Noob Saibot is a ninja wraith and a regular combatant in the Mortal Kombat franchise. Originally a secret character in Mortal Kombat II as a simple palette swap, Noob's appearance, backstory, and special moves have evolved over the course of the franchise. Risen from the Netherrealm, he served in the Brotherhood of the Shadow, a dark cult centered around the evil sorceror Quan Chi and the fallen Elder God Shinnok. During the events of Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, he served Outworld emperor Shao Kahn. After all of his masters were believed to be perished in the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception, Noob embarked on a quest to dominate Netherrealm (with assistance from a reprogrammed Smoke).
Later in the Mortal Kombat series, it was revealed that Noob is the corrupted reborn identity of Bi-Han, the original Sub-Zero (and elder brother of the current Sub-Zero) who was killed by Scorpion. Playable as Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and Mortal Kombat Trilogy, he has most of the same moves as the younger Sub-Zero.
Noob Saibot is played by Daniel Pesina in Mortal Kombat (as Sub-Zero) and Mortal Kombat II and by John Turk in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (as both Noob and Classic Sub-Zero) and Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (as Sub-Zero). In Mortal Kombat 3, Noob Saibot is a palette swap of Kano (who is played by Richard Divizio). Noob also appears as a secret character in The Grid.
After the events of the first Mortal Kombat tournament, Sub-Zero was killed by Scorpion, who was seeking vengeance for his own death at the hands of Sub Zero during the events of Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero was then believed to be dead, and his place was taken in later Mortal Kombat tournaments by his younger brother, Kuai Liang. However after his death, Sub-Zero's spirit was tainted by the amulet he recovered for Shinnok in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, thus he felt no compassion for anyone anymore as his spirit descended into the Neatherrealm. This allowed Sub-Zero's spirit to be easily manipulated by the fallen elder god Shinnok and the sorcerer Quan Chi, who made his spirit reborn as a member of the Brotherhood of Shadow. Sub-Zero then pledged his loyalty to Shinnok and Quan Chi, who ordered him to spy and report on the events that take place on Outworld and Earthrealm. Sub-Zero took on the identity of Noob Saibot, and lurked in the shadows of each Mortal Kombat tournament.
Noob Saibot makes a brief appearance in the NetherRealm, being pursued by his younger brother, Sub-Zero, who explains to Kung Lao and Liu Kang that he will stop at nothing to free his brothers' tainted spirit from the clutches of Shinnok.
Noob takes allegiance with Shao Kahn as he invades the Earthrealm, but with the Earth Warriors evident victory at hand, Shinnok ordered Noob to abandon Shao Kahn's side and switch allegiances to the EarthRealm, unbeknown to Shao Khan.
Now serving under Shinnok, the fallen Elder God; Shinnok plans to take over the realms and destroy the Elder Gods who banished him to the Netherrealm. Shinnok is defeated by the Earth Warriors and Raiden, and the brotherhood of shadow is disbanded. Noob has no choice but to once again serve under the order of the weakened Shao Khan.
Finding the deactivated remains of Smoke in one of Shao Kahn's fortresses, he reactivates and reprograms the cyborg ninja to serve only him. Noob plans to use Smoke as a stepping stone to create an army of cyber-demons.
Noob and Smoke decide to attack Sub-Zero's Lin Kuei fortress as the first step in creating their cyber-demon army. However Taven, the protagonist of Mortal Kombat Armageddon, and Sub-Zero defend and hold off the attack. Sub-Zero tries to use this opportunity to return his brother to the light, but Noob and Smoke are able to get away.
As the original Sub-Zero, Bi Han was sent to the Mortal Kombat tournament by the Lin Kuei to assassinate Shang tsung and take any treasure that he had. Before he was able to accomplish his mission however he was interrupted by Scorpion, who believing he had killed him and his clan, brought Sub-Zero and himself to the Netherrealm. After being beaten in a fight with Scorpion, he was spared being killed. Scorpion being told that should he spare Sub-Zero, Raiden would ask the Elder Gods to bring his clan back to the Mortal Realm refused to kill him after the bout. However, Quan Chi appears and shows to both Scorpion and Sub-Zero what supposedly had transpired when the Shirai Ryu were destroyed. Watching his clan and family killed before his eyes enrages Scorpion, as the vision ends Bi Han badly hurt tries to explain that it was not him in the vision. Still enraged, Scorpion removes his mask and kills him. Scorpion teleports back to Earthrealm with Bi Han's skull and spine in hand.
