There have been two Sub-Zeros, both being brothers. The elder Sub-Zero who was a Lin Kuei warrior who had master over cold. He was hired by the Socerer Quan Chi to recover ancient documents for him. However, unknown to Sub-Zero, Quan Chi had hired a ninja from a rival clan to recover the same documents and eventually the two would fight each other and Sub-Zero murders Scorpion and would complete his mission.
Sometime later, he was sent to participate in the Mortal Kombat Tournament to kill Shang Tsung. However, he was unable to complete his mission, and was killed by the specter Scorpion in battle. After he was killed by Scorpion, his soul was tainted by evil from the things that he had done, and went into the Netherrealm and he became a fully evil wraith known as Noob Saibot. He is also a member of the brotherhood of shadows, a clan that worships a fallen elder Shinnok. Following his brother's failure to assassinate Shang Tsung during the first tournament, the younger Sub-Zero who also joined the Lin Kuei clan, was sent to Outworld
to complete the assignment and compete in the second Mortal Kombat tournament. Sub-Zero soon discovered Scorpion's vendetta against his brother; Scorpion, upon learning of Sub-Zero's apparent survival, continued to hold a grudge against the new Sub-Zero, as he believed him to be the same man who had killed him years ago. However, his belief was dispelled when he witnessed Sub-Zero spare the life of a defeated opponent during the tournament. Scorpion then came to the realization that this new Sub-Zero was the younger brother of his murderer, and, unbeknownst to Sub-Zero, swore not to harm him. Though Sub-Zero's attempt to dispatch Shang Tsung was fruitless, he successfully assisted Liu Kang, Raiden, and their allies in Liu Kang's battle with Kahn.
The Lin Kuei obtained technology that could vastly improve the effectiveness of their warriors, and they chose four of their number to undergo the procedure that would turn them into cyborg assassins: Sub-Zero, Smoke, Cyrax, and Sektor. Sub-Zero and Smoke refused to participate, and fled the clan, who declared them anathema. While Sub-Zero successfully managed to escape, Smoke was captured and subsequently turned into a cyborg. In leaving the clan, Sub-Zero had broken the Lin Kuei codes of honor. After Smoke's automation, the Lin Kuei programmed the three cyborg assassins to hunt and terminate Sub-Zero, who by this time had received a vision from Raiden and agreed to join the rebellion against a new threat.
The armies of Shao Kahn attacked Earthrealm, and Sub-Zero was among the few mortals whose souls were spared so they could fight Kahn and his extermination squads. These events also signaled the beginning of Sub-Zero's transition to a greater moral consciousness. Sub-Zero eventually encountered Smoke and convinced him that he still had a soul, which then overrode Smoke's Lin Kuei programming. With his new ally, Sub-Zero battled and defeated both Sektor and Cyrax. However, instead of destroying Cyrax's CPU, he reprogrammed the cyborg to hunt and terminate Shao Khan (at which Cyrax failed — he would wander in Jade's desert and become trapped there). Smoke was less fortunate: he was captured by Shao Kahn's troops and transported to Outworld as a trophy. Eventually, the Earthrealm warriors were victorious and Earth was restored to its normal state.
When the banished Elder Shinnok threatened Earthrealm, Raiden once again summoned Sub-Zero to assist in the defense of Earth. In homage to his older brother, Sub-Zero donned his sibling's uniform, and brought to the battle information passed to him which could prove essential to Raiden in his mission to stop Shinnok. In the meantime, Quan Chi had convinced Scorpion that Sub-Zero still retained some culpability for the destruction of the Shirai Ryu, turning the specter's hostile attentions to him once more. Sub-Zero met Scorpion in Goro's Lair and the two fought, with Scorpion gaining the upper hand. When it seemed that Scorpion was going to kill Sub-Zero, the Lin Kuei revealed that he had no role in the murder of Scorpion's clan. Quan Chi, convinced that Sub-Zero was about to die nonetheless, readily admitted his guilt to Scorpion, who then turned on Quan Chi and transported the sorcerer into the Netherrealm, where Scorpion hunted Quan Chi relentlessly. This was to be the last time Scorpion and Sub-Zero were to actively oppose each other.
