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|~ Noob Saibot|
|“||We share blood. But we are not brothers.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot to Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat (2011), with the latter exacting the quote word for word in Mortal Kombat 11.|
Noob Saibot, previously known as Sub-Zero, is a wraith Lin Kuei warrior from the Netherrealm and an antagonist from the Mortal Kombat fighting games series. He is the main protagonist of Mortal Kombat Mythologies Sub-Zero, an anti-villain in the first Mortal Kombat game, a minor antagonist in Mortal Kombat II, a major antagonist in 3-Armageddon, and one of the supporting antagonists in Mortal Kombat 9 and Mortal Kombat 11.
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub Zero
Noob Saibot was originally the first Sub-Zero and a member of the Lin Kuei Clan. He was hired at one point to steal a map for Quan Chi from a Shaolin Temple, where he encountered Scorpion, a ninja from the rival Shirai Ryu clan that the demonic sorcerer Quan Chi had also hired, in case Sub-Zero failed. Sub-Zero savagely and coldly killed Scorpion and escaped the temple with the map.
Upon arriving back at the Lin Kuei temple, Quan Chi made good on his part of the bargain with the clan, he utterly destroyed the Shirai Ryu. The sorcerer also revealed he had hired Scorpion, which made Sub-Zero distrustful of him. Quan Chi then told him the significance of the map, it led the way to the Temple of the Elements, which held an amulet that, according to legend, contained great magical powers.
Sub-Zero entered the temple and managed to best the traps and elite guards within, as well as the four elemental guardians, one of which was Fujin, a wind god who would have larger roles in later games. With the last guardian defeated, Sub-Zero broke the seal keeping Quan Chi from entering the temple and as the ice ninja prepared to claim the amulet, the sorcerer appeared and took the amulet himself. Quan Chi then revealed the truth about the talisman is the Amulet of Shinnok, it belonged to a fallen Elder God known as Lord Shinnok, who was banished to the Netherrealm many millennia ago after he attempted to take control of all of existence. When he regained the amulet, Shinnok would be ready to take control of the universe once more. Quan Chi disappeared and Sub-Zero began to leave, only for Lord Raiden to appear and express his disgust for the ignorance and greed of the ice ninja's clan. The thunder god then commanded Sub-Zero to go to Netherealm and retrieve the amulet, conjuring a portal there.
Upon his arrival, Sub-Zero found himself trapped in the Prison of Souls, where he unknowingly met Shinnok. He then escaped the cell, he was trapped in and fought his way through Quan Chi's guards, until he encountered Scorpion, now transformed into a specter, who blamed the ice ninja for the death of his clan and family. Even though his enemy was unable to die again, Sub-Zero beat him and Scorpion retreated. The ice ninja then took on Quan Chi's trio of minions, Kia, Jataaka, and Sareena and killed them, with the exception of Sareena, whom he spared for some strange reason. Sub-Zero then took their teleportation crystals and found his way to Quan Chi inside the Pyramid of Shinnok, the Brotherhood of Shadow's house of worship built in the name of their god Shinnok. The sorcerer then revealed that the reason Sub-Zero could exist in the Netherrealm was because he possessed an evil heart, due to his work as a ruthless assassin. He then fought against Quan Chi and received help in the form of a timely appearance by Sareena, who begged Sub Zero to take her from the Netherrealm. However she was killed by Lord Shinnok, who now holds his Sacred Amulet in his possession, though this was later revealed to be a fake created by Quan Chi. Sub-Zero managed to snatch the amulet from the fallen god and escaped through another portal created by Raiden. Upon his escape, Sub-Zero asked what Quan Chi had said was true, which Raiden confirmed. He then told the young warrior that only he could change this fate but if he did not, he would descend into the Netherealm.
