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Sub-Zero’s Ice Axe | The Science of Mortal Kombat

Sub-Zero creates axes using his icy powers to cut down and decapitate his enemies in Mortal Kombat, but could ice actually hold up to all that punishment? Kyle sees if it makes the cut on this episode of The Science of Mortal Kombat!
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  1. Because Science

    Because Science

    Tháng trước

    Thanks so much for watching Super Nerds! We are now halfway through THE SCIENCE OF MORTAL KOMBAT. This is what happens when we put our best edges (it's really hard to sharpen ice like you would a sword!) on ice and ice analog weapons. Scorpion science is next, premiering here on the channel 4/1 (and I'm not fooling you). -- kH

    • Dion Joaquin Sayas

      Dion Joaquin Sayas

      3 ngày trước

      Sharpen the edge man

    • GlitchReaper


      5 ngày trước

      +DEvil86ification And then there's the mysterious glacial blue ice. Many predictions have been made about it and some have even theorized that it could be as good as iron due to molecular restructuring. The problem is that no one knows for sure because of the lack of direct testing on it.

    • Richard Garcia

      Richard Garcia

      13 ngày trước

      All u had to do was sharpen the axe blade it would have cut if u sharpen it but didn't so that's why it didn't work

    • Gho$ta


      16 ngày trước

      You should totally do test your might it be interesting to see how much Force is needed for someone to shatter stacks of diamonds with their fist it should also help calculate how strong a mortal Kombat character is

    • Phillipi Silva

      Phillipi Silva

      17 ngày trước

      you is wrong, go in place more cold and prove what you talk

  2. Atul Inferno Pandey

    Atul Inferno Pandey

    12 phút trước

    The science which performs fatality to real hardworking scientists......

  3. Richard Bearns

    Richard Bearns

    43 phút trước

    It could have been sand it down to an edge not to mention he didn't even hit at a complete vertical angle he kind of went sideways but I love the videos regardless.

  4. GregTV


    4 giờ trước

    Who else here skipped the entire scientific explanation?

  5. Spartanac


    6 giờ trước


  6. Paul Murrell

    Paul Murrell

    8 giờ trước

    U need magic

  7. Joey Teter

    Joey Teter

    9 giờ trước

    Dammit Craig

  8. Scott Braun

    Scott Braun

    9 giờ trước

    OK. So you did indeed show, ice, is really useless, as an ax -(mostly the handle, annd your edge, was rather blunt). -HOWEVER, you did also acknolage that, "magical forces", likely the only way this would fully work I thought you would. Never the less, making a good show, in the process. "REAL COOL" GUYES. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  9. Scott Braun

    Scott Braun

    9 giờ trước


  10. DeAngelo Music

    DeAngelo Music

    10 giờ trước

    Yo no hate but u didn’t even try to sharpen it

  11. Roseheart Toxic

    Roseheart Toxic

    11 giờ trước Why can ice be harder than steel? The ice cover on Pluto is ... In our common sense, iron is undoubtedly more than 100 times as hard as ice, but it is not so simple. Under certain conditions, ice is harder than steel. ... Moreover, the ice is quite different from the ice on the earth.

  12. Roseheart Toxic

    Roseheart Toxic

    11 giờ trước

    People get impaled by ice sickles

  13. Xiaver Lucio

    Xiaver Lucio

    13 giờ trước

    could you have use ice 9 mabey

  14. 2 laky

    2 laky

    13 giờ trước

    Just once i would like to see some Ice Test aktually with pressurized frozen water! MythBusters didn't do it either. What are the differences between the different ice phases?

  15. aswjr92


    17 giờ trước

    also partially melt the ice and refreeze it

  16. Weiss Schnee

    Weiss Schnee

    18 giờ trước

    You're a fuck head. Sub Zero has his weapon sharp. Yours is more blunt then your personality

  17. DXGaming


    21 giờ trước

    Maybe Sub-Zero generates ice to his axe all the time, so when he swings his axe the handle would break, but he keeps the same tempature all the time so the handle would be stronger.

