|“||So many people here. I don't know how to deal with that...kill them? That's great!! That door only opens inside. That thing we did last night was real fun, wasn't it? i don't remember what it is, though. Oh, and... my blood is black.||„|
Crona Gorgon is a major antagonist of the Soul Eater manga and anime series. They are shown to be the abused biological child of the Witch Medusa Gorgon, and because of this, Crona is considered a tragic and insecure villain. However, after Maka Albarn comforted and cleansed Crona's soul (due to her realization and understanding of the meister's past), they became one of the main protagonists. Crona is presented with an ambiguous gender throughout the entire series.
They are voiced by Maaya Sakamoto in the original dub, and by Maxey Whitehead in the English dub.
Crona has an androgynous appearance, with a thin body and tall stature. The pink hair is badly cut with straight cut bangs uniformly above the eyebrows with two longer pieces of hair extending from the bangs and hang low over Crona's face. Most of the time, Crona wears a long black tight fitting Purtian-like robe that ends at the mid-calf level with cuff-links at the ends of each sleeve and a tall white button-up collar at the neck. Black slipper-like shoes with a tall white cuff protruding out of the top are also worn.
As a child, Crona wore a girly black knee-high dress. The dress has a rugged cut-out at the bottom, laced with several white diamonds. Like the present-day clothing, the childhood design also has a white collar and cuffs. The shoes stay relatively the same, as well. Crona's hair is shorter and simpler in this stage, but overall the same design.
After being "re-shaped" by Medusa, Crona's attire changes to an all-black really girly robe covered by thick folds of fabric covering the feet (slightly similar to Arachne's dress). When absorbing the Black Clown, Crona's clothes gain several steel/cloth plates covering the shoulders and the waist.
|“||"I hate, hate, hate everyone…but that's alright. I can use my screams to blow them all away. I bet dead people are a lot easier to get along with."||„|
|~ Crona, Episode 16|
Crona was taught at an early age to kill and torture small animals by Medusa to get them used to killing people. Crona is Ragnarok's meister, and is initially under Medusa's orders (and control) to take any soul that they find, be it evil or good. Crona is a very naive, trusting, and submissive person who is constantly pestered by Ragnarok in the form of noogies and threats to eat Crona's share of food. Crona does not like to fight (often unable to overcome any obstacles presented) but Medusa normally introduces a spell into Crona's mind which increases Crona's aggression. Ragnarok also bullies them into fighting. While under Medusa's control, Crona becomes dangerously unstable and tempestuous, showing signs of insanity and aggression, spouting senseless comments and laughing at random moments. Crona is incredibly nervous and jumpy, and the slightest thing can make them frightened. Crona is also incredibly emotional and sensitive. After Crona becomes friends with Maka, however, Crona begins to become surer of themself, but still has difficulty making decisions. They soon begin to distinguish the difference between good and evil.
Crona is extremely negative and antipathetic, enough so that a poem Crona wrote was so abundantly depressing it made Black Star, Maka, Marie, Soul, and Sid sulk in a corner and wish they were never born (though in Sid's case, he wishes he was never revived) after reading it, with Crona shortly following the suite. Crona seems to want to adapt to interacting with people, but it seems hard for them to do, most likely because of Medusa's abusive treatment. However, Crona does show signs of slowly opening up to the people around them, and becomes touched with how the others care about them, up to the point, they think that they do not deserve that much attention. Crona seems more relaxed around Maka. Unless Maka comes and fetches them, Crona normally stays in a corner of any room, and will cower in it if frightened, calling the corner "Mr. Corner"(or "Roomsky Kornerkov" in the manga). Crona mostly interacts with others only when Maka is present, since Maka can easily tune in to Crona's Soul Wavelength to be understanding and calming when needed. Crona also expresses unusual determination when it comes to helping or protecting Maka. Due to Crona's lack of interaction with others (other than eating their souls), Crona has nearly no experience in interacting with other people, hence Crona's catchphrase, "I don't know how to deal with [???]..." Crona cannot adapt to new situations and can panic easily, and finds it difficult to make decisions.
Despite the fact that Crona was beginning to adapt to their new life, they were coerced back into working for Medusa and ran away from Shibusen after acting as a spy for Medusa. After returning to Medusa, Crona's personality reverts back to their original dark, insane state. Crona also seems to suffer from amnesia, not remembering Maka or their friends. However; they show signs of inner conflict as they attempt to remember their past life.
In the anime, Crona becomes more steadfast, determined, indomitable, and courageous when they decide to go and defeat Medusa and rescue Stein alongside Marie and Maka. Although still nervous and unsettled by Medusa, Crona stands up to her and even risks their life for Maka. In the anime, Crona also seems to have a good sense of direction, being able to navigate both themself and Marie through Shibusen and Medusa's lair.
Throughout the series, Crona's gender is unknown due to Atsushi Okubo, the creator of Soul Eater, has stated himself that even he is unaware of Crona's gender, as he hasn't definitively given Crona one yet. Although various hints to different genders are given, Crona's gender has yet to be exactly stated. It is important to note in the japanese version that Crona uses the masculine pronoun "Boku" or "Watashi "for self reference. However, though originally used by males, those pronouns have become used by females as of late. Furthermore, Medusa always calls Crona as "my child", referring to Crona as an "it" and never referring something more specific as "son" or "daughter".
