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!!'''This is a listing of the Heroes that appear in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series. Visit [[Characters/KingdomHearts here]] for the main characters index.'''

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[[folder: Sora's Friends, and the Guardians of Light]]
* TheChosenMany: The Keyblade's chosen, except for Goofy and Donald.
* GenerationXerox: Sora, Riku, and Kairi have the same ThemeNaming, similar personalities and inherited the powers of Ven, Terra, and Aqua respectively. Further both Terra and Riku would turn to the Darkness for a time. In contrast, the older trio had Ven out of commission while Aqua tried to redeem Terra, while the younger had Kairi go comatose and later be PutOnABus while Sora tried to redeem Riku.
* HeroesPreferSwords: All of them can use Keyblades except for Goofy and Donald
* MagicKnight: All of them can use both magic and weapons
* PlanarChampion: [[VillainTeleportation Besides the villains,]] they're the only people who can jump between worlds easily.
* PowerTrio - the most common formation in the series
** ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Enforced in fight scenes, regardless of how many people are in the party only three fight at a time.
** Sora, Riku, Kairi
*** LandSeaSky: Riku, Kairi, and Sora by their naming conventions.
*** TwoGuysAndAGirl: Sora, Riku and Kairi, later becoming ThreeAmigos when the tension is resolved
** Sora, Donald, Goofy
*** BigThinShortTrio: Goofy, Sora, and Donald respectively
*** ChromaticArrangement: Sora - Red, Donald - Blue, Goofy - Green, Riku as a Yellow fourth sometimes
*** KnightKnaveAndSquire: Goofy is idealistic, Donald is pragmatic, Sora is inexperienced. as he gets stronger Sora becomes a second idealistic fighter.
** Mickey, Donald, Goofy
*** ChromaticArrangement: Mickey - Red, Donald - Blue, Goofy - Green
** Ventus, Terra, Aqua
*** ChromaticArrangement: Terra - Red Orange, Aqua - Blue, Ventus - Green
*** FreudianTrio: Ventus - Ego, Aqua - Superego, Terra - Id
*** KnightKnaveAndSquire: Aqua is idealistic, Terra is pragmatic, Ven is inexperienced.
*** LandSeaSky: Terra, Aqua, and Ventus by their naming conventions and their primary ElementalPowers.
*** ThreeAmigos: Terra and Ven same gender, Aqua opposite
* LightIsGood: They represent the light fighting against the darkness, literally and proverbially.
* TheTeam / ColorCodedCharacters: Classic FiveManBand formation at the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''
** TheLeader: Sora - Red
** TheLancer: Riku - Yellow
** TheSmartGuy: Donald - Blue
** TheBigGuy: Goofy - Green
** TheChick: Kairi - Pink
** SixthRanger: Mickey - Black
* TrueCompanions: The original trio was incredibly close prior to Xehanort's schemes and are still devoted to putting their team back together. Sora's generation took longer to get together after Riku turned and Donald and Goofy just saw him as a means to an end. [[ThePowerOfFriendship Now his friends are his, and probably everyone's, power.]]

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[[folder:Sora]]
[[quoteright:243:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/243px-Sora_KHII_5730.png]]
[[caption-width-right:243:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/239px-Data-Sora_KHREC_4725.png[[/labelnote]] to see Sora as he appears in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Chain of Memories'']]
[[caption-width-right:243:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/200px-Sora_Scan_KH3D_798.png[[/labelnote]] to see Sora as he appears in ''Dream Drop Distance'']]

->''"I don't need a weapon! My friends are my power!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' MiyuIrino (Japanese), Haley Joel Osment (English)
--->'''Young Sora Voiced by:''' Takuto Yoshinaga (Japanese), Luke Manriquez (English)