  18. Wafik Ayman

    Wafik Ayman

    22 giờ trước

    It wouldnt cut it if it wasnt sharpened enough

  19. Carl Skipper

    Carl Skipper

    Ngày trước

    Kyle Hill BAY-BAY!!!

  20. Avery Phillips

    Avery Phillips

    Ngày trước

    first of all, its difficult to decapitate a human head with any weapon. even guillotines would sometimes need multiple tries before severing a head and the ice axe probably wasn't even that heavy, second, as other comments have said the pykrete axe wisent sharpened at all.

  21. Diego Felipe González

    Diego Felipe González

    Ngày trước

    your minion didn't swing it all the way. He didn't cut the neck, but he tried to slice the skull (your dummy had a much stronger occipital bone than real skulls). The axe was not sharpened. This shit ain't acceptable, but it's cool to watch it.

  22. CaptainBrexit1700


    Ngày trước

    Axes that are meant for combat or beheadings have a very thin edge. You wont be cutting trough anything with a ridiculous edge like in the video.

  23. Yadiry Guevara

    Yadiry Guevara

    Ngày trước

    Kyle is fucking HAWWWT

  24. RichyBananas


    Ngày trước

    The ice was thick, in the game it’s sharper and thinner.

  25. Matt Terlaga

    Matt Terlaga

    Ngày trước

    Just because Subzero is the "ice guy" doesn't mean all of his weaponry is made of water. I've heard that there are some planets that are so cold that they have frozen methane, not liquid methane, but frozen solid methane that they assume is harder than stone, who's to say sub zero couldn't be doing something like that with his frozen weapons

  26. mrmcfarty 1

    mrmcfarty 1

    Ngày trước

    I'm just subed do I get a treat

  27. Shaquanda Bologna

    Shaquanda Bologna

    Ngày trước

    Is this slavery or are the minions getting paid for this, like if you have the same question

  28. Holly Uher

    Holly Uher

    Ngày trước

    I must say the axe looked really good

  29. Robeon Mew

    Robeon Mew

    Ngày trước

    Round 2 he swung offset

  30. Xviperkinggx


    Ngày trước

    You guys should’ve took the axe to a freezer room so it wouldn’t melt

  31. Aileron


    Ngày trước

    All the force Isn’t going into blade edge. What kind of fucking edge is that.

  32. Ramón Machado

    Ramón Machado

    Ngày trước

    Unpopular Opinion: I like Sub Zero more than Scorpion

    • Tanvir Hossain Rishad

      Tanvir Hossain Rishad

      20 giờ trước

      +Ramón Machado Amen.

    • Ramón Machado

      Ramón Machado

      20 giờ trước

      Tanvir Hossain Rishad Amen brother

    • Tanvir Hossain Rishad

      Tanvir Hossain Rishad

      21 giờ trước

      Me too. But everytime it's scorpion who is the focal point of mk series. Why it's always him?

  33. Nacho Perez

    Nacho Perez

    Ngày trước

    But sub zero hits the axe with a streng capable of destroy the own weapon

  34. Ethan 757

    Ethan 757

    Ngày trước

    Guys you got it all wrong it’s magic ice

  35. Joshua Hunter

    Joshua Hunter

    Ngày trước

    What if it was still in the freezing process? Meaning getting colder to freeze point and then even colder while in form and colder yet during the attack? Science that prediction, please and thanks

  36. Bitrus Gadzama

    Bitrus Gadzama

    Ngày trước

    they really using that black girl as A SLAVE

  37. RedNeck Cry

    RedNeck Cry

    2 ngày trước

    What blade that wasnt even a point it was a wierd long hammer basically

  38. Brex 10

    Brex 10

    2 ngày trước

    When you tried to cute his head off and it didn’t break, it didn’t look like that axe was sharpened, maybe it would work if it was sharper.

