How exactly did Goro die? While it does seem like there was a huge siege on Shang Tsung's Island involving tons of Oni (as shown in the Krypt), it doesn't seem like any of them killed him - his decomposing corpse looks more like he starved to death while sitting on his throne.
Its possible he was mortally wounded by either the Oni or Kenshi and chose to die sitting on his throne.
Assuming the prequel comics made for MKX are still canon, he had his arms ripped off by Kotal Khan, robbing him of his strength and denying him the right to ever lead his people again. With nothing left to live for, maybe he just...gave up.
Goro is shown to have all four of his arms while deceased atop his throne which he clearly wouldn't be able to regrow while dead, so something else must have happened to the Shokan prince.
The Krypt likely isn't actually canon so nothing shown in it should be taken too seriously.
The state of the Krypt makes no sense in general; it seems undisturbed for decades (like in the Story campaign), but there are fresh bodies and fresh prisoners alongside all of the decayed ones that apparently died in whatever holocaust befell the island. Like Goro, the praying monks that occupy the island somehow died in the exact spot, and exact poses they typically occupied before. Whatever happened on the island could only have happened in an instant, but in a way that left a few survivors...that now probably wish they were dead.
Kronika being behind the constant infighting in the setting helps explain a good deal of the Idiot Ball moments for the Elder Gods, Raiden, the heroes, and even the villains at times. She's always been there pushing their buttons in order to stir things up.
Looking at Shinnok, we can see that a good number of his most defining characteristics actually line up with Kronika's own: complete condescending apathy towards everything and everyone around them, constant smug assurance of their victory, master manipulators, and a tendency to use the heroes own allies against them. Looking at Cetrion, she possesses next to none of these traits as the goddess of virtue to the point that she actually agrees that Kronika's plan is anything but virtuous in her Klassic Tower ending. An endless war between the forces of good and evil is clearly not a good thing to have considering all the casualties that would transpire in the wake of such a conflict, and with the power the kombatants displayed (and with them only getting stronger) it would end up inevitably destroying all the realms just as Argus and Delia had foreseen. Also, given Geras's comments about Kronika having gone mad from several failed attempts to make her perfect timeline in his ending, chances are really good that Kronika has become just as warped as Shinnok, and knowing how he turned out there's honestly no way she could achieve any sort of lasting balance.
The existence of the Titans and the Omnigod in both Scorpion as well as Sonya's Ladder endings reveal that the Mortal Kombat multiverse is a much larger place than we ever suspected. Assuming they're even semi-canon, it gives a lot more context to the Elder Gods' actions as well as why everyone hesitates disrupting the balance.
Kronika is lying to every one of her pawns as none of them will exist except her when she succeeds in re-winding time. Therefore, she can promise anything. Strangely, only Erron Black and Noob Saibot (in his Arcade ending) manage to pick up on this. Most likely because Erron is the most Pragmatic Villainy and Punch-Clock Villain among them, so he's not easily blinded by promises of absolute wealth as well as power, while Noob is jaded enough from his lifetime as Sub-Zero to see through Kronika's empty words, since the last time he trusted a powerful being he almost caused the destruction of Earthrealm. It also fits with Erron's Ladder ending that he doesn't want anything more than to be paid for his services.
Alternatively, Kronika may not have lied to any of her minions, but was using Exact Words; Liu Kang, the revenants, and Shao Kahn were promised that Raiden would not interfere with them; she never guaranteed that Liu Kang would not be killed and brought back under different circumstances nor that Shao Kahn would keep his title as emperor of Outworld just because Raiden didn't mess with it. Jax was only promised "to be a general" and that Jacqui would never be a soldier; both turned out to be true had he not died by following Raiden (as seen in Jacqui's arcade ending) because he would never go through the trauma that he went through as a revenant and thus Jacqui would never be born to become a soldier. Even Frost technically got what was promised to her. The only ones who may have been lied to are Kano and Bi-Han, but since what they wanted were told to us by them (and thus they could have been intentionally misled into thinking that) it's unknown what they were actually promised, if anything at all.
Young Liu Kang keeps his faith in Raiden while Young Kung Lao is a good deal more iffy about it. This makes sense as while Young Liu Kang won the previous Mortal Kombat tournament, Young Kung Lao has always lived in the shadow of his ancestor/past incarnation's defeat. He's a good deal more cynical and realistic about things going South.
Johnny's attitude to his younger self is a definite case of I Hate Past Me with the fact the latter is a sexist, patronizing, and arrogant blowhard. However, it's doubly understandable why he wants to kick his ass because Older Johnny's ex-wifejust died. What might be mildly irritating under less dire circumstances is enough to make him bloody furious.