A bright and spirited boy from Destiny Islands whose peaceful life is shattered when his home is destroyed by the Heartless, and finds himself in possession of a peculiar weapon called the Keyblade. As a hero chosen to battle the forces of darkness, Sora embarks on a quest to reunite with his friends and save all other worlds from suffering the same fate as his own.
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* [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} 24-Hour Armor]]: Sora is forced to wear armor in Space Paranoids and The Grid.
* AchillesHeel: Disarming Sora of his Keyblade used to leave him mostly powerless, until he learned the power came [[ItWasWithYouAllAlong from his heart all along]].
* ActionSurvivor: After his world was casted away into the darkness, Sora has no choice but to team up with Donald and Goofy to find their friends.
* {{Adorkable}}: Just look at the way he smiles when Donald and Goofy ask him to smile, in both the game and the manga adaptation.
* AllLovingHero: Goes around helping out pretty much anyone who's in trouble.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Says himself that Kairi means more to him than anything else, and even impales himself with the Keyblade of Heart and opens the Door to Darkness to save Kairi in KHI.
* [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie And Then Sora Was A Heartless]]: Subverted. [[spoiler:Gets turned into a heartless in KHI, only to be brought back through his connection with Kairi]].
* AnimeHair: It's extremely spiky, and even keeps its shape ''underwater''.
** Gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII:
---> '''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa]]''': I'm looking for a guy with spiky hair.
---> ''(Donald and Goofy look at Sora as he tugs at his hair)''
---> '''Tifa''': ''(chuckling)'' Spikier.
* TheApprentice: To [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Merlin]] in ''KHI'' for magic, and eventually Yen Sid in the later games.
* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Subverted with Wisdom Form if Sora enters it within Space Paranoids
* {{Badass}}: He's saved the universe quite a few times.
** BadassAdorable: In the first game and ''Dream Drop Distance''. And as a lion cub in the Pride Lands.
** BadassBiker: When riding a [[Film/{{Tron}} lightcycle]].
** BadassInDistress[=/=]DistressedDude: [[spoiler:After having his heart fall into a sleep in ''KH 3D'']]
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Though see IdiotHero on the "Moron" part.
* BagOfSpilling: Sora loses a few of his abilities in pretty much every sequel due to some new plot point.
* BashBrothers: With ''every'' party member, especially from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' onwards. Riku from that game stands out due to all of his special attacks synergizing with Sora's via the triangle button.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Spends his days traveling through different Disney worlds and helping out the heroes he meets there, as well as helping the various ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters on whatever world they call home.
* BerserkButton: He tends to get very irrational when his friends are threatened, even to the point of snapping at his allies by accident.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sora is a sweet and cheerful kid who wants to [[TheMessiah help anyone who has problems]], but he's cut down entire armies when his [[BerserkButton friends were threatened]].
* BoundAndGagged: Happens to him at one point, without a gag, in [[{{PiratesOfTheCaribbean}} Port Royal]], which causes him to lose faith in piracy.
** This happens to him again in Atlantica, when he gets [[{{TentacleRope}} restrained]] by Flotsam and Jetsam.
* CaptainCrash[=/=]DrivesLikeCrazy: In the manga adaptation: Sora rams the Gummi Ship into a meteor in the [[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsI}} first game's adaptation]] and gets himself banned from the pilot's seat. [[spoiler:[[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsII}} He does not learn his lesson]]]].
* CelebrityVoiceActor: [[Film/TheSixthSense Haley]] [[SecondhandLions Joel]] [[AIArtificialIntelligence Osment]] in English.
* CharacterTics: Putting his hands on the back of his head. [[spoiler:He does it because of Ven's heart residing in his own]].
* ChildhoodFriends: With Riku and Kairi.
* TheChosenOne: Was chosen by the Keyblade to save all the worlds from darkness... [[KudzuPlot or something]]. After the events of the first game Sora won the trust of the [[GeniusLoci Hearts of the worlds]], and they granted him free access to the [[DimensionalTraveler Lanes Between]] in order to meet any threats that endangered the universe, a privilege granted to no one else in the entire series (there are normally impenetrable barriers dividing the worlds).
** TheChosenZero: A number of people don't believe it the first time they meet him, though.
** [[spoiler:TheUnchosenOne: A running theme through the games, as apparently Sora [[ScrewDestiny was never actually chosen by anyone to be a Keyblade wielder]]. The Keyblade ''itself'', as Young Xehanort put it, "moved down the ladder" because everyone else who was fit to use one either already had one or was otherwise indisposed]].
* ChronicHeroSyndrome
* CombatPragmatist: Sora's not exactly an underhanded tactician, but unless he's in a sparring competition, he will never, ''ever'' hesitate to [[ThePowerOfFriendship take the numbers advantage]] in a fight. In KingdomHeartsII, he has further moments of this during some reaction commands in which he steals weapons, hijacks heartless to attack, or trick his foes.
** Taken further in ''Dream Drop Distance'', where he uses large Dream Eaters as Flowmotion targets to fly around the stage and throw them at other enemies and through different reality shifts, again throws them at enemies, rolls them into a giant bubbles or even hacks into their code and makes them either fight on his side, or self-destruct.
** This is even done at the expense of his poor friends, one of his sleights in Chain of Memories has him siccing Donald on the enemies after Donald was lit on fire, and the other has him and Donald grab Goofy and use him as a battering ram.
* CombatTropes:
** BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: A common [[ActionCommands Reaction Command]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Try to count how many times he steals his opponent's weapon and/or reverses their attack back at them.
** BeehiveBarrier: His "Reflect" series magic in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', which sends out bursts of lights around him after being hit proportional to the attack power of the assailant.
** CombatPragmatist
** CombinationAttack: Sora tends to do a lot of these.
** CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: [[CoolCrown Kingdom Key]], his WeaponOfChoice. A nerfed [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ultima Weapon]] ("Edge of Ultima" according to hacked data) was considered for his WeaponOfChoice at some point in KHII's development, but ultimately the Kingdom Key prevailed.
*** CutlassBetweenTheTeeth: Wields the Keyblade like this in his lion form when in the [[Disney/TheLionKing Pride Lands]]. Surprisingly, it works just fine.
*** DualWielding: Uses two keyblades in his [[SuperMode "Valor", "Master", and "Final" Drive Forms]].
*** FlyingWeapon: Three variants in ''Kingdom Hearts II''. He has one flying Keyblade before his left hand in Master Form, two telepathically-moved ones in Final Form, and two floating alongside his one normal one when he [[HoistByHisOwnPetard steals Roxas' Keyblades]] in their DuelBoss fight.
*** [[spoiler:GunsAkimbo: One trailer for ''III'' shows Sora morphing his Keyblade into two handguns, similar to Terra being able to make a BFG out of his.]]
*** MasterSwordsman: Gets very good with using a Keyblade, to the point of developing ImplausibleFencingPowers.
*** ReverseGrip: [[spoiler:When fighting as the [[FinalBoss Nightmare Armor]] in ''3D'', akin to Ventus' style]].
*** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: "Strike Raid" and variants. Granted, it's justified in that SummonToHand is in effect for Keyblades.
*** WeaponTwirling: Has a habit of twirling his Keyblade a lot in battle.
*** [[WreathedInFlames Wreathed in]] [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]]: "Thunder Dash" in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** ElementalPowers: Develops (and loses) many kinds of magical elemental powers as the series progresses.
*** BlowYouAway: The "Aero" series and related spells in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Chain of Memories'', and several wind-related skills in ''Dream Drop Distance'', including his ultimate magic, Tornado.
*** CastingAShadow: Very limited compared to Riku, but he has some use of darkness. The use is increased in Anti-Form [[spoiler:and in the Armored Ventus Nightmare]].
*** DishingOutDirt: His "Quake" sleight in ''Chain of Memories''.
*** FireIceLightning
*** GravityMaster: The "Gravity" series in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Chain of Memories'', "Magnet Spiral" in ''Re:Chain of Memories'' and ''Dream Drop Distance'', "Magnet" series in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', and also "Collision Magnet", "Magnet Spiral", and the "Zero Gravity" (including the powerful fourth-tier spell "Zero Graviza") series in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** LightEmUp: Most of Sora's special attacks are light powered, like [[FrickinLaserBeams Ragnarok]], [[SpamAttack Ars]] [[{{Spellblade}} Arcanum]], [[HolyHandGrenade Faith]]/[[PillarOfLight Holy, Salvation]], [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows the "Spark" series]], and [[InstantRunes Trinity]] [[CombinedEnergyAttack Limit]].
*** MakingASplash: Aqua Splash in ''Chain of Memories''.
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command and Poison Dive in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** TimeStandsStill: "Stop" series in ''Kingdom Hearts'', ''Chain of Memories'', and ''Dream Drop Distance'', and "Slow" in the latter.
** FlashStep: A lot of Sora's attacks are very quick. In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Trinity Limit teleports you to the enemy instantly, and one of the combo finishers in Final Form is three flash steps in a row. Some reaction commands also trigger a flash step, for example Warp Snipe. In the ''Final Mix'' version, you gain Flash Step and Zantetsuken, which cross distances instantly while attacking. The Slide Roll dodge move from ''Dream Drop Distance'' also qualifies.
** GrievousHarmWithABody: Occasionally grabs an enemy (or ally) to attack the others with, such as [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Demyx's water clones]] and [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance some of the Spirit type Dream Eaters]].
** HealingHands: The "Cure" series of spells.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command in ''Chain of Memories'' and ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** LightningBruiser: In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Sora is faster and stronger than any other playable protagonist in the series (barring King Mickey from the same game).
** MagicKnight: Sora is equally skilled in both swordplay and sorcery, a JackOfAllStats in that respect compared to some other Keyblade wielders. In ''3D'' though, he leans more on the "Magic" side of this in terms of stats, having worse strength than Riku, but only slightly better magic.
*** ThePaladin: In 3D, to contrast with Riku's BlackKnight. Most of his unique skills are [[HolyHandGrenade Light]][[LightEmUp -]][[PillarOfLight based]] (and the only skill he has that uses [[CastingAShadow dark]] powers is [[YinYangBomb "Shadowbreaker"]]). In addition, he gets a unique block called "Link Block", which lets Sora shield his Dream Eater partners in a way similiar to the Paladin class of the ''Final Fantasy'' series, and his biggest advantage over Riku in terms of stats is his better defense.
** RedMage: Has access to both [[ElementalPowers elemental]] and [[HealingHands recovery magic]].
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of his arsenal in ''Chain of Memories'' and ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** In ''Chain of Memories'', he has "Paralyzed", "Confused", "Frozen", "Stop", and "Fear".
*** In ''Dream Drop Distance'', he has "Paralyzed", "Confused", "Stop", "Sleep", "Blindness", "Confused", "Frozen", "Burn", "Poison", and "Slow", along with unconventional effects such as "Mini" and various [[GravityMaster gravity related]] effects. However, the focus is most heavily on "Sleep", which has three forms for it's spell alone.
** SuperMode: His Drive Forms in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', complete with MultiformBalance:
*** [[LightningBruiser Valor Form]]: Channels Goofy's power. Can't cast magic at all but gains a huge boost to speed and attack power via DualWielding. Valor Form's Growth Ability [[labelnote: explanation]]Growth Abilities are abilities initially exclusive to the Drive Forms that level up as the Forms do and subsequently become available to Sora's standard form at a one level lower than the one available to the Drive Forms basis (for example, Valor Form reaches LV 3 and gains High Jump LV 2, Sora's standard form now has High Jump LV 1, and when High Jump reaches LV 3, Sora will earn High Jump LV 2, and so on). Each Growth Ability goes up to level MAX (LV 4 in number terms), and these are only available in the Drive Forms, and so Sora's max level for any Growth Ability in standard form is LV 3.[[/labelnote]] is High Jump, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin increasing the height of his jump]], returning from the previous games. Valor Form's color is red and its emblem is a red fleur-de-lis.
*** [[SquishyWizard Wisdom Form]]: Channels Donald's power. Can [[PowerFloats hover around]] and use powered up magic with shorter cooldown times. But instead of normal swings, the Keyblade fires [[MagicMissileStorm barrages of energy bullets]]. Wisdom Form's Growth Ability is Quick Run, which allows him to quickly dash along/just above the ground to avoid danger. Wisdom Form's color is blue and its emblem is a blue flame.
*** [[MagicKnight Master Form]]: Channels Mickey's power, absorbing Donald and Goofy in the process. Is powered up physically and magically, but neither power up is [[MasterOfNone as strong as the two forms specializing in them]], though it makes up for it with an emphasis on aerial attacks. Includes a SpinAttack as a finisher and an [[DualWielding additional]] FlyingWeapon keyblade. FireIceLightning magic is replaced by special attacks of those elements, which formed the basis of several BirthBySleep commands. Master Form's Growth Ability is [[DoubleJump Aerial Dodge]], which allows Sora to dodge after jumping and can act as a second jump after the first, as it gives him a huge but short burst of speed and a slight airtime increase while also making him temporarily invincible. Also, Master Form has a limitless casting ability that allows Sora to cast magic spell combos hampered only by his amount of MP and not his max combo length. Master Form's color is yellow and its emblem is a [[http://www.khwiki.net/File:Master_Form_Orb_KHII.png yellow saltire.]]
*** [[EleventhHourSuperpower Final Form]]: Channels [[spoiler:Roxas's]] power. Gain super speed, [[PowerFloats pseudo-]][[NotQuiteFlight flight]], [[YinYangBomb light and dark themed]] combos, [[DualWielding two]] [[FlyingWeapon floating keyblades]] that he controls through [[FullContactMagic hand motion assisted]] [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], and powerful magic at the cost of draining the drive gauge really quickly without form boosts. In this form, practically any action causes Sora's keyblades to attack, even healing or using a restorative item, and actually attacking results in a wild, nigh-unfollowable series of [[SpamAttack Spam Attacks]]. Final Form's Growth Ability is Glide, returning from previous games, which allows him to fly at high speeds while slowly decreasing in altitude until he must stop and land on the ground. Interestingly enough, unlike other games in the series, the last two levels of Glide (LV 3 and MAX) decrease in altitude but can then fly along the ground indefinitely, basically making it more of an altitude-challenged form of flight then a glide. Final Form's color is silver and its emblem is a white wave.
*** [[TheDarkSide Anti Form]]: A "penalty" form that occurs randomly when Sora accidentally channels the darkness in his heart. [[labelnote:gameplay]](in gameplay terms, each time he transforms into Valor, Wisdom, or Master Form, an unseen "Anti Point" counter goes up by 1, and depending on whether you've accumulated 0-4, 5-9, or 10+ Anti Points, your chances of getting Anti Form are 0%, 10%, or 25%, respectively. Transforming into Anti Form decreases the count by 4 and transforming into Final Form decreases it by 10. Each time you gain a new form it drops to 0, but that can only be done as many times as there are forms to gain. Also, certain fights have multipliers attached to them. Scripted battles [any battle that has a special intro and success requirement] have a x2 multiplier attached to them, fights with Pete, Captain Barbossa, or Hades have a x0 multipler [effectively negating Anti Form altogether], fights with Organization XIII members have a x5 multiplier and the fight with Armored Xemnas has a x10(!) multilpier).[[/labelnote]] Discards the Keyblade to [[RapidFireFisticuffs furiously scratch and claw at enemies]] with [[NaturalWeapon claws on his hands]]. While [[GlassCannon strong and fast, Sora cannot use other commands or heal himself]]. Anti Form technically has a Growth Ability called "Anti Glide", which allows him to quickly fly behind the nearest enemy to close in for the attack, but it cannot be accessed or used outside of Anti Form and does not level up, as Sora gains no experience in Anti Form. While lacking a traditional emblem similar to the other Forms, Anti Form's de facto emblem is Sora's sprite [[labelnote:explanation]]his headshot in the HP bar[[/labelnote]] while in the form, a silhouette of his head with glowing yellow eyes, à la the Shadow heartless.
*** [[{{Retraux}} Limit Form]]: Channels his own power from [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the prior]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories year]] to regain old abilities from ''Kingdom Hearts'', including [[SpellBlade Ars Arcanum]], [[BeamSpam Ragnarok]], [[BladeSpam Sonic Blade]], [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Strike Raid]], and [[UnnecessaryCombatRoll Dodge Roll]]. Limit Form's Growth Ability is Dodge Roll. Its colors are those of Sora's original outfit and its emblem is his silver crown necklace charm. It should also be noted that this form is only available in [[UpdatedRerelease Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix]].
** SuperpoweredEvilSide: Anti-Form. [[spoiler:It takes the form of the [[EnemyWithout Anti Black Coat]] in ''3D''.]]
** TeleportersAndTransporters: The "Teleport" sleight in ''Chain of Memories''.
** UnnecessaryCombatRoll: The "Dodge Roll", whether by [[ActionCommands Reaction Command]] or standard command, in all of his games. The tactic allows him to remain invulnerable for a short time (shorter in ''Dream Drop Distance''). The manga for ''Chain of Memories'' even lampshades the tactical uselessness of a dodge roll when Marluxia takes all of his skills away.
--->'''Sora:''' So Dodge Roll is just a somersault now?\\
'''Marluxia:''' Like I care.
** UnskilledButStrong: Has no formal training with the Keyblade until ''3D'', but makes up for it with the strength of his heart, managing to thwart many a villain's plot as a result.
* CoolMask[=/=]EyepatchOfPower: Sora wears one of these in Halloween Town.
* CuteLittleFangs: Again, in Halloween Town.
* [[{{CuteMonsterGirl}} Cute Monster Guy]]: [[{{RuleOfThree}} Once again]], in Halloween Town. Though not so much in [=KHII=], due to his [[{{Adorkable}} older appearance]].
* TheCutie: A spirited idealistic young boy who's upbeat? He definitely qualifies.
** BreakTheCutie / [[spoiler: KillTheCutie]]: [[spoiler:In 3D, how dare you [[ManipulativeBastard Xehanort]].]]
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Jump hundreds of feet, throws skyscrapers at [[OurDragonsAreDifferent World of]] [[HumongousMecha Nothingness]] and deflect millions of energy blasts during cutscenes, usually via [[ActionCommands Reaction Commands]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Becomes a something of an impish, good-natured snarker as the series progresses.
* TheDeterminator: In Dream Drop Distance, he's able to fight and defeat [[TheDragon Xemnas]] while being immersed in darkness and continuously corroded.
* DisneyDeath: See the AndThenJohnWasAZombie example above. Unsurprising, considering this is a Disney property.
** [[spoiler: Happens again in [=KH3D=] in an even more tragic way]].
* TheDitz: In ''[=KHII=]'', he actually falls for Mulan's laughably poor attempt to pass for a man.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: An odd case of this happening with the same character. In ''Chain of Memories'', he got a lot of powerful sleights that were magical in nature, while in ''KHII'' he was more of a physical LightningBruiser with magic still being useful, but less powerful and in less variety. Fastforward to ''3D'' and Sora is a MagicKnight with an emphasis on the "Magic" side once more, but with much better defense stat-wise.
* DreamTeam: Whenever he works with Goofy ([[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Mickey's Guard Captain]]) and Donald ([[TheArchmage Mickey's Court Magician]]). Thought it's later shown that Goofy and Donald have a history of working together. The three of them explicitly fight best when they're fighting together. To contrast, every other Keyblade Wielder fights solo by default.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: A common theme for Sora. Despite being a very competent hero who has saved countless people, Sora is often treated as a simple kid. And as of Kingdom Hearts 3D, [[spoiler:he's still not technically considered a Keyblade Master, even though most would argue he really deserves the title by this point.]]
* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: He may be largely concerned with finding his friends, but if someone's in trouble or needs help, Sora will never hesitate to set aside his own goals to help said person in need.
* ElectricTorture: Sora gets an electric shock from [[spoiler:grabbing Auron's statue]] in the Underworld.
** And in the manga adaptation, Sark tortures Sora to stop the teenager from attacking him.
* TheEmpath: It's stated that Sora's most powerful weapon is the ability to "[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower connect his heart with anyone.]]" This is {{deconstructed}} in ''Dream Drop Distance'' [[spoiler:as Xehanort, realizing that "everyone" includes himself, uses the malleable nature of Sora's heart to very nearly turn him into his thirteenth SoulJar]].
* {{Expy}}: Of MickeyMouse, who was supposed to be the original hero of the ''Kingdom Hearts'' series.
* FightingYourFriend: Fights Riku in [=KH1=].
* FingerlessGloves
* {{Foil}}: Because Sora tends to be shaped by his experience and that this is a series where HistoryRepeats and situations recur ([[BirthBySleep and prologues are developed after the fact]]), Sora tends to be a mirror of sorts to people throughout the timeline. To wit:
** Riku and Sora are rivals and best friends; both share a zest for adventure, but Riku is driven by ambition that Sora tempers with a sense of wonder at his surroundings. And though it's not evident at first, Riku lacks Sora's natural charisma but is more focused and goal-oriented. Both share a deep appreciation for friends and friendship, as well as a respect for both Light and Darkness.
** Sora has more in common with Kairi than with Riku, in general. But Kairi is more energetic than Sora and her adventurousness is more ambitious, driven in this case by a desire to learn where she came from (compared to Sora essentially wanting to become the universe's biggest tourist). Her storyline in KHII about persistently seeking out Sora and the lost memories associated with him is similar to Sora's pursuing Namine throughout Chain of Memories while losing more and more of his memories.
** Terra, Ventus, and Aqua share a number of similar characteristics with Sora--Terra's strength and warrior prowess, Ven's affinity for Light and friendship, and Aqua's magic and sense of competence and expertise. However, in terms of personality it is the differences that are more apparent, mostly in terms of Sora's independence from formal Keyblade-wielding and especially in the sense that Sora managed to dodge the pitfalls that all three found themselves falling prey to.
** Sora and Roxas are like two sides of the same coin. Both are kindhearted teenagers who lean heavily on their friends and are at peace in peaceful times. Roxas is more analytical and introspective, but has a harder time controlling his emotions, defaulting to sheer rage at the worst of times. Sora tends to go with the flow, but manages to stave off despair and at least pretend to be happy when he's at his worst. Roxas was isolated and in conflict for most of his life and therefore has no guidance or focus, while Sora falls back on the experiences he's had with his friends to keep him centered.
** In general, Sora straddles the line between the Disney characters, who are fun-loving and have an indomitable will, and the SquareEnix and original characters, who are introspective and deal with personal issues.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: The ones that aren't inherently homicidal, anyway. At the end of Dream Drop Distance, not only does he find his Dream Eaters waiting for him back in Traverse Town, it seems likely thousands of others showed up to hang with him as well.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Played with in several occasion in the manga version. One example would be his confrontation with [[{{Disney/Mulan}} Shan-Yu]], as Sora was "[[{{PokemonBlack2AndWhite2}} about to unleash his rage]]" on the Hun.
* GoOutWithASmile: In the first game, he gives Donald and Goofy a big, goofy grin before performing a HeroicSacrifice that results in his death. [[BackFromTheDead Which doesn't last.]]
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:He took his failing to pass his first Mark Of Mastery Exam ''extremely'' well, as he was content knowing that Riku succeeded.]]
* GrinOfAudacity
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: His main weapon other than the Keyblade.
* TheHero: Of the series as a whole.
** [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist: In ''3D'' he ends up comatose in the finale, and Riku has to save him.]]
** IdiotHero: Although he's not so much of an idiot as he is simply naive.
** KidHero
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Riku.
* HiddenDepths: Lazy, goofy, and a bit of a ditz, but has a powerful heart and an innate understanding of light and darkness. Played up with his Drive Forms in ''KHII'', which are explicitly his "hidden depths made manifest".
* HeroicSacrifice: Unlocked his own heart with the Keyblade of Heart to save Kairi in ''KHI''.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: It's lighty hinted of this in the second game, based on how much more ruthless, aggressive and rude he's toward the enemies than he was in the first game, specially towards the members of the Organization XIII. WordOfGod has also told that, while partly half the reason is because he had been a Heartless once, half the reason why he turns into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Anti-Sora]] is because of the dark emotions that have started to develop in him due to the constant fighting. So far it hasn't been that serious but it has been further hinted in ''BirthBySleep'' with [[spoiler:Vanitas, the embodiment of the darkness in Ventus's heart, looking almost exactly like Sora and might being one of the personalities that occupies his heart, and Master Xehanort, TheBigBad, revealed to be Sora's EvilCounterpart]]; things that might be some form of ForeShadowing of something big that will come.
** [[spoiler: Confirmed, as Sora has actually stored up a lot of darkness; since he didn't know how to control the darkness, it winds up [[{{KillTheCutie}} destroying his heart]] and almost causes him to become a Xehanort clone.]]
* HopeBringer
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]: Can be thought of as one, though he actually ''is'' human. Of course, Space Paranoids and The Grid play this straight, as he's a human-shaped program (or "user", as the inhabitants would call them) in both worlds.
* ImCryingButIDontKnowWhy: This has been happening to him since he was four years old. When he feels [[spoiler:Ven's pain]] in ''Sleep'', when part of him recognizes the Twilight Town kids from Roxas's LotusEaterMachine, and when he [[spoiler:meets Xion for the first time]] in ''3D''.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Actually doesn't go evil when turned into a heartless in the original ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''. He, Donald, and Goofy prove very resistant to Darkness in general, being able to take short dips into the Realm of Darkness without ill-effects. ''KingdomHearts2'' played with this, by having Sora susceptible to various temptations (Deposing [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] and stealing his throne in the Pride Lands or becoming a Pirate with [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]]) and being [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking on Santa's naughty list]]. It's fully subverted in ''Dream Drop Distance'' [[spoiler:where Sora is overcome by Darkness when tricked into going into a very deep layer of dreams. Because he sheltered Ven's heart within his own, he was able to get a last ditch defense against it and avoid being annihilated altogether. Even then, his inner self was hijacked by darkness and Riku had to [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight purify him manually]]]].
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: In KingdomHearts, it looks like the final battle against Ansem would be a one-on-one duel to the death above the "World Of Chaos" battleship. [[DefiedTrope However]], as soon as Sora gets some breathing room, he turns tail and raids the battleship until he frees Donald and Goofy from their prisons, and only ''then'' does he face Ansem for real.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Sora usually has these by default, being fun-loving and kind.
* InvisibleParents: Though clearly someone cooked dinner and took Sora out to play, you never actually see Sora's parents.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the manga adaptation, where he's quite rude and mischievous, but still quite heroic and willing to help others out.
* {{Keet}}
* KindHeartedSimpleton: Has steadily been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into this as his [[TheIngenue childlike]] [[LoveFreak kindness]] waxed while his [[HotBlooded temper]] and [[KnightErrant desire for justice]] waned.
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Although it could be argued that his more relaxed demeanor in the recent games is more of a regression towards the mean than anything else.]] In the original game, Sora was desperately searching for his two closest friends, one of which was lashing out against him while the other was comatose for reasons beyond his understanding, ''and'' his home and practically every one he had ever known was lost forever. Compare that to the KH3D, where all he was attempting to do (at least initially) was clear a Mark of Mastery exam, and it becomes easier to see why he would be [[JustForPun so much more lighthearted]].
** Could also be a case of DependingOnTheWriter, as KH3D is the only episode that didn't have Watanabe Daisuke (the main scenarist of the series) in the team. Additionaly, it's the only episode that was written by only one person, Oka Masaru, who was also the cutscene director.
* KnightErrant
* {{Knighting}}: Sora's {{Knight Errant}}ing earns him an official knight's title in ''3D'' as a Royal Musketeer of then-Princess Minnie, at least in the Sleeping Worlds.
* KnowWhenToFoldThem: In the original KingdomHearts' final boss, Sora backs the hell away from the [[OneWingedAngel giant powered-up Ansem]] until he gets Donald and Goofy by his side.
* LazyBum: [[WordOfGod Series creator Testuya Nomura]] has compared him to a humble country bumpkin.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Sora'', which can be heard in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' when he first wakes up.
* LeParkour: Only in certain areas, such as The World That Never Was (which has questionable physics at best) and the Sleeping Worlds (with their in-universe Flowmotion system). His time in the latter seems to have added it to his normal skill set, however.
* LetXBeTheUnknown: The X on his clothes in ''3D''. [[spoiler:It's known as the Recusant's Sigil, which marks the target as a possible vessel for Xehanort and allows the villain to track his victims; Ansem the Seeker of Darkness was able to sneak it onto the costume at the beginning of the game without anyone noticing.]]
* MasterOfUnlocking: His [[SkeletonKey Keyblade]] lets him open almost anything.
* MeaningfulName: Sora means "Sky".
* MindHive: Through various events during the course of his life, he has become a SoulJar for [[spoiler:Roxas, Xion, Ven, Vanitas, a digital copy of Ansem the Wise, and temporarily Kairi. Xehanort even tries to exploit this in ''3D'' by questioning where they end and he begins.]]
* {{Motif}}: [[CoolCrown Crowns]].
* MorphicResonance: No matter the form he takes, Sora always retains his [[AnimeHair spiky hair.]]
* MyNaymeIs: Sora's name is pronounced similar to other names such as Zora, Zola, Sola etc. He even gets called Zola at one point; he didn't take that, well.
* NiceGuy
* NotQuiteFlight: He has achieved various versions of a "Glide" technique, where he can spread his arms and legs spread eagle to allow himself to float down toward the ground slower than usual, allowing for faster travel while not actually touching the ground. Using this technique is also possible while stationary in the air, allowing for him to simply have a slower descent.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In the first game, Sora is only 14, but can pass as a 12-year-old quite easily. And in [=KH3D=], he's back in his 14-year-old body while in the dream worlds, despite now being ''16''. His appearance in [=KHII=] seems to match his age of 15 - 16, though.
* OneManArmy: Definitely is one in Kingdom Hearts II. While Donald, Goofy and the rest of the Hollow Bastion crew are allegedly dealing with their own foes, Sora takes down literally ''a thousand Heartless'' without breaking a sweat.
* OnlyOneName: Although we know he has parents, we never hear their surname, if they have one. This lack of a last name is lampshaded in ''3D''.
-->'''Sora''': "[[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Neku Sakuraba.]]" That's a mouthful!\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Neku]]''': No. It's really not.
* OriginalGeneration
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: While in [[{{Disney/TheLittleMermaid}} Atlantica]], Sora will appear as a merman with a blue dolphin tail, thanks to Donald's magic. [[{{FridgeLogic}} Though for some reason]], he does not transform himself into a merman while in the underwater sections of [[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} Prankster's Paradise]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Sora's attire in Halloween Town resembles a vampire, but apart from his [[{{UndeathlyPallor}} white skin]], [[{{WolverineClaws}} gloves]], [[{{CuteLittleFangs}} fangs]] and [[{{CoolMask}} eyepatch]], Sora is still the same as he is in his normal form. His personality [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire even remains the same]], though a bit more childish during the first trip in [=KHII=].
** BadassSanta: In Christmas Town, he gains a black Santa hat and jumper that covers his eyepatch and clothes, respectively, while his fangs apparently disappear and his gloves become black. Though since his white skin is retained, Sora is still technically a pseudo-vampire.
* PersonalityPowers: Fittingly for TheMessiah, his powers are Light, [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Heart]], and [[ThePowerOfFriendship Friendship]].
* PlanarChampion
* ThePollyanna: Is exceptionally positive, no matter how bad the situation looks. In the rare cases where this is subverted, it goes to show just how bad the situation really is.
* [[spoiler:PostFinalBoss: In 3D as Armored Ventus Nightmare to Young Xehanort's more traditional FinalBoss.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: His mantra, as he always believes that together people can do anything.
* {{Pride}}: Sora can show signs of this, especially in the manga adaptation, much to the constant frustrations of Donald and Goofy. In fact, one of them is even GenreSavvy enough to ask Tron to [[{{ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject}} change the subject]] to prevent the teen from "inflating his ego".
** PrideBeforeAFall: Once lost a battle in the manga adaptation as a result of his overconfidence. [[{{SoreLoser}} He claimed that he would've won if it was a Heartless]].
* {{Protectorate}}: To Kairi, twice. Also serving as her BerserkButton.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Riku's blue, extending to somewhat into their clothing choices. He is also in-between Goofy's blue and Donald's red.
* TheRival: To Riku.
** FriendlyRivalry: As kids on Destiny Islands, as well as once they truly reunite near the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''. Between that, Riku was at times a RivalTurnedEvil.
* ShipperOnDeck: Tries to hook up some of the canon Disney couples, such as [[Disney/{{Mulan}} Mulan and Shang]]. However, he doesn't seem to understand his impact on less up front couples, such as [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Neku and Shiki]].
* ShutUpHannibal: Doesn't buy into Maleficent's [[NothingCanStopUsNow nothing can stop me now]] speech, Ansem's [[EvilCannotComprehendGood power of darkness]] rant, or Xemnas' [[TheVictimCard victim card]] play.
* SignatureMove: [[CombinedEnergyAttack Trinity Limit]].
* SmarterThanYouLook: See IdiotHero above. Despite being forthright and naturally child-like, Sora is always extremely perceptive in the areas of empathy and emotions. He's an independent thinker, which other protagonists in the series can't necessarily claim ([[BirthBySleep and have suffered for as a result]]). His understanding and knowledge of the Heart is contrasted heavily with the multiple scientists who've futzed things up in their research. [[spoiler:To illustrate, Sora is so far the ''only'' person to go against the grain and figure out that Nobodies have Hearts and the only person to question the wisdom of the SplitPersonalityMerge that Roxas, Xion, and Namine went through.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Sora ends up derailing every single plan involving him. In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', [=DiZ=] even makes note of how all plans he had for Sora fell apart once Sora got awakened. Also lampshaded by Riku and Master Xehanort in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
-->'''[[TheLancer Riku]]:''' Sora stopped you in your tracks on both counts.\\
'''[[TheChessmaster Master Xehanort]]:''' Yes, he did. [[JustAKid That dull, ordinary boy.]] [[TheUnchosenOne A Keyblade wielder so unlike any I have ever seen.]]
** FridgeBrilliance: The underlying reason for all this is because Sora was [[spoiler:''never meant to have a Keyblade''.]]
* SpikyHair: He even acknowledge himself as one with it when Tifa asked her about [[spoiler:Cloud's]] whereabouts.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: With Roxas, [[spoiler:Xion and Ven]], all while he was in a coma.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Subverted, to Xemnas. Sora just tries to make Xemnas remember of what was it feels like when he still have a heart.
** [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this sympathy was useless. Since in 3D it was then revealed that Nobodies can grow hearts.]]
* TenderTears: [[TearJerker He cries after he finds Riku back in KHII.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: In ''Chain Of Memories'', he becomes so obsessed with finding Naminé that he starts acting abrasive to his allies, going so far as to abandon them to explore the twelfth floor. Luckily, they forgive him, he realizes his mistake, and goes back to being a NiceGuy.
* TrueCompanions: Sora being who he is, it can be a bit of a list.
** Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Riku, and Kairi are essentially one big family.
** Sora's central party of Donald, Goofy, Stitch, Chicken Little, and Tinkerbell are a very tight knit group and constant companions throughout KHII (Genie will appear on command, but doesn't appear to be a constant companion), and Sora is very affectionate with Stitch and Chicken Little in particular. Likewise, he is very close to his summoned companions in KHI, ''especially'' Mushu and Simba, since he mostly interacts with their bare souls.
** Individually, Sora has formed extremely strong bonds with The Beast [[labelnote:*]]A staunch guardian for Sora from the very beginning; Sora tirelessly helped him understand and repair his relationship with Belle[[/labelnote]], Ariel [[labelnote:*]]with whom he shares a very adventurous streak and strong empathy, assisting her without hesitation with both her issues with her father and her romance with Prince Eric, both learning about the nature of the worlds and exploration together[[/labelnote]], Mulan[[labelnote:*]]the recurring plot point of her world being Sora essentially going through hell just to shape her up to be a competent soldier, helping her complete her character arc of being herself[[/labelnote]], Aladdin and Jasmine [[labelnote:*]]who after multiple adventures meet Sora with open arms whenever they see each other[[/labelnote]], Hercules and Megaera[[labelnote:*]]likewise as Aladdin and Jasmine; Hercules is a very faithful partner in combat and is just as unquestioningly helpful to Sora as Sora is to him[[/labelnote]], Tron[[labelnote:*]]who Sora essentially taught the nature of love and friendship; Tron even sacrificed himself for them[[/labelnote]], and Mushu and Simba as mentioned above.
** In Dream Drop Distance, he obviously cares very much for his Dream Eaters, who in turn have UndyingLoyalty to him, waiting faithfully for him in Traverse Town.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Sora has great capacity of forgiving others, including the villains. Might not being shouted loudly, but his actions proves it.
** He doesn't hate Riku for almost killing him. Instead Sora keeps on looking for Riku, just to make sure he's safe.
** He also forgives Namine for what she has done to his memories of Kairi, though he nevertheless admits that he isn't happy about it either way.
** Surprisingly in the second visit of Hollow Bastion (in KHII), he still has a will to help Maleficent instead of remembering her evil deeds back then.
** He also forgives Axel for kidnapping Kairi, and even stays at his side so he doesn't have to [[DyingAlone die alone]].
* UndeathlyPallor: Sora's skin becomes white in Halloween Town (and Christmas Town) as a result of becoming pseudo-[[{{OurVampiresAreDifferent}} undead]]. He also takes on a similar tone in Space Paranoids, but [[{{Cyberspace}} for]] [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} different]] [[{{DeliberatelyMonochrome}} reasons]].
* UnwittingPawn: Spends about as much time enabling the {{Big Bad}}s' plans as he does [[SpannerInTheWorks derailing them]]. In essence, he's hard to predict and impossible to kill, but easily manipulated. Things tend to cancel out in the long run.
* VocalEvolution: Haley Joel Osment was a few weeks shy of 14 when the first ''Kingdom Hearts'' came out in 2002, and was almost 18 when ''Kingdom Hearts II'' was released in 2006, leading to a vast difference between Sora's original and current voice. This was reflected in the games as well, with Sora going through puberty.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Sora's magical outfit is what caused the party to take on animal forms in the Pride Lands.
* WhatTheHellHero: Sora actually scolds Donald and Goofy for getting themselves captured by some weak Heartless in the manga, whereas in the same scene in the game, he just tells them to "show 'em who's boss" in an annoyed, but encouraging tone.
* WideEyedIdealist: At first. He loses some of the "wide-eyed" as the games go on, but keeps the idealism.
* WouldHitAGirl: Takes on female villains like Maleficent, Ursula, and Larxene as seriously as the male ones.
* YouAreNotAlone: ''"Riku, why do you do so much things on your own? You got friends, like us!"''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Data Sora]]
A digital recreation of Sora based on the information contained in Jiminy's Journal, this version only appears in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded''. Nonetheless, he's just as heroic and self-sacrificing.

