Your opinion, I know its your opinion, but your opinion is such ass to me.
Cannot stand when people compare Shujinko to Chameleon. They are not the same whatsoever. Chameleon learned his powers by watching the ninjas (at least thats what his MKT bio, ending whatever says). Shujinko learned his powers through rigorous training. Shujinko is the ultimate apprentice. To start out with nothing but your fists and to end with the techniques of the most powerful warriors known is amazing. The fact that Shujinko loses over half of his life, dedicating himself to a false cause makes him a Tragic Hero worthy of his own novel (seriously, it makes for a great story). You need to look past the surface to see his potential.
We don't need Scorp & Sub on the front lines of the story because they are already every-goddam-where. Scorp and Sub are mostly for the casuals, its the main reason why we see them. They have no huge significance to the story, but Bobby Jr. would go apeshit if the Yellow Sub-Zero wasn't playable so he could spam spears online.
And that's your opinion. You know what let's take away Sub-Zero and Scorpion and see how long old Shujinko makes it without them shall we? Shujinko is an idiot who screwed the realms and then nothing was done with it in Armageddon because they made equally crappy characters in Taven and Daegon to pick up where his crappy self left off with. He's a generic good guy who they couldn't come up with moves for and so they gave him the whole I struggled to learn all of these moves shtick to make him look like he was more than Chameleon as a regular guy. Really? That story impressed you that much?
He's not near as complex as your making him out to be. I love when people sh** all over Scorpion and Sub-Zero because really they along with Raiden and Sonya I think deserve more credit than any of these characters for making the series what it is. Yet, you sh** all over them because you get tired of seeing them and want something new which is completely disrespectful. Without them you wouldn't have Mortal Kombat and I'm almost sure of that.
Talk about a tragic story. Smoke went from being a member of the Lin Kuei to escaping it with his friend in the old timeline only to be caught by that same clan for escaping and then gets sent after his best friend to murder him. Then he gets shutdown and sits in Kahn's thrown room for eight years when Noob comes along and uses him to make an army of Cyber Demons. When his friend comes to the netherrealm to save his brother he recognizes him and begins to fight for his humanity again even asking Sareena to send Sub-Zero a message in Deception's Konquest only for him to finally break out of Noob's control and side with the forces of light in the battle of Armageddon.
That's a story, but it's gone. Just like Shujinko who didn't get half that is gone. Where in the world you guys get that Shujinko is something impressive is waaaay past me. I don't even think he should be at the top of the list for MK4-MKA characters to return. Your opinion is just as much ass as anyone's.