The present Jax's behaviour makes a lot more sense when you realise the last thing he must have heard before communications went down was the Netherrealm's impending hostility and Sonya's death.
According to Kotal Kahn, he had been imprisoned in Shang Tsung's lab prior to X. This would explain why he never appeared in the previous timeline; Tsung was never properly killed then, but he was seemingly Killed Off for Real when Shao Kahn sacrificed him to empower Sindel. This might have been enough to weaken whatever restraints that were holding Kotal down.
Erron Black's "Wanted Poster" intro has different values for every character. Most of them are worth $100.000, as for the rest:
Cetrion is worth $9,999,999, befitting her status as an Elder God.
Geras, Kano, Kotal Kahnnote Misspelt Khan, Liu Kang, Raiden, Scorpion, Shang Tsung, Shao Kahnnote Misspelt Khan, Sindel, Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero and the Terminator are worth $5.000.000. While a case can be made for Gerasnote A powerful golem who cannot be killed, the Terminatornote A Guest Fighter and notoriously hard to kill cyborg, Sindelnote Shao Kahn's empress and a notorious Hero Killer, Kotal Kahn and Shao Kahnnote Current and past rulers of Outworld, the rest have something in common: with the exception of Johnny Cage (noted below), each of them has appeared in Mortal Kombat as a playable character.
Johnny Cage is only worth $500, the price of his sunglasses. Considering Black's Amazon Chaser tendencies toward Sonya and Cassie, he's also willing to kill JohnnyCage for fewer than the others.
It seems odd Jade and Kotal let D'vorah live after Jade beats her, especially considering her actions in the last game, including pressing Kotal's Berserk Button. However, when you remember her ability to regenerate a new body From a Single Cell from the X comics, it's entirely possible they did and she just regenerated a new body somewhere else.
Raiden being able to see the different visions regarding him and Liu Kang's conflicts can be explained simply by him being his past self during the events of 9. It's possible the Time Crash messed up these visions and he's now seeing visions from every timeline.
When the Tarkatans speak their native language, it's composed entirely of T's, K's, R's, N's, and so on. These are all consonants that don't require the use of lips, which Tarkatans lack. The most obvious exception is Baraka with the B in his name plus his ability to speak fluent English, but when the character was created in the early 90's, the developers likely weren't thinking that far ahead.
Cetrion giving up her life to empower Kronika may just seem like a dramatic setup for the final confrontation between the latter and Liu Kang, until you consider that, in Greek Mythology, Cronos (the inspiration for Kronika) was known for consuming his own children. Granted, the being responsible for that was actually Cronus, but people often mistook the two's names together and the former came to be associated with the child cannibalism anyways.
Think it's really weird that Kano just relieves himself everytime he's about to fight (if you leave him with his default intro that is?) There is an explanation in the form of his second Fatality - this time around, he's packing a few beer bottles on him. If he's been killing opponents or just taking a swing between fights, the man's bladder is going to be constantly full.
The billboard advertising "Hsu Hao Watches" isn't just a callback to his Relic from Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, it could very well be a front for the Red Dragon clan's criminal activities.
The arcade games seen in the Tournament level would seem really odd to some, as, not only are they Mortal Kombat games in a Mortal Kombat game, but they depict events that were either retconned out of the current timeline (Deadly Alliance and Deception), couldn't have happened in either canon (Shaolin Monks) or depict the events of the last game (Mortal Kombat X.) So what gives? It is highly likely that, in this timeline, Johnny Cage created scripts for these concepts, filmed them as movies, and had video games made based on them, just like he did in the previous timeline, except this time around, not necessarily based on real-life events!
Young Kuai Liang is absent from the Story mode unlike most of the other characters and thus never encounters his present self. It seems rather jarring until one remembers that the other kombatants were taken from the moment just before Shao Kahn snaps Kung Lao's neck and Kuai Liang was taken to undergo a cyberization by the Lin Kuei before that, so at that moment he would be just a pile of organs extracted from his body before being put into a cyborg chassis.
Jacqui's response to Dark Raiden when he tries to "console" Cassie by telling her Sonya was "lucky" to have died a warrior's death. Jacqui's own mother had died prior to the events of the game and while the exact causes aren't stated, it was likely an illness from the way Jacqui and Jax talk about it. Jacqui wasn't just angry at Raiden's tactless comment to her friend, she was also offended by his asserting that anyone who didn't die in a Heroic Sacrifice wasn't deserving of any honors.
