Kung Lao is a troubled young warrior from the Order of Light Temple. He is a skilled Mortal Kombat fighter with incomparable focus and strength.
Kung Lao was raised alongside other children from the temple and trained from birth to fight in the Mortal Kombat tournament. Having grown up in this environment, Mortal Kombat is deeply entrenched in Kung Lao's character and belief system.
He is an amazing warrior who is skilled in nearly every form of martial arts. Being the best of the trainees, Kung Lao rightfully earned the honor of defending our realm. He is now the reigning champion of Mortal Kombat.
After winning the tournament Kung Lao believed his duty was fulfilled. He is ready to live a much easier and more peaceful life, hopefully with his love, Jen. However with new found power comes responsibility. Kung Lao is not aging like his friends and he is plagued by visions of his own death. He tries to ignore these visions and create a life with Jen, but this action results in her death for which Kung Lao will never forgive himself. Through this process he has become introspective, confused and guilt ridden. Kung Lao no longer wholly believes in himself.
Taking up the duty of Mortal Kombat, Kung Lao now carries a great burden, for he is plagued by visions that one day, he will lose in Mortal Kombat. The responsibility for the fate of the Earth combined with the overwhelming sense of an impending failure motivates him yet torments his soul. He must wander the Earth in search of other warriors to help balance a future he can't control. In this mission, Kung Lao is in way over his head. He knows a true champion comes from inner self and his job of identifying and enlisting these warriors he does not quite understand, nor does he know how to do.