Some time afterward, the defeated cyborg Sektor assassinated the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei and challenged Sub-Zero to a fight for the leadership of the Lin Kuei Clan. Realizing how great an opportunity this was, as well as recognizing Sektor as a threat, Sub-Zero accepted the cyborg's challenge and defeated him, gaining the position. Sub-Zero also came into possession of the Dragon Medallion, which enhanced his freezing powers to levels he had never thought possible (as a side effect, it appears, it also changed his appearance). Great changes were made to the Lin Kuei after Sub-Zero's victory. He moved the Lin Kuei to a remote area in the arctic where they would not be disrupted and began training them as a force for good, teaching his students not only formidable fighting skills, but the value of life as well, turning them into wisened warriors rather than mindless assassins.
Sub-Zero held a tournament at the Lin Kuei headquarters in order to recruit strong warriors, and a female who surprisingly harnessed the same freezing powers as Sub-Zero emerged as the winner. Impressed by her exceptional skill, Sub-Zero made Frost his apprentice, breaking Lin Kuei tradition. While she was a superb fighter, Frost did not agree with Sub-Zero's philosophies and appeared arrogant and aloof, which would generate some friction between her and Sub-Zero's allies, specifically Sonya.
After Liu Kang's murder at the hands of the newly formed Deadly Alliance, Raiden asked Sub-Zero to join him in the fight for Earthrealm's survival. Surprised at the tragic news, Sub-Zero agreed, but mainly for personal reasons — he wanted to gain the respect of his fellow Lin Kuei and prove his worth once again to his clan and to most importantly, himself.
When Sub-Zero and Frost were separated from the other Earthrealm warriors on Outworld, Frost attempted to steal the Dragon Medallion. Unable to control the medallion's powerful energies, she was consumed by her own freezing abilities and seemingly died. Sub-Zero placed the blame squarely on his own shoulders for her death, feeling he had failed to dampen her pride and teach her the same philosophies of life he had.
As he searched for a place to bury Frost, he encountered the ruins of an Outworld civilization capable of manipulating cold. After careful study and examination of this race, the Cryomancers, he came to the realization that he and Frost were descendants of them. Burying and forgiving Frost for her rashness, Sub-Zero donned an ancient suit of armor found in the ruins and headed for the Earthrealm portal, to rendezvous with Raiden and the Earthrealm forces.
After burying Frost, Sub-Zero discovered Kenshi badly wounded from a fight with the Red Dragon Mavado. Sub-Zero then made a temporary alliance with Kenshi and the two sought out a portal to Earthrealm. During their trip through the Living Forest, they were tracked down by the Dragon King Zealot Hotaro. Sub-Zero was able to defeat him just as they reached the portal to Earthrealm.
As Shujinko rallied Earth's remaining warriors to defeat the new threat in Onaga, Sub-Zero once again ventured back into the Outworld where he soon ran into Sareena. Since she helped free his brother from his confines of the Netherrealm and also helped defeat Quan Chi with him so many years ago, Sub-Zero offered her asylum within the Lin Kuei. Sub-Zero gave Sareena a small metallic object that would guide her and grant her access to the hidden Lin Kuei temple. The two then spotted two dark figures leaving Shao Kahn’s fortress. It was Sub-Zero’s brother, Noob Saibot, and his ally Smoke. The two disappeared into the Netherealm. Sub-Zero ordered Sareena to wait for him at the Lin Kuei Temple as he ventured after the two. However, Noob and Smoke knew they were being followed and attacked Sub-Zero in the Netherealm. It appeared the Grandmaster was overpowered and doomed until Sareena jumped in, fending off Sub-Zero’s would-be assassins but not before Sub-Zero was left unconscious, but upon waking, Sareena had reverted back to her demonic form. Dazed and still very confused, Sub-Zero attacked and Sareena fled to the depths of the Netherealm.
Upon returning to the Lin Kuei temple in Earthrealm, Sub-Zero discovers many of his fellow Lin Kuei slain by Frost. She had come to the temple with the intention of killing only Sub-Zero, but she had become delusional to the point of seeing Sub-Zero everywhere. Sub-Zero then froze the highly unstable Frost in a solid block of ice and placed her frozen body in a shrine deep in the temple, with the knowledge that she will one day recover, and on that day, she will have to answer for her crimes against the Lin Kuei.
