Kung Lao

    Character » Kung Lao appears in 19 issues.

    Like Liu Kang, Kung Lao is a Shaolin Monk and member of the White Lotus and a direct descendant to the Great Kung Lao, the former Mortal Kombat Champion. It has always been Kung Lao's dream to honor his ancestor.

    Short summary describing this character.

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    Kung Lao is possibly (next to Liu Kang) the last known descendant of the Great Kung Lao, a former Champion of Mortal Kombat, who lost the title to Goro 500 years previously, resulting in Lao's death at Goro's hands and the start of Shang Tsung's rule over the tournament. Like his friend, Liu Kang, Kung Lao is also a member of the White Lotus Society. Kung Lao was originally the one to represent the Shaolin in the Mortal Kombat tournament but he declined, knowing of the consequences of becoming champion. As a result, Liu Kang was chosen and emerged as the winner.

    Story Arcs

    Kung Lao's descendant as he appears in the comic
    Kung Lao's descendant as he appears in the comic

    When the Shaolin Temples were attacked by Baraka and his Tarkatan soldiers, Liu Kang and Kung Lao resolved to travel through the portal to the Outworld and avenge their fallen Shaolin brothers. Although he joined his friend in his furious quest, Kung Lao's ultimate goal was to rebuild the White Lotus Society at the Wu Shi Academy, in order to train a new generation of warriors for the coming ages. He, along with Liu Kang, ventured into Outworld to do battle with Outworld's forces in a new tournament. Following Shao Kahn's defeat at Liu Kang's hand, the monks returned to Earth and began training the next generation of Shaolin warriors.

    When Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm came, he had to temporarily scrap his plans for reforming the Society. Eventually, Kung Lao faced Shao Kahn; the Emperor of Outworld defeated Kung Lao and injured him so badly that he was believed to have died. Hearing of Kung Lao's apparent death enraged Liu Kang, as he challenged Shao Kahn and successfully defeated him for the second time.

    With Outworld driven back, Kung Lao decided not to return to the Shaolin Temples, instead allowing everyone to believe that he was dead and went on to live a life of peace in respect to the beliefs of his ancestors. This would not last long however, as he was drawn away from his new found peace to help fight against Shinnok's forces, when word reached him that Goro, the Shokan warrior who had killed the Great Kung Lao centuries ago, was still alive. After Shinnok's defeat, Kung Lao attacked Goro, who had signed a peace treaty with the Centaurs under the mediation of Kitana. Instead of being an attempted assassination, however, the blow was a ceremonial strike of vengeance for the Great Kung Lao's death. With this act, the two warriors shook hands, ending their conflict.

    Game play Kung Lao
    Game play Kung Lao

    The next years were peaceful. This ended on a brutal note at the time of the Deadly Alliance, when the sorcerers Quan Chi and Shang Tsung united and murdered Liu Kang in a vicious attack. Kung Lao found his body and was told by Raiden that Tsung was the assassin, who had formed the Deadly Alliance with Quan Chi. Enraged, Kung Lao vowed revenge upon the sorcerer, and once again abandoned his pacifistShaolin beliefs. He believed his current skills were insufficient to defeat Shang Tsung so after meeting with the other Earthrealm warriors and traveling to Outworld. Kung Lao informed Kitana of Liu Kang's death and she tagged along with Kung Lao and sought the advice of the martial arts teacher Bo' Rai Cho , who trained Kung Lao for a short time and taught him the Whirl Wind Kick. Together, they joined the other warriors in the assault against the two sorcerers.

    But the assault did not end well. With Liu Kang dead, Raiden and his companions were fighting a losing battle. Kung Lao and Kitana challenged the Deadly Alliance .Kung Lao fought Shang Tsung one on one but because of Shang Tsung's soulnado, the sorcerer was able to keep his power at its peak, making the battle very difficult. Things would get worse as Kung Lao's allies would perish in the battle, one by one. Kitana would fall against Quan Chi and Kung Lao would fall to the hands of Shang Tsung. Despite his improved skills, it wasn't enough and Kung Lao died, leaving only Raiden to battle the Deadly Alliance. However, he was revived by Onaga as a slave during the events of Deception. He and the rest of his brainwashed allies were later released from Onaga's spell by the spirit of Liu Kang after being defeated by Ermac. After being released from the spell, he and everyone else embraced Liu Kang as they celebrate their short lived defeat.

    Events during the Armaggedon of the Reams are sketchy at best, Kung Lao is reported as having joined forces with the Lord of Wind to bring their former comrade.


    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175 lbs
    • Nationality: Chinese
    • Martial Art: Shaolin Fist, White Lotus, Kenpo, Mantis.
    • Weapons: Razor-edged hat, Broadsword, Battle axe.

    Powers and Abilities

    When it comes to strength, martial arts and agility, Kung Lao possesses similar abilities to Liu Kang. His favorite weapon of choice during battle is his razor-edged hat. He is seen wearing it almost all the time. He incorporates the hat into his fighting style to dish out deadly combos, capable of amputation and decapitation. The hat seems to have magical properties because no matter how far he throw it, the hat will always materialize on Kung Lao's head. He seems to have total control over the hat when it is thrown. Kung Lao seems to have some form of teleportation and will use it during battle.

    Signature moves:

    Hat Throw

    Wind Teleport

    Whirlwind Kick

    Dive kick

    Spinning Aura Shield

    Double Pass Teleport


    Body Slice

    Hat Trick

    Hat throw


    Hat Amputation

    Head Toss.


    Mortal Kombat II

    Mortal Kombat 3

    Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

    Mortal Kombat Gold

    Mortal Kombat Trilogy

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

    Mortal Kombat: Deception (cameo)

    Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

    Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

    Mortal Kombat (2011)


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