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Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero guide

Get ready to learn all about Mortal Kombat’s Sub-Zero with our guide. A series stalwart who is as cold as ice, the classic character is as frosty as they come.

Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero: Bi-Han from Mortal Kombat 1 in front of a dark blue background

Mortal Kombat’s Sub-Zero is an icon of the fighting genre; even people who don’t enjoy fighting games know all about him. But, for those of you who want to become experts on MK’s Sub-Zero, we’re ready to dive into his lore so you’d best prepare yourself, he’s one complex character who’s arc can be difficult to follow.

As excited as we are to tell you all about Sub-Zero, there are other fighters to learn about in this world. Check out our Mortal Kombat Scorpion, Mortal Kombat Mileena, Mortal Kombat 1 characters, and Mortal Kombat Sonya guides to learn who they are.

Let’s dive into our Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero guide.

Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero: key art shows Sub-Zero from the Mortal Kombat series

Who is Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero? 

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.

What is Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero’s personality? 

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. This even appears to be the case in the new timeline as, in Mortal Kombat 1, Bi-Han sides with Quan Chi and Shang Tsung when the pair tempt him with power.

Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero: key art shows Sub-Zero from the Mortal Kombat series

How old is Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero? 

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. Plus, there have been multiple Sub-Zero’s, so it’s near on impossible to determine when one Sub-Zero ends and another begins.

What games does Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero appear in? 

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 happens to be one of the more important characters, and it’s especially interesting to note that it’s Bi-Han who bears the mantle. Oh, and his brother is Scorpion. Yeah, it’s a huge family drama waiting to happen.

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Who is the Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero voice actor? 

A character with the longevity of Sub Zero is bound to boast multiple actors, so we’ve put together a list of those who portray the famous character, as well as what games they appear in:

  • 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 from a different franchise, give our Street Fighter characters guide a read.