Sub-Zero on Game-Art-HQ

Sub-Zero is one of the recurring playable game characters from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.

He debuted in the original Mortal Kombat in 1992 and returned in all later Mortal Kombat sequels and Spinoffs including the last game of the series, Mortal Kombat XI (2019). Sub-Zero was also announced as one of the first DLC characters for the DC Comics fighting game Injustice 2 (2017)

Sub-Zero got his own game with Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997) a mix of a beat’em up and 2d platformer.

There are at least two different Sub-Zero characters in the MK games, in Mortal Kombat 9 (2011) they were named Bi-Han which is the first Sub-Zero that got killed by Scorpion and becomes Noob-Saibot, and his younger brother Kuai Liang who becomes Cyber Sub Zero in Mortal Kombat 9. It is unknown if there is a completely new Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat X or if it is one of the already known brothers.

Sub-Zero is introduced as a Lin Kuei assassin who is a cyromancer, which means he can use the power of Ice and freeze things to use them as weapons, projectiles, or even freeze his opponents for a few seconds. His freezing abilities spawned a lot of similar moves in other fighting games, he basically added a new game mechanic to the fighting game genre with it.

In Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) Sub Zero was seen unmasked for the first time in playable form. Today, Sub-Zero is one of the most known male fighting game characters and seen as a protagonist in the Mortal Kombat games.

Sub-Zero from the Mortal Kombat Games: an Overview

Charactername: Sub-Zero/ Kuai Liang
  Developed /Created by Midway Games later NetherRealm Studios
Gameseries: Mortal Kombat& Crossover Series
  First seen on: Arcades  
First Game: Mortal Kombat   Year first seen in: 1992 
Last Game: Mortal Kombat XI (2019)   Birthplace: China 
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Character   Weapons or Martial Arts Style: Different ones.
Additional Tags:     Similar Characters:  
Has Relations to: Scorpion, Frost   See also:  


Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Sub-Zero


Sub-Zero MKX Mortal Kombat X Kuai Liang Costume Skin Render 2

Sub-Zero Kuai Liang

Sub-Zero MKX Mortal Kombat X Primary Costume Skin Render

Sub-Zero Primary

Sub-Zero MKX Mortal Kombat X Primary Costume Skin Render 2

Sub-Zero Primary

Sub-Zero Primary 2


Sub-Zero Cyromancer Variation MKX Mortal Kombat X

Sub-Zero Cyromancer Variation

This Variation gives Sub-Zero the ability to create ice weapons. Armed with hammers, swords and daggers, Cyromancer is ideal for a fast paces rushdown style of play.

Sub-Zero Unbreakable Variation MKX Mortal Kombat X

Sub-Zero Unbreakable Variation

This Variation is focussed on defense. To counter rushdowns, Sub-Zero possesses the ability to create

ice shields that freeze opponents in their tracks. He can also create ice armor which helps to reduce chip damage.

Sub-Zero MKX Mortal Kombat X Grandmaster Variation

Sub-Zero Grandmaster Variation

In his Grandmaster Variation, Sub-Zero can generate ice clones that improve his trapping abilities. These clones freeze opponents on contact and can also be used as projectiles.



Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat X with his Variations explained


Sub-Zero MK9 small

Official Render 1

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat (2011) Art

Official Render 2

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat 9 vs. Portrait

Vs. Portrait

Sub Zero MK9 Ladder Render

Ladder Portrait

Sub-Zero MK9 Alternate Costume

Alternative Costume

Sub-Zero MK9 Classic Costume

Classic Ninja Costume

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat 9 Classic Costume MK3

Classic MK3 Costume

Sub-Zero Artworks from Mortal Kombat 9 (2011) including vs. portraits and his alternate designs /classic costumes


Sub-Zero MK vs DC Universe Art

Mortal Kombat vs. DC (2008)

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks Game Art

Mortal Kombat. Shaolin Monks (2005)

Sub-Zero MK Deception Game Art

Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004)

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat 4 Game Art

Mortal Kombat 4 (1997)

Sub-Zero MK Mythologies Game Art

MK Mythologies: Sub Zero

Sub-Zero UMK3 Game Art

UMK3 (1995)

Sub Zero Mortal Kombat 3 Game Art

Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat 2 Illustration

Mortal Kombat II (1993)



Official Sub-Zero Wallpapers

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat X Wallpaper Art

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat X Wallpaper


Sub-Zero Fatality Wallpaper Art from Mortal Kombat 9

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat 9 Fatality Wallpaper

Sub-Zero Wallpaper MK Deception 2

Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat: Deception Wallpaper 2

Sub-Zero Wallpaper MK Deception 1 
Sub-Zero Mortal Kombat: Deception Wallpaper


Mortal Kombat X Sub Zero Unmasked

Sub Zero Unmasked in the MKX Trailer

Mortal Kombat X (2015)


Sub-Zero in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

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.

Sub Zero is a part of our big Mortal Kombat Art Tribute and was drawn in all his Mortal Kombat 1-9 designs, planned for the future is to add his new Mortal Kombat X designs as well

Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Sub-Zero

We have a big gallery of selected Sub-Zero artworks and cosplays made in the last years, to see the older works visit this gallery

Sub-Zero (MK3 & Later) by Flavio Luccisano

Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat X, drawn by fans:

Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat X Badass Art

Sub Zero from MKX

by SadeceKAAN

Mortal Kombat X Art Sub Zero vs Scorpion

Sub Zero breaking Scorpions Face

by Esau Murga

Sub-Zero MKX Mortal Kombat X Fatality Art

Sub-Zero MKX Fatality

by Romeo Gonzales


Sub-Zero vs the Shirai-Ryu

Sub-Zero vs. the Shirai-Ryu Clan Ninja

by Grapiqkad

SubZero Redesigned Different Look Artwork

Sub-Zero Redesign Art

by BulletproofTurtleman

Sub-Zero from MK 9

by Flavio Luccisano

Sub-Zero from MKX

by Flavio Luccisano

Updates and additions in Sub-Zero’s Game Art Gallery and Character Overview

07.03.2022 – Another MKX Sub-Zero render added + Flavio’s Sub-Zero Art from 2013. 

05.05.2017 – Sub-Zero was announced to be one of the dlc characters in Injustice 2