* ArtificialHuman: Like all of the digital characters in ''coded''.
* {{Badass}}: As badass as his original incarnation at the time of his first adventure.
* CombatTropes
** ColonyDrop: Meteor Rain.
** FourElementEnsemble: Has various [[FireIceLightning Fire, Blizzard, Thunder]] or [[BlowYouAway Aero]] variants.
** LightEmUp
** MagicKnight: Like his original incarnation, he is skilled with both Keyblade and magic, though not emphasizing either of them.
** RedMage: Like his original incarnation, he can use both [[ElementalPowers elemental magic]] and [[HealingHands healing powers]].
** SwordBeam: Judgement Triad
** StandardStatusEffects: He has some, though the amount compared to those that the enemies can inflict is small. He can inflict "Freeze", "Stop", "Confused", "Burn", and "Slow".
** UnnecessaryCombatRoll: "Dodge Roll", like his original incarnation.
* CloningBlues: Averted. He's well aware that he's just a computer program and a copy of Sora, but doesn't really mind it.
* DoomedProtagonist: Data-Sora was created to find and stop the cause of the bugs and glitches in Jiminy's Journal, and has to be erased once he's done. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end, as both Data-Sora and the world inside the Journal live on.]]
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Only Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Chip and Dale know the full story of his adventure, with Maleficent and Pete remembering parts of it.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: [[spoiler:After Data-Sora's Data-Keyblade is destroyed, the power of the heart he's grown forms a real one]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Once Sora's Heartless is defeated and the bugs fixed, [[spoiler:the journal has to be formatted to put everything right again, erasing his memories of the game's events. [[ThePowerOfFriendship Though he does get better]]]].
* TheMessiah: Almost more than the real thing -- [[spoiler:even though he knows the people he helped will vanish and he won't remember them the second he's done, he can't stop helping people in need]].
* OnlyOneName: Unless you count "Data" as a part of his name, it's the same deal as Sora, sans LampshadeHanging.
* ShoutOut: Can get both [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] [[ColonyDrop Meteor Rain]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall's]] [[SwordBeam Blasting Zone]] {{Limit Break}}s as Overclock Finishers.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Is a digital copy of the real Sora. [[spoiler:Nonetheless, he eventually gets a heart of his own and a real Keyblade to go with it.]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: His final trial in the last level. [[spoiler:He has to pass a series of SecretTestOfCharacter trials, and is encouraged to take the easy way past them by lying and being mean because it'll be faster. The characters he meets are just chunks of data that will vanish when he leaves, his memories of them will be erased, and no one else knows about any of this, so who cares what he does to them?]] Turns out, he still can't bring himself to not help them, because even if he forgets the memories, his heart knows the truth.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Riku]]
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[[caption-width-right:229:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/225px-RikuKHCGI_1673.png[[/labelnote]] to see Riku as he appears in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Chain of Memories'']]
[[caption-width-right:229:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RikuBlindFold_4528.png[[/labelnote]] to see Riku as he appears in the ''358/2 Days'']]
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->''"Once we step through, we might not be able to come back. We may never see our parents again. There's no turning back. But this may be our only chance. We can't let fear stop us! I'm not afraid of the darkness!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' MamoruMiyano (Japanese), David Gallagher (English)
--->'''Young Riku Voiced by:''' Eiji Shima (Japanese), Ty Panitz (English)

