Theory: is Crono the representation of Jesus Christ in Chrono Trigger?

In the gaming world, there is no shortage of theories. Some of them have already been confirmed by the creators of certain titles as real, while others still populate the public’s mind and fuel several debates on the network. And to breathe new life into these discussions, the Voxel team brings one of these possibilities regarding Chrono Trigger, classic RPG by Snes: Is Crono a representation of Jesus Christ?

Cross References

There is no doubt that Chrono Trigger brings several elements that refer to the bible. Of course, some of them are quite evident, like the fact of an apocalypse happening in the year 1999, as well as the inclusion of the names of the three wise men (Baltazar, Melchior and Gaspar) in the gurus that interact with the main team. However, perhaps none of these elements is as intriguing as the association of the game’s protagonist with the ultimate figure of Christianity.

At first, we can start by weaving a relationship with elements of the character’s formation. In the original Japanese game, Crono doesn’t have the Lightning element, but something that could be translated as Heaven. This would already be a connection point between the two, but it is also necessary to take into account that the swordsman also has the power to resurrect dead companions, as Jesus Christ did on some occasions – besides, it is his only support skill.

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Moving on to the elements within the plot itself, the associations continue. Early in the game, Crono is convicted of allegedly kidnapping Marle and, even if all the members of the jury end up in favor of the character, he is arrested and sentenced to death (something that, of course, does not materialize, making a innocent pay something you didn’t do, just like in the bible). Her death actually happens much later in the game, and she is perhaps the one that most connects the two figures.

Crono, in the first confrontation with Lavos, gives his life to save his friends and dies in a very curious way, with his hands just above his head and his legs slightly together (and a small look at a crucifix already draws another parallel between them – however, this is not so noticeable in the animation, just in the original direct Snes scene). Not only that, we can also see that the protagonist is resurrected practically on the third day after his death: after this confrontation, Marle and the rest of the group wake up after sleeping for a long time, and as soon as the protagonist is resurrected we see a sunrise. Sun, implying the passage of two days (to facilitate understanding, as if it were from Friday to Saturday and from Saturday to Sunday, from Passion Friday to Easter Sunday).

In fact, the next time you drive through this stretch, notice how the tree on top of the mountain at any given time is lit up in a way that looks very much like a Christmas tree. In the celebration of the party, it represents the birth of Christ, and in the game it could be an analogy to the new birth of Crono. Still on this same passage, we can make a second association with the Transfiguration of Jesus, since Cronus reappears with an illuminated aura and three people await him (in the case of Christ, three apostles).

And more references abound

Remember, back in the beginning, we mentioned the names of the three gurus of the time and that they had the same nicknames as the three wise men who visited Jesus Christ right after his birth? The similarity is not only in the name, but also in the fact that the three characters in the game offer gifts to Crono: the Time Egg (Gaspar), the Masamune (Melchior) and the Wings of Time (Belthasar).

Another very clear reference that may be overlooked by many players is the fact that, when we look at the limit of cats Crono can have in his house (if you don’t understand or have never used this system, see how it works here) , this number is no more than 11 – and, curiously, this is the number of disciples that Jesus has after the betrayal and death of Judas Iscariot.

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Finally, two other curious facts: like Christ, Crono also walked on water in a part of Heckran Cave (and in an area where the liquid level was high enough to cover rocks) and, in addition, he rises to the skies in the first two endings that you can do in the first gameplay (one using Epoch and one using balloons).

Nothing intentional?

We would have many other points to comment on these relationships, but we believe that just these are enough to support this association made by many. However, the curious part is that, in an interview with GamePro, Masato Kato, one of the game’s writers, revealed that he didn’t have any of that in mind when he wrote the RPG script.

“In Chrono Trigger, I didn’t exactly think about the bible while writing the story. ‘Three wise men who have the same name as the three wise men in the bible…?”. Oh, I see, is that how they ended up named in the American version of the game? In the original Japanese, they are called Gasshu, Hasshu and Bosshu. Regarding the other things you pointed out [a questão toca em pontos como Crono andar sobre a água, sua morte e ressurreição e os presentes dos gurus], I didn’t have any of that in mind, whether it was biblical or related to something else, as I wrote the story,” explained Kato.

And you, what do you think of all this? Too curious to be a simple coincidence on Kato’s part? Leave your comments in the space below for comments.

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