(Sorry, I've been gone a while. time to put my input in.)
Hsu Hao was a great idea gone terribly wrong.
They had a chance to branch his character into someone worth something but he never reached that point.
His design was atrocious and stale, and his story and relevance was so low that he is probably the most ignored and yawned character.
But he could of been a great character. could.
I'd pick Hsu Hao over boring Sonya, Jax, Stryker, Sheeva or uninteresting Earthrealm or special forces characters.
He wasn't that bad. It's just that he's been remembered as a joke ever since Ed Boon said he was the worst.
And people are sheep. Most fans follow what their leader says.
I'm not talking about everyone now. You could think Hsu Hao is bad and not be a sheep. But if Boon or others from NRS hadn't made jokes about him, he'd just be someone like Jacqui- not very good/special, but not remembered that bad either.