Sub-Zero is the name given to two fiction video game characters from the Mortal Kombat series. Being brothers, both of them were born in Outworld, and are blue-garbed assassins that descended from Cryomancers, an Outworld race of gods possessing the ability to generate and control the powers of ice, which gives Sub-Zero the innate ability to control ice in many forms.
A mainstay to the series, Sub-Zero is the only character in the series to be playable in every game, with the exception of Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. The older Sub-Zero first appeared in the first Mortal Kombat game, getting replaced by his younger brother in Mortal Kombat II and the subsequent games. In Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and most versions of Mortal Kombat Trilogy, both the elder and younger Sub-Zero appear as playable characters. Sub-Zero also appears in many other Mortal Kombat media works such as the Mortal Kombat live action film series and animated series.
The original name for Sub-Zero was Tundra prior to production of the original Mortal Kombat, but the name was changed after a member of the design team saw the Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Running Man, in which the first assassin fought by Schwarzenegger's character used the name, albeit not hyphenated.
Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias said in a 1995 interview with Electronic Gaming Monthly that Sub-Zero was unmasked in Mortal Kombat 3 in order to stir up fan speculation about the character's backstory. An April 1995 article from VideoGames magazine, which was written while the game was still in production, included the first image of actor John Turk in costume, though Turk was purposely photographed from the rear and in shadow in order to conceal the character's identity. The new Sub-Zero made his proper debut on the cover of GamePro that same month with Turk's red outfit tinted blue (as it was for the game), but the photo used was actually mirrored, as his scar was over his left eye. According to Ed Boon, Sub-Zero's Freeze was originally omitted from the game in place of the Ice Shower, but was brought back in the next revision following fan feedback at a local arcade.
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