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Battle the forces of Outworld and Netherrealm to protect Earthrealm.
Get his revenge on Raiden. (failed)
Help Liu Kang and Kitana conquer more realms. (still trying to achieve)
Serve Shinnok and Quan Chi. (mind control)
Serve Liu Kang and Kitana in the Netherrealm. (currently)
Kung Jin (cousin)
Friends / Allies
Bo' Rai Cho (former teacher)
Forces of Light
White Lotus Society
Bo' Rai Cho (former teacher)
Type of Hero
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
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.