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Kronos (Saturn)

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    You've heard the word "chronological" right? Well, meet Mr. Chronological himself: Kronos, god of time. Kronos was the Titan king of the gods who gained his throne from his father Ouranos after he chopped off his dad's man-parts with a sickle. (Um...ouch.) Despite the hostile takeover, Kronos was actually a pretty good ruler; the time he was in charge was called the Golden Age, and all mankind was super-happy.

    Of course, not everything was golden in the Golden Age. Kronos might have been a good ruler, but he was a pretty terrible dad. When Ouranos prophesied that Kronos would lose his throne to one of his kids, Kronos decided to start eating the baby gods as soon as they were born. Yep. Unfortunately for Kronos, he missed a little godlet named Zeus, who fulfilled the prophecy by nabbing Dad's throne. Oops.

    Basic Information




    Saturn, Chronus, Cronus, Time Guy, the Worst Father Ever



    Current city

    Elysium (I served a lot of hard time in Tartarus before that)

    Work & Education


    Titan King of the Gods (got fired)
    God of Time
    Ruler of Elysium, Land of the Blessed Dead


    Gaia's School of Revolution
    Night School of Tartarus


    Political views

    Pro-Zeus (but only because he makes me)

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)


    Ouranos (Dad), Gaia (Mom)


    Koios, Krios, Iapetos, Hyperion, the Cyclopes, the Hekatonkheires, Oceanus, Rhea, Theia, Mnemosyne, Themis, Tethys (yeah, we're a big fam)


    Hades, Hestia, Demeter, Poseidon, Hera, Zeus (you may have heard of them)


    Atlas, Koios, Krios, Iapetos, Hyperion (these guys all fought beside me in the War of the Titans)


    Ouranos (my father, who I castrated...)
    Gaia (my mother, who helped get me thrown into Tartarus)
    Rhea (my wife, who also helped get me locked up—what is it with family?!)
    Hades, Hestia, Demeter, Poseidon, Hera, Zeus (my children, who rebelled against me because I liked to eat them…we've made up now, though)


    Relationship status

    Married to Rhea (which got pretty complicated when I started eating our kids)

    Interested in

    Goddesses (Anybody, please... I'm so lonely.)


    TV Shows

    Dr. Who
    Quantum Leap


    "This thing all things devours:
    Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
    Molds iron, bites steel;
    Grinds hard stones to meal;
    Slays king, ruins town,
    And beats the highest mountain down."
    – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (you only get three guesses, or Gollum will eat you)

    "Time is on my side."
    – The Rolling Stones

    "Revolution is like Saturn—it eats its own children."
    – Georg Buchner

    "Time devours all."
    – Proverb


    A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 
    King Lear by William Shakespeare (I felt a lot like Lear, when I got booted off my throne)
    "In the Penal Colony" by Franz Kafka (reminds me of my time in Tartarus)
    Le Morte d' Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory
    No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
    Fences by August Wilson (Wilson definitely understood the trouble between fathers and sons)
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (love how this book plays with time)
    The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
    "The Passing of the Year" by Robert Service
    "The Secret Miracle" by Jorge Luis Borges


    Time by Pink Floyd
    Golden Age by Beck (reminds me of my days on the throne)
    Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash (brings me back to Tartarus)
    Time is on My Side by the Rolling Stones
    Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin (fathers and sons… it's complicated.)
    Time by Tom Waits
    For the Longest Time by Billy Joel
    The Hours by Phillip Glass
    Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
    We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel (ah, history)


    The Shawshank Redemption (If they ever make a prison movie about my time in Tartarus, I think Morgan Freeman should play me.) 
    Back to the Future
    Hot Tub Time Machine
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (I'm a lot like Sirius Black—imprisoned for no good reason.)
    Time Bandits
    Sliding Doors
    The Dictator (At least I was never as bad as this guy.)
    The Time Machine

    Activities & Interests


    Digital Watches
    Prison Breaks
    Time Machines


    Coup d'états


    Former god kings
    Clock makers

    • Spotter's Guide

      You might want to rethink your search for this guy. Not only did he castrate his own father (Ouranos, the sky), he also ate all of his own children except Zeus. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. After all the hubbub, Zeus banished his dad to Tartarus, the deepest pit of the Underworld, but now it's rumored that Zeus lets Kronos rule the Elysian Islands where the blessed dead go. Kronos will be a creepy looking old man with a sickle. But seriously, be careful. Kronos proves the saying that time devours all.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Old, really old
      Build: Medium
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: White (he's proud of his years)
      Facial Hair: Long white beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Nope
      Jewelry and accessories: Nope
      Clothing: Long robe
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Sickle

      Typical Companions:

      Nobody likes this guy, so he's usually on his own.

      Known Hangouts:

      Clock shops
      Baby-Eater Support Groups

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Theogony by Hesiod

      Read one of the first accounts of the rise and fall of Kronos—complete with father-castrating and baby-eating.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Library by Pseudo-Apollodorus

      This ancient guy with an awesome name jotted down another version of Kronos's dastardly exploits.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      A Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

      A very Kronos-like dude named Time shows up in this play to tell the audience that everything just skipped ahead 16 years. Trippy.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

      The god of time is constantly showing up to cause tons of trouble for Percy and his demigod gang in this must-read series.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War Series

      Like video games? Like crazy gigantic monsters? You'll love Kronos in God of War.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Wrath of the Titans

      Can Perseus stop Kronos from leading an army of really miffed Titans in destroying the gods? We're about to find out.