Mortal Kombat’s Sub-Zero is an icon of the fighting genre and is as well known for his brutal kills as he is for his icy persona. If you want to learn all about him, get ready to dive into our full guide. Look, Mortal Kombat is full of cold characters we wouldn’t want to bump into in a dark lane, but one stands as a champion among them.
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Appearing in the first Mortal Kombat game back in 1992, Sub-Zero is one of the main recurring characters in the fighting series. What’s more, the name of Sub-Zero is a mantle passed down between characters, first belonging to Bi-Han in Mortal Kombat, before passing the mantle down to his younger brother Kuai Liang in Mortal Kombat II and in most entries since. In fact, the OG Sub-Zero goes on to become Noob Saibot following his death at the hands of Scorpion.
Sub-Zero has a fierce rivalry with fellow combatant Scorpion, and the two battle across many entries in the series. They often appear in the iconic blue ninja outfit, and both iterations of Sub-Zero descended from a race known as Cryomancers, who are known for their ability to manipulate ice. Furthermore, Sub-Zero serves as the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei, a faction of Ninjas that fight to protect Earthrealm. This is a mantle he inherits from his father or, in the case of Kuai Liang, his brother.
Mortal Kombat 1
In Mortal Kombat 1, Bi-Han’s Sub Zero makes a return while Kuai Liang is present, but, you know… he’s Scorpion now! That’s right, the longtime rivals are family in Liu Kang’s new age. Though make no mistake, they’re still as different as fire and ice, with the older brother still showing his dark and somewhat evil side as he craves power.
The main Sub-Zero Kuai Liang is a stoic and menacing figure, known for their strong sense of justice. Despite the violent nature of their fighting, Sub-Zero fights firmly for the side of good, which causes a rift between Liang and their older sibling.
Bi-Han instead uses violence to gain power, and eventually falls to the side of evil, becoming known as the character Noob-Saibot.
Sub-Zero’s age is unknown, as the Cryomancer race is a mysterious clan shrouded in secrecy. But, due to their involvement in the series’ history and mythos, some think Sub-Zero could be as old as 400 or even older.
Sub-Zero is a series stalwart, appearing in the following Mortal Kombat games in one way or another:
- Mortal Kombat II
- Mortal Kombat 3
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat
- Mortal Kombat Advance
- Mortal Kombat Trilogy
- Mortal Kombat 4
- Mortal Kombat Gold
- MK: Deadly Alliance
- MK: Tournament Edition
- MK: Deception
- MK: Shaolin Monks
- MK: Unchained
- MK: Armageddon
- MK vs. DC Universe
- Mortal Kombat (2011)
- Mortal Kombat X
- Mortal Kombat Mobile
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Mortal Kombat: Onslaught
- Mortal Kombat 1
Is Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat 1?
Yes, Sub-Zero returns in Mortal Kombat 1. He appears in the announcement trailer alongside other confirmed fighters. To discover who they are, check out our Mortal Kombat 1 characters guide.
Multiple voice actors portray Sub-Zero across the series, which we have detailed below.
- Daniel Pesina – Mortal Kombat II
- John Turk – Mortal Kombat 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat Advance, Mortal Kombat 4, and Mortal Kombat Gold
- Rom Barkhordar – Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks, Mortal Kombat Armageddon
- Jim Miller – Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, Mortal Kombat (2011)
- Steven Blum – Mortal Kombat X, Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat 11 (MKX, Injustice 2, MK11)
Alright, folks, that’s all we have in our Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero guide. To learn more about other fighters, check out our Mortal Kombat Scorpion, Mortal Kombat Mileena, Mortal Kombat 1 characters, and Mortal Kombat Sonya guides.