It IS a participation Trophy, because the loser gets a freebie, even though they lost.
The winner shouldn't have to kowtow to the loser and quickly put in the code because the loser is a salty, sour b***h who couldn't stand losing.
By definition, a reward given to someone who lost when the loser would not normally be eligible for a trophy IS a participation trophy.
As for canon, whether you like it or not, MK9 through MK11 is canon.
Whether or not you like that (again) is a different story, but the developer considers it to be canon, so it is.
Up until Aftermath, DLC characters (in general) were not canon, but that storymode canonized Shang Tsung, Fujin, Sindel, Nightwolf and Sheeva for MK11.
Story mode is what dictates canon, according to NRS.
Nah, nah. Commander. You don't get it. Tarkatan thinks that "His opinion > Creators of MK say so about THEIR OWN CREATION"
And yeah. One of the things I liked in MKX and MK11. Quitalities are way more satisfying. Because the player doesn't get to run away like a pussy. Hara-kiri always felt like "I can't handle the loss, so I am running away." Nah dude. Accept the punishment. You lost.