Sora's best friend and rival. His desire to see something greater beyond his tiny, secluded island home led to him being seduced by the forces of darkness. But once he realizes the harm he's caused, he begins working in the shadows to assist Sora in whatever way possible, eventually wielding his own Keyblade and tempering his inner darkness to channel it for the forces of light.
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* [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} 24-Hour Armor]]: Riku's clothes in The Grid
-->'''Riku:''' My clothes. Is this world special?
* TheAce: Sora is occasionally jealous of his friend for excelling at everything he does.
** AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Although in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Riku admits at times he's equally jealous of Sora.
** BrokenAce: After falling into darkness in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* {{Adorkable}}: This side of him pops up around girls who aren't Kairi, as shown by his meeting with Shiki in Dream Drop Distance. He even states he's not good with people.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: In ''Birth By Sleep''.
* AloofBigBrother: To Sora and Kairi, though they're not related.
** BigBrotherInstinct: Is deeply protective of Kairi in ''KH I'', and both Kairi and Sora from ''KH II'' on.
* AntiHero: Type III when working with fellow AntiHero [=DiZ=] in ''KH II''.
* AntiVillain: A [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type III]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', where he's just doing what he feels is necessary to save Kairi. However, when Sora [[BreakTheHaughty beats him in a fight]], he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope loses himself in darkness]] while trying to become stronger.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', he serves as a major antagonist, regardless of his intentions. However, he never wanted any harm to come to Roxas or Xion, and any conflict against the two was only carried out in order to protect them.
* ArchEnemy: Seems to have found one in Ansem, Seeker of Darkness after [[HeelFaceTurn turning against him]]. [[spoiler:Judging from how that particular Heartless seemed to concentrate on him in ''Dream Drop Distance'' after being freed from his body, the feeling may in fact be mutual.]]
* TheAtoner: From ''Chain of Memories'' through to the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' for his fall into darkness. By ''Dream Drop Distance'', it appears he has forgiven himself.
* ApologizesALot
** ApologeticAttacker: One of his battle grunts in ''Dream Drop Distance'' is "Sorry!"
* [[spoiler:AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Of a sort. In ''Dream Drop Distance'', he is named Keyblade Master. Even Sora, who failed in his exam due to Xehanort's interference, is overjoyed for him.]]
* {{Badass}}: One of the more powerful Keyblade wielders, he's also struggled with Ansem long enough to be able to control darkness without being consumed by it, and [[spoiler:even becomes a Keyblade Master]].
** BadassBiker: When riding a [[Film/TronLegacy lightcycle]] in ''3D''.
** BadassBoast: In ''3D''.
--->'''Riku''': Quality versus Quantity huh?[[note]]Note that he says this after being faced with ''a herd of angry [[StockDinosaurs Triceratops]]'' (Cera Terrors).[[/note]]
---> and
--->'''Riku''': I'm what nightmares ''fear''!
** BadassDriver: Of a sort, possibly coupled with InstantExpert. He seems to be extremely competent in the use of the shuttle he commandeers with Sora near the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
** BadassLongcoat: While wearing an Organization longcoat In ''Days'' and ''KH II''.
** HandicappedBadass: Roxas crippled his left wrist during their fight in ''Days''. In ''KH II'' he wears a bandage around it for support and doesn't move his left arm much unless casting dark magic. As shown in his brief time in the waking world with Sora in ''DDD'', he is still wearing the cast, meaning he never got it set properly.
* BashBrothers: With Sora.
* {{Bishonen}}.
* BlindWeaponmaster: Wears a blindfold willingly during the events of ''Days'' and most of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' (the latter in his normal form).
* ByronicHero: Has definite elements of this, though his CharacterDevelopment shows him slowly growing out of it into a straightforward hero who happens to use CastingAShadow type spells.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: [[SeventhHeaven David Gallagher]] in English.
* ChildProdigy: Is suprisingly perceptive and philosophical five-year-old in ''Birth by Sleep''. Even acknowledged by Four-year-old Sora.
-->'''Sora:''' I don't know Riku, you say some weird stuff sometimes, but I'll try it!
* ChildhoodFriends: With Sora and Kairi.
* TheChosenOne: Was destined to be a Keyblade wielder, until he [[FaceHeelTurn screwed it up]] in ''KH I''.
** TheUnchosenOne: [[EarnYourHappyEnding Had to go through a]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine lot]]'' to become a Keyblade wielder again.
* CombatTropes
** BeehiveBarrier: Riku's [[ForceField Dark Barrier]], whether just in front of him or around his entire body.
** CoolSword --> CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: Soul Eater from ''Kingdom Hearts'' through most of ''Kingdom Hearts II'', though he's seen able to summon it still in ''Dream Drop Distance''. This sword grows more powerful with use of [[BlackMagic darkness]]. Way to the Dawn, which evolves from [[CoolSword Soul Eater]], is his weapon toward the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' (see EvolvingWeapon).
*** CastFromHitPoints: "Sacrifice" in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** DiagonalCut: Gains Zantetsuken in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** EvolvingWeapon: By the time he came to The World That Never Was in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', it had evolved into his Keyblade, Way to the Dawn, though he still calls it Soul Eater nonetheless, and, as shown in ''Dream Drop Distance'', can summon either weapon.
*** GoodWeaponEvilWeapon: From its look to its characteristics, Soul Eater is most definitely an EvilWeapon. It helps that it was implied to have first been given to him by [[TheHeavy Maleficent]]. However, Way to the Dawn, with its angelic wing toward the end, is more of a Good Weapon.
*** GoodWingsEvilWings: [[CoolSword Soul]] [[CastingAShadow Eater]] featured demon wings, signifying a closer alignment with [[DarkIsEvil the corruptive nature of darkness]]. On the other hand, [[CoolKey Way]] [[CoolSword to]] [[EvolvingWeapon the]] [[YinYangBomb Dawn]] features both a large demon wing and a smaller angel wing, signifying [[DarkIsNotEvil his redemption]].
*** LimitBreak: Aside from the debatably canonical [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Mission Mode-only "Darkstrom"]], we have Limit Storm in ''Dream Drop Distance'', which deals more damage the less health Riku has remaining.
*** ReverseGrip: In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', he wields Way to the Dawn this way when chasing after [[OurDragonsAreDifferent World of]] [[HumongousMecha Nothingness]] in The World That Never Was in an emergency shuttle and driving, and also wields the keyblade this way in ''Dream Drop Distance'' when he [[spoiler:attempts to strike Xehanort's Heartless when Riku's pinned down by him]]. It is unknown if he can actually fight this way, however.
*** SpinAttack: Maelstrom in ''Chain of Memories'', and various attacks in ''Dream Drop Distance''. He can use the vertical variant too, like [[YinYangBomb "Shadowbreaker"]].
*** SummonToHand: Even Soul Eater, not a Keyblade per se, has this characteristic. TetsuyaNomura even calls it an "intermediary" for a Keyblade.
*** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Barrage in ''Chain of Memories'' with the Soul Eater, and Strike Raid and some variants in ''Dream Drop Distance''. It works because of the SummonToHand characteristic.
*** WeaponOfChoice: Once he get the Soul Eater, he only ever changes weapons once, when he manages to steal [[CoolCrown Kingdom]] [[CoolKey Key]] from Sora. Otherwise, he has always used some permutation of Soul Eater.
*** [[WreathedInFlames Wreathed in]] [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]]: "Thunder Dash"
** ElementalPowers
*** BlackMagic[=/=]CastingAShadow: All his signature attacks are darkness-based, such as his [[{{Fireballs}} Dark Firaga]], [[DeathFromAbove Dark Break/Helm Split]], [[{{Spellblade}} Darkstorm]], [[ForceField Dark Shield]], and his SignatureMove, [[TeleportSpam Dark Aura]]. However, although he favors darkness, he gains various [[LightEmUp light-based]] spells and attacks as the series goes on, making him a YinYangBomb. Also has two Link Styles that use darkness: [[WolverineClaws Darkest Fears]] and his own version of [[TeleportSpam Ghost Drive]].
*** BlowYouAway: Limited, but he can use it through [[SpinAttack Tornado Strike]]. He could also use the "Aero" series of spells in Mission Mode in ''Days'', but that is questionably canon at best. In addition, his [[PowerGivesYouWings Rising Wing]] Link Style summons a tornado as a finisher.
*** DishingOutDirt: Riku inherits Terra's Meteor and Meteor Crash commands as his ultimate magic and attack in ''Dream Drop Distance'', which counts as Earth based magic in ''Kingdom Hearts'' magic systems, and functions as a ColonyDrop.
*** ElementalShapeshifter: His "Dark Roll" skill transforms him into a shadow to dodge attacks.
*** FireIceLightning: Gains the Fire, Blizzard, and Thunder series in ''Dream Drop Distance'', along with various [[FullContactMagic melee-based permutations]]. He also possesses a Link Style each for [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[ShockAndAwe thunder]], but oddly not [[AnIcePerson ice]].
*** GravityMaster: The "Zero Gravity" series (including the powerful fourth-tier spell "Zero Graviza"), gained in ''Dream Drop Distance'', which has a higher level of power for Riku than for Sora. He also gains the "Collision Magnet" and "Magnet Spiral" attacks, which has a similar effect, but applied directly to weapon strikes.
*** LightEmUp: Limited compared to Sora, but he can use [[YinYangBomb "Shadowbreaker"]] in ''Dream Drop Distance'' which has one darkness related strike and one light related strike, and [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks "Spark Raid"]]. He also possesses the Shining Hammer and [=BladeCharge=] Link Styles, the latter also counts as PureEnergy.
*** MakingASplash: Through his Wave Surfer Link Style.
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command and Poison Dive in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** TimeStandsStill: Gains Slow and Stop in ''Dream Drop Distance''. Stop is also used as a part of his [[BlackMagic Da]][[CastingAShadow rk]] [[TeleportSpam Splicer]] attack.
** FlashStep: His SignatureMove, Dark Aura, which also use TeleportSpam. His Shadow Slide dodge also utilizes this.
** FusionDance: He has the ability to [[FusionDance Link Style]] with [[{{Mons}} Dream Eaters]] in ''Dream Drop Distance'' which can give him a variety of {{Power Up}}s and {{Super Mode}}s.
*** [[LightEmUp Shining Hammer]]: Riku finally show's the light in the [[YinYangBomb twilight]] assailing the enemies with hammering blows creating powerful [[ShockwaveStomp shockwaves]] of light magic.
*** [[CastingAShadow Darkest Fears]]: Riku rushes the enemy with darkness based blows manifesting as WolverineClaws on his hands and feet.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Fire Raid]]: Riku's keyblade becomes a FlamingSword which he uses [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks hurls at the enemy]] for mid ranged attacks.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderstorm]]: Electricity crackles on Riku's keyblade giving him fast thunder based attacks that easily [[SplashDamage attack in all directions]].
*** [[MakingASplash Wave Surfer]]: Defying the tradition of FireIceLightning, Riku uses water elemental attacks instead of [[AnIcePerson ice]], [[ImplausibleBoardingSkills surfing]] to assault enemy's with columns of water.
*** [[TeleportSpam Ghost Drive]]: Riku uses darkness to teleport to attack enemies automatically, making gratuitous use of {{Flash Step}}s to avoid being hit. Attacks an enemy from all sides as a finisher.
*** [[{{BFS}} Blade]][[LaserBlade Charge]]: Keyblade becomes [[SpellBlade engulfed in light]], giving a huge boost to the range of attacks.
*** [[PowerGivesYouWings Rising Wing]]: Riku gains [[GoodWingsEvilWings batlike wings]] and unleashes powerful [[HighAltitudeBattle midair strikes]] and [[DeathFromAbove dive bombs]], Uses a [[BlowYouAway tornado]] attack for a combo finisher.
** FullContactMagic: Some of the attacks and spells in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** HealingHands: Finally gains the "Cure" series in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** MagicKnight: Adept in the use of both swordsmanship and dark magic, though his pre-''Dream Drop Distance'' skill set was decidedly in favor of the "Knight" aspect. ''Dream Drop Distance'' plays with this. Though he has much better strength than Sora, his magic is only one point worse, he's become adept in more conventional magic types, and with his higher quantity of extraordinary maneuvers such as temporary shapeshifting and teleportation, he seems more on the "Magic" side overall.
*** BlackKnight: Sans the armor, but he fits the sympathetic version to a degree. Even in ''Dream Drop Distance'', he still favours [[BlackMagic dark]][[CastingAShadow ness]] by a large margin, which makes a fitting contrast to Sora's [[ThePaladin Paladin]], and he has much better strength, in contrast to Sora who has better defense.
** RedMage: Started out with darkness, then began to use light powers as well. However, he didn't really fit into this until ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of his arsenal in ''Dream Drop Distance''. He has "Paralyzed", "Confused", "Stop", "Sleep", "Blindness", "Confused", "Frozen", "Burn", "Poison", and "Slow", along with unconventional effects such as "Mini" and various [[GravityMaster gravity related]] effects. However, the focus is most heavily on "Sleep", which has three forms for it's spell alone.
** SuperMode: His [[CastingAShadow Dark Mode]] in ''KingdomHearts'' and ''ChainOfMemories'', which gives him [[LightningBruiser strength, speed]], and [[BlackMagic powerful dark magic]].
** UnnecessaryCombatRoll: "Dodge Roll" in ''Dream Drop Distance'', as opposed to "Dodge Jump" from ''Chain of Memories: Reverse/Rebirth''.
* CompositeCharacter: In ''Dream Drop Distance'', Riku gains some of Terra's attack options, but also some of Aqua's defensive options. Two of his Dual Link styles are also taken from Aqua's Command Styles, and one of them is shared by Terra as well. However, Riku often puts his own spin on Aqua's moves and styles, and his Dark Firaga is notably different from Terra's version, acting a lot more like one of Vanitas's attacks.
* TheCorruptible: Initially, he has a lot of problems revolving around corruption by darkness.
** IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler:As of ''3D'', he can't be corrupted by the darkness anymore, as he's mastered it. Unusually, this is not due to being without darkness, but rather being able to control it due to repeated use.]]
*** In other words, [[spoiler:he's basically developed antibodies to darkness corruption that reside in his [[DoubleEntendre heart]]]].
* CursedWithAwesome: Became insanely powerful by tapping into the fragment of [[EnemyWithin Ansem]] inside himself during ''Days'' and ''KH II'', at the expense of [[ShapeshifterModeLock being unable to change his physical form back to that of his own body]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: After his HeelFaceTurn. He comes to embody it by Dream Drop Distance, in which he not only recovers most of the dark powers he'd lost, but is also by that time more or less immune to corruption by darkness.
* DealWithTheDevil: His deal with Ansem, Seeker of Darkness for enough power to beat Sora in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* DeclarationOfProtection: As of ''3D'', his primary motive seems to be to protect Sora and Kairi, aside from protecting the worlds. In fact, [[spoiler:it is his concern for Sora that leads to him accidentally traveling into his dreams in ''3D'', rather than traveling the worlds alongside him]].
* DemonicPossession: By Ansem, Seeker of Darkness in the latter parts of ''Kingdom Hearts'' and once to destroy Lexaeus in ''Re:Chain of Memories''. [[spoiler:In fact, as of ''Dream Drop Distance'', this was revealed to be an attempt to turn Riku into one of ''thirteen'' vessels for Xehanort's heart; after Riku gained the ability to reject the darkness in his heart, Xehanort turned his sights to Roxas, then Sora, to take his place.]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Of the series as a whole; he serves as the protagonist along with Sora in ''Chain of Memories'' and ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** [[spoiler:TheHero: In ''Dream Drop Distance''.]]
* DoubleJump: His "Doubleflight" skill, which uses a burst of darkness under him as a platform for a new jump.
** BoringButPractical: Doubleflight initially feels like a [[UselessUsefulSpell Useless Useful Technique]], due to Flowmotion's existence. Then you find out that Riku can execute normal commands when he double jumps, allowing him to stay out of enemy range to charge up a powerful special attack, or safely heal himself. Doubleflight essentially gives Riku more offensive and defensive options, which more than makes up for not getting Glide or upgrades to it.
* TheDragon: To Maleficent in the first game. [[spoiler:He plays an anti-heroic version of this to [=Diz=] throughout ''Days'' and the beginning of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.]]
* [[spoiler:DreamWalker: Unknowingly travels into Sora's dreams when he sees a robed Ansem for the majority of ''Dream Drop Distance''.]]
* EleventhHourRanger: Becomes a playable party member in the final world of ''KH II''.
* EnemyWithin: The remnants of Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, from ''Chain of Memories'' until the explosion of the Kingdom Hearts Encoder near the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''. [[spoiler:Acts more like an EnemyWithout by ''3D''.]]
* EvilCostumeSwitch: His [[SuperMode Dark Mode]] armor in ''KH I'', though he still uses it after his HeelFaceTurn in ''Chain of Memories''.
* EvilCounterpart: To Sora.
* {{Expy}}: The protagonist's rival both in battle and for the affections of his love interest, turned evil and was controlled by the villain in part due to his love for her, broke free and fought alongside the hero to redeem himself, and eventually renounced his inner darkness and returned to the light. We're talking about Riku, not [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain Highwind]]. Likely a case of AuthorAppeal, as Tetsuya Nomura is a big fan of Kain.
* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:From Heel as RivalTurnedEvil to Face to AntiHero Face to solid Face again.]]
* GuardianEntity: [[spoiler:Riku unknowingly becomes Sora's guardian Dream Eater during the events of ''3D''.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: Xehanort wanted Riku to embrace darkness [[spoiler:in order to turn the boy into a SoulJar. Instead, when Riku fully embraces darkness [[IncorruptiblePurePureness he becomes immune to Xehanort's influence]].]]
* GreenEyes[=/=]IcyBlueEyes: Depending on the game.
** GreenEyedMonster: Until he gets better.
* [[spoiler:HeroAntagonist: In ''Days'', due to Roxas' status as a PunchClockVillain.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Sora.
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]: Like all human protagonists, Riku can be considered one. Though it's played completely straight in The Grid, as he's a program there.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Spent his whole life dreaming of excitement and adventure beyond his little island town, only for [[CallToAdventure The Keyblade]] to pick Sora instead because of it.
* InstantExpert: [[spoiler:He completely masters the Keyblade in an extremely short time-span. It helps that he already had access to some extremely potent dark powers and an immunity to darkness to back him up.]]
* InvisibleParents: Riku mentions his parents a few times, but they are never seen.
* ImportantHaircut: His shortened hair in ''Dream Drop Distance'' comes with his acceptance of his friends' forgiveness and development away from an AntiHero.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's not exactly "nice" to people who aren't named Sora or Kairi, and even teases Sora a little bit in the first game. However, when the chips are down, he's willing to give up everything just to save his friends.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Wanted more than anything to leave Destiny Islands in the first game.
** RefusedByTheCall: Which made the Keyblade choose Sora as its wielder instead.
* TheLancer: To [[TheHero Sora]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Riku suffers for [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Ansem]] with a TraumaCongaLine that lasts up till the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Riku" in ''KH II''.
* LeParkour: Only in certain areas, such as The World That Never Was (which has questionable physics at best) and the Sleeping Worlds (with their in-universe Flowmotion system).
* LetXBeTheUnknown: In ''KH I'', the straps on Riku's chest form an X. [[spoiler:''[=KH3D=]'' suggests that this was a Recusant's Sigil, considering how Riku got turned into a Xehanort vessel in the first game, and how Sora almost became one himself in ''3D''.]]
* LightningBruiser: Fast, strong, and has great offensive and defensive options, both as a boss and a playable character.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy. In all games till ''Dream Drop Distance'', when he cuts it short.
* LoveTriangle: With Sora for Kairi in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
** MurderTheHypotenuse: Clashes with Sora in the first game, largely because of his obsession with saving Kairi.
** HopelessSuitor
** IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: "Take care of her."
** LoveMakesYouEvil: Joins TheDarkSide in order to save Kairi.
*** LoveRedeems: However, it is when Ansem is poised to finish Kairi who had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness served her purpose]] that Riku sees the error of his ways.
** TheNotLoveInterest: Becomes more an AloofBigBrother to Sora and Kairi than a love interest to the latter by ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
** UnluckyChildhoodFriend
** UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: His death cry in Kingdom Hearts II is to call out for Kairi indicating he isn't quite over her [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy even if he is not actively pursuing her]].
* MasterOfUnlocking: His [[SkeletonKey Keyblade]] lets him open pretty much anything.
* MasterSwordsman: Is extremely skilled with both a sword and a keyblade. [[spoiler:Also, see AwesomeMomentOfCrowning above.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Riku" is Japanese for "Land".
* MysteriousProtector: In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', for both Roxas and Sora.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Claims this in Dream Drop Distance when talking to Shiki. It might be because Kairi is the only girl he really got to know.
* TheNoseKnows: He has the ability to smell darkness and light, and can differentiate between the light or darkness of different individuals, to the point of being able to distinguish Kairi from Naminé, or to sense Ansem, Seeker of Darkness at a distance. However, this only comes up in ''Chain of Memories''.
* NotQuiteFlight: When in his [[PowerGivesYouWings Rising Wing]] Link Style in Dream Drop Distance, Riku descends slowly towards the ground, allowing him to glide through the air for a limited time.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In [=KH3D=], Riku is 17, but spends most of the game in his 15-year-old body.
* OnlyOneName: Although we know he has parents, we never hear their surname, if he has one.
** NamesTheSame: For Western fans, he's only one letter away from having the same name as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]] (who's called Ryukku in the Japanese version). In fact, avoiding confusion between the two is why Yuffie appeared as Squall's foil in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* OriginalGeneration
* PersonalityPowers: A ByronicHero who primarily wields [[CastingAShadow darkness]].
* [[spoiler:PostFinalBoss: In ''Days'' for Roxas to Xion's more traditional FinalBoss.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Sora's red, which extends into their clothing choices.
* TheRival: To Sora.
** FriendlyRivalry: As kids on Destiny Islands, as well as once they truly reunite near the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
** RivalTurnedEvil: But [[HeelFaceTurn he got over it]].
* SignatureMove: [[TeleportSpam Dark Aura]].
* SingleStrokeBattle: Dispatches [[spoiler:Rinzler]] this way in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
* SleevesAreForWimps: He only wears them when he's in Dark Mode or an Organization cloak.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: He can talk down to villains any day of the week, but when a cute girl like [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Shiki Misaki]] starts flirting with him, he's at a loss for words.
-->'''Shiki:''' Aren't you my knight in shining armor? Well?\\
'''Riku:''' K-knight? You've got the wrong idea.\\
'''Shiki:''' (exasperated) Ohmigosh, I was ''so'' just kidding. [[LampshadeHanging You get out much?]]
* TakeAThirdOption: Chose "The road to dawn" between darkness and light, instead of wielding just one.
-->'''[=DiZ=]:''' Will you take the road to light or the road to darkness?\\
'''Riku:''' Neither. I'm taking the middle road.
* TeleportSpam: In ''Dream Drop Distance'', his Dark Splicer attack and Shadow Slide/Shadow Strike abilities let him do this. His Dark Aura attack is also this.
* ThinkingUpPortals: From [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts his siding with Maleficent]] to [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII the destruction of the Kingdom Hearts encoder]], he had the ability to form [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Corridors of Darkness]]. He is no longer able to do this due to not being that in tune with darkness.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the original ''Kingdom Hearts'', until the LaserGuidedKarma he receives brings him back to his senses.
* ToylessToyLineCharacter: Despite being a main character since the beginning, he's usually pressed for merch -- especially after KHII, which saw Roxas and Axel get stuff before him, often multiple times in the same line. The articulated figures take this to the extreme -- even ''[[ThatOneBoss Ursula]]'' got a KH-branded figure before he did!
* UnwittingPawn: In ''KH 1''.
* VocalEvolution: His voice changes subtly over the course of the series.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In the first game, Riku just wants to save Kairi, despite all his questionable actions.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: A villainous version in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', but an AntiHero one from ''Chain of Memories'' through ''Dream Drop Distance''.
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[[folder:Kairi]]
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[[caption-width-right:234:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/224px-Kairi-cg-character-model_8281.jpg[[/labelnote]] to see Kairi as she appears in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Chain of Memories'']]

