 'Journey to the West.'
- Bridge of Immortality
- Cobalt Mines of Shinnok (implied in Mortal Kombat: Conquest)
- Netherrealm (Arena)
- Netherrealm Cliffs
- Prison of Souls
- Pyramid of Shinnok
- Sea of Immortality
- Scorpion's Lair
- Shinnok's Spire
- Shinnok's Throne Room
- Ashrah (originally Edenia)
- Cyber Smoke (originally Earthrealm)
- Noob Saibot (originally Earthrealm)
- Quan Chi
- Sareena (originally Earthrealm)
- Scorpion (originally Earthrealm)
- Shinnok (originally Heaven)