  39. DJKrisyKris


    2 ngày trước

    I wonder if he's actually angry when he yells at the other people or if he's just doing a bit lol (And to clarify I mean the part at 2:49 not when he yells MINIONS)

  40. N Kliesow

    N Kliesow

    2 ngày trước

    Did you took warm water for the axe. This will increase the durability quiet a bit ;-)

  41. Kelvin Cermeno

    Kelvin Cermeno

    2 ngày trước

    Should of tried freezing the ice in liquid nitrogen freezing it even more lol

  42. Akhamesh


    2 ngày trước

    This is stupid. It's a ninja using magic to create ice and shit. I doubt it's actually supposed to obey natural laws. And you didn't even sharpen the fucking thing. STOP MAKING THESE VIDEOS. THEY ARE POINTLESS.

  43. Demon Lord Gaming

    Demon Lord Gaming

    2 ngày trước

    Maybe Glass could work

  44. Logan Martin

    Logan Martin

    2 ngày trước

    Uses blue ice?

  45. Inescape


    2 ngày trước

    You could've at least made the ice mold have a sharp edge instead of sharpening it?

  46. Deadshot 9988

    Deadshot 9988

    2 ngày trước

    The edge of that axe was abysmal that was no were near a cutting edge geometry no wonder it didn’t cut

  47. poppyahj


    2 ngày trước

    Subzeros axe is not just water, but air. Which includes nitrogen, oxygen, etc. His powers being so great he freezes the gases not condensing then freezing the water vapor.

  48. Arturo A. Navarro

    Arturo A. Navarro

    2 ngày trước

    Everyone is complaining about the blunt axe, but no one is saying nothing about how the second point of support in the face sponged all the impact force, the fatality used as an example has only one point and the head is left hanging, on than condition, enough mass and force can rip someone's head off.

  49. SiLeNcE_STUD!OS


    2 ngày trước

    It was not sharp

  50. Mudkip GOD

    Mudkip GOD

    2 ngày trước

    "Sub zero must be using magic..." No everyone can make ice out of thin air

  51. Buckshot Jones

    Buckshot Jones

    2 ngày trước

    If this dude didn’t act like such a gay Thor, I’d like this series.

  52. --


    2 ngày trước

    Your comments aren't sharp.



    2 ngày trước

    Are there no chemicals that compress particles to make it harder

  54. MrOopee


    2 ngày trước

    8:06 tbh that was kinda weird

  55. Shaggy


    2 ngày trước

    We can't talk about "Science" of MK, if according to canon, Sub-Zero can create ice as cold as -500*F, which is below absolute zero. :P

  56. Lieutenant Tbag

    Lieutenant Tbag

    2 ngày trước

    He just didn’t possess the strength Sub has 🤣

  57. Maverick Man

    Maverick Man

    2 ngày trước

    Please make a new MK movie with this guy as villain, MINIONSS

  58. Sub-Zero


    2 ngày trước

    let me make a ice axe you guys have no talent

  59. Tweeter05


    2 ngày trước

    Might help if you put an edge on the blade

  60. Adan Nunez

    Adan Nunez

    2 ngày trước

    "the science of Mortal Kombat is a co-production between legandary digital networks and WB GAMES".... don't get too picky guys , this is just creative advertisement

  61. Kthree 3

    Kthree 3

    2 ngày trước

    Smart as shit But cnt figure out why the ice didnt slice When the simplest thing was.......Sharpen it

  62. Philip Brazil

    Philip Brazil

    2 ngày trước

    Your minion sucks. He hit the back of the head and not the neck. I believe you would not of been able to sever the head either way but you would still of gotten a better result if struck in the right position.

  63. joesamsally


    3 ngày trước

    A month old, not gonna win awards for this. Your Axe head is very fantastical in weapon design. The square cube law works against you, especially when working with a material that already has concerns about moving it's weight. Your best alternate option to deviate from the clip but have decent results would be an Ice Guillotine.