Upon returning to the Lin Kuei temple, Sub-Zero found out he had been invited to the Mortal Kombat Tournament by Shang Tsung at his island. Because the Lin Kuei had previously been hired to kill the sorcerer, Sub-Zero accepted and fought in the tournament, so he could get the chance to kill Shang. Very little is known about Sub-Zero's battle in the tournament. After the defeat of Shang Tsung and Goro at the hands of Liu Kang and the island's subsequent eruption into chaos, Sub-Zero was challenged to a fight to the death by Scorpion. With vengeance and demonic energies from the Netherrealm fueling him, Scorpion killed Sub-Zero causing him to descend into Netherrealm.
Mortal Kombat II
Upon his descent into the Netherrealm, Sub-Zero was transformed into a wraith version of what he once was and named Noob Saibot. He joined Shinnok's Brotherhood of Shadow, ironically what he had refused to do while alive. Noob was then ordered to observe the events currently taking place in Earthrealm and Outworld. He remained in the shadows and watched the tournament in Outworld, then reported the events back to Shinnok.
Mortal Kombat 3
Noob's next assignment was to join forces with Shao Kahn during the invasion of Earthrealm, though it is unknown what his role in the conflict was.
Mortal Kombat 4
After Shao Kahn's defeat, Shinnok made his return with help from Quan Chi and Noob stood alongside him during the conflict. However Shinnok was defeated by Raiden's forces, resulting in the disbanding of the Brotherhood of Shadow. With his old master "gone" (as Noob put it) the wraith returned to the service of a weakened Shao Kahn.
Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition
A few years later, Noob appeared during a battle between the forces of Outworld, led by Kano, and the armies of Edenia and Shokan, led by Kitana and Goro. During this, Noob attacked Goro and delivered a mortal wound to the Shokan.
Mortal Kombat: Deception
With both masters that he once served now gone, Noob slowly became his own master. Now free to follow his own goals and unconcerned by the events involving the newly returned Onaga, Noob plotted to create a force of assassins in his own image. While searching Shao Kahn's abandoned fortress, the wraith came across the deactivated cyborg, Smoke. After reprogramming the cyborg to serve him, he activated his nano-technology and began to make plans to use it to create a force of cyber-demon warriors. Noob and Smoke left the fortress, while being followed by Noob's brother, the second Sub-Zero, and Sareena. However the pair were perfectly aware that they were being followed and waited for their chance, then attacked Sub-Zero whilst he was unaware. Sareena managed to intervene in the battle and held off Sub-Zero's would be assassins. This caused her to revert to her demon form and after Sub-Zero awoke from the unconscious state he had been put in, he attacked her. It was during this time that Noob was revealed to be Sub-Zero's brother.
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Noob and Smoke later worked together to stage an invasion on the Lin Kuei temple, so as to transform the clan into dark warriors loyal to Noob, as well as kill Sub-Zero. However this plot was foiled by Taven, who defeated the pair. After that Sub-Zero began working to free Noob of the darkness within him.
In his ending, Noob defeated Blaze and found himself in a dark chamber, confronted by his former self, the original Sub-Zero, who had come to reclaim his part of the soul they shared. The two fought, but neither could best the other and, in the end, what emerged was neither Sub-Zero, nor Noob Saibot, but something more.
Mortal Kombat (2011)
Sub-Zero, along with Sektor and Cyrax (Both still human), took part in the Mortal Kombat tournament, fighting on the behalf of Shang Tsung. He fought Sonya Blade for the sorcerer after she tried to save Jax Briggs, but was defeated. Later on, Sub-Zero appeared to face off against Scorpion, who'd just announced that he would not kill the ice ninja (as part of an agreement with Raiden). He asked the specter if wouldn't kill him or simply couldn't and Scorpion said Sub-Zero would suffer as the Shirai Ryu had.
The ice ninja simply said to hell with the specter's clan, prompting Scorpion to angrily bring them both to the Netherrealm. He managed to defeat Sub-Zero and Quan Chi appeared, telling him to finish the Lin Kuei off and the specter didn't want to at first. However, the sorcerer showed Scorpion fake images of Sub-Zero slaughtering his family and clan and despite the ice ninja saying that wasn't him, the specter killed him. Thus Sub-Zero was brought back as the wraith, Noob Saibot, becoming a minion of Quan Chi and aided him in his plans to weaken Outworld.
