Chan Lao is a non-canon character in the 1995 novel Mortal Kombat. Chan is the younger brother of the Great Kung Lao.

The sibling's mother died while giving birth to Chan. After their father, Wing Lao, died in an explosion, the siblings were adopted by Chen, Wing's sister, who married to Paipu, a tax collector. After growing up, Chan constructed bridges and canals using bamboo and iron for a living.

After Kung Lao died fighting Goro, Chan and Mie, his wife, named their son Kung Lao, in his honor.


  • Presumably, in the novel, it is this lineage that the modern-day Kung Lao, descends from and thus is not technically a direct descendant of the Great Kung Lao.
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