Take a look at who in the story mode beats their future self vs who loses: Jax, Jade, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao defeat their future selves while Johnny Cage and Scorpion defeat their past selves. The former are all in a better place as characters than their future selves, while the latter are both in a better place as characters than their past selves.
Considering which version of a character is used in a Versus match can make certain lines stand out more, such as Sub Zero's exchange with (past) Sonya; he's not giving her an out of character death threat, but rather referencing her future self's death.
The "I will not mock your pain" exchange stands out as Versus Scorpion is the Past/Reverent version who has his lost family far stronger in his mind.
Puzzled by the Continuity Snarl of Erron having Hsu Hao's severed head in a bag despite the comics showing that Scorpion killed the latter years ago, destroying his head, to boot? It's highly possible that Kronika's shenanigans brought Hsu Hao back, but Erron managed to get to him first.
Kung Jin's absence makes a bit more sense when you consider that, when we got to know him in Mortal Kombat: X, he was abrasive, rude and full of resentment, things that can cause (and have caused) him to make potentially fatal mistakes. It is likely that he returned to the White Lotus to temper these feelings and make himself a better warrior.
Why are the classic costume promotional images modeled after the characters appearance in Mortal Kombat II and not the original Mortal Kombat like in Mortal Kombat 9 or Mortal Kombat 3 like in Mortal Kombat X? Because upon their arrival in the present, Raiden mentions that Kung Lao had just defeated Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, putting the time from when the past characters were retrieved as the second tournament, which also serves as the rebooted timelines interpretation of Mortal Kombat II.
A lot of players were disappointed that Kabal has fallen back in with the Black Dragon instead of being a SWAT police officer like in Mortal Kombat 9. It is possible that he was, but Kano manipulating him into thinking that Sonya tortures him had Kabal pull a FaceHeel Turn back to his former crime family. This is supported with one dialogue exchange with Jade, where he mentions that he "tried a face turn, didn't take".
In a game all about time travel, of course one of the guest characters would be a Terminator.
In The Terminator's ladder ending, he willingly throws himself into the Sea of Blood to prevent anyone from gaining access to his knowledge about the hourglass. At first this seems to violate the rule that a Terminator cannot self-terminate, except that since Terminators are machines, they can't drown, and thus such an action would not register as self-termination.
Shinnok fully planned to reunite the One Being and destroy all of the Realms in order to get his revenge on the Elder Gods. Now which is more horrifying, that Kronika was fully supporting this ambition believing she could stop it or her son was completely off the rails but she didn't support stopping him? Either answer shows she wasn't nearly in control of events as she claimed.
Or an even worse possibility: as a Titan she predates and possibly exceeds the One Being...
What if the One Being is actually goading Kronika from behind the scenes, and she's unaware of it?
The rewinding of time effectively means that all of the heroes and villains of the setting are dead and Liu Kang will just be reincarnating them at best. It's a Bittersweet Ending at best. At its worse, he'll just be copying them.
The Krypt stage shows the death of numerous fan favorites like Kano and Goro. Subverted in that they are very likely to live in the next world.
Inverted by Shao Khan's reaction to Mileena's death. He apparently held some sort of affection for Mileena even if it was that she was a valuable and appreciated tool. That's as close as you can get to love from Shao Kahn.
The two bikini-fighting women in Kano's Ladder ending are Cassie Cage and Sonya Blade. Which means he's forcing mother and daughter to fight. Also, potentially, Squick given the way he's sexualized them for his amusement.
Jacqui's Ladder ending has her Retgone herself in order to give her father a better life. This action not only removes Jax from the love of his life but also kills his daughter. It is the two things that haunted him the most, the loss of the women he loved, that caused him to make a FaceHeel Turn. In short, it's a terrible thing she's done to her father even though he'll never know it.
One regarding Kronika. One of the only fatalities to lack an Overcrank ending shot is Kronika's, as it involves her mercilessly torturing the losing opponent by killing them over and over. However, the first time she uses each kill method, you get the slow-motion as if it's about to end. With that in mind, it's likely that the slow-motion is related to her magic. Who knows just how deep her influence on the events of the game can run?
What if the Films, all theshows and cartoon weren't alternate universes but actually other timelines Kronika has created but erased them when they are no longer of use to her?
While recruiting Kano and the Black Dragon to repair Sektor, Geras reveals Kronika's wish to build her own Mecha-Mooks based on Sektor, asking them if they can find a way to replicate Sektor's body "hundreds of times; thousands". By the last act of the game, the custom cyber-ninjas as at least as numerous as the Netherrealm's demon army. The question is, where did they get the brains for that many cyborg bodies?