He made himself known after Kung Lao and Liu Kang entered Shao Kahn's prison tower to save Kitana and fought Kung Lao. However, Noob Saibot was defeated and Kung Lao noted there was something familiar about him, but the wraith slipped away as the monk became occupied with Goro. After Kabal was healed and equipped with a respirator by Kano, he went to take on Shao Kahn to get a way back to Earthrealm. Noob Saibot and Mileena stood in his way, but were defeated.Later on, the wraith aided Quan Chi in casting a spell to create a Soulnado, but his younger brother, now Cyber Sub-Zero, arrived. Noob Saibot stood in his path, saying he was not worthy of the name Sub-Zero and his brother asked him what he would know about it. The wraith said he wore his colors before and Cyber Sub-Zero realized Noob Saibot's true identity. He said they were both flawed copies of their former selves and the wraith stated he had no flaws, as well as the fact that despite sharing blood, they were not brothers. They fought, but Cyber Sub-Zero emerged victorious, who noted that Noob Saibot was right, they were not brothers. After Quan Chi activated the Soulnado, the sorcerer fought Nightwolf, but was defeated.
Noob Saibot attacked the shaman, but was kicked into the Soulnado, apparently destroying him, as well as dispelling the Soulnado.
In his ending, Quan Chi had made a mistake bringing Noob Saibot back and enhancing his power to defeat Shao Kahn. Noob Saibot broke free of his control and formed an alliance with a cleric of Chaosrealm, Havik. He opened a portal to the Netherrealm, allowing Havik and his fellow Chaosrealm warriors to overwhelm Shinnok and the Brotherhood of Shadow. With Netherrealm destabilized, Havik left, satisfied with his work, leaving the way open for Noob Saibot to take over.
Mortal Kombat 11
Noob Saibot returns as a playable character in the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11. He was revealed on March 22, 2019.
Returning several decades after his supposed death, he attachs Scorpion and Sub Zero in the Cyber Lin Kuei Assembly Plant. Noob notes that the creations of Quan Chi are too powerful to die, and also says Kronika promised him his own clan in the New Era if he serves her. He is defeated by his brother and shut down the plant, leaving Noob to flee with Frost and a knocked out Sektor.
Later, Kronika mades Noob guard the Well of Souls, where her crown absorbs souls to gain more power. However, he is defeated by the past Jast Briggs and Jacqui, leaving him to flee. He does not appear again after this.
Powers and Abilities
As Sub-Zero, Noob Saibot possessed mastery over the element of ice, even more so than his younger brother. He proved able to flash freeze opponents by touching them, freeze them to the point where they are brittle enough to shatter, and freeze the air itself by concentrating his ice powers into one destructive blast.
After becoming Noob Saibot, his powers revolved around shadow and phantom aspects. He can use his shadow powers to render himself invisible, teleport, and increase and decrease the effectiveness of the powers of both himself and others limitless. Noob's phantom powers allow him to remove and control another combatants powers with use of a projectile attack, lift them into the air with doppelgangers of himself (Dubbed Saibot), and possess others. Noob also makes great use of shuriken, which he seems to have an endless amount of and in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, wielded a warhammer-like weapon in combat.