  64. K Sm

    K Sm

    3 ngày trước

    does sub zero use dry ice

  65. Ayomide Grace Sadiku

    Ayomide Grace Sadiku

    3 ngày trước

    Should have used dry ice

  66. Shino


    3 ngày trước

    You also gotta remember that sub zero uses wepons that are below the temperature that could ever be reached

  67. Priteesh Garg

    Priteesh Garg

    3 ngày trước

    Take I Section for handle, more resistant to moment so it will atleast survive the swing

  68. Obdulia Dueñas

    Obdulia Dueñas

    3 ngày trước

    Looks like noob saibot than sub-zero

  69. Josée Lanue

    Josée Lanue

    3 ngày trước

    Ok, I really like your show. And I though that my boy friend would like it too. So I told him to watch. And so he started to rage about the experience. (I think he will not follow. :( ) So he said that the axe have to be made of one block. (I agree) Then you have to produce pure ice with no air bubbles in it. (is that possible?!) And you have to swing it in a place were the air is at minus something. Because sub zero is obviously able to meet those requirement. You would have to swing while inside a freezer. Does your math can approuve his beliefs? Does very low temperatures in the ambiant air can change the physics around the ice solidity? or can the cold air around the axe flash freeze the subject and so making it more fragile?

  70. Chase Gallagher

    Chase Gallagher

    3 ngày trước

    You guys are fucking terrible at playing deadliest warrior

  71. Yaji


    3 ngày trước

    @Because Science Would love to see a "revenge of the myth" style episode involving another phase of ice and or proper molds. This episode felt somewhat disappointing without explaining that this was not exactly the most ideal test.

  72. Jeremiah Castro

    Jeremiah Castro

    3 ngày trước

    I follow a dude that makes knives out of everything he made the worlds sharpest ice knife you can defiantly sharpen ice

  73. Zackywacky 949

    Zackywacky 949

    3 ngày trước

    If you think about it there is limited water present and sub zero is freezing air not water so there will be different properties in which this may be possible

  74. Ryley Ecclestone

    Ryley Ecclestone

    3 ngày trước

    Maybe sub zero is just freezing his weapons while using them so they can't break.

  75. Alan mego

    Alan mego

    3 ngày trước

    e visto un problema en muchos de sus videos la tecnicas ni con el bobo de cm punk an sido las correctas en esta dio en el craneo no en el cuello la del jale de scorpion fue una tecnica de enmedio no de abajo hacia arriba y demas y para que se sepa este esperimento ya se iso con una espada de hielo en otro canal y si funciona = con una cabeza de ese tipo de materiales saludos

  76. Rattchen


    3 ngày trước

    Pycrete was proposed in WWII, in England, as a material to replace steel in warships, due to shortage of steel. It didn't work out, though, because elements like engines still produced heat, which melted ice. And yes, you should have sharpened the axe and the minion should have hit the neck instead of the base of the skull.

  77. diamondemon demon

    diamondemon demon

    3 ngày trước

    Question how tf does sub zero even form and axe

    • Pepper Salt

      Pepper Salt

      Ngày trước

      he's a cryomancer

  78. diamondemon demon

    diamondemon demon

    3 ngày trước

    One song was on mind the whole vid Ice ice baby

  79. Skoty Doo

    Skoty Doo

    3 ngày trước

    Love the editing. It's done phenomenally

  80. CthulhuTheory


    3 ngày trước

    Forget the sharpening issue...Am I the only one that is bothered by the way they made the first axe? They tried gluing it to the top of the stick, and didn’t even bother trying to mimic an actual axe design. You can see that even if you split sub-zero’s axe into two parts (head and handle) the head slides onto the handle like a normal axe would. Science like this pisses me off. It’s half-asses as best. Imagine me tieing a wheel to a can and lighting some gas in the can and saying “whelp, internal combustion engines are busted!”

    • DaveTheWave11


      21 giờ trước

      It's a theory/science video of something done in a video game made for entertainment, it's not such a big deal.

  81. Ninja Oof

    Ninja Oof

    3 ngày trước

    U idiot ice is so weak.It’s a Mortal Kombat Game Genius

  82. Mr MacGuffin

    Mr MacGuffin

    3 ngày trước

    Haven't watched it all yet but PYKRETE

  83. IslamicTrollNinja


    3 ngày trước

    12:39 you DONT SAY?! Just like what @UC8txNG3YpZA0Bpgo--9KTbwLord said, "He is a cryomancer i.e. a person who MAGICALLY controls ice"

  84. DumbBums c

    DumbBums c

    4 ngày trước

    Poor minions

  85. Ryan Poston

    Ryan Poston

    4 ngày trước

    To answer the closing statement, guy makes a ie axe out of thin air I think that counts as magoc.