Kollector's default outro has him kidnap the defeated enemy. Considering that he has some very dark plans for them he says upfront, saying that Cassie would make a good Breeding Slave for one, they would probably want a quick death.
Shang Tsung may appear amicable to you in the Krypt, seeming uncharacteristically generous with the loads of treasure on his island, especially towards what can be described at best as a common thief invading it. Then, it hit me - take note of where Shang Tsung's Throne Room appears when you unlock it. It appears right where you started - the only way in and out of the island. This, combined with the numerous death traps that can kill you, actually implies that Tsung is actually punishing the intruder - by trapping him on an inescapable island with loads of treasure that he can't ever leave with, and because you actually respawn when you die, it becomes a hell that not even death can release you from.
D'vorah's dialogue to the Kollector indicates that she found Ferra/Torr dead. There is a possible explanation for this: Remember their ending from Mortal Kombat X where Ferra has to abandon Torr to undergo her species' version of puberty by wandering the Outworld Wastelands for three years? Either she didn't survive her metamorphosis, or, with the Tarkatans returning due to Kronika's meddling and Torr not being there to protect her, she was killed by them, presumably out of revenge for killing and eating Tarkatans as shown in the comic.
There is a third option, though it's no happier, it's possible that Ferah's maturity went just fine but she was ultimately unable to find a rider and withered away. As a symbiotic lifeform Ferah wouldn't be able to live on her own and her species is so rare that even Kitana didn't recognise them.
You know how Kronika has control over time? Imagine if you will, that in every Mortal Kombat game, you start as your favorite character(s), defeated every opponent, and become champion by defeating the boss. Then you play as someone else, you do the same thing until you get every ending possible. Kronika has the ability to press that Reset Button, meaning all of those previous fights and Fatalities is an equivalent to Kronika trying to find that perfect timeline, and she doesn't care who wins or loses. She's essentially an MK player trying to unlock everything by playing everyone's fates.
Reptile and Ermac are notably absent from story mode. This is disturbing for a few reasons...
Ermacs MKX ending could potentially be canon, considering how Shang Tsung is back. It would also explain his corpse in the Krypt.
Reptile, outside of his cameo in the Krypt, is no where to be found. However, remember that other time he disappeared from the roster? If Liu Kang decides to restore the timeline the way it was, the heroes could soon be in very big trouble...
Kronika is Shinnoks mother, so it can be assumed that she has the same Complete Immortality that he has. That would mean shes still alive even after Liu Kang turns her to glass and shatters her.
Likewise, it might also be possible that Cetrion may whenever she falls victim to a fatality.
In a mirror match between herself, one Cetrion states that the balancing of the realms should fall to Taven and Daegon while the other says that they had their chance. However, we later learn that Kronika was responsible for Armageddon in the first place and that Cetrion was ultimately complicit in her schemes, and we know that Blaze was corrupted by serving as the incubator for the Dragon King's egg to revive Onaga. Given that because of this in the canon ending of Armageddon, Taven's quest failed because of him empowering the other fighters instead of killing or neutralizing them all. With either originally intended outcome the eternal conflict between light and dark as Kronika intended for her "balance" would come grinding to a screeching halt. Also, Kronika was shown to have planned far ahead enough to drive the elder gods to "punish" Shang Tsung's theft of a soul with, well, you get the idea by this point, so snuffing out the one chance anyone else to derail her plans by tampering with Blaze's fate isn't so out of place for Kronika. Cetrion saying Taven and Daegon failed comes off as hypocritical to a degree since it was her mother who messed it all up in the first place and she was completely subservient to her will.
Mixed with Fridge Tearjerker. After Sonya died, command presumably fell to Cassie. Who do you think filled out the report that Past Sonya read?
In one pre-fight dialogue, Cetrion states that the reason Shinnok was not allowed to be permanently defeated is because killing him will allow some even worse evil to appear. This implies that the entire scheme of Kronika's Balance Between Good and Evil was perpetrated to make sure that the forces of good and evil weren't constantly ever-growing to a point that they grew beyond even the Elder Gods' control. Has Kronika ever seen this happen? Who was this evil that supposedly made even Shinnok look like a cuddly teddy bear?
Shang Tsung's moveset includes moves from other "Ninja" characters, including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Noob, Ermac, Smoke, and Rain. How could he have the moves, and bear the likenesses, of the latter three if they aren't in the game? Simple: Shang Tsung killed them. Not only that, but thanks to Kronika screwing with time, Shang Tsung likely took the opportunity to kill alternate versions of the former three as well!