->''"Don't ever forget. Wherever you go, I'm always with you."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Risa Uchida (Japanese), Creator/HaydenPanettiere/Alyson Stoner (English)
--->'''Young Kairi voiced by:''' Sumire Moroboshi (Japanese), Creator/ArielWinter (English)

A close friend of Sora and Riku who came to Destiny Islands from Radiant Garden, which sparked their interest in other worlds. She's one of the Seven Princesses of Heart, meaning she bears no darkness in her heart. Though she mostly remains out of the fighting, she's plucky, determined and courageous in her own right, and eventually acquires her own Keyblade.

->''For more information on Princesses of Heart, see Characters/KingdomHeartsSupportingDisney.''
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* ActionGirl: As of ''Kingdom Hearts II''[='=]s finale, and developed further in the secret ending for ''Dream Drop Distance''.
* TheArtifact: From ''Kingdom Hearts II'' until the end of ''Dream Drop Distance'', in which the Princesses of Heart are brought back into the series plot AND [[ReimaginingTheArtifact Kairi's aspiring Action Girl state is finally carried forward.]]
* {{Badass}}: For the real one? [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII Soon]].
** BadassAdorable
** BadassPrincess: Is the only Princess of Heart who fights.
** DamselOutOfDistress: She sees herself in danger often, but is perfectly willing to fight it with or without a weapon.
* BareYourMidriff: Her outfit in the first game, though it's more noticeable in her official artwork.
* BarrierMaiden: As a Princess of Heart.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness
* BerserkButton: Just go and try to mess with Sora, she might just make you pay the price despite her powerlessness.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The Redhead to Naminé's Blonde and Xion's Brunette.
* BoyishShortHair: In the first game. In the second she switches to LongHairIsFeminine.
* CheerfulChild: As seen in ''Birth By Sleep'', she was like this when she still lived in Radiant Garden.
* TheChick: Serves as the emotional support and inspiration for both [[TheHero Sora]] and [[TheLancer Riku]].
* ChildhoodFriends: With Sora and Riku.
* CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: [[FlowerMotif Destiny's Embrace]].
* CoyGirlishFlirtPose: Just more friendly than flirty.
* DamselInDistress: In ''KH I'', she loses her heart when Destiny Islands is destroyed, leaving her body an empty shell. The degree of distress is debatable, as [[spoiler:both heart and body stay safe with Sora and Riku respectively for the most part]]. In ''KH II'', Organization XIII kidnaps her to use as leverage against Sora.
** DamselOutOfDistress: Sora never saves her in ''KH II'', she gets away from the Organization by herself and help from Naminé...who technically IS her.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: In ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
** MagicSkirt: It manages to stay down even during major battles and cut-scenes, but can be [[PantyShot subverted]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar in gameplay]].
* DeclarationOfProtection: In ''Kingdom Hearts'', [[spoiler:when Sora becomes a Heartless and she protects him from the harmful ones]].
* DemotedToExtra: Only makes two short non-speaking appearances in ''Dream Drop Distance'' as an apparition, [[spoiler:as well as a third in TheStinger as her real self]]. She even doesn't appear with the other Keyblade wielders (Sora, Riku, Terra, Aqua, Ventus and Mickey) in the opening.
* DesignatedVictim: Xehanort will ''always'' target Kairi, as she's one of the [[BarrierMaiden Seven Princesses of Heart]] who can open the door to [[MacGuffin Kingdom Hearts]]. [[spoiler:TheStinger of ''3D'' shows that she's gonna be ready for him next time.]]
* [[ChickMagnet Dude Magnet]]: Sora and Riku both wants her, as well as... [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Seifer]] in the KH II manga.
* EmptyShell: Becomes one after losing her heart at the start of ''Kingdom Hearts''. Sora temporarily turns himself into a Heartless to save her.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: One of the [[BarrierMaiden Seven Princesses of Heart]].
* FakingAmnesia: In the first game, she claims to remember "nothing at all" about her home world. The way the scene is framed is classic Japanese cinematagrophy indicating she's not being truthful. [[spoiler:She later owns up about it....while inside of Sora's heart, no less!]]
* FlowerMotifs: Her Keyblade, Destiny's Embrace, uses one, and she's seen picking flowers as a child in ''Birth by Sleep''.
* GirlinessUpgrade: She's somewhat of a tomboy in ''I'', far less so in ''II''.
* GirlNextDoor
* GirlyRun: Bonus points for HoldingHands with Namine at the same time.
* GoodIsNotNice: Played for humour in the KH II manga, where she bites Axel's arm for kidnapping her, and even pulls an akanbe on him.
* HairFlip: In sense of "Thanks" when Donald praises her for her bravery against the Heartless.
** [[WordOfSaintPaul The KH II Ultimania]] offers an alternate interpretation, stating that Kairi could have also flipped her hair to try and retain some form of cuteness in Sora's eyes although he had just seen her smash Heartless to pieces.
* TheHeart: You ask?
* HeroesWantRedheads: Just ask Sora and Riku.
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: As one of the Seven Princesses, she has absolutely no darkness inside her heart.
* TheIngenue: Although, while very sweet, she can also be quite [[LittleMissSnarker snarky]] and headstrong.
* InnocentBlueEyes[=/=]PurpleEyes: Depending on the game, her eye color shifts, though it tends toward the former.
* {{Joshikousei}}: Sports a school uniform in the opening of the second game.
* TheLadysFavour: The Oathkeeper. It also doubles as a MementoMacguffin in Chain of Memories.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Kairi". She's also the only character to have one in the first game.
* LightIsGood
* LightEmUp: Specializes in light magic, being a Princess of Heart.
* LittleMissSnarker: She tends to join Riku in cracking a lot of jokes at Sora's expense, especially in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* LivingMacGuffin[=/=]MacGuffinGirl. She's a "[[Characters/KingdomHeartsSupportingDisney Princess of Heart]]", one of seven incarnations of pure light and the key to opening the door to Kingdom Hearts.
* [[LoveInterests Love Interest]]: For Sora.
** ImpliedLoveInterest: For Riku in ''KH I''.
* MeaningfulName: The "Kai" in Kairi's name means "Sea". Incidentally, it can also mean "seashell".
* MoralityPet: For Riku in the first game, as his reason for becoming an AntiVillain in ''Kingdom Hearts'' is to save her.
* MsFanservice: From ''KH II'' onwards; not as much as Aqua, but it's still there.
* NiceGirl: And she's so ''cute''!
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A [[EmpathicWeapon Keyblade]]-[[TheChosenOne wielding]] [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Princess]] [[BarrierMaiden of Heart]].
* OfficialCouple: With Sora, or at least implied as such in the credits of ''[=KH2=]'' and the secret ending of ''Birth by Sleep''.
* TheOtherDarrin: Was voiced by Alyson Stoner in ''[=Re:COM=]'', instead of her regular voice actor [[CelebrityVoiceActor Hayden Panettiere]].
** FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: In ''Days'', which included clips from both voice actresses.
* OnlyOneName
* OriginalGeneration
* PantyShot[=/=]GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Can be done by rotating the camera in a certain area in ''KH II''. They are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSD80QQq31k apparently fully modeled]].
* ParentalSubstitute: She was adopted by the port reeve of Destiny Islands.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her outfit in the second game.
* PluckyGirl: As Axel points out, the girl's got a lot of guts. She was even prepared to fight [[TheBerserker Saix]] unarmed!
* ThePollyanna: She tries to be positive as often as possible, even though sometimes her inner worries slip out anyway, especially in the original game where an early scene shows that she's near StepfordSmiler territory.
* ThePowerOfLove: Uses this to restore Sora when he is turned into a [[TheHeartless Heartless]].
* PrincessesPreferPink: In ''KH II''.
* {{Protectorate}}: To both Sora and Riku.
* ProtectiveCharm: [[spoiler:Aqua placed one on her necklace that lead her to Sora when Xehanort cast her into the darkness between worlds as a child.]]
* {{Red Headed Hero}}ine
* ShesGotLegs
* SingleTear: [[spoiler:At the end of ''KH I'', after seeing Sora's addition to the paopu drawing.]]
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Kairi only has eyes for [[NiceGuy Sora]], rather than [[ByronicHero Riku]].
* SkirtOverSlacks: In her first incarnation.
* SpiritedYoungLady
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Axel easily kidnaps a struggling Kairi in ''KH II'' by grabbing her by the wrist and pulling her away.
* {{Tomboy}}: In ''Kingdom Hearts'', where she sports BoyishShortHair and SkirtOverSlacks. Even after her GirlinessUpgrade in ''II'' she still wears sneakers rather than more girly shoes.
** TomboyPrincess
* TookALevelInBadass: Becomes a Keyblade wielder at the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
-->'''Kairi:''' This time, ''I'll'' fight.
** As of TheStinger in ''3D'', she's set to take another one.
* TrueSight: She can see Riku's true appearance even when he has Ansem's face.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: With Sora.
* TheVoiceless: In ''Dream Drop Distance'', where she only shows up for about a minute to the heroes.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: While she has unmatched and incorruptible light inside herself as a Princesses of Heart, she still ends up losing her heart when Destiny Islands gets destroyed, and doesn't seem to utilize this power in battle at all.
** HeartIsAnAwesomePower: On the other hand, it lets her bring back Sora [[spoiler:after he becomes a Heartless]], as well as makes her immune to the corroding effects of the Dark Corridor.
** Though Kairi hasn't made use of it, six of the Princesses of Heart working together were able to hold back a tide of Heartless that included a ''Behemoth'' using their abilities. There is at least potential for use.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: In ''Kingdom Hearts'', beneath her skirt.
* IWillWaitForYou: At the end of ''Kingdom Hearts'', she stays in Destiny Islands waiting for Sora and Riku to return...
** IWillFindYou: but she decides it's not enough in ''KH II'' and decides to look for them instead.
* {{Xenafication}}: After becoming a Keyblade wielder.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:King Mickey]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:"Helping others should always come before asking others for help."]]
->''"Keyblades are not something you use just to bully somebody around!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Takashi Aoyagi (Japanese), Wayne Allwine/Bret Iwan (English)

The King of Disney Castle, and a Keyblade Master, MickeyMouse is one of the first to notice how much danger the worlds are in, and one of the first to take action. When he leaves on a journey and doesn't come back, Donald and Goofy set out to find him. Although they meet a few times, Mickey is usually one step ahead of them and has a better idea of what's going on. He becomes a close friend of Riku in particular as he helps him learn to control his inner darkness.