    • DJROCK360


      4 ngày trước

      actually its a genetic abilite that he has not magic there was a whole race who could do it now there is 2 left sub zero and frost

  86. Rezzo


    4 ngày trước

    the first test was false, ice does not break that easy its veru fragile but does not bream that easy

  87. H.A. Productions

    H.A. Productions

    4 ngày trước

    Sub zero is using blue ice

  88. Name is Mohammed

    Name is Mohammed

    4 ngày trước

    Sub-zero is a cryomancer (to my knowledge that’s ice-magician)

    • Name is Mohammed

      Name is Mohammed

      3 ngày trước

      DJROCK360 he doesn’t turn back, in the comics he kills the demon scorpion, meaning he actually now controls scorpion (in other words hanzo hasashi controls scorpion instead of scorpion controlling him)

    • DJROCK360


      4 ngày trước

      Name is Mohammed yea I guess to be fair to person of earthrealm it would seem to be magic unless you know of there origin

    • Name is Mohammed

      Name is Mohammed

      4 ngày trước

      DJROCK360 and to think i was so sure of myself lol, but still wouldn’t it be counter LIKE magic? It’s a power not of their (or should i say our) realm

    • DJROCK360


      4 ngày trước

      Name is Mohammed also it’s strange that after being turned human again Scorpion kept his hell fire powers

    • Name is Mohammed

      Name is Mohammed

      4 ngày trước

      DJROCK360 aha, thanks for the info

  89. yaksher


    4 ngày trước

    @3:30 What about sheer force?

  90. Daniel Boulos

    Daniel Boulos

    4 ngày trước

    I also have a hard time cutting with a blunt object

  91. Gunnar Neumann

    Gunnar Neumann

    4 ngày trước

    I seen pycrite being used for this

  92. Jerred Waits

    Jerred Waits

    4 ngày trước

    If sub zero can manipulate ice, that means he can manipulate he molecules that creates ice. Wouldn’t that mean that he could strengthen the weak aspects of the molecules that needed it?

  93. Dennis Sok

    Dennis Sok

    4 ngày trước

    A good final modification would’ve been welding the blade AROUND the handle& objected water into the cracks , keeping the same material, freezing it for a longer time, definitely could’ve made the ice blade a little sharper. More paper towels in the blade. Maybe add something into the blade to give it more cutting or impact power.

  94. Social Paranoia

    Social Paranoia

    4 ngày trước

    Suggestion. Try this with salt. Frozen salt water is harder to make, BUT in the theme of subzero he would have no problem freezing salt and water in an instant. And would go along with my personal theroy that he makes his blades and such from the sodium and water content that he makes as sweat.

  95. Some Kid

    Some Kid

    4 ngày trước

    Yeah I think a bunch of people have said this before me but aren't there several types of ice? Could you go through which types of ice might make good axes, and which types might be bad as weapons, like the ice at 1atm?

  96. Axe Meagain

    Axe Meagain

    4 ngày trước

    i have to say.. if that axe had an edge that was not blunt, but actually sharp.. you might have actually gotten a better result. you might have well have used an ice bat with what you guys ended up with... love the show and keep up the great work!

  97. Bien Ibajo

    Bien Ibajo

    4 ngày trước

    fix it, sharpen it, kyle is right, should need some EDGE

  98. RaxuRangerking


    4 ngày trước

    I've seen a person make a working steak-knife from ice; you should've sharpened it. With the edge you had on that thing, it was basically an axe-shaped club.

  99. Aaron Does

    Aaron Does

    4 ngày trước

    Maybe sub zeros Ice is stronger than regular ice since its literally at “sub zero ”

  100. ChaTo yolo

    ChaTo yolo

    4 ngày trước

    10:50 "cut that guuuuuy" 😂

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