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Kronika, also known as Lady Kronika and the Keeper of Time, is an extremely powerful divine entity with the power over time and the overarching antagonist of the entire Mortal Kombat fighting video game franchise (along with the One Being). She serves as an unseen villain for the entire series before debuting as both the main antagonist and final boss of Mortal Kombat 11. She is also the mother of the two opposing known Elder GodsLord Shinnok and Lady Cetrion.
Kronika is the keeper of time. She alone has overseen hundreds of timelines and planned their armageddon. She had two children, both opposing Elder Gods known as Shinnok and Cetrion. She mentioned that she is a member of a enigmatic ancient race of cosmic entities called the Titans. Because Raiden installed a new plan to deal with Earthrealm's enemies, and after the decapitation of her son, she believes that the forces of good and evil have became unbalanced, and wishes to erase the timeline to create a more perfect one. Due to her plans, both past and present versions of characters have began to meet each other, due to both time points merging.
If Raiden is to be trusted, Kronika is the only character who is able to manipulate time, and she restarted the universe many times to find a perfect version.
Kronika emerges from the shadows and silently enters the Jinsei Chamber at the heart of the Sky Temple in Earthrealm momentarily after the darkened Raiden wearing Shinnok's cursed Amulet leaves. While her powers freezes the blood draining out of the tortured Shinnok's detached head, she speaks with him on how displeased she is with Raiden's actions upsetting the balance of time.
With the Cathedral of Shinnok demolished and the Netherrealm Palace built on it ages ago within the Netherrealm now crumbled by Special Forces attacks led by Lord Raiden, Kronika appears before the distraught Revenants Liu Kang and Kitana, rebuilding the demonic palace before their very eyes by reversing time with ease.
Kronika then transported both Revenant Liu Kang and Revenant Kitana to the Keep on the Isle of Kronika, where she explains her great plan to remake the universe.
Kronika has a similar body to a human woman, having a bald head covered by a gold plate and having blue eyes. She wears a white, gold, and black armored dress. She also dons her seemingly divine-like metallic headband known as the Crown of Kronika, her own talismanic treasure.
A tyrant and a perfectionist, Kronika is very manipulative, manipulating time over and over trying to make a perfect timeline. Having a calm attitude, she manages to convince several characters to join her side for the promise of giving them perfect lives when she reboots time. However, Kronika is lying to her pawns, and is also very cruel, causing most of the bad events in the series and is willing to destroy anyone who doesn't follow orders or becomes dangerous. Disliking lower beings due to their habit of changing history in ways she doesn't want, she loathes Raiden and sees Liu Kang as either a tool or a threat.
Kronika also shows that she is willing to do anything to do reshape time in a way that suits her. She not only doesn't care about her children, but she lied to everyone working with her that she will change their lives for the better if they remain loyal. This lack of detachment as mentioned above, makes her actions even worse. Not only did she wipe out various timelines while killing millions of people, but her cold exterior makes her come off as someone who puts her vision above everything else. Thus, she surpasses most if not all of the villains in evil.
Powers and Abilities
Sculpting the Sands of Time requires great power and skill. You have neither, Liu Kang. You may be a god, but I am a Titan!
Being a member of Titan, a race of super beings that transcend even Elder Gods, Kronika possesses powers normal humans cannot fully comprehend. She is able to manipulate time and space itself, Kronika is currently the most powerful character in Mortal Kombat. Using her time manipulation, she can stop, slow down, speed up, rewind time to those around her, erase people from existence, summon multiple versions of people across time, fuse two points in space-time, and rewrite time. Dwarfing the Elder Gods in power, Kronika is also able to manipulate sand and attack with it, such as turning it into powerful glass weapons or raining it down on her foes. She can also transform into sand or energy to avoid attacks, psychically manipulate others, summon warriors to fight for her, command animals, and rain down fireballs. She is immune to Fatal Blows.
However, her power requires sources to use, such as the Jinsei or the sacred Crown of Kronika. Without it, she is no deadiler than the average human. Kronika is also vulnerable to fire due to being made out of the sands of time, which proved to be her downfall when Fire God Liu Kang burned Kronika with enough intense heat to turn her into glass.
Kronika can be considered the main antagonist of the entire Mortal Kombat franchise. As it is through her command over her children, Shinnok and Cetrion, that the realms are always in conflict with each other, and constantly restarting time to continue the cycle.Though she only makes her debut in the 11th game of the series she is more of a Bigger Bad.
Linking the console and mobile versions of Mortal Kombat 11 allows the player to have Kronika as the announcer.
Kronika is the first final boss in any Mortal Kombat game who is female.
Kronika is the first unplayable boss in the series since Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat (2011), barring Corrupted Shinnok in Mortal Kombat X.
Kronika's name could have been inspired by Kronos, the Greek god of time.
Kronika's time altering powers affect all the non-canon Arcade Ladder endings in every game, as the ones that aren't canon as actually did happen in timelines that she later destroyed.
In a flashback, Raiden states that her timeline experiments includes Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, showing that she is aware of the DC Comics universe.
Kronika is currently the only known character to be a Titan.
Kronika's fatality, ripping the opponent in half repeatedly, is the only fatality in Mortal Kombat 11 that does not end in a freeze frame.
Even though she was defeated, Kronika was partially successful in her goals, as she did reset the timeline wiping out all the events in the franchise from existence before Fire God Liu Kang killed her.
However Liu Kang would be the one to shape the new timeline instead of Kronika.