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Hero Overview

Be thankful that I choose not to spill your tainted blood.
~ Kung Lao after defeating Noob Saibot
You see, Raiden? Earthrealm is free--
~ Kung Lao's last words before being killed by Shao Kahn
For the Shaolin!
~ Kung Lao's Battle Cry in Mortal Kombat (2011)

Kung Lao is a member of the White Lotus Society and former Shaolin monk and a hero from the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games.

Powers and Abilities

Kung Lao is an excellent fighter and is similar to Liu Kang in terms of strength, agility, and martial arts skills. However his preferred weapon is his razor bladed hat, which he can throw at the opponent and also uses it to deliver the finishing blows to his opponents. Lao seems to be able to control the hat in midair, since it can move in circular patterns as opposed to straight ahead and it seems magical in nature, since it will always re-materialize back on his head after he throws it, much like a boomerang.

Lao's moves include teleporting by disappearing into the ground then popping up behind his opponent, flying towards his opponent, spinning like a tornado to kick them multiple times or to knock them into air, and diving down from the air to kick his opponent. As his alternate weapon fighting style, Lao wields a dao, a Chinese broadsword.


When next the tournament is fought it will be my ancestors who are honored.
~ Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks after hearing that Liu Kang is the champion
Bow you idiot.
~ Kung Lao after Raiden give Johnny Cage a medal
Should my family feel honored now?
~ Kung Lao after hearing about many Shaolin Monks being killed
No I will defeat Reptile you will watch that is what Raiden was talking about.
~ Kung Lao after Liu Kang says they both can defeat Reptile
I am not certain I want you anywhere near me.
~ Kung Lao to Liu Kang after Shang Tsung took the form of Liu Kang and tricked Kung Lao
I am Liu Kang's equal!
~ Kung Lao
Watch and see.
~ Kung Lao
You have had your match with Liu Kang. Now you face me!
~ Kung Lao
But when Kung Lao discovered the dead body of Liu Kang, he had but one objective, to avenge his death and bring the murderer to justice!
~ Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance
I hope your is worth Lord Raiden's anger, Liu Kang.
~ Kung Lao speaking to Liu Kang about Kitana


  • Kung Lao appears in the intro to Armageddon, fighting Baraka, before they take the fight to mid-air, where he battles against his arm blades with his broadsword. He stabbed the Tarkatan in the chest before being blasted away by his spark attack.
  • In Deadly Alliance, Kung Lao had a joke about him having his own infomercial, where he sold swords for a limited time.
  • In the Video Game Divekick, A female character named Kung Pao is a parody of Kung Lao and Kitana.


           Mortal Kombat Heroes

Main Heroes
Bo' Rai Cho | Cassie Cage | Johnny Cage | Kung Lao | Liu Kang | Raiden | Scorpion | Shujinko | Sonya Blade | Sub-Zero | Taven

Secondary Heroes
Fujin | Jade | Jacqui Briggs | Jax Briggs | Kenshi Takahashi | Kitana | Kung Jin | Kurtis Stryker | Nightwolf | Sindel | Smoke | Takeda Takahashi

Other Heroes
Ashrah | Cyrax | Dairou | Darrius | Ermac | Erron Black | Kabal | Kai | Khameleon | Kotal Kahn | Li Mei | Nitara | Sareena | Sheeva

Non-Playable Heroes
Art Lean | Chan Kang | Jerrod

Good Organizations
Elder Gods | Forces of Light | Special Forces | White Lotus Society

Non-MK/Guest Star Heroes
Batman | Shazam | Catwoman | Green Lantern | Kratos | Superman | The Flash | Wonder Woman