In Mortal Kombat, the 2011 reboot of the first three games, Cage is described as "a descendant of an ancient Mediterranean cult who bred warriors for the gods" as an explanation for his special powers. [note 2] His disembodied head is seen amidst the fighters' corpses in the introduction sequence that depicts the grisly aftermath of the battle and the resulting onset of Armageddon. The storyline then travels back in time to the Shaolin Tournament from the original Mortal Kombat, where Cage is a cocky and talkative martial arts actor who has entered as a publicity stunt and repeatedly flirts with Special Forces lieutenant Sonya Blade. He initially considers the tournament a joke after defeating Outworld minions Reptile and Baraka, until Raiden informs him of the consequences should Outworld emerge victorious, which convinces Cage to fight alongside Raiden's chosen heroes in the game's story mode. However, he is later defeated in the competition by Earthrealm assassin Cyrax, who refuses to kill him. In the retelling of the second tournament from Mortal Kombat II, he is eliminated by Ermac, and during the events of Mortal Kombat 3, Raiden saves Cage from death at the hands of the centaur Motaro. Cage and Sonya are the only Earth warriors to survive the course of the game's plot after their cohorts are killed by Shao Kahn's queen, Sindel.