Franchise: Mortal Kombat
The hotly anticipated Mortal Kombat are here from Funko! This Sub Zero pop measures approximately 1 1/2-inches tall and comes packaged in a window display box.
SKU – FUKO45109
Sub Zero Lore /Information:
Machine or man, you have a warrior’s soul. As long as I am Grandmaster, the Lin Kuei will welcome you.”
|—Kuai Liang to Cyrax in Mortal Kombat 11|
Kuai Liang (Chinese language: 奎良; Wade-Giles: Kuài Liáng; meaning “Quick Cooling”), better known as Sub-Zero (绝对零度, “Absolute Zero”), Grandmaster (of the Lin Kuei), and formerly known as Tundra and briefly as the cyborg LK-52O, is a Lin Kuei assassin in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He is the younger brother of Bi-Han, who was the original Sub-Zero in the first Mortal Kombat game.
The younger Sub-Zero made his debut in Mortal Kombat II and has been a recurring supporting character throughout the series.
There are two incarnations of Sub-Zero, both of whom are siblings: older brother Bi-Han, and younger brother Kuai Liang. Both are blue garbed warriors who, at different times, have used the codename “Sub-Zero”, and both are members of the Lin Kuei. They are descended from Cryomancers, an exiled Edenian race possessing the ability to generate and control ice. However, they were born in Earthrealm and only the younger Sub-Zero would discover his heritage (in the original timeline).
Kuai Liang bears a scar on his right eye. In the original timeline, he received it sometime prior to the events of Mortal Kombat 3. However, as seen in Deception, the scar eventually faded away, possibly as a result of the Dragon Medallion’s power. In the second timeline (as revealed in the Mortal Kombat X comic series), it was Kano who created the scar.
Bi-Han and Kuai Liang were born to a Cryomancer father and a Chinese-American human mother. Their father was a secret operative for the Lin Kuei in the United States, eventually taking both sons back with him to China, against their mother’s wishes. The brothers would then be trained as Lin Kuei assassins. However, this is no longer canon. It has since been established that both brothers were kidnapped by the Lin Kuei when they were still children (as was revealed in Sub-Zero’s trailer for Mortal Kombat 2011).
Bi-Han appeared as Sub-Zero in the first Mortal Kombat tournament, while Kuai Liang went by the codename “Tundra”. After Bi-Han was murdered by Scorpion, Kuai Liang swore to avenge him. He took his brother’s former codename, Sub-Zero, as a means of honoring his brother. He entered the second Mortal Kombat with only one goal in mind: hunting down his brother’s killer.
Kuai Liang would bear the name ‘Sub-Zero’ in all future games, whereas Bi-Han would be resurrected as a wraith by Quan Chi and given the name ‘Noob Saibot’.
Although the two brothers differ significantly in many ways, they both share traits in common. Kuai Liang comes off as a menacing, stern, distant, and cold man who prefers to remain in the shadows, not unlike his elder brother. However, Kuai Liang is more serious, disciplined, humane, and honorable than Bi-Han ever was. In contrast to his older brother, who eventually succumbed to darkness, the younger Sub-Zero remained firmly on the side of justice. This vast disparity caused the two siblings to disown one another, stating “we share blood, we are not brothers”.