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* The entire concept of the ''Time Lord''-sort of character in ''Mortal Kombat'' universe. It sounds, for the lack of the better term, ''ridiculous'' - at least for this troper. ''What's the point of it?'' And while we're at it, ''what are the possible "pros" and "cons" that could apply to this kind of character?''




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** Its stated that Kronika has reset time many, many times over. We don't get an exact number. Any unfamiliar fight we saw in that montage is merely another previous timeline, one we aren't privy to the details of. Perhaps in that one instance, certain events that were similar to the original timeline resulted in a zombie Liu that WAS going after Raiden instead of Shang.

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* Why does D'Vorah have an endoskeleton?

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* When did Liu Kang and Raiden fight in the original timeline? The snippet that was shown in the various flashbacks that implies it came from the original timeline is zombie Liu Kang and dark Raiden fighting at the Pyramid of Argus, but so was everyone so that’s hardly noteworthy (and even then zombie Liu Kang was there to fight Shang Tsung, not Raiden). Beyond that, Raiden reanimated Liu Kang’s body himself to serve as his harbinger, so they wouldn’t be fighting (Liu Kang’s spirit wasn’t happy but it wasn’t really in a position to do anything about it).



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** ''Mortal Kombat 11'' finally provides an answer- Raiden isn't the only one who messes with time, as their is GodOfGods called Kronika who is a GreaterScopeVillain of the franchise who manipulates everything. All of the differences between this game and the original timeline are explainable by this ''not being the original timeline in the first place'', and even the first game might not have been either. So, again, it is indeed the case that Raiden wasn't the only one messing with time, but it turned out that the greater culprit was not Shinnok but his mummy.




































** ''Mortal Kombat 11'' provides an answer- Raiden isn't the only one who messes with time, as their is GodOfGods called Kronika who is a GreaterScopeVillain of the franchise who manipulates everything and has been doing so countless times. The original timeline is different because ''this isn't the original timeline'', and indeed the very first ''Mortal Kombat'' game might have been either.



** We clearly see the circumstances Raiden is in when he sends back the message though time and it's just moments before Shao Kahn is about to bash his head in for good and seize ultimate power. So no, he ''didn't'' have time to send a better message. Future-Raiden was either erased from history or died at the hands of Shao Kahn.












*** Perhaps the reason is that Earthrealm is not united and has a bunch of different governments that change over the millennia, most or all of which have no idea that a "Mortal Kombat" tournament is taking place. Tsung is free to fight for Outworld because there is no government on Earthrealm for him to pledge his loyalty to, but Shao Kahn is the absolute ruler of Outworld and the tournament exists solely because of his desire for Konquest, so the rules are lopsided in his favour- Earthrealmers and others are free to choose, Outworlders are not, and that is because one is relatively free from tyranny and one isn't. Maybe Raiden or someone else actually ''allows'' Earthrealmers to make the choice while Kahn forces Outworlders to fight whether they like it or not, and Raiden does this either because he isn't actually in charge or because he doesn't want to be like Kahn.





















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*** Which is kind of dark, as it implies that Jacqui might have developed a bit of a death wish, worse still a death wish brought on by the trauma of seeing her dad undergo a FaceHeelTurn by joining Kronika just to, in his own mind, protect her. She basically thinks that her dad might have been happier had she never been born.


* "Not even you can kill an elder god." Immortality seems to be the elder gods' only real defining trait, given how repeatedly they're overpowered. Yet Kronika dispatches them all off-screen, destroys Cetrion, and is killed by Liu Kang. In what way are they immortal at all?
** The Elder Gods cannot be killed by anything less than them, only an equal or greater can kill them. Cetrion killed the other Elder Gods and then sacrificed herself to power up her mother for the fight against Liu Kang. Liu Kang couldn't have killed Cetrion on his own, even with Raiden's godhood. Kronika is a Titan and follows different rules.

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* "Not even you can kill an elder god.Elder God." Immortality seems to be the elder gods' Elder Gods' only real defining trait, given how repeatedly they're overpowered. Yet Kronika dispatches them all off-screen, destroys Cetrion, and is killed by Liu Kang. In what way are they are immortal at all?
** The Elder Gods cannot be killed by anything less than them, them - only an equal or greater power can kill them. Cetrion killed the other Elder Gods and then sacrificed herself to power up her mother for the fight against Liu Kang. Liu Kang couldn't have killed Cetrion on his own, even with Raiden's godhood. Kronika is a Titan and follows different rules.


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* Let's address the moment when Kano fires at the heroes with a Minigun in Chapter 8. Cassie decides to peek out to get a clear shot at Kano, only to get injured (the key word here being '''injured'''). Shouldn't Cassie ''get her hand ripped clean off'' from such gunfire?



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** You are correct and the only options I can offer are: 1) they forgot they established that since it's the only time it's been mentioned, or 2) they deliberately ignored it because it would have required giving younger Kabal an entirely new moveset that didn't use his speed at all.




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** Or the Earth was literally created in six days, perhaps all the realms were.

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* In Sonya's story mode chapter unburned Kabal from the past makes an appearance in Kano's Fight Klub, pushing Sonya back in a fight cage with his Nomad Dash. That makes no sense. First of all, Kronika clearly brough back characters from MK 2 era, right after Kung Lao has defeated Shang Tsung and Quan Chi. By that time Kabal was working in police with Stryker, so why did he became a Black Dragon member again? But if this Kabal is from even earlier point of timeline, he still shouldn't have his Nomad Dash, a move he gained only as "a result of the Outworld magic", after Kintaro burned him and Shang Tsung healed him.



