Although Liu Kang might be the most famous Mortal Kombat monk due to being the protagonist of the films and a centerpiece of the game for its first decade, Kung Lao has long been a fan-favorite. First appearing in Mortal Kombat II, Lao has been a staple in the series, appearing in most of the games (including 2011’s Mortal Kombat) and being the co-lead in Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks. Now it has been confirmed via a magazine scan that Kung Lao will appear in the upcoming Mortal Kombat X.
Notable for his deadly hat, Lao’s fatality is decidedly one of the most famous (and brutal) in the franchise. Although not appearing in the films, he was a player in season 2 of Mortal Kombat Legacy.