Friends: Taja, Siro, Kitana, Rayden, The Order of Light
Enemies: Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Scorpion, Rain, Noob Saibot and all other enemies of Earth Realm
Kung Lao is from a martial arts monastery, The Order of Light (later to be known as The White Lotus Society). There he grew up with family and friends, who all lived as monks and taught martial arts to one another. The trainers there were unbelievably talented. Kung Lao once said about one of his trainers, ‘He taught me moves that I thought were impossible.’
Kung Lao went into the heart of the harsh training, and came out undoubtably the best fighter anyone in the monastery had ever seen. His abilities eventually led him to defending Earth Realm in the tournament Mortal Kombat. He faced a warrior named Shang Tsung, an evil sorcerer with fighting skills matching Kung Lao’s. Shang ended up at Kung Lao’s mercy, but Lao refused to finish him off. This insident is one which Kung lao is soon to regret. He won the tournament, achieving immortality and holding the Outworld forces at bay for another generation. At the time, he was in love with a beautiful woman named Jen Reyland. But her father the Baron refused to let them into a relationship, for fear of Jen being hurt now that Lao was a prime target for all Outworld assassins. And that is exactly what happened. In an attempt to destroy his new enemy, Shang Tsung sent an assassin named Scorpion (disguised as a man named Takeda) to assissinate him. Scorpion failed, but tried again by luring Kung lao into a trap using Jen. In the heat of a huge fight, Jen was caught in the middle and killed by Scorpion.
Kung Lao now lives in the trading post which the Reylands used to own. Living with him are two other strong fighters: Jen’s former bodyguard, Siro, and former thief, Taja. Kung Lao makes his living by fighting the Outworld killers and all who threaten the ones he loves. But every day he also lives with two major regrets: the untimely death of his beloved Jen and the mercy given to the wretched monster Shang Tsung.
There are no boundaries to what Kung Lao is capable of. His punches are as swift as wind and his kicks are just plain flawless. His moves are timed perfectly, leading to clean punishing blows. His main weapons are his legs, which he uses in a huge variety of ways, either to attack or to block. There is no weakness in any of his attacks, no matter what kind of opponent he is facing.
When Kung Lao defends himself, it is not long before he is attacking again. The second he evades an incoming attack, he immediately launches a counter assault, using his opponents own attack against them. He loves to grab hold of an attacking fist and have his opponent helplessly stand there while he batters them with his educated feet.
Kung Lao knows many kill moves like the Vaulting Axe where the foot must hit the neck. That’s his specialty move. But usually he starts with that Small Kata.