Mortal Kombat – Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot

Warriors number twelve and thirteen are two of the most popular and have an incredible rivalry between each other while warrior number fourteen holds the distinction of being a highly skilled fighter and dark warrior; Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot respectively.

12. Scorpion

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Scorpion – MKX

A legendary, popular, and original warrior/character, Scorpion holds the distinction, among other warriors, to appear in every single Mortal Kombat game as a playable character. Best known by his name, Scorpion, he is also known by his real name “Hanzo Hasashi”, which was released to us in MKX. He was voted number one for Mortal Kombat favourite characters and is even the creator Ed Boon’s favourite character. He is a former member of the Shirai Ryu clan and is often seen as an undead, hellspawn fighter. It is said that his father was also a member of the Shirai Ryu and did not want his son (Scorpion) to join the clan as he did not want him to live the life of an assassin. According to Mortal Kombat creators, he joined to provide his family with a comforting life. His main goal is to destroy Sub-Zero, as he believes he is responsible for destroying his clan, and he succeeds, killing Bi-Han (now Noob Saibot). His origins, like many of the fighters, lie in China. His death came from the hands of Quan Chi who was POSING as Sub-Zero (Bi-Han) when he, his family and clan were all exterminated. His soul was said to be wandering in the Netherrealm where Quan Chi resurrected him and made him into what fans know him to be – full of anger and vengeance. Quan Chi tricked Scorpion into believing that Sub-Zero (Bi-Han/Kuai Liang) are the ones responsible for the ambush and for the death of his family and clan. What really happened was that Quan Chi hired the Lin Kuei to capture Shinnok’s Amulet and in return he would wipe out their rival clan – the Shirai Ryu. Scorpion continuously searches and tries to kill Sub-Zero until MKX states that the truth finally came out, and Scorpion and Sub-Zero no longer have that burning rivalry, but  instead Scorpion turns on Quan Chi and kills him himself.

Despite everything, Scorpion in not necessarily evil. He does decide to fight on the “Forces of Darkness” side in the Battle of Armageddon because he was promised that his family and clan would be resurrected and returned to Earth. He will complete tasks if it means getting what he wants, which is as mentioned his family and clan back. Throughout the series, he remains neutral. Although while wearing a mask he appears human, he is not at all. When Scorpion removes the mask, you can clearly see that he has the head of a skeleton, which is sometimes full of flames. Apparently, he CAN regain his full human appearance once he conquers his own demons.

Scorpion is well known for his catchphrase “GET OVER HERE!” or “COME HERE!” which almost every fan of the game supports. His scorpion spear, coming from his hands and his rising flames are just a few of the deadly attacks Scorpion possesses.

In MKX, Scorpion, as Hanzo Hasashi, is seen teaching Takeda Takahashi (Kenshi’s son) on martial arts and how to fight and represent the Shirai Ryu. What I dislike very much about what MKX does, as I interpreted it, is they actively tried to prevent calling him Scorpion and tried to push his former persona; Hanzo Hasashi. Fans have grown up with Mortal Kombat and know and love him as Scorpion with his unique look and characteristics. Hanzo Hasashi may be good, but that is no Scorpion – I am hoping to see more Scorpion and less Hanzo Hasashi. Currently, as Hanzo Hasashi, his allies consists of Special Forces members (Sonya Blade and Jax Briggs) and Johnny Cage to name a few.

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Hanzo Hasashi – MKX

13. Sub Zero

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Sub Zero (Masked) -MKX

Call him what you like, Sub Zero, the Younger Sub Zero, Tundra or Kuai Liang, he is officially in the top two for fan favourites. He is the younger brother of Bi-Han, better known as Noob Saibot, who was the original Sub Zero. This Sub Zero, Kuai Liang, made his debut in Mortal Kombat II. Originally from China, he is known as a member of the Lin Kuei, a faction just like the White Lotus Society. This faction consists of ruthless killers who do not ask questions but just get the job done. Many of it’s warriors are selected at a very young age and must mature and learn the ways of the clan quickly. No one knows of their existence other than the clan itself. Sub Zero himself is a Cryomancer, which is a race of people from Outworld who possess the ability to create, manipulate and control ice. He and his brother were abducted as infants and were trained to become deadly assassins. He has a distinct scar on his right eye, just over and under it. It is said that this scar was caused by the “Dragon Medallion’s power” I however have not fully decided on what I believe.

