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Sub-Zero (II) Variations
Fighter ID:
Fighting Style(s)
Shotokan, Dragon
Full Name
Kuai Liang
6' 2"
Lin Kuei Warrior
210 lbs.
Ice Scepter, Kori Blade
Unnamed Lin Kuei warrior (father), Unnamed American woman (mother), Bi-Han/Sub-Zero I (brother, deceased), unnamed sister

Mortal Kombat 2 / Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat 3
Unavailable in Tiger LCD version.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Mortal Kombat Trilogy
Available only in Playstation, Saturn, and Windows versions.
Mortal Kombat 4
Mortal Kombat Gold
Mortal Kombat Advance
Game Boy Advance
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
Playstation 2
Unlockable via coffin in console versions. Hidden character in the Game Boy Advance version, unlockable via completing the game on Easy.
Mortal Kombat: Deception
Playstation 2
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Playstation 2
Mortal Kombat: Unchained
Playstation Portable
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe
Playstation 3
Mortal Kombat (2011) / Mortal Kombat 9 (fan name)
Xbox 360
Mortal Kombat X
PlayStation 4
Injustice 2
Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat
Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei clan. Kuai Liang beat death to redeem his clan for the evil committed by Sektor and the Cyber Lin Kuei. He rebuilt the Lin Kuei and brokered peace with their Shirai Ryu rivals. Now, he hopes to finally close the book on sins of Lin Kuei past.
Characters are brother or sister to one another.
Kombat Rebooted
An assassin of the Lin Kuei clan, Kuai Liang commands the power of ice and cold. Unlike other members of his clan, he and his older brother, Bi-Han, were abducted as children by the Lin Kuei and trained in the techniques of assassination throughout their lives. Though his codename is Tundra, he has now assumed the mantle of Sub-Zero to honor his brother after Bi-Han's mysterious death. Sub-Zero tirelessly hunts the one who killed his brother.
Kombat Kontinues
Thought to have been killed in the Shaolin tournament, Sub-Zero mysteriously returns.
It is believed he travelled into the Outworld to again attempt to assassinate Shang Tsung. To do so he must fight his way through Shao Kahn's tournament.
The Wrath of Kahn
The ninja returns unmasked. He was betrayed by his own clan- the Lin Kuei. He broke sacred codes of honor by leaving the clan and is marked for death. But unlike the ninja of old his pursuers come as machines. He must not only defend against the Outworld menace but must also elude his soulless assassins.
A New Dimension of Kombat
After Shao Kahn's defeat at the hands of Earth's fighters, Sub Zero's warrior clan known as the Lin Kuei is disbanded. But with the new threat brought on by Quan Chi, the ice warrior once again dons the familiar costume once worn by his brother, the original Sub Zero. He also holds secrets passed on to him by his sibling- secrets that could hold the key to stopping Shinnok.
MK Trilogy Endings
In vicious battle Sub-Zero faces Cyrax and Sektor: but not alone. He finds his third Lin Kuei assassin - the elusive Smoke. Before automation Smoke and Sub-Zero were allies. Sub-Zero helps Smoke recall his past and gains him as an ally once again. Sub-Zero defeats his cyborg assassins with the help of Smoke and finds it takes all of his own inner strengths to defeat Kahn and his Outworld minions. The former ninja once again disappears into the shadows, his legacy known only by a select few.
Deadly Alliance
Raiden appeared before Sub-Zero and asked for his aid in defeating the Deadly Alliance in Outworld. Fighting alongside Raiden would prove to the world that the Lin Kuei had changed for the better. Sub-Zero accepted the challenge and brought with him one of his newest recruits. It was highly unusual for the Grand Master to embark on such a dangerous mission, but Sub-Zero felt it was necessary to earn the respect of his fellow Lin Kuei.
The future of the Lin Kuei hung in the balance as Sub-Zero and the ninja cyborg Sektor battled for control of the Dragon Medallion. Sub-Zero defeated Sektor and then claimed the title of Grand Master. With his freezing powers enhanced by the medallion, he vowed to reform the Lin Kuei as a force for good. Sub-Zero relocated the clan to a remote location in the frozen Arctic where he had discovered an ancient temple frozen into the side of a glacier. There, the new Lin Kuei could hone their skills without interruption.
Has imparted some or all of their fighting prowess upon another.
Return of the Dragon King
"My fellow Lin Kuei, Frost, had betrayed me and stolen my Dragon Medallion. Unable to control the medallion's power, she was consumed by her own freezing ability. I searched Outworld for a suitable place to bury her remains when I happened upon ancient ruins carved into a mountainside.

I learned that the ruins were a holy structure belonging to a lost race of people who had attained mastery over cold. After thorough study of this culture, I now believe both Frost and myself to be their descendents. I laid Frost's body in a sarcophagus and left the catacombs, donning the armor of my newly discovered heritage." -Sub-Zero
MK Armageddon Endings
The Dragon Medallion having amplified the godlike power granted him by his victory over Blaze, Sub-Zero was no longer a mere warrior, but an ice god.

He was, however, a false god. He had become a deity without the consent of the Elder Gods, who sent their champions to hunt him down and destroy him.
Injustice 2
"I seek a worthy Kombatant."
To honor his murdered brother, Kuai Liang entered the second Mortal Kombat tournament to exact revenge against Scorpion. With his retribution complete, he returned home to assume leadership of the Lin Kuei clan, as its Grandmaster, the second Sub-Zero turned the organization into one of Earthrealm’s most dependable allies.
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe Endings
Fighting alongside the Forces of Light during the world-merge crisis, Sub-Zero came to a realization. He was no longer the assassin he had been; nor was he comfortable among the self-proclaimed defenders of Earthrealm.

Inspired by one of the invaders, Sub-Zero decided he would work for the good of the realm, but on his own terms. He would be a mostly solitary figure, blending in with the dark and the cold. Sub-Zero left the Lin Kuei and donned a new costume befitting this new endeavor.

But the Lin Kuei do not tolerate desertion, as he will soon discover...
Worlds Collide
An assassin of the Lin Kuei clan, Sub-Zero commands the power of ice and cold and is skilled in the art of Kombat. He assumed the mantle of Sub-Zero when his brother was killed by the specter Scorpion in the same Mortal Kombat tournament that Liu Kang won. Though his brother succumbed to corruption, Sub-Zero struggles with his conscience and questions the methods of his clan. He will one day have to make a choice between loyalty to the Lin Kuei and the safety of Earthrealm.

Fun Facts
Identity Cr-Ice-Is
Sub-Zero's original design name was Tundra. NetherRealm Studios would later recycle this name as the younger Sub-Zero's original codename prior to adopting his brother's mantle.
Kori Powers
The ice powers that the Sub-Zeros and Frost command stem from an ancient people that once lived deep within Outworld. The younger Sub-Zero stumbled upon their ruins while searching for an appropriate burial ground for Frost. Its unknown if this plot point continues in the reboot.
The Lin Kuei
A secret clan of warriors founded somewhere deep within China. Lin Kuei's true origins are unknown, but it has been host to countless notorious assasins for centuries. The younger Sub Zero is the current Lin Kuei grandmaster, and in lieu of their villianous history, he has pledged his and the entire clans allegiance to Raiden and Earthrealm.