The Complete History Of Scorpion And Sub-Zero’s Rivalry In Mortal Kombat

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  • Introducing Kuai Liang
  • Scorpio discovers the truth

Scorpion and Sub-Zero are the most recognizable characters on Mortal Kombat a large list of fighters. Their fame stems in part from their long tenure in the series and their iconic masks. But their famous rivalry with each other has also helped them become incredibly well-known figures in gaming.


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This feud was already underway at the start of the first game. And it lasted through most of the series in both the original and new timelines. Since it appears on both timelines, the argument is hard to follow. But here is a full explanation of the issues between the two legendary warriors.


The start of a rivalry

Mortal Kombat Screenshot of Scorpion and Sub-Zero

Scorpion (aka Hanzo Hasashi) and the original Sub-Zero (aka Bi-Han) could never really avoid their rivalry because they were part of rival clans. Scorpion was a member of the Shirai Ryu while Sub-Zero was loyal to the Lin Kuei.

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The clan feud started when a warrior named Takeda left the Lin Kuei — an act punishable by death — and ended up forming the Shirai Ryu. Just being a member of these factions meant that the two characters were always doomed to conflict.

First blood

Quan Chi Mortal Kombat poses with raised fist

The rivalry between the two signs really kicked into high gear when Quan Chi hired them both to find the element map for him.

In doing so, the two soldiers clashed. The the original Zero defeated Hanzo Hasashi and killed him.

This meant that Zero could get the map for Quan Chi. As payment, the wizard wiped out the Shirai Ryu Clan for the Lin Kuei. This action is also spelled the end for Hasashi’s family.

Of course, Hasashi wouldn’t stay dead Quan Chi resurrected him as a scorpion. In this new form he gained all of his special fire powers but lost much of his humanity – he even started living in the Netherrealm.

However, he was not completely divorced from his previous life, as when he awoke, he wanted revenge for himself and his family. Unfortunately, he he didn’t know Quan Chi was responsible for Shirai Ryu’s death. The villain convinced him that Sub-Zero was guilty.

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Scorpion Gets Revenge

Scorpion stands on a stage with his fist in the air in the original Mortal Kombat.

A warrior would the next encounter during the Mortal Kombat tournament.

This would serve as a a good opportunity for Scorpion to get revengewhich he did just as he managed to kill his old enemy.

But as before, death did not mean the end of this rivalry.

Introducing Kuai Liang

Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat surrounded by his blue icy aura

Bi-Han was resurrected by Quan Chi, just like Hanzo Hasashi before him. however he was no longer Sub-Zero. Instead, it was a new creature known as Noob Saibot.

Still, Sub-Zero lived as Bi-Han’s younger brother Kuai Liang took up the mantle.

That is when the timelines go in slightly different directions.

In every version though Scorpion did not have the same hatred and desire to kill this Sub-Zero as he did the original one. Plus, Kuai Liang did not take serious revenge on Scorpion, despite the fighter killing his brother.

Scorpio discovers the truth

Mortal Kombat 10 Screenshot of Hanzo Hasashi looking at the Quen Chi hologram

Despite the fact that the dispute did not really exist up to this point, Quan Chi was still trying to manipulate Scorpion into killing his supposed rival.

eventually, Scorpion learned that Quan Chi had subdued his family, not Sub-Zero.

In the original timeline he learned this from Quan Chi himself, while in the more recent one, Kuai Liang provided the information.

anyway, Quan Chi became Scorpion’s main opponent.

End of dispute

Mortal Kombat 11 Screenshot of Scorpion and Sub-Zero

After revealing Quan Chi’s betrayal, it is the original timeline went in a few different directions. Therefore, there was no true canon ending to the feud between Scorpion and Sub-Zero in this timeline.

however their rivalry ended in the more recent timeline.

Up to this point, both characters were human againunder common names and living in the earthly realm.

The pair had an individual re-established their clans help protect their new home. Because of the common goal, Kuai Liang tried to mend fences with Hanzo Hasashi.

Hasashi hesitated at first until he found out what really happened to his clan. Apologies followed from both sides and they actually started working together.

therefore the long-running rivalry has finally come to an end.

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