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* TheAce: He's introduced taking out two ''Darksides'' in a matter of seconds, and the other heroes [[PalsWithJesus regard him with awe]]...except in ''[[WhenItAllBegan Birth By Sleep]]'' [[DreamLand and the Sleeping Worlds he still inhabits]].
* AlliterativeName: Mickey Mouse.
* TheApprentice: To [[TheArchmage Yen Sid]], who trained him as a Keyblade Master.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's the king of Disney Castle. He's also one of the biggest badasses in the series.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Ven, Aqua, and Riku.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassAdorable
** BadassBookworm: He's the one who discovered the use of Gummi material to travel between worlds...by taking off with a Star Shard and [[RandomTeleportation randomly teleporting everywhere]].
** BadassLongcoat: Wears an Organization XIII BlackCloak from the end of ''Chain of Memories: Reverse/Rebirth'' till the battle for Radiant Garden in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* BerserkButton: Hurt his friends... and you will pay for it with your life. Right, heartless?
* BigDamnHeroes: Becomes a gameplay mechanic in ''KH II'', where he'll randomly take over some boss battles if Sora is knocked out.
* BigGood: Although he defers to Bigger Good Yen Sid.
* CombatTropes
** CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: Two. Mickey has the [[StarPower Star Seeker]] originally, and finds the [[CoolCrown Kingdom Key]] [[DarkIsNotEvil D]] in the Realm of Darkness.
*** BlingBlingBang: Kingdom Key D's blade is golden.
*** DarkIsNotEvil: Although he found the Kingdom Key D in the Realm of Darkness, Mickey does not have any problems with using it. In fact, he specifically sought it out in order to be able to close Kingdom Hearts if the need came (since it needs a Keyblade of Light and one of Darkness to close in some instances). The fact that, being a Keyblade of Darkness, it protected him from the corruptive effects of the Realm of Darkness also helps.
*** MasterSwordsman: Coupled with ImplausibleFencingPowers. He's also an official Keyblade Master.
*** WeaponOfChoice: The [[CoolKey Key]][[CoolSword blade]] of the Dark Realm, [[CoolCrown Kingdom]] [[CoolKey Key]] [[DarkIsNotEvil D]], a counterpart to Sora's Kingdom Key. In ''BirthBySleep'', he wields the familiar [[StarPower Star Seeker]], and uses it again in ''Coded'' and back to Kingdom Key D in ''3D''. In his past however we find he learned his sword fighting wielding a RoyalRapier. The reality shift where Sora/Riku do [[CombinationAttack Combination Attacks]] with Donald, Goofy and Mickey even has them take up a rapier to slice enemies up with him, as opposed to the sillier cartoony attacks Donald and Goofy use.
** ElementalPowers:
*** LightEmUp: His most-used attacks take this form.
*** MakingASplash: The introduction to [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Symphony of Sorcery]] shows he's rather adept in the use of water magic. However, he hasn't been seen using it aside from that one point.
*** TimeStandsStill: [[spoiler:Has the extremely powerful fourth-tier spell Stopza, which he uses to freeze the Thirteen Seekers of Darkness.]]
** EnergyBall: His signature spell are balls of light called ''Pearl''.
** MagicKnight: Like all playable Keybladers. Mickey in particular is a WhiteMagic specialist.
** HealingHands: Cure in ''Birth By Sleep'' and Healing Light in ''Kingdom Hearts 2''.
** ThePaladin
** PillarOfLight[=/=]HolyHandGrenade: His more powerful ''Holy/Faith'' spells manifest like this.
** PintSizedPowerHouse: Now with [[StarWars Yoda]]-esque acrobatics!
* CuteMute: In his monochrome days in Timeless River.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: He is a perpetrator of this; his first appearance has him striking down a pair of Darkside Heartless in one blow. [[spoiler:In 3D he is able to freeze all thirteen Seekers of Darkness with a [[TimeStandsStill Stopza spell]]. That particular instance may be justified however, since Stopza is a fourth-tier spell.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: He's a King. Formality demands the characters address him as such. Subverted in three occasions: ''Birth by Sleep'', where none of them ''know'' he's a king; ''coded'', where Sora has the same reasons; and ''Dream Drop Distance'', where he may not be King of Disney Castle yet. Lampshaded by Sora:
-->Sora: Your Maj- I gotta stop that. Mickey!
** He also insists that Riku just calls him Mickey, which ''358/2 Days'' shows Riku has some trouble getting used to. Still, by the time of ''3D'' he doesn't seem to have a problem with it even while everyone else still calls him "the King."
* FailureKnight: For all of his effort in ''Birth By Sleep'', he couldn't save Ven, Aqua, or Terra from their fates. This retroactively explains the distance he keeps between himself and the main cast, and his reluctance to allow Sora to get involved in the Heartless war on Hollow Bastion.
* FunnyAnimal: But a helluva lot more serious in this game than in almost anything else he's ever appeared in, at least until ''EpicMickey''.
* TheGoodKing: No matter [[FailureKnight what he thinks.]]
* HappilyMarried: To Minnie. Just like [[RealLifeRelative Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor]].
* HeroicBSOD: Suffers from one due to the DownerEnding of ''Birth by Sleep''. Yen Sid manages to rouse him out of it fairly quickly.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Riku, for a while, although ''Days'' inserted a disruption. Mickey was essentially Riku's sole support throughout Chain of Memories, and gives him an epic glomp at the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' when they reunite.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Like Aqua, he's no Princess of Heart in terms of purity, but is able to spend extended time the Realm of Darkness without a Black Cloak to protect himself, and only uses his to prevent the Organization from detecting him.
** [[WordOfGod Supposedly]], it was the [[DarkIsNotEvil dark-aligned]] Kingdom Key D that protected him during that time, although Nomura also said that Mickey, like Riku, is not affected by darkness at all. Something about "similarities" between them that [[ShrugOfGod have yet to be revealed]] in-game...
* JapanesePronouns: "Boku".
* LeParkour: Shows this while trying to reach [[spoiler:Sora before Master Xehanort can inject his heart into him by wall jumping the throne bottoms before Xemnas uses his hand to slam him into the throne pedestals]].
* TheLeader
* LetsGetDangerous: Coupled with TheCoatsAreOff.
-->'''Mickey''': "They'll ''pay'' for this."[[note]]The "this" in question doubles as a case of ItsPersonal, given that Goofy just appeared to have died.[[/note]]
* MysteriousPast: Dream Drop Distance actually gives a few clues. He was an apprentice for magic to Yen Sid like in Fantasia some time in the past. He was also traveling between worlds in his youth for some reason, having met his future wife Minnie in the Country of the Musketeers (and Donald and Goofy as well, unless they too were traveling with him). It's still unclear how they ended up ruling Disney Castle instead of France.
** The second game even has a world based on SteamboatWillie, showing Mickey, who acts completely different and is completely silent, as a humble steamboat worker, albeit very mischevious.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Though Mickey has generally been timeless (and Kingdom Hearts has odd implications in that direction as well), he was already a King and Keyblade Master ten years previous to the main story, making him on the way to middle age. Despite that, he still displays the characteristic youthful Mickey Mouse exuberance and looks no different than any other portrayal (excepting the clothes, of course). That said, see VagueAge.
* TheOtherDarrin: Wayne Allwine, the longstanding voice of Mickey since the late '70s, [[AuthorExistenceFailure died in May of 2009]], shortly after he finished recording for ''Days''. ''Birth by Sleep'' marks the debut of Bret Iwan as Mickey.
* PersonalityPowers: TheGoodKing with IncorruptiblePurePureness that he is, Mickey is quite adept at using WhiteMagic, both [[LightEmUp offensively]] and [[HealingHands defensively]].
* RodentOfUnusualSize
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Keyblade Master and King of Disney Castle.
** AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
** ModestRoyalty: None of his outfits are particularly kingly once he becomes royalty.
* SixthRanger: To Terra, Aqua, and Ven as well as Sora's group.
* SpannerInTheWorks: In ''Birth By Sleep''. [[spoiler:The plan was for Vanitas to take over Ventus's body and form the χ-blade while Master Xehanort committed GrandTheftMe on Terra, and sometime while he dealt with Ventus Vanitas would kill Aqua. Unfortunately for them Mickey happened upon the scene and saved her, an act that would lead to Aqua further disrupting their schemes]].
** Chronologically. does this again in ''Chain of Memories'' where he stops "Ansem" from possessing Riku several times throughout the game [[spoiler:which also stopped Xehanort from getting another SoulJar]].
* SpeciesSurname
* SupportingLeader
* TookALevelInBadass: The exact process is detailed in ''Birth by Sleep'', though elements of that process are also seen in [[KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance "Country of the Musketeers" and "Symphony of Sorcery"]]. Although by the start of ''Birth By Sleep'', he had apparently already completed his training and become King of Disney Castle. He does gain more actual experience in exploring the worlds and combating Unversed, culminating in his [[spoiler:takedown-assist of Vanitas]].
* TranquilFury: After Goofy's DisneyDeath. Unlike Donald, [[UnstoppableRage who went completely apeshit]], Mickey stayed very calm, although the DeathGlare he had made it obvious he was pissed.
* VagueAge: He was a King and Keyblade Master with the same general outlook and personality (minus some character development) ten years previously. However, [[NostalgiaLevel Timeless River]] shows him to be acting ''vastly'' different sometime in the past while still appearing to be the same general age. Pete seems to imply that the events happened as depicted. If so, then Kingdom Hearts may be going for the same timeless chronology regarding Mickey Mouse as, for instance, ''EpicMickey'' did, with decades of animation history all simultaneously being in Mickey's past.
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler:Xehanort seems to think so in ''Dream Drop Distance''. Notable considering how little Xehanort cares for any of the other protagonists beyond their usefulness to him. Mickey seems to be the only foe Xehanort actually respects at this point.]]
** YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: [[spoiler:The feeling is far from mutual however.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Donald Duck]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:"Confounded Heartless! Get lost will ya?"]]
->''"Aw, what do you know you big palooka...?"''
-->Voiced by: Creator/KoichiYamadera (Japanese), Tony Anselmo (English)

A fiery-tempered magician and a member of King Mickey's court at Disney Castle, DonaldDuck was sent to find and follow the Keyblade bearer. He joins up with Sora to help him save the worlds and becomes one of his closest friends.
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* [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} 24-Hour Armor]]: In Space Paranoids
* AcePilot: He's the one who flies the Gummi Ship after all.
* AlliterativeName
* {{Angrish}}
* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Subverted. Donald wears armor in [[{{Film/Tron}} Space Paranoids]].
* BashBrothers: With Goofy and Sora.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:On several occasions, but more recently in the ending of ''3D'', on [[KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep a Star Shard]].]]
* BoundAndGagged: Donald winds up tied up at one point in [[{{PiratesOfTheCaribbean}} Port Royal]]. He does not get gagged, unlike most examples of this trope.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Donald is one of five characters to break the series' fourth wall. In first game, during the scene in which Donald and Goofy speak with Aerith, Donald appears to move the "camera" down so that he is properly visible.
* ButNowIMustGo: An unspoken agreement in the first game. Due to the "no meddling" rule, Donald and Goofy will have to leave Sora forever at one point. Subverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', where they are far too attached to Sora to leave him.
* ButtMonkey: Like in most of his other appearances, more so in the manga adaptation.
* CharacterDevelopment: He starts off as rather antagonistic towards Sora, but they soon grow close after having lost each other in [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Deep Jungle]]. When forced to choose between duty and friendship, he follows his duty to the letter instinctively, abandoning Sora. The point at which he realizes that Sora is worth more to him is the crux of his development in the first game. At the end of the first game, he is reluctant but willing to let Sora go home, never to see him again. However, Donald implicitly defies King and country to stay with Sora when given a chance to leave in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* TheChewToy
* CombatTropes
** BlowYouAway: The "Aero" series of spells in the original ''Kingdom Hearts''.
** DeadlyFireworksDisplay: His {{Limit Break}}s Flare and Comet are actually fireworks.
*** MacrossMissileMassacre: With firework rockets.
** DropTheHammer: One of his two weapon types.
** FireIceLightning
** GravityMaster: The "Gravity" series of spells in the original ''Kingdom Hearts''.
** MagicWand: His default one has the head of BlackMage at the top.
** TheMedic
*** HealingHands
*** CombatMedic
** TheRedMage: In the first game he can use all of the same spells as Sora but the second limits him to FireIceLightning and [[HealingHands Cure]].
** SquishyWizard: In ''spades''.
** TimeStandsStill: The "Stop" series of spells in the original ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Him and Goofy in Timeless River.
-->'''Donald''' (''seeing Past!Mickey''): "The King!"
-->'''Goofy''': "Gee, he looks kinda different somehow."
** Also the fact that they fail to realize earlier that they are in their own freaking old cartoons' universe!
--->'''Donald''' (''seeing himself in monochrome form''): "This is kinda like... um-uhh..."
--->'''Goofy''': "Dejavu?"
--->'''Donald''': "Yeah!"
* CourtMage: For Disney Castle.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: In the manga adaptation, Donald accidently grabs hold of a Magnum Loader and drives it all over a junkyard while [[{{LovableCoward}} refusing to let go]]; Sora saves him by [[{{YouShallNotPass}} blocking the Heartless' path with the Keyblade]], though it still sends the wizard duck flying into a wall. PlayedForLaughs mostly, [[spoiler: until it's revealed that he accidently broke a piece of data needed to get them out of the prison world they are trapped in]].
* ElectricTorture: Donald gets tortured by electrocution twice in ''Kingdom Hearts II''; once by Sark, and once by [[spoiler:Auron's Statue]]
* HairTriggerTemper: It's not Donald without it.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Notably, he, his uncle, and his nephews are the only ones left half dressed.
* HotBlooded: He ''is'' DonaldDuck, after all.
* HonorBeforeReason: Briefly follows Riku in his evil phase due to a literal interpretation of King Mickey's orders. He realizes this is stupid.
* InvincibleMinorMinion: A rare heroic example; no matter what slams Donald's HP to zero, whether Heartless, or magic, or Sephiroth, Donald will revive a minute later on his own, provided Sora survives.
* JapanesePronouns: "Boku".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KnightInSourArmor: Mostly in the first game, there he has a rather cynical, sarcastic and even cutthroat personality that differs from those of his companions. However, as the games goes, he gets less and less mean and becomes more idealistic like his friends.
* LovableCoward: In Country of the Musketeers, just like in the movie.
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate
* [[{{Mummy}} Mummy]]: In Halloween Town
** [[{{Snowlems}} Snowlem]]: In Christmas Town in the Final Mix version
* NiceHat
* OutOfFocus: A major character in KH, COM, and [=KHII=], but much less consequential in every game since, though ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' seems to reverse the trend. 3D even lampshades it.
-->'''Goofy''': Do you think we'll ever get to do something important?
* PersonalityPowers: Here's a fun one. Donald's Limits are fireworks, and he's known for his explosive temper.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Goofy's blue, with Sora in-between.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Wears it in the prologue of the first game, Coded, Birth by Sleep, and Dream Drop Distance.
* RoyalRapier: As a musketeer in [=3D=].
* ShipperOnDeck: To Sora and Kairi.
* SideKick: To Sora, though he insisted on being the leader for a while at first, and only seems to step down from this after he comes back from his HonorBeforeReason mistake.
** NonHumanSidekick: Of course, Sora himself is not a human in [[Disney/{{TheLittleMermaid}} Atlantica,]] [[Disney/{{TheLionKing}} the Pride Lands]] and [[{{Film/Tron}} Space Paranoids]].
* TheSmartGuy: He IS the court magician, as well as the one who flies the gummi ship, at least until Sora decides he wants to.
* SpeciesSurname
* UndyingLoyalty: It slowly transfers from Mickey to Sora, but it's unlikely he'll ever have to compromise.
* TheUnintelligible: If it weren't for the subtitles, you'd have a tough time understanding him. And it's ten times worse in Japanese.
* UnscaledMerfolk: Becomes half-duck, half-octopus in Atlantica.
* UnstoppableRage: After Goofy's DisneyDeath.
* VagueAge: He was in Mickey's court ten years ago, appeared in Timeless River, and was a Musketeer in France with Mickey. Mickey was traveling between worlds, but it's not clear if Donald was following him or they met in the Country of the Musketeers.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Donald's magic is what transforms the party in Halloween Town and Atlantica.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Goofy]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:"All for one and one for all!]]
->''"I guess you're stuck with us, Sora!"''
-->Voiced by:Yu Shimaka (Japanese), Bill Farmer (English)

