|Great Kung Lao|
|Name||Great Kung Lao|
|Portrayed by||Paolo Montalban|
Being the first person on Earthrealm to represent the Order of Light in Mortal Kombat, he would do battle with the evil sorcerer and shapeshifter Shang Tsung (500 years before Liu Kang would do the same).
Despite Tsung having the advantage of winning nine consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments, Kung Lao defeated him and became Grand Champion, saving Earthrealm in the process. While it is common for the victor to take his opponent's life, Kung Lao spared the sorcerer. As champion, Lao could not age.
Fifty years later, Tsung, the now old man he spared half a century before, had corrupted the tournament. Kung Lao was defeated by Goro, the Shokan prince. Afterwards, his soul was taken by Tsung, an event that would lead up to the events of the first arcade game.
He has the appearance of his successor, Kung Lao, being as agile as him. In the comics, he appears as a person in his 30s. He is wearing a maroon red bandanna and spiked wristbands. He is also wearing traditional kung fu red pants along with tabi shoes and a yellow sash.
- In Conquest, in the first episode of the series he is seen wearing his descendant's MK3 costume.
- His appearance in Mortal Kombat (2011) is nearly identical to his appearance in the Mortal Kombat comics drawn by John Tobias.
- It is unknown if his bandana and spiked wristbands have any relation to the pieces Liu Kang uses. By the way, Liu Kang started using the outfit after his first win on Mortal Kombat.