Mortal Kombat 1992 Sub Zero Profile Small

Sub Zero MK One


Debut of the Ice Shot

Sub Zero Mk1 Fatality


Back in 1992, Scorpion and Sub Zero shared many of the same sprites just like Ryu and Ken in Street Fighter II. This was done to save resources and allowed the developers to add more characters while having more storage for other parts of a game, like speech, background graphics, and music.

Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat I drawn for the Game Art HQ Mortal Kombat Tribute

In the later games, especially Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 which had 7 male ninjas who were all wearing the same ninja outfit with only their colors being different and they overdid it a bit though and were often criticized for the many “Ninja Palette Swaps”

Today, Scorpion, Sub Zero, Reptile, Ermac, etc. are all still Ninjas and were in Mk9 but all with very different looks and animations.


Sub Zero, the Lin Kuei Ninja who was supposed to be responsible for the death of Scorpion introduced the ice-shot to the fighting game genre, a move which froze the opponent and is still today used by around 15-20 other fighting game characters, more or less every 2D fighting game today has at least one character with a similar move.

Funny enough Sub Zero would freeze himself if he would attack an already frozen opponent again with Ice, this can be used for some fun mirror matches ūüôā

While Sub Zero’s role changed a lot during the Mortal Kombat games, he was always a fan favorite and became one of the main protagonists in some of the background stories


This is Sub Zero in his classic Mortal Kombat I design, the illustration was drawn by Kachakacha from Japan as a part of the Game-Art-HQ Mortal Kombat Art Tribute

Sub Zero MK 1 Arcade Ending 1  Sub Zero MK 1 Arcade Ending 2 

Arcade Ending of Sub Zero in Mortal Kombat One


All Mortal Kombat Art Tribute Artworks featuring Sub Zero:

Sub Zero Mortal Kombat I MK Tribute

Mortal Kombat

Sub Zero Mortal Kombat II MK Tribute


Sub Zero Mortal Kombat 3 MK Tribute

MK 3

Sub Zero Mortal Kombat 4 MK Tribute

MK 4

Sub Zero Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance MK Tribute

MKDA Standard

Sub Zero Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance Alternate MK Tribute


Sub Zero MK Deception MK Tribute

MK Deception Standard

Sub Zero MK Deception Alternate MK Tribute by_ag_08

MK Deception Alt.

Sub Zero MKvsDC

MK vs DC

Sub Zero MK9 MK Tribute

MK9 Standard

Sub Zero MK9 Alternate MK Tribute

MK9 Alt.



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Visit also Sub Zero’s Game Art HQ Main Profile with more infos, official art as well as featured fan art and more.