The mild-mannered yet loyal Captain of the Royal Knights at Disney Castle, {{Goofy}} was sent to find and follow the Keyblade bearer. He joins up with Sora to help him save the worlds and becomes one of his closest friends.
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* [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} 24-Hour Armor]]: Goofy wears grey armor in Space Paranoids.
* BadassNormal: He's the pure physical fighter to round out Donald's SquishyWizard and Sora's MagicKnight.
* BashBrothers: With Donald and Sora.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:On several occasions, but more recently in the ending of ''3D'', on a [[KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Star Shard]].]]
* TheBigGuy
* BoundAndGagged: In [[{{PiratesOfTheCaribbean}} Port Royal]], Goofy finds himself tied up alongside his allies. Unlike most examples, they don't get gagged at all.
* ButNowIMustGo: An unspoken agreement in the first game. Due to the "no meddling" rule, Donald and Goofy will have to leave Sora forever at one point. Subverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', where they are far too attached to Sora to leave him.
* CharacterDevelopment: While Goofy is more level-headed than Donald and got on with Sora better, he, like Donald, leaves Sora when his orders technically dictate it, and eventually defies said orders to help Sora. At the end of the first game, he sadly allows Sora to return to his home world, never to see him again (though events dictate otherwise). In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', however, both he and Donald are categorically unwilling to leave Sora, implicitly defying King and country.
* CombatTropes
** FastballSpecial: The end of Goofy's Knocksmash Limit ends with a variation on this, with Sora launching Goofy as if he's a rocket, hence the FanNickname for the Limit.
** ItemCaddy: Goofy has the greatest amount of item slots in the game.
** HealingHands: Can heal both HP and MP of allies with his MP Gift and Evolution skills.
** LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: And along with it...
*** FaceDesignShield: The Defender which is stolen from the heartless with the same name.
*** ShieldSurf
*** ShieldBash
*** ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks
** MightyGlacier
** {{Shoryuken}}: Rocket and the first part of the Goofy Smash ability.
*** LauncherMove
*** MeteorMove: If Sora volleys the enemy up again Goofy will spike the enemy back to the ground.
** RollingAttack
** SpinAttack: His Tornado skill.
** UseYourHead: An amusing sleight in Re:COM has Sora and Donald use him as a battering ram.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Him and Donald in Timeless River.
-->'''Donald''' (''seeing Past!Mickey''): "The King!"
-->'''Goofy''': "Gee, he looks kinda different somehow."
** Also the fact that they fail to realize earlier that they are in their own freaking old cartoons' universe!
--->'''Donald''' (''seeing himself in monochrome form''): "This is kinda like... um-uhh..."
--->'''Goofy''': "Deja vu?"
--->'''Donald''': "Yeah, that's it!"
** Another is in Olympus Coliseum:
--->'''Phil:''' "Two words: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You! Ain't! Heroes!]]"
--->'''Sora:''' "You're wrong!"
--->'''Goofy:''' "Yeah, he said three words."
--->'''Sora:''' "No! That's not what I mean!"
*** This is repeated later in this same world, after Hades is defeated:
---->'''Sora:''' "The games are canceled? How come?"
---->'''Phil:''' "Three words: everyone's pooped!"
---->'''Goofy:''' "Wait a minute, that was only two--"
---->'''Sora:''' "You gotta be kidding!"
* ConjoinedEyes
* [[AccidentalPun Disney]] [[DisneyDeath Death]]: In the second game.
* {{Dogface}}
* DumbassHasAPoint: He's usually seen as dimwitted, but has plenty of these moments throughout the games.
* ElectricTorture: Happens to Goofy, twice, in ''Kingdom Hearts II''; first in Space Paranoids, and later in Olympus Coliseum.
* FanNickname: "Goofy Rocket", for his Knocksmash Limit.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Goofy is a parody of this in Halloween Town
* GeniusDitz: He's actually probably the most level-headed and logically-thinking of the three.
* GogglesDoNothing: It's quite easy to forget they're even there.
* HonorBeforeReason: Same as Donald.
* IdiotHero: SimplemindedWisdom aside, Goofy isn't very bright.
** Played straight during his Musketeer years
* InvincibleMinorMinion: Like Donald, will Auto-Revive automatically a minute or two after his HP are knocked down to zero.
* JapanesePronouns: "Boku".
* TheKlutz
* LovableCoward: Goofy holds shards of this, but not as much as Donald.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Some of his battle quotes are hard to understand.
* NeverMyFault: When the party return to Space Paranoids with the password to the [=DTD=], Sark captures the trio and put them on the [[{{DeathCourse}} Game Grid]]. Since Goofy walked up to a terminal wondering where [[{{DistressedDude}} Tron]] was at the moment of capture, Sora and Donald thought that Goofy was responsible and scold him just as they both get taken away. When Goofy rejoins them...
-->'''Goofy:''' I didn't touch nothin'.
** Though it's unknown whether the capture was truly Goofy's fault, as he never seems to touch the terminal during the cutscene, implying that he could be [[{{CassandraTruth}} telling the truth]].
* NiceHat
* NiceGuy
* OnlyOneName: Unless you count "Captain" as part of his name.
* OutOfFocus: A major character in KH, COM, and [=KH2=], but much less consequential in every game since, though ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' seems to reverse the trend. 3D even lampshades it.
-->'''Goofy''': Do you think we'll ever get to do something important?
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Donald's red, with Sora in-between.
* SacrificialLion: Zigzagged. When he ends up TakingTheBullet (see below) in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', everyone on the heroic side suddenly takes the conflict at hand much more seriously. However, he's revealed to have simply been suffering from a DisneyDeath a short time later. Nevertheless, although he did not truly die, the seriousness of the conflict remains higher for the remainder of the game, as well as later releases (both in terms of chronology and retail release).
* SideKick: To both Sora and Donald.
** NonHumanSidekick
* SimplemindedWisdom
* SimpletonVoice
* SmartBall
* TakingTheBullet: In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', he throws King Mickey out of the way as a boulder thrown during the battle for Radiant Garden nearly hits him, colliding with Goofy's head and [[DisneyDeath knocking him unconscious for an extended period of time]]. And when that happens, everyone--characters ''and'' players--start to get serious.
* TechnicalPacifist: The reason he fights with a shield. Although he has in the past wielded a RoyalRapier as seen in Country of the Musketeers in ''Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance''.
* UndyingLoyalty: As of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', he disobeys Mickey's orders to accompany Sora on his last adventure, like Donald. Considering they're all good friends, though, it's unlikely to cause any conflict.
* UnscaledMerfolk: Goofy becomes a turtle in Atlantica, with the only part that's still the same being his head. He has a similar form in the Pride Lands.
* VagueAge: Like Donald and Mickey, appears in Birth by Sleep, and has been around since Timeless River. In Dream Drop Distance, it's shown that he was working with Mickey in the Country of the Musketeers, but its not clear if he was accompanying Mickey on his journey between worlds or if he was a native of that world (which is very unlikely).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Terra]]
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[[caption-width-right:231:"What I do, I do for friendship."]]
->''"Ven...Aqua...I won't let him hurt you."''
-->Voiced by: Creator/RyotaroOkiayu (Japanese), JasonDohring (English)

An aspiring Keyblade Master training under Eraqus, he has outstanding power and skill, but lacks discipline and allows darkness into his heart out of fear of failure. Denied the rank of Master by Eraqus, he eventually becomes apprentice to Xehanort and resolves to learn to embrace and channel darkness rather than reject it.

A figure wearing Terra's armor appears as a BonusBoss in ''Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+'', but how they are connected is a heavy spoiler for ''Birth By Sleep''.