Crona's blood has been entirely replaced with 'Black blood' which both protects Crona from physical harm and provides a degree of healing. Ragnarok, originally a normal weapon, was melted into the black blood before the transfusion, which causes their symbiotic nature with part of Ragnarok forming into the child's sword to use Scream Resonate and attacks that use the Black Blood like the Bloody Needle projectiles. After absorbing enough Souls, Crona can use the Black Dragon ability to create wings of black blood from a dragonized Ragnarok to take flight. The possession of Black Blood also allows Crona to assimilate those with the same blood, using in on the Black Clown to don two new appendages each armed with a Ragnarok-type sword.
Medusa later enhanced Crona to use a more potent version of the Black Blood called Mad Blood, trapping an opponent in an enlarging ball of blood to consume an entire city in utter madness. Though possibly able to use magic like Medusa due to being a witch's child, it has yet to be verified. After killing Medusa, Crona's powers increased to using shadows as weapons. After assimilating Asura, Crona became near-god-like in power to the point of damaging the moon during the epic battle that ensued there. In the anime, despite having no onscreen training, Crona successfully pulls off a Chain Resonance with Maka and Marie.
Crona's weapon, as well as part of their blood. When Crona was a child, Medusa melted down Ragnarok, at that time a regular weapon, and combined him with black blood. She then injected this mixture into Crona's own blood, creating an unwilling symbiosis and permanently fusing Crona with Ragnarok.
Ragnarok is a playful character, and acts like an annoying older brother to Crona. He often gives the meister noogies, steals their food, plays with their nose, and even lifted up Crona's robe at one point, almost exposing their underwear. Whenever Ragnarok is angry with his meister, he will not hesitate to pop out of them and begin attacking Crona in an annoying, playful, but slightly violent way. He also uses Crona as a human shield at times, notably only for non-lethal attacks, like 'Maka Chop'.
However, despite his teasing, Ragnarok does seem to care about Crona. He heals Crona whenever needed (although always pestering for a "thank you very much" afterword) and provides constant vocal motivation during battle. Ragnarok realizes that if Crona dies, he will die too, ultimately driving him to protect his meister as much as possible.
Maka AlbarnCrona's first friend, they share a similar soul wavelength. It was during the Underground Shibusen battle in which the Kishin was revived where Maka and Crona became friends: after seeing into Crona's soul and realizing the emptiness and sadness of their past, Maka came to understand Crona on a deep level. Not long after, Maka gave Crona presumably their first loving physical contact when she hugged them and gave them a handshake.
After the Underground Battle, Maka and Crona become formidable friends. It is with Maka's help that the meister learns how to fit into Shibusen, and at first Crona won't even leave a room without Maka. Although the strong relationship seems to be one-sided at times (as Maka has many friends and often does not spend time on-screen with Crona) ultimatly Maka's love for Crona is shown when she decides to help Crona defeat Medusa rather then help Shibusen bring down the Kishin at Baba Yaga Castle. This choice would ultimately save Crona's life for the time being.
Crona's blood mother, and the one who fused the black blood (containing Ragnarok) into Crona's blood. Medusa seems to act towards her child as if they were a servant and is overall less of a mother and more of an enemy. She, as of yet, has not displayed any definitive affection for Crona.
Medusa trained Crona in the hopes that they would one day rise to become the next Demon God. However, as it grows more and more apparent that Crona does not have the will to fulfill this task, Medusa speaks often of "throwing out" her unneeded child. Once Crona attends Shibusen, however, she forces Crona to be a spy and complete tasks for her.
In the anime, Medusa ultimately has no problem seemingly mortally wounding Crona, enticing Maka's fury. However, in the manga, she claims that Crona has been captured and that no parent wants their child to be sacrificed (though this turns out to be a ruse in order to manipulate Maka further).
- The katakana for Crona's name is actually the last 3 katakana for Ragnarok's name in reverse.
- Crona is known for their catchphrase "I don't know how to deal with [???]..."
- Crona's appearance and many of their abilities are likely based on the character "Emine" in Atsushi's earlier series B. Ichi, and in turn most likely inspired the Deadmen from Deadman Wonderland, which was released 3 years after Soul Eater.
- Another one of Crona's catchphrases, when in their maddened state, is that of informing an opponent that their blood is black.
- Crona's personality is set to mirror Asura's before he became a Kishin, being overly scared of everyone, not knowing how to cope with fear, and believing that the only way to escape fear is through the attainment of great power.
- Black☆Star apparently assumes that Crona is a male. Asking Crona whether or not they had a "third sword" with uncertainty. However, although Ragnarok tries to reveal Crona's gender by pulling up their outfit, Crona prevents him from doing so, and the event is suddenly ignored.
- Maka also thinks that Crona is, indeed, male.
- In Crona's past, their first opponent was The Little One, a small bunny that they were forced to kill. In the anime, however, The Little One is censored into a small black dragon.
- In Chapter 87, it's revealed that Crona's favorite dish is pasta, which Medusa makes for lunch after they return from their missions.
- In the English dub of the anime, he/him pronouns are used to refer to Crona, but this does not mean Crona is male. Funimation admitted that they had to settle with this rule because they felt that "it" and "they" would have been insulting to Crona as a character. The same rule applies to the Yen Press translation of the manga.
- The creater of Soul Eater, Atsushi Okubo, has stated himself that even he's unaware of Crona's gender, and hasn't settled for their sex.
- Crona's poems are shown to be overwhelmingly depressing, to the point that it renders most people who read them utterly despondent and wish they were never born. Though, it is never shown what the contents of the poems entail.
- Crona's English voice artist Maxey Whitehead has stated that that her favorite character to voice so far in her career has been Crona.
- ↑ YenPlus+ February 2009