Unbeknownst to everyone else, Quan Chi resurrects Bi Han, corrupts his soul and uses him as his enforcer. He is now called Noob Saibot, working with Sheeva he guards Kitana against earthrealm intruders who have come to free her, when they arrive he challenges Kung Lao to a fight he ultimately loses. Kung Lao sensing something familiar about Noob questions him about who he is before he ultimately passes out after the fight. Quan Chi and Saibot then travel to the final resting place of Sindel as they perform the ritual needed to resurrect her and nullify the protection her death placed over Earthrealm. Noob, returns to the emporer's throne room during the invasion soon enough to stop Kabal from attacking Shao Kahn with the help of Mileena but was beaten by Kabals now enhanced speed.
Noob and Quan Chi travel to a graveyard where captive marines are brought to use as sacrifices for a spell that will cause Shao Kahn's tornados on a scale yet unseen. Cyber Sub Zero approaches where Quan Chi and Noob Saibot are performing the ritual, upon seeing him Noob approaches him. Telling him that he is unworthy of the name Sub Zero revealing that he is in fact the resurrected Bi Han, Sub Zero trying to get Noob to change sides refuses and states that though they share blood they are not brothers. While they fought Quan Chi finished the spell and casts the tornado, Sub Zero having won his fight against Noob then precedes to battle Quan Chi. Noob awakens to find Quan Chi beaten, Sub Zero having left for fear of having his soul taken and Nightwolf preparing to preform a soul drink. Desperate Noob Saibot attacks Nightwolf hoping to stop him before he destroys their plan, unfortunately Nightwolf kicks Noob into the tornado whereupon the tornado disperses.
Noob Saibot and Smoke return to the Netherrealm to construct their cyborg-demon army. When Noob realizes they are being followed by Sub-Zero, he orders Smoke to help assist him in slaying his younger brother. It is in this ending the player is first informed that Noob Saibot is the original Sub-Zero.
After defeating Blaze, he is transported to a dark arena. Here, he is confronted by the original Sub-Zero who is looking to reclaim his lost soul and body. The two clash but neither of them can get the upper hand. Through this battle a warrior emerges, neither Sub-Zero or Noob Saibot, but someone new.
Quan Chi should never have resurrected Noob Saibot, nor should he have enhanced his power in order to defeat Shao Kahn. The revenant he created had broken free of his control. Noob had secretly created an understanding with a cleric from the realm of chaos and opened for him a portal to the Netherrealm. Shinnok, Quan Chi, and the Brotherhood of Shadow were unprepared as the forces of chaos overwhelmed them. Leaving the underworld severely weakened, satisfied with his work the cleric Havik returned to the realm of chaos. Noob Saibot remained to seize control of the Netherrealm.
Special Attacks / Enhanced
- Izuna Drop Teleport
- Portal Trap
- Shadow Slide
- Shadow Tackle
Noob projects a shadow of himself that grapples his opponent from behind. Noob mercilessly punches the victim in the face right before the shadow knees the helpless one in the spine breaking several ribs and vertebrae. Noob then delivers a vicious kick to the stomach forcing his opponent to vomit.
- Make a Wish - Noob and his shadow each grab a leg on the opponent and tug in opposite directions, ripping their victim in half, vertically. The two hold both sides aloft in victory.
- As One - Noob creates a portal under his opponent and his shadow comes up out of it and drags the opponent down. When his victim is halfway through, Noob closes the portal, cutting them in half at the waist. The beaten warrior crawls towards Noob but bleeds out and dies before he/she can reach him.
The name "Noob Saibot" comes from "Boon Tobias," the surnames of Mortal Kombat co-creators Ed Boon and John Tobias spelled backwards.