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Full Name

Liu Kang

Alias

The Immortal Champion of Mortal Kombat

Origin

Mortal Kombat

Occupation

Mortal Kombat Champion, Earthrealm's warrior, Shaolin monk, Member of the White Lotus Society, Fisherman, Ruler of the Netherrealm

Powers / Skills

Enhanced martial arts, fire manipulation

Hobby

Training with Raiden alongside Kung Lao.

Goals

Defeat Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, and other enemies.
Protect Earthrealm from the forces of Outworld.
Serve Quan Chi.
Become a new ruler of Netherrealm alongside Kitana after Shinnok defeat.

Friends

Original Timeline: Kitana, Kung Lao, Sonya Blade, Raiden, Ermac, Kai, Nightwolf, Jax Briggs, Kurtis Stryker, Cyrax, Bo' Rai Cho, Johnny Cage, Fujin, Sub-Zero, Sindel, Li Mei, Shujinko, Kenshi
Current Timeline: Shinnok, Quan Chi, D'Vorah, Kung Lao, Kitana, Kurtis Stryker, Kabal, Smoke, Jade, Nightwolf, Sindel

Enemies

Original Timeline: Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Quan Chi, Shinnok, Goro, Reiko, Baraka,Kintaro, Rain, Tanya
Current Timeline: Raiden, Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung, Goro, Kintaro, Sheeva, Ermac, Scorpion, Noob Saibot, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Jax Briggs, Kenshi, Sareena, Cassie Cage, Kung Jin, Takeda Takahashi, Jacqui Briggs, Sub-Zero, Bo' Rai Cho

Type of Hero

Chosen One
Honorable Warrior


Goldstar


For Kung Lao, the Shaolin and Earthrealm!
~ Liu Kang, before he delivers a killing blow to Shao Kahn.


You... have killed us... all!
~ Liu Kang's last words, after being mortally wounded by Raiden


Show me what you can do.
~ Liu Kang's Battle Cry in Mortal Kombat (2011)


Liu Kang is a Shaolin monk that is a member of the White Lotus Society and a hero from the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games.

Appearance

At his debut, Liu Kang appeared to be among the dime a dozen Bruce Lee pastiches; an adult of Chinese origin with a bare chest, black pants and white sneakers. From MKII and onward, he is depicted with shaggy black hair (even though Shaolin monks are bald), a red headband, spiked gauntlets, red and black kung fu pants, and kung fu slippers; still keeping his upper body bare (except in Mortal Kombat 4 where he has a tank top). This design is one of the most consistent in the series.

He is depicted as a zombie in Mortal Kombat: Deception. He gains a ghastly grey tint on his decaying skin, showing the most damage on his peeling face. He retains his usual attire, but now wears a pair of chains with hooks attached to his gauntlets. In MK vs DCU, Liu Kang has greater muscle mass than most characters in the roster and wears a championship belt. In MK 2011, Kang's appears with a red sash brandishing the Elder Gods' symbol instead of the belt. His physical appearance is altered once more, with longer hair and a more well-rounded physique. Kang loses a lot of skin when taking damage due to his lack of armor or layered clothes.

As of Mortal Kombat X, Liu Kang has become one of Quan Chi's Revenants and since has become a dark version of himself twisted by the sensibilities of the Netherrealm. While he still possesses the familiar glowing yellow veins and glowing eyes as other characters, he now sports a dark, armored uniform made from steel, leather and dragon scales. His hair has grown past shoulder length and keeps it tied like a ponytail. While he retains his iconic headband, it has been tattered. As Emperor of the Netherrealm, he dons a full set of spiky armor with the familiar trappings of a denizen of the Netherrealm. In his default "what-if" form, he has aged significantly like most other characters; his hair the same length as it is as a revenant, but now grey from aging. He also wears a red and black vest with a black dragon decal.

The continual use of dragons and the MK logo in Liu Kang's techniques, his costumes in recent games, and recurring Fatalities (e.g. his Arcade Drop) all reinforce the perception that Kang is the mascot of the series. However, this has never actually been confirmed by the developers.

Powers and Abilities

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Liu Kang using his Flying Dragon Kick

Liu Kang is a highly skilled fighter as seen due to his victory in every Mortal Kombat tournament. He is an extremely skilled martial artist, possessing incredible acrobatic skills and agility and knowledge in a variety of techniques. Kang is able to perform a powerful flying kick attack, use a bicycle kick, and send out fireballs from his hands that take the shape of dragon heads. These fireballs are part of fire element theme to Kang, which also is involved with some of his fatalities. It also suggested that he regularly increases and maintains his strength through mediation and as champion of Mortal Kombat, he never ages.

