In the original Mortal Kombat, Goro was the second to last enemy, immediately preceding Shang Tsung. Besides leaping way up into the air and coming down to stomp on you, he could also hold you in his bottom two hands while beating you with his upper fists, or smack you across the screen with a two-fisted double punch.

Goro resides in a dungeon on Earth known as Goro's Lair, and is a member of a race of four-armed fighters that also includes Motaro (the second to last enemy in MK2) and Sheeva (a playable character in MK3).