Answering The Internet's Most Asked Questions About Mortal Kombat's Sub-Zero
Sub-Zero is one of the most popular characters in the whole fighting game universe, but how much do people really know about him?
Easily one of the most popular ice users in fighting game history, Sub-Zero is a character that probably needs no introduction. However, with a series as long-running as Mortal Kombat, there are bits of his story that might not be known to everyone. While a lore article containing all the highlights of his history would be very informative, I reckoned answering some of the most pressing questions about the iconic character might be considered more fun.
So, I gathered the most asked questions about Sub-Zero, and here are the answers.
For a storyline as dark as Mortal Kombat, there's a whole lot of romance between characters with Liu Kang and Kitana shacking up while Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade are one of the franchises most popular couples. However, it seems that Sub-Zero's heart is just as cold as his moveset, and as far as we know, the ice lord doesn't have a wife or girlfriend. However, he does have a brother. The original Sub-Zero from the first Mortal Kombat is known as Bi-Han, but from the second iteration of the game, his younger brother took over the mantle. His younger brother is known as Kuai Liang. This caused a bit of controversy as fans did not believe that the first Sub-Zero had been replaced by anyone since they more or less looked the same. For this reason, the next installment of Mortal Kombat featured an unmasked Sub-Zero with a scar on his face to prove to fans that there was another ice user. While Bi-Han has made a couple of appearances in the game, Kuai Liang is the Sub-Zero that most gamers are used to.
As mentioned above, the Sub-Zero we all know and love is known as Kuai Liang, which in Chinese translates to 'quick cooling.' The original Sub-Zero is known as Bi-Han, which means 'cold wall.'
No! Not even a little bit. In fact, the two were bitter enemies for a while. The first Sub-Zero had some major beef with Scorpion, and the two are one of the biggest rivals in all of fighting game history. Scorpion killed Sub-Zero in the first Mortal Kombat tournament, which of course, meant that the second Sub-Zero has a major vendetta against Scorpion. On finding out that the Sub-Zero that was in the second Mortal Kombat tournament was indeed the younger brother to Bi-Han, he vowed to protect rather than kill.
No. Sub-Zero did not kill Scorpion's family, but the latter sure thought that he did. This is because another villain, Quan-chi, tricked Scorpion into thinking that Sub-Zero committed the killing, which then set Scorpion on the warpath against Sub-Zero. He succeeded in killing Sub-Zero, which set Kuai Liang on his quest for revenge. Unfortunately, for Kuai Liang, he had no idea that Quan-chi had tricked Scorpion and was under the erroneous belief that Scorpion killed his brother remorselessly.
This is a tricky question. The first Sub-Zero, Bi-Han, was not a very honorable person and had no problem killing people. However, Kuai Liang was a much more honorable character and generally allied himself with the side of good. Kuai Liang was even willing to go up against his own clan when they came up with the cyberization initiative. He eventually rebelled against his clan, thereby breaking their code of conduct. Despite his good intentions, Sub-Zero remains an enigmatic character that only seems to show up when the protagonists need help.
Well, no. But, in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, the writers flipped the switch and had Sub-Zero kill Scorpion. Besides that instance, there is no other storyline in which Sub-Zero killed Scorpion.
Everyone remembers Noob Saibot. He was the all-black Mortal Kombat character who had an easy skillset and was named after the developers. But did you know that Noob Saibot is also Bi-Han? The original Sub-Zero was killed by Scorpion in the first Mortal Kombat tournament, but he was resurrected by Quan Chi to become Noob Saibot. Saibot was a pure force of evil that had abandoned his humanity.
While the two former enemies were never friends, they did become allies. At some point in the storyline, the two found out that they had been manipulated by Quan Chi and were being used by the villain. With the situation explained and resolved, the two elemental users were able to find some sort of middle ground.
Frost is a female Lin Kuei warrior who acted as an apprentice to Sub-Zero. She was a skilled and talented fighter, but she was also overly ambitious. Frost was outraged when Sub-Zero made peace with Scorpion's clan and challenged the grandmaster of the Lin Kuei. Sub-Zero defeated her and also banished Frost; since then, she was upset with her former mentor. Therefore, she had no qualms betraying him when Kronika promised that she would get to lead the Lin Kuei in place of Sub-Zero.
Sub-Zero's iconic scar was given to him by Kano. The two enemies faced off, and Kano cut Sub-Zero with his cursed dagger causing the ninja to become temporarily possessed. He was eventually freed by Raiden.
Sub-Zero is still a favorite for most Mortal Kombat fans and has been featured in every iteration of the game. It will be interesting to see where his story takes him to.