During his quest for the right to be the new Gaurdian of Edenia, Taven manages to run afoul of the Lin Kuei who are now housed in what used to be his father's temple. Sub-Zero challenges Taven to a fight, after the latter invades the Lin Kuei Palace. Before the outcome of the battle could be decided, Sub-Zero takes notice of the dragon tattoo he had on his face, commenting that it was similar to the one on the vault door containing the armor Taven's mother left for him. Taven acquires the armor and the Lin Kuei Palace is invaded once again, this time by Noob Saibot and Smoke who turn the Lin Kuei warriors into cyborg demons. Sub-Zero asks Taven to choose sides and Taven helps defeat the demons. Taven then defeats Smoke and eventually, Noob Saibot, who had attacked Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero shows his thanks by revealing to him the location of the stronghold to the Red Dragon Clan. Sub-Zero then attempts to cleanse his brother's soul. It is unknown as to whether he is successful.
Since his brother's transformation, he has tried to cleanse his soul. Noob has recently teamed up with his brother's ally Smoke, reprogramming his nanotechnology, making him evil. They became Noob-Smoke. Goals are world domination and they plan to create an evil cyborg army.
He is seen in the final battle in Edenia joining the Forces of Light. During the battle, he is seen fighting his long time rival Scorpion.
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After defeating Sektor for the Dragon Medallion,Sub-Zeros freezing abilities were enhanced.Later when he returned to his clan,he became the grand master and thus vowed to make the Lin-Keui in to a force for Good.
By the time of Mortal Kombat-Deception Sub-zeros scar on his right eye (given by Kung Lao-as shown on Mortal Kombat Shaolin monks)had faded away,this was the cause of the dragon medallion-Showing its healing Effect
Eyes: Dead white
Powers & Abilities
Both Sub-Zero's possess the ability to manipulate ice and cold. Noob now has dark shurikens,the ability to create dark portals,and disappear into the shadows.
The New Sub-Zero can create ice shards and ice bombs. He can also use his Kori Blade, a mystical ice blade. Noob's main fighting style is Monkey and Sub-Zero's is Shotokan.
Ice ball: Sub-Zero sends a ice ball to the rival facing sideways, freezing the opponent giving Sub-Zero a chance for a hit.
Slide: He slides across the floor, knocking over the opponent by his feet.
Ground Freeze: Sub-Zero freezes the floor making the rival slip and fall if he steps in it giving Sub-Zero a free hit.
Ice Clone: Sub-Zero would make a statue of himself, if the rival touches it he would freeze giving Sub-Zero a free hit.
Ice Shower: Sub-Zero shoots ice above, which breaks apart and hits the rival, no madder the distance.
Cold Shoulder: Sub-Zero speeds to the rival shoulders the rival leaving a trail of ice.
Deep Freeze Uppercut: He freezes the rival, he uppercuts the rival shattering the rival into pieces everywhere.
Spine Rip: Sub-Zero punches the rival in the neck, and rips out the spine and skull.
Snowball: Sub-Zero forms a ice grenade, he throws it at the rival making the rival explode.
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Video game appearances
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat III
Ultimate Mortal Kombat III
Mortal Kombat Trilogy
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
Mortal Kombat IV
Mortal Kombat Gold
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliances
Mortal Kombat: Deception
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
Mortal Kombat (2011)
The elder Sub-Zero appears in the first Mortal Kombat film, played by actor Francois Petit.
He serves as one of Shang Tsung's henchman along with Scorpion, and fights Liu Kang during the tournament. Although he is able to gain the upper hand against Liu, he is defeated when Liu throws a bucket of water at him when he was attempting to form an ice shield, causing him to freeze himself.
The younger Sub-Zero makes a cameo in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
After thwarting an assassination attempt on Liu Kang and Kitana by Smoke, he engages Scorpion in battle but is unable to prevent him from kidnapping Kitana. He then urges Liu Kang to meet with Nightwolf before going after her. He was portrayed by Keith Cooke.
Sub-Zero appeared in the animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, voiced by Luke Perry.
When he first approaches the Earthrealm warriors with information regarding an impending attack by Scorpion, they are hesitant to trust him because he is a traitor to the Lin Kuei, but he is eventually able to prove his allegiance to them. Over the course of the series, he battles Scorpion and his friend Smoke, was turned into a cyborg and brainwashed by the Lin Kuei.