|First Appearence:||Mortal Kombat 2|
Kung Lao was a member of the secret Shaolin temple tribe known as the "White Lotus Society". His ancestor, the Great Kung Lao, has competed in several Mortal Kombat tournaments. At one of these tournaments, he faced its champion Shang Tsung. Kung Lao defeated Shang Tsung and was the new champion of Mortal Kombat. As the next generation Mortal Kombat came along, Kung Lao entered to defend his title. Unfortunately, he was defeated by the Shokan Goro, who finished him and Shang Tsung later consumed his soul. 500 years after Kung Lao's death, the Shaolin warrior, Liu Kang entered the 10th generation tournament, and defeated not only the champion Goro, but Shang Tsung as well. With the apparent defeat of Shang Tsung, the Outworld emperor Shao Kahn decided to lure the Earthrealm into a trap in Outworld, which lead to Kung Lao, the last descendant of the Great Kung Lao, joining Raiden in helping the Earthrealm Warriors in their fight against the Outworld's forces.
As Shao Kahn was defeated by the Earthrealm Warriors, Kung Lao was also a big contributor when Kahn invaded Earthrealm and tried to merge it with Outworld, and he also helped Earthrealm defeat the fallen elder god, Shinnok.
Then, when Liu Kang was killed by the Deadly Alliance, Kung Lao sent himself on a self-appointed journey to go to Outworld and find his former master Bo' Rai Cho who taught Liu Kang the flying dragon kick in which he used to win Mortal Kombat. But he was also killed by Shang Tsung, despite Bo' Rai Cho's teachings. Kung Lao was then revived by and forced to do Onaga's will, but Liu Kang's soul released him of the Dragon King's spell.
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