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Hero Overview
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Background information
Origin Mortal Kombat II
Hero information
Full name Kuai Liang
Alias Sub-Zero

Cyber Sub-Zero
Grandmaster (MKX)

Occupation Lin Kuei assassin and grandmaster

Earthrealm's warrior

Powers / Skills Ice manipulation

Fighting skills
Skilled swordsman

Hobbies Meditating

Spending time with Scorpion and Smoke

Goals Avenge his brother (Bi-Han)'s death. (formerly)

Aid Raiden in his quest to stop Shao Kahn. (currently)

Family Noob Saibot (elder brother)
Friends / Allies Liu Kang

Kung Lao
Sonya Blade
Johnny Cage
Jax Briggs
Bo' Rai Cho
Kurtis Stryker
Cassie Cage
Takeda Takahashi
Jacqui Briggs
Kung Jin

Enemies Shao Kahn

Shang Tsung
Noob Saibot
Quan Chi
Scorpion (formerly)
Kotal Kahn
Erron Black
Ferra & Torr

Type of Hero Ninja
Honorable Warrior
Protector of Innocence

This fight will be your last!
~ Sub-Zero's Battle Cry in Mortal Kombat (2011).

My brother participated in this folly. I do so only to face his killer!
~ Sub-Zero, demanding to Shao Kahn that he will face Scorpion.

You stood together against formidable odds. Lesser warriors would not have fair so well.
~ Sub-Zero after saving Cassie, Jacqui, Kung Jin, and Takeda

Sub-Zero, also known as Kuai Liang, is the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei and a hero from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.


Sub-Zero dresses in the familiar blue-garbed ninja-like uniform. Originally, Sub-Zero was depicted with Asian facial features as revealed in the ending when unmasked, due to a Chinese-American heritage.

Around Mortal Kombat 3, Sub-Zero was given a scar over his right eye to help differentiate himself from his older brother. Sub-Zero was the first ninja-like character in the series to go on without a mask and wore a less-concealing version of his outfit. In MK4, he wore the traditional uniform his brother wore, but again wears an updated version of his MK3 outfit in Deadly Alliance featuring Chinese characters. His alternate costume from Deadly Alliance and beyond is more of a stream-lined version of his original costume featuring the Dragon Medallion on the right side of his chest. In Deception, Sub-Zero dons an ancient armor once worn by his Cryomancer ancestors

In Mortal Kombat X, Sub-Zero regained his human form and became a Revenant serving under Quan Chi. Like the others, his skin turned pale and his veins glowed yellow along with his eyes. His outfit was similar to his earlier appearance, but twisted by the sensibilities of the Netherrealm, which included a steel spine-like decoration on his back and a more armored vest. Unlike his previous appearance, he did not wear a hood but still retained his mask. Upon being freed from Quan Chi's control, he wears an outfit similar to his MK3 and MKDA appearances, but allowed his facial hair to grow out. His scar is still featured prominently.

Interestingly, Sub-Zero is one of the few characters in the series to show signs of natural aging (faster than anyone due to the Dragon Medallion). Around Deadly Alliance, he is depicted with slight wrinkles and graying hair, which has begun to bald around the time of Deception. His scar also changes blue, and eventually fades from his face entirely.

In sporadic appearances beginning with MK4, Sub-Zero bears a flexible ice sheet on his forearms, a sign of his growing power of cryomancy. This aesthetic choice was carried over into MKX with his Cryomancer variation.

Powers and Abilities

Being the descendant of the cryomancers, Sub-Zero possesses power over ice and the ability to control it in many forms. He can flash-freeze people and create an ice statue of himself to act as a scapegoat that can flash-freeze opponents. With the Dragon Medallion, Sub-Zero can form a large sword made of ice called the Kori Blade, which he uses for his alternate weapon fighting style. He also has great martial arts skills thanks to his training with the Lin Kuei and these skills are increased by the Dragon Medallion and his ancestral armor. Sub-Zero can even freeze the moisture in the air into any form, including an icy mist, indicating that he can freeze molecules.

In his ending in Deception, his Cryomancer armor was shown to speak to him and guide him in battle. As Cyber Sub-Zero, his skills were greatly enhanced and is apparently the strongest of the Lin Kuei cyborgs, able to fight off both Goro and Kintaro, two of the strongest Shokan, at once. Cyber Sub-Zero retained his cryomancy powers and could form a large sword made of ice, drop ice bombs from his chest, and cover himself in a sheet of ice, causing anyone who hit him to freeze. He had a teleport move where he separated in a flash of light and reformed behind his opponent.


  • In an Malcolm in the Middle episode, Resse mentioned that no one believed he beat the secret level of Mortal Kombat and Hal responded by saying, “No one beats Sub-Zero”.
  • Sub-Zero was inspired by Glacier, a professional wrestling character in World Championship Wrestling.
  • The name of his weapon, the Kori Blade, comes from the Japanese word for ice.
  • Sub-Zero has appeared in every Mortal Kombat fighting game to date in one incarnation or another, the same as his brother.
  • His name was originally going to be Tundra.
  • Sub-Zero is the only character in Mortal Kombat to show signs of natural aging.
  • His primary costume in Deception resembled Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • In Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks’ Vs. mode, when a player picks Sub-Zero’s second costume, he resembles Noob Saibot.
  • In the Mortal Kombat Conquest TV series, Sub-Zero had an sister named Lisa, but this is the only universe where he had a sibling aside from Noob Saibot.
  • In the intro to Mortal Kombat Armageddon, Sub-Zero is seen clashing blades with Scorpion then being blasted off the pyramid along with several other character by Shang Tsung’s fireball attack.
  • Sub-Zero was voted number 2 on Screwattack's list of Top 10 Mortal Kombat Kharacters, just losing the top spot to Scorpion.
  • Cyber Sub-Zero was the result of Raiden seeing a glimpse of the future where Smoke became a cyborg as was part of the original time line. Because he saved Smoke, Sub-Zero was captured to become a cyborg instead.
  • There is no actual dialogue in Cyber Sub-Zero's ending, only images with no narration.
  • Cyber Sub-Zero has the lightest build of all the Lin Kuei cyborgs and also has a unique tint of blue for his blood. This may be some form of anti-coolant or antifreeze so his cyborg components can work with his freezing powers.
  • The announcer does not say the "Cyber" part of Cyber Sub-Zero's name.


Mortal Kombat Heroes

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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 | Ermac | Erron Black | Kabal | Kai | Khameleon | Kotal Kahn | Li Mei | Nitara | Sareena

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