Mortal Kombat is a video game created by Midway until 2008, when the franchise was purchased by Warner Bros. Many of the MK team employees were hired by Warner Bros. to form NetherRealm Studios, who produce the MK games as of 2011, under the leadership of MK co-creator Ed Boon. The following characters and items appear in the Mortal Kombat Franchise, in one form or another.