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Zero from Holes wins DreamCon Mortal Kombat 11 tournament dressed as Powerline

Updated: Aug 20, 2023

That’s a really weird BINGO that I just got and can’t explain.

Anyone my age remembers the movie Holes. You know the movie, with Shia LeBeouf as Stanley Yelnats IV. Well, the other main kid in that movie, Zero, is making headlines this week.

Khleo Thomas, best known as Hector “Zero” Zeroni in the film adaptation of Holes, won a Mortal Kombat 11 tournament at DreamCon. While that’s generally pretty mundane to hear, what he was wearing is what caught everyone’s attention.

At DreamCon, hosted in Austin, TX over the past weekend, as well as basically any convention out there, cosplay is pretty normal to see. Thomas, while kicking everyone’s asses in MK11, was wearing a full Powerline costume.

Powerline, for those that are uncultured, is the musical artist from 1993’s A Goofy Movie. He’s an anthropomorphized dog person, like Goofy and Max from the same movie, that takes from iconic singers like Prince and Michael Jackson. If you have not seen this movie, it’s on Disney+ and it’s one of the most “stand out” Disney animated movies of all time.

Holes, for those that are also uncultured, is a fantastic 2003 movie about a kid discovering his family’s past. Shia’s Stanley meets Thomas’ Zero at the juvenile prison camp that the majority of the movie takes place in and befriends him.

Thomas, according to an email exchange with Kotaku, won the tournament using his main, Sub-Zero. He’s been using Sub-Zero since he originally played Mortal Kombat 2 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

The Alaskan-born actor may be making the headline here for this ridiculous BINGO card. But, he’s actually a pretty popular streamer on YouTube, Twitch, and Tiktok as well.

He’s even been in a video game before. While not prominent, he was credited as the voice of Kai Donaldson, the Nike Rep in NBS 2K19. While it isn’t a lot, it counts!

In any case, congratulations to Khleo on winning the tournament at DreamCon! All I know is that I’m going to be listening to “I 2 I” and “Stand Out” in my head all day today whether I want to or not.

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