- Smoke (MIA)
- Lin Kuei
- Old Cyrax (formerly)
- Old Sektor (formerly)
- Havik (killed by Scorpion in MKX comics)
- Old Skarlet (died from her wounds in MKX comics)
- Revenant Kabal (MIA)
- Revenant Kung Lao (destroyed by Fire God Liu Kang)
- Revenant Liu Kang (assimilated with Fire God Liu Kang)
- Revenant Kitana (destroyed by Fire God Liu Kang)
- Revenant Jade (destroyed by Fire God Liu Kang)
- Goro (soul taken by Shang Tsung in DLC)
- Old Baraka (killed by D'Vorah in MKX game)
- Old Kano
- Black Dragon
- Kollactor (MIA)
- Young Skarlet (MIA)
- Rain (MIA)
- Tanya (MIA)
- Motaro (killed by Raiden in MK9)
- Old Kintaro (killed by Sonya, Cassie and Jacqui in MKX comics)
- Mileena (killed by D'Vorah in MKX game)
- Baraka (killed by D'Vorah in MKX game, revived in MK 11)
- Shao Kahn (killed by Raiden and the Elder Gods, revived in MK 11)
- Shang Tsung (returns in DLC for MK 11)
- Quan Chi (killed by Scorpion)
- Revenant Sindel (MIA)
- D'Vorah (MIA)
- Triborg (MIA)
- Young Erron Black
- Red Dragon
- Young Cyrax (from Original Timeline)
- Young Kabal (from Original Timeline currently MIA)
- Young Kano (from Original Timeline)
- Young Sektor (from Original Timeline)
- Young Kintaro (soul taken by Shang Tsung and used as a fatality)
- Young Baraka
- Old Erron Black
- Old Scorpion
- Kitana Kahn (young Kitana from original timeline current leader)
- Old Sonya Blade (sacrificed herself)
- Raiden (currently retired mortal advisor to Liu Kang)
- Old Johnny Cage
- Old Kenshi Takahashi (soul stolen by Shang Tsung in DLC)
- Special Forces
- Old Jax Briggs
- Kotal Kahn (former leader)
- Erron Black (MIA)
- Reptile (MIA)
- Ferra and Torr (MIA)
- Ermac (soul taken by Shang Tsung in DLC, the sorcerer can change into him)
- Young Earthrealm heroes (from Original Timeline)
- Young Johnny Cage (from Original Timeline)
- Young Sonya Blade (from Original Timeline)
- Young Jax Briggs (from Original Timeline)
- Young Scorpion (from OriginalTimeline current leader of the Shirai Ryu)
- Young Sub-Zero (from Original Timeline)
- Young Liu Kang (from Original Timeline currently a god)
- Young Kung Lao (from Original Timeline current leader of the shaolin monks)
|“||Join me again in death.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot vs Jax|
|“||I thought him to embrace death.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot to young Jax about Revenant Jax|
|“||You have lost so many. Join your comrades in hell.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot saying Sonya and the dead soldiers will go to the Netherrealm|
|“||That name died with my body.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot after Sonya mentions he was the first Sub-Zero|
|“||Death knocks at your door.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot after Sonya says she isn't afraid|
|“||Still trading on my name?||„|
|~ Noob Saibot telling his brother he didn't willing give up his old name|
|“||It also has your friend Smoke.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot reminding Sub-Zero that Smoke is still a revenant in the Netherrealm|
|“||The White Lotus are finished.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot telling Liu Kang the future of the White Lotus|
|“||You will be queen of the damned. There is a dark mark upon you.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot telling Kitana her future which she doesn't believe|
|“||You are a sinful monk.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot speaking the truth about Kung Lao's pride|
|“||Shao Kahn hides his best magic from you.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot telling Skarlet the truth about Shao Kahn|
|“||And her soul is mine.||„|
|~ Noob Saibot telling Jacqui how he has her mother's soul after she died|
- Since there were no ninjas in Mortal Kombat 3, Noob Saibot ended up as a black version of Kano.
- His original head rip fatality is very iconic and famous, it was voted as the best Mortal Kombat fatality on Screwattack's Top 10 list of Mortal Kombat fatalities.
- Noob Saibot's name is a reversal of the series creators' names. Ed Boon (Noob) and John Tobias (Saibot).
- Noob Saibot appeared as a guest character in Midway's last arcade called The Grid.
Non Playable Villains