Now to avoid any confusion some might have, Scorpion during the Mortal Kombat tournament did indeed kill Sub Zero but this was NOT Kuai Liang but instead it was Bi-Han and as we know, Bi-Han is now Noob Saibot. This action caused the current Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) to get revenge for his brother and kill Scorpion, hence their on-going feud. In “Scorpion’s” section above, I discussed why Scorpion wants to kill Sub-Zero and now I just finished giving you the reasons why Sub-Zero wants to kill Scorpion. While he embarked on a mission to find Scorpion, it became known to him that his clan, the Lin Kuei, was beginning something that they referred to as the “Cyber Initiative”. This involved the clan taking their members and converting them to Cyborgs. Sub-Zero was eventually captured however he was restored by Raiden and this is what made him fight for Earthrealm. Subsequently, Sub-Zero grew disgusted of his clan and broke the sacred rules as he joined Raiden and his fighters to destroy Shao Kahn. Sub-Zero’s soul was one that Quan Chi had corrupted however while Quan Chi was fighting with Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage, Raiden was able to restore his soul.

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Sub Zero – Revenant (MKX)

At this point, he found himself ready to rebuild the Lin Kuei. However to do this, he had to get passed one of the most prominent, ruthless, evil and deadliest warrior his former clan had to produced – Sektor. I will expand on this when discussing Sektor, however in this section I will say that Sub-Zero did reform his clan but instead he made it into an organization and establishment that aided Raiden and his fighters, vowing to protect Earthrealm. His unstoppable and threatening abilities make him one of Earthrealm’s greatest warriors and deadliest of foes. Notice in the picture below his “eye scar” that was touched upon earlier in this section.

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Sub-Zero (Unmasked) – MKX

14. Noob Saibot

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Noob Saibot – MK9

Originally known as Bi-Han or the original Sub-Zero, Noob Saibot is as many already know, the brother of the current Sub-Zero. After his death at the hands of Scorpion (when he was (Sub-Zero), he was reincarnated in the Netherrealm and represents all evil. After death, his soul was said to be in the Netherrealm due to years of violence and remorseless killing, hence his inner darkness. It is, as you guessed, Quan Chi who resurrected him and enhanced his powers, and made him even more powerful and darker. Quan Chi made sure to eliminated any possible human trait, be it pride, compassion, love and so on. Noob Saibot’s goal is to rule the Netherrealm. Despite being in service to evil conquerors such as Shao Kahn, Quan Chi and Lord Shinnok, he fights for himself and only himself. His physical appearance is the same colour of his soul; dark black. He is a ruthless fighter who has much speed, whether it is teleportation or his stealthy ways of hiding in his shadow. He is also able to produce a second individual  (known as his Shadow Clone) while fighting, just as powerful as he is. Getting close to him is dangerous as he has many methods of fighting, and many ways of winning. He is a member of the “Brotherhood of Shadow” faction, created and led by Quan Chi. His current whereabouts are uncertain as he was last seen fighting Nightwolf at the Graveyard, close to a soulnado, in MK9. Nightwolf eventually kicked him into said soulnado and that was the last time we were able to see Noob Saibot. Being mentioned by Sareena in MKX, he is still believed to be alive in some way. Rumours continue to grow and swirl about his comeback and how he will return with another mission. His allies were as mentioned Quan Chi, Shao Kahn and Shinnok, to name a few – all very evil fighters. An interesting fact about Noob Saibot’s name creation; the name “Noob” is the creator Ed Boon’s name backwards and “Saibot” is another creator of the game, John Tobias’ name backwards. I think he is a very unique character and I can appreciate his move set and style. His shadow appearance is well thought out and he is a tough warrior.

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Noob Saibot and his Shadow Clone (MK9)


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