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* About "[[Literature/TheBible The Earth was created in 6 days]]" sentence... which was said at the beginning of the film by an ''Outworlder''. And not by just any Outworlder: ''Shao Kahn himself'' is the one who says it. There is no way that he could read the Bible in his spare time... Is he a WickedCultured, or what?






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** The difference between the two scenarios is that Jacqui made no effort to maintain herself, she just crafted a timeline where her dad was happy and accepted it, Jax took time to sculpt a future that contained the changes he wanted and maintained the people he cared about as well.




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** Remember, Baraka was also in that fight and this game treats him as a serious threat.




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** Liu Kang and Kitana were effectively dethroned at the end of the first chapter, with the loss of their base and Shinnok's head to use as a power source they were sitting ducks and they knew it. Only Kronika's interference kept them in play in so there's no way they could fill the role of a counter to good. And even without that loss their influence was still far more limited than Shinnok's, the revenants are treated as being more annoying than anything by the good aligned forces.


* It seems like Kronika's major hangup with our timeline is that the forces of good and evil aren't carrying on with their senseless, endless war. Okay, fine. But... why does she need to abort the timeline to fix that? Why can't Wraith-Liu-Kang serve Shinnok's role as Big Daddy Evil? Or, hell, Dark Raiden, for that matter? Either one looked like they were headed that way. And how does the original timeline emphasize Balance in any way? It ends with Shao Kahn taking over the world! That sounds like a decisive victory in Evil's favor. For that matter, how has Shinnok been contributing to Balance when he's been sealed away for millennia?

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* It seems like Kronika's major hangup with our timeline is that the forces of good and evil aren't carrying on with their senseless, endless war. Okay, fine. But... why does she need to abort the timeline to fix that? Why can't Wraith-Liu-Kang Wraith Liu Kang serve Shinnok's role as Big Daddy Evil? Or, hell, Dark Raiden, for that matter? Either one looked like they were headed that way. And how does the original timeline emphasize Balance in any way? It ends with Shao Kahn taking over the world! That sounds like a decisive victory in Evil's favor. For that matter, how has Shinnok been contributing to Balance when he's been sealed away for millennia?
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** Here are some possible explanations. ''First,'' Kronika could sense that the "endless war" you're addressing is about to get [=FUBAR=]'ed if she doesn't "set the things right" in her favor. She clearly saw that the Balance shifted ''waaaaay'' too drastically for the side of Good, thus Evil gets a major disadvantage in that regard. ''Second,'' even though Liu Kang now exists as a Revenant and prefers to stay on the side of Evil, he couldn't assume the role of the so-called "Big Daddy Evil" in time - Kronika offered him a chance for a better life in exchange for servitude. As for the Dark Raiden, he's ''pragmatically'' Evil - not in the sense of the classic Evil, but for the vigilant, necessary Evil. And ''third,'' Shinnok could be contributing to the aforementioned Balance indirectly, through his minions. Even though Shinnok himself could be considered as ''the Evil'' (he practically outperforms Shao in that arena - just think of him as the equivalent of ''the Devil''), it doesn't mean he would get his hands dirty way too often; he's a scheming, calculating villain who prefers to observe from the sidelines and get reports from his subordinates.


* It seems like Kronika's major hangup with our timeline is that the forces of good and evil aren't carrying on with their senseless, endless war. Okay, fine. But... why does she need to abort the timeline to fix that? Why can't Wraith-Liu-Kang serve Shinnok's role as Big Daddy Evil? Or, hell, Dark Raiden, for that matter? Either one looked like they were headed that way. And how does the original timeline emphasize Balance in any way? It ends with Shao Kahn taking over the world! That sounds like a decisive victory in Evil's favor.

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* It seems like Kronika's major hangup with our timeline is that the forces of good and evil aren't carrying on with their senseless, endless war. Okay, fine. But... why does she need to abort the timeline to fix that? Why can't Wraith-Liu-Kang serve Shinnok's role as Big Daddy Evil? Or, hell, Dark Raiden, for that matter? Either one looked like they were headed that way. And how does the original timeline emphasize Balance in any way? It ends with Shao Kahn taking over the world! That sounds like a decisive victory in Evil's favor. \n For that matter, how has Shinnok been contributing to Balance when he's been sealed away for millennia?


** I thought the whole deal was that he framed Earthrealm for abducting [[spoiler: Sindel]], allowing him to legally invade it. As for why the Elder Gods don't know be utter, well... the Gods must be crazy.

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** I thought the whole deal was that he framed Earthrealm for abducting [[spoiler: Sindel]], allowing him to legally invade it. As for why the Elder Gods don't know be utter, better, well... the Gods must be crazy.


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* It seems like Kronika's major hangup with our timeline is that the forces of good and evil aren't carrying on with their senseless, endless war. Okay, fine. But... why does she need to abort the timeline to fix that? Why can't Wraith-Liu-Kang serve Shinnok's role as Big Daddy Evil? Or, hell, Dark Raiden, for that matter? Either one looked like they were headed that way. And how does the original timeline emphasize Balance in any way? It ends with Shao Kahn taking over the world! That sounds like a decisive victory in Evil's favor.

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