Trivia

  • Liu Kang is the only character to have a fatality that does not kill the opponent, his original one, which was done because he was supposed to be a pacifistic monk character.
  • Upon him beating Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat II, the usual occurrence of Kahn's voice announcing him as winner is replaced with the monk giving off a small war cry.
  • The hooked chains that are attached to Liu Kang's arms have been in much demand to be used as his weapon fighting style, especially after he used them in the intro to Armageddon to attack Shang Tsung. These were later revealed by Raiden's Armageddon bio to be enchanted shackles used by a group of necromancers to control their undead. The thunder god had used their spells to turn Kang's body into a zombie, which is why he put the chains on the corpse.
  • He deals double damage to Onaga in Deception.
  • Liu Kang's alternate costumes in Armageddon and Deception depict him as a human or at least his soul fused with his body.
  • His name was originally going to be Minamoto Yoshitsune, a legendary Japanese mythological character, but John Tobias decided the name was too long to deal with.
  • Liu Kang was portrayed by Ho Sung Pak in the first two games, the same actor who ironically portrayed Shang Tsung in the first game.
  • The Human Tornado, a pro wrestler, uses a move called the Liu Kang Kick, in homage to the character.
  • Liu Kang was intended to be a secret surprise character in Deception. He is the most difficult to unlock and was meant to shock fans that their hero had been brought back as such a corrupted being.
  • In the Flash's ending in Mortal Kombat vs DC, he and Liu Kang form a psychic connection that allows them to warn each other if their worlds are threatened again, due to earlier events.
  • Liu Kang is the only character that has his own voice file for every game he appeared in, consisting of "kiai," a shout that is said to maximize the force of the user's attacks. His voice in dialogue changed from a regular casual voice in Shaolin Monks to one with more of an Asian accent in Mortal Kombat vs. DC.
  • Liu Kang's original fatality and his fatality from MK2, where he turned into an Asian style dragon to bite off top of his opponent's body, was voted second on Screwattack's Top 10 Lists of Worst Mortal Kombat and Best Mortal Kombat Fatalities respectively.

Gallery

  • Liu Kang's MK2 bio
  • Liu Kang in MK3
  • Liu Kang in MK4
  • Liu Kang dead at the hands of the Deadly Alliance
  • Liu Kang as a zombie
  • Liu Kang in MK vs. DCU
  • Liu Kang receiving his new powers
  • Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat (2011)
  • Robin Shou as Liu Kang in both Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
  • Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
  • Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat Legacy season 2
  • Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat X
  • Kitana and Liu Kang as rulers of the Netherrealm

Videos

Mortal Kombat 4 Liu Kang Ending01:00

Mortal Kombat 4 Liu Kang Ending

Liu Kang's MK4 Ending

Mortal Kombat Deception Liu Kang's Ending00:46

Mortal Kombat Deception Liu Kang's Ending

Liu Kang's MK:Deception Ending

Mortal Kombat vs00:36

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Liu Kang's Ending

Liu Kang's MKvsDCU Ending

Mortal Kombat 9 Liu Kang Ending01:04

Mortal Kombat 9 Liu Kang Ending

Liu Kang's MK 2011 Ending


 
Mortal Kombat Heroes


Main Heroes
Liu Kang | Raiden | Bo' Rai Cho | Scorpion | Sub-Zero | Kung Lao | Shujinko | Taven | Cassie Cage | Johnny Cage | Sonya Blade
Secondary Heroes
Fujin | Jade | Jacqui Briggs | Jax Briggs | Kenshi | Kitana | Kung Jin | Kurtis Stryker | Nightwolf | Sindel | Smoke | Takeda Takahashi
Other Heroes
Ashrah | Cyrax | Dairou | Ermac | Erron Black | Kabal | Kai | Khameleon | Kotal Kahn | Li Mei | Meat | Mokap | Reptile | Sareena |

Non-Playable Heroes
Arctic Monks | Argus | Art Lean | Asgaarth | Blue | Bo | Cassar | Chan Kang | Daahraan | Delia | Dion | Earth God | Edenian Warrior | Fire God | Gemini | Great Kung Lao | Hanna | Hydro | Jen Reyland | Jerrod | Jubei | Kana Hasashi | Kiba | Lance | Lori | Sanchez | Maya | Miss Bishop | Orin and Caro | Ramath | Ruby | Siro | Taja | Torque | Vapor | Water God | Wynd & Rayne


Good Organizations
Edenian Freedom Fighters | Elder Gods | Forces of Light | Order of Light | Special Forces | White Lotus Society


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

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