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* AesopAmnesia: Damn it Terra, ''stop listening to'' ''[[ObviouslyEvil obvious villains!]]''
** To be fair, the only one he truly helped was Maleficent; after that, he fixed what he would mess up.
* [[spoiler:AnimatedArmor]]
* ASinisterClue: A rare {{Anti Hero}}ic example who ''doesn't'' fall under TheSouthpaw. Though he swings his Keyblade with his right hand like the other protagonists, Terra's dark powers tend to manifest through his left, to the point where his finishers in Dark Impulse mode involve turning it into a huge, grasping claw.
* {{Badass}}: Very much so, in spite of his [[FatalFlaw well-known flaws]]. [[spoiler:Despite not being a keyblade master himself, he has defeated TWO in battle, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one under virtually impossible odds.]]]]
* BadassCape: [[spoiler:As the Lingering Will.]] Sadly, it had to be removed for gameplay in ''Birth by Sleep'' due to programming difficulties.
* BattleAura: A vaguely flame-like, pitch-black one whenever he taps into the power of darkness.
* BerserkButton: Same as Aqua's. [[spoiler:Only it's not just villains who can trigger it, as Master Eraqus can attest.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct
** [[spoiler:KnightTemplarBigBrother: This develops by the end of the game in regards to everyone seeming to want to end Ven's existence, whether they were good people or bad people.]]
* [[spoiler:GrandTheftMe: By Master Xehanort, resulting in Terra-Xehanort.]]
* [[spoiler:BonusBoss: As the Lingering Will in ''[[UpdatedRerelease Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix]]'']].
* BrokenAce
* CaptainObvious: He has a strange tendency to shout "Unversed" whenever they show up.
** Which gets him into trouble [[spoiler:when talking to Snow White: she thought he was summoning the Unversed to attack her, instead of just warning her that they were coming.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: Red-orange to Aqua's blue-purple and Ven's green. Expressed most prominently through their Wayfinders, though their outfits also play a part.
* CombatTropes
** [[{{BFS}} BFK]]: Big Freakin' Key.
*** BladeSpam: Sonic Blade operates this way, as does Chaos Blade.
*** CastFromHitPoints: His "Sacrifice" move.
*** DiagonalCut: His "Zantetsuken" move, which functions as a SingleStrokeBattle and can OneHitKO.
*** MorphWeapon: Moreso than anyone else in the series with a Keyblade. Terra can turn his Keyblade into a positively ''enormous'' [[{{BFG}} Ultima Cannon]]. Like the rest of the trio, it can also turn into a hovercycle capable of travelling through the universe like a Gummi Ship. When you face the figure in his armor, [[spoiler:[[BonusBoss the Lingering Will]]]], in ''Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +'', he ups the ante with additional forms like [[WhipItGood a whip]] and a bow and arrow.
*** {{Spellblade}}: Ars Solum, his version of Ventus' Ars Arcanum, operates like this.
*** WeaponOfChoice: The [[DishingOutDirt Earthshaker]] [[CoolKey key]][[CoolSword blade]] which is later upgraded to [[InfinityMinusOneSword Ends Of The Earth]].
** CombinedEnergyAttack: Capable of performing Trinity Limit.
** ElementalPowers:
*** BlowYouAway: Can use the Aero series of spells, as well as [[SpinAttack "Windcutter"]].
*** CastingAShadow: His specialties are Darkness and Earth spells. He even has a D-Link with Maleficent. His dark powers aren't as developed as Riku's, but he has a specialized [[SuperMode Command Style]] for it called Dark Impulse and uses it exclusively in two of his Shotlocks.
*** DishingOutDirt: His strongest magics are Earth spells like Quake and Meteor. He can also use the element in physical attacks. He is better at this than Riku is, and even has a specialized [[SuperMode Command Style]] for it called Rock Breaker.
*** FireIceLightning
*** GravityMaster: Has the Zero Gravity series, Magnet series, and Transcendence. In less conventional terms, the effects of Magnet Spiral may count, as may Collision Magnet.
*** LightTheWay: Limited, but he can use the element through the "Photon Charge" and "Ragnarok" Shotlocks, as well as the [=BladeCharge=] Command Style.
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command.
*** PureEnergy: His [[SignatureMove Ultima]] [[StuffBlowingUp Cannon]] Shotlock. The [=BladeCharge=] Command Style also counts.
*** TimeStandsStill: Has the "Stop" series of spells and the "Slow" spell.
** FlashStep: Despite being the MightyGlacier of the trio, he does have access to a few, namely his [[CastingAShadow Sonic Shadow and Chaos Blade]] moves (which also use a brief TeleportSpam).
** FullContactMagic: His strongest attacks tend to utilize these.
** HealingHands: Has the Cure series and Break Time.
** IShallTauntYou: Has the "Taunt" command, which causes enemies affected to attack only the user.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command.
** LimitBreak: His "Limit Storm" kinda acts like one, dealing more damage when Terra's HP is low. He also has access to "Shotlocks", attacks that consist of the user locking on to a target or targets for a set amount of hits before launching a HomingProjectile storm, whether of a projectile fired from the Keyblade of by him or herself.
*** [[AnIcePerson Absolute Zero]]: The user cloaks him or herself in ice and launches at the target repeatedly, causing ice damage. Sometimes, if using the right timing, ice crystals may jut from the ground to cause more damage.
*** [[PoisonousPerson Bio Barrage]]: Launches a salvo of projectiles that have a 50% chance of poisoning the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[StandardStatusEffects Chaos Snake]]: Launches zig-zagging projectiles that have a chance of inflicting the Confused status on those they hit. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Flame Salvo]]: Launches {{Fireballs}} at the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[SpamAttack Lightning Ray]]: Causes the user to launch at the target with lightning speed. Using the right timing can extend the attack to double it's normal length.
*** [[MagicMissileStorm Meteor Shower]]: Launches small, star-like projectiles at the target. Using the right timing can cause more meteors to fall.
*** [[LightEmUp Photon Charge]]: A SpamAttack using a light element on the Keyblade. Using the right timing can add a StuffBlowingUp effect.
*** [[FrickinLaserBeams Ragnarok]]: Launches a salvo of light-based projectiles, with the right timing adding more projectiles to the salvo.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderstorm]]: Launches a series of blasts of electricity at the target, with the right timing adding projectiles.
*** [[CastingAShadow Dark Volley]]: The first of his specialized Shotlocks, this allows him to fire a barrage of blasts of darkness at his foes. The right timing adds more projectiles.
*** [[CastingAShadow Sonic Shadow]]: [[LightningBruiser Moving around the field much faster than usual]], Terra cloaks himself in darkness, possibly causing [[StandardStatusEffect blindness]] to his foes. The right timing causes a StuffBlowingUp effect to attacks in this Shotlock.
*** [[{{BFG}} Ultima Cannon]]: Terra's SignatureMove and ultimate Shotlock, this allows him to [[MorphWeapon morph his Keyblade into a giant cannon]] to fire upon his foes. The right timing causes the bullets to become explosive.
** MightyGlacier: His Keyblade strikes hit like a sack of bricks, and he swings it about as fast as one too.
** MagicKnight: Emphasis on the "Knight" part.
** RedMage: Though he's the fighter of the trio, he can access both [[ElementalPowers elemental magic]] and [[HealingHands healing powers]].
** RetGone: Can weaponize this in the form of his "Warp" command, which takes the target from the battle completely, but also erases any rewards that might come of it.
** SpinAttack: "Brutal Blast", which also has some kind of KiAttack going on before the spin, and also [[BlowYouAway "Windcutter"]].
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of his arsenal, with a special focus on "[[TimeStandsStill Stop]]" spells. Other spells cause "Poison", "Burn", "Paralyzed", "Blindness", "Confused", or "Frozen". He in particular can cause "Doom" and "Instant Death" as well. One of his exclusive finishers can also inflict various status effects.
** StuffBlowingUp: Has the "Mine" series. Also [[SignatureMove Ultima Cannon]].
** SuperMode: Command Styles, which boost offensive power:
*** [[LightningBruiser Critical Impact]]: Terra's attacks become ''much'' stronger and a bit faster. Leaps into the air and slams the ground to send out a shockwave as a finisher.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Firestorm]]: Keyblade turns into a FlamingSword. Terra creates a wave of flame pillars as a finishing move.
*** [[AnIcePerson Diamond Dust]]: Keyblade acquires ice powers. Terra summons a large explosion of ice around him as a finisher.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderbolt]]: Keyblade crackles with lightning. Terra creates a storm of lightning bolts overhead as a finisher.
*** [[DishingOutDirt Rock Breaker]]: Terra's attacks become earth-based and he excels at ground combat. He sends homing rock spears flying around as a finisher.
*** [[CastingAShadow Dark Impulse]]: Terra's attacks become dark-based, and his gauntlet slams enemies with a large fist of darkness. [[FlashStep Teleports under enemies]] to deliver [[{{Shoryuken}} an uppercut]] as a finisher.
*** [[LaserBlade Blade]][[{{BFS}} Charge]]: Keyblade becomes engulfed in light, giving a huge boost to the range of attacks. Uses an overhead SpinAttack as a finisher.
*** [[AnIcePerson Frozen Fortune]]: Triggered by using ice cream items to fill the command gauge, uses ice to attack. Creates a field of ice orbs in the air that explode as a finisher.
*** [[MusicalAssassin Rhythm Mixer]]: Exclusive to ''Final Mix'', spin and fly through the air to attack with dance-like attack. Create a trio of symbols and beat them to send out soundwaves as a finisher.
** WreathedInFlames: In his Fire Dash command. He has his own variant known as Dark Haze, which is instead Wreathed In [[CastingAShadow Darkness]].
* CoolBike: His Keyblade Glider.
* DullSurprise: JasonDohring's performance, except when he's really angry. It should be noted that JasonDohring's performance isn't completely emotionless, as can be seen with anger. Dohring's acting is actually much better when he is in a scene with other characters, especially later in the game as Dohring got more comfortable with portraying the character.
* EmotionalBruiser
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Well, do ''you'' have a better explanation for the hakama?
** He even gets a DiagonalCut as a unique attack that has a chance of {{One Hit Kill}}ing regular enemies.
* FaceHeelTurn: {{Subverted}}. [[spoiler:Many people assumed that he was going to pull one to become the current Xehanort. In reality, he winds up [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by the ''real'' BigBad, Master Xehanort, and is [[GrandTheftMe currently serving as his vessel]]. Meanwhile, his mind, now separate from his body (now Xehanort's), lives on [[AnimatedArmor as the Lingering Will]].]]
* FatalFlaw[=/=]AmbitionIsEvil
* [[spoiler:FightingFromTheInside: It's what lets Aqua overcome his Xehanort-possessed body when she joins him in his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.]]
* GenderBlenderName: Terra is a girl's name in the West.
* HeelRealization: When [[spoiler:he mortally wounds Eraqus]].
* HeroicSpirit
** The first instance of solitary OurSoulsAreDifferent, in comparison with all the usual talk about hearts or the combination of hearts and bodies (Nobodies).
** HeroicWillpower: Probably the most out of anyone in the series. [[spoiler:Too bad it wasn't enough to stop Xehanort from taking over his body.]]
** TheDeterminator
* HeroWithAnFInGood: At first. He improves it to a B+ over time.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[VeronicaMars Hi Logan!]]
* HiddenDepths: According to the tie-in novels, he's very skilled in carving wood with a knife, even making the wooden training keyblades himself.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Even if he has some distrust of them, he winds up listening to Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Hades, Jumba Jookiba, Captain Hook, and (of course) Master Xehanort. It ''never'' ends up well for him.
** Terra holds what some might say is a reasonable amount of skepticism towards his new colleagues, but because of his strong "Let's see how this plays out" mindset (stemming from his own issues with being judged, natch) he lacks any sort of instinct as to when and where to step in. This results in a number of bad outcomes that he could have prevented.
** To put that into perspective, the only villains in the game that Terra ''doesn't'' ally with are Lady Tremaine, Pete, and Braig. He's after Vanitas too, but they never actually meet [[spoiler:until the very end]].
*** To be fair though, Terra never really trusted Hades or Captain Hook, and never had any intention of helping the Evil Queen and was actually planning more on keeping Snow White safe just in case Master Xehanort showed up. However, he still doesn't seem to learn until after [[spoiler:Master Xehanort tricks him into attacking Master Eraqus.]]
*** Justified in the Deep Space scenario, Jumba said he was put in prison for ridiculous charges and this was after Terra himself was dragged into the ship and imprisoned for almost no apparent reason.
* GenreBlindness
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Peter Pan if you talk to him in Neverland after finishing the storyline there.
--> '''Peter''': I'd watch out if I were you. You look like an easy guy to trick.
** And earlier by Hades:
--> '''Hades''': Wait... Dark, moody, powerful. Yes! He's perfect.
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo
--> "What I do, I do for friendship."
** MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After beating up [[spoiler:Master Eraqus]] to the point of near-death. Xehanort finishes him off.
* IdenticalStranger: Master Xehanort looked suspiciously like Terra in his youth [[spoiler:especially after Xehanort's possession leaves him HadesShaded.]]
* JapanesePronouns: "Ore".
* [[spoiler:LaserGuidedKarma: Much like Riku, he gave into the darkness. Although Terra's consequences in comparison were ''much'' worse.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Terra", which is lifted from "Fate of the Unknown", the track that plays under the secret video of ''Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix''.
* LeftHandedMirror: To Riku. Although Terra is not left-handed, his darkness manifests through his left hand while Riku's manifests through his right or both. They have many, many parallels, including sharing the same role in a TwoGuysAndAGirl trio, complete with same ThemeNaming. They both are destined keyblade wielders, both are misled and manipulated by Maleficent and Xehanort, and both succumb to the Darkness in their hearts. But while Terra [[spoiler:is lost to his inner Darkness and becomes a Xehanort host]], Riku [[spoiler:conquers his inner Darkness and uses it to defend the Light, thus escaping Terra's fate]].
* ManChild[=/=]YoungerThanHeLooks: It's been pointed out that there is {{subtext}} of Terra's behavior being consistent with a that of a child trying to cope with identity issues stemming from adolescence/puberty/growth spurts [[note]]which, believe it or not, science has proven to be a normal part of growing up for people into their early twenties[[/note]]. Because of his VagueAge, in presentation he resembles a young man trying to live up to what he ''thinks'' should be his proper image; the [[AndIMustScream Re]][[FateWorseThanDeath sult]] is a horrifying depiction of what happens when a kid doesn't have parents to guide and temper him. This has led to an understandable interpretation that Terra is actually not much older than Ventus, despite his appearance.
* MeaningfulName: Shares the "earth" theme with Riku, though he has no relation to him outside of character role, [[spoiler:Keyblade succession, and getting possessed by Xehanort.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:an anagram of Xehanort without the "X" is "No earth". As in, he got [[GrandTheftMe Body Snatched]] and ThatManIsDead.]]
* {{Misblamed}}: InUniverse, everyone believed it was ''he'' who [[spoiler:stole Aurora's heart. It wasn't, as Braig finds out from Master Xehanort in Radiant Garden...]]
* MissedTheCall: According to WordOfGod, Terra has the skill and power of a Keyblade Master and thus is essentially one in all but title -- that's why he's able to [[spoiler:perform the Rite of Succession with Riku]]. However, due to Eraqus's concern for the darkness in his heart, he chooses to make Aqua a Master instead. If [[spoiler:Xehanort hadn't sabotaged Terra during the exam]], it's likely that Terra could have made Master too, and Xehanort's manpulations of his insecurities may not have gone so well.
* MrFanservice: For some. The [[FormFittingWardrobe tight clothing he wears]] definitely helps. And he'll do ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGWaKak-Ig4 vertical push-ups]]'' on command.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: See the spoiled trope below, but also, he inspired [[spoiler:Riku]], more than he already was [[spoiler:to leave his world]], most likely causing him to [[JumpedAtTheCall jump at the call]] as early as he did.
** Also, [[spoiler:Not finishing off the unconscious Xehanort at the Keyblade Graveyard, causing the man to continue to commit atrocities for years to come.]]
* OnlyOneName
** NamesTheSame: For Western players, with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI a much more familiar Square Enix protagonist with the opposite gender]].
* OriginalGeneration
* PersonalityPowers: Specializes in earth and darkness and is stubborn, hard headed, and brooding.
* PickyEater: According to the tie-in novels, he has a strong aversion to sweets (preferring nuts), in spite of his master's and companions' collective SweetTooth.
* ThePowerOfHate: His hatred for [[spoiler:Xehanort]] builds and builds leading up to the final battle as he realizes [[spoiler:Xehanort manipulated him into killing Eraqus and more]]. Then reaches critical mass when [[spoiler:his hatred for Xehanort becomes so intense that he reanimates his armor to fight Xehanort when he loses his body.]]
** UnstoppableRage: [[spoiler:There's a reason the ThemeMusicPowerUp used when he rises against the new Xehanort is called "Rage Awakened". For once the barrier surrounding the battlefield is the ''hero's'', to make sure Xehanort has nowhere to run and no one can interfere]].
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Causes a ''pivotal'' turning point in the plot.
* [[spoiler:SealedEvilInADuel: Tells Xehanort in "Blank Points" that he's willing to fight with him for as long as it takes to keep the old man from having his way with his body.]]
* SignatureMove: [[{{BFG}} Ult]][[MorphWeapon ima]] [[StuffBlowingUp Cannon]] as mentioned above. [[spoiler:This carries over to both Terra-Xehanort and The Lingering Will, once Xehanort possesses him.]]
* SingleStrokeBattle: The only one of the ''Birth by Sleep'' trio to learn Zantetsuken. In his case, the attack has him flash past his foes as he strikes, with a very high chance of instantly killing the enemies he hits.
* SkilledButNaive
* TearsOfRemorse
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: [[spoiler:Used as a tragic piece when his theme plays when he fights Eraqus. The Lingering Will gets one when it fights Terranort with "Rage Awakened" playing.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Through accepting his heart's darkness, but like Riku, it has its costs.
** Not only did he defeat [[spoiler:Master Xehanort, when Xehanort stole his body at the conclusion of the fight, he animated his armor out of force of will]] and defeated him again!
* TragicHero
* UnwittingPawn
* WhatTheHellHero: On the receiving end from various people for his actions in ''Birth By Sleep''.
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[[folder:Ventus ("Ven")]]
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[[caption-width-right:192:"Friends forever..."]]
->''"At least I have some [friends]! I've become a part of their heart, just as they've become a part of mine. My friends are my power... and I'm theirs!"''
-->Voiced by: KoukiUchiyama (Japanese), {{Jesse McCartney}} (English),

A rookie Keyblade wielder who trains alongside Terra and Aqua at the Land of Departure. He runs away from home to chase after Terra after receiving a warning of things to come. Despite not being as along in his training as they are, he's still a capable warrior and is eager to explore new worlds and make friends. He has some connection to Master Xehanort and his new apprentice Vanitas, but how he is something he cannot remember.

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* [[AbusiveParents Abusive]] ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:His original master, [[ObviouslyEvil Xehanort]]]].
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Poor Ven. No one's taking him seriously.
--> "[[CatchPhrase My name's Ventus. Call me Ven.]]"
** BreakTheCutie
* AndIMustScream[=/=]HumanPopsicle: Just like the secret ending from ''[[UpdatedRerelease Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+]]'', Ventus is frozen alive by Master Xehanort. [[spoiler:Granted, he ''does'' escape via HeroicWillpower just in the nick of time to save Aqua, but winds up being pinned down by some Unversed just for Vanitas to commit GrandTheftMe.]]
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: With [[spoiler:Vanitas.]]
* BigBrotherWorship: Of Terra. It's rather depressing how long it takes for poor Ven to accept that maybe there ''is'' something bad going on with him.
* CharacterTics: He often places his hands behind his head like Sora does.
* CallForward: Nearly replicates Sora's famous speech to Riku in ''KH I''.
** Another possible one might involve [[spoiler:Master Eraqus mentioning how Ventus was never meant to exist, similarly to how Naminé mentions how Roxas was never meant to exist.]]
* CelebrityVoiceActor: Like Roxas, [[TeenIdol Jesse [=McCartney=]]].
* ColorCodedCharacters: Green to Terra's red-orange and Aqua's blue-purple. Expressed most prominently through their Wayfinders, though their outfits also play a part.
** WindIsGreen: Ironically none of his actual wind attacks fit, but Ven himself does through the mentioned color coding.
* CombatTropes
** CombinedEnergyAttack: Capable of performing Trinity Limit.
** CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: [[BlowYouAway Wayward Wind]], a Keyblade designed specifically for his fighting style.
*** BladeSpam: Sonic Blade operates this way.
*** ReverseGrip: [[spoiler:So much that when his Keyblade Armor is possessed by the darkness in Sora's heart, it still uses that grip.]]
*** SpamAttack[=/=]StormOfBlades: His "Multivortex" Shotlock operates like this, with several blades of wind and light helping him.
*** {{Spellblade}}: Ars Arcanum acts like this.
*** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: "Strike Raid" and variants. Ventus in particular has the "Treasure Raid", "Wind Raid", and "Spark Raid" variations.
*** WeaponTwirling: He's prone to spinning his keyblade during his ready-but-idle animation and also before opening chests.
** ElementalPowers:
*** BlowYouAway: His most powerful spells are wind-based like Tornado, and one of his first signature Command Styles is Cyclone. His final shotlock even combines wind magic with his light magic.
*** CastingAShadow: "Outflow of the Dark", randomly added to his Command Deck when fighting [[BonusBoss No Heart]].
*** FireIceLightning
*** GravityMaster: Zero Gravity series, Magnet series, and "Transcendence". In less conventional terms, the effects of Magnet Spiral may count, as may Collision Magnet.
*** HolyHandGrenade[=/=]LightEmUp: Each character specializes in at least two elements. Ven's specialty aside from wind is light-based spells like Faith and Salvation. Also reflected in his Wingblade Command Style which is basically his version of Sora's Final Form, as well as some of his Shotlocks, [[StuffBlowingUp Pulse Bomb]] and [[EleventhHourSuperpower Dark]] [[BeamOWar Link]].
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command.
*** TimeStandsStill: Has the "Stop" series of spells and the "Slow" spell. "Stop" is also used as a part of [[TeleportSpam "Time Splicer"]].
** FastballSpecial: When teamed up with Hercules, he is thrown, but when teamed with Stitch, he does the throwing.
** FragileSpeedster: Has the fastest attacks but the lowest HP growth. Curiously though, his defense is the highest, but only by a couple points.
** HealingHands: The Cure series and Break Time.
** IShallTauntYou: Has the "Taunt" command, which causes enemies affected to attack only the user.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command.
** LimitBreak: Has access to "Shotlocks", attacks that consist of the user locking on to a target or targets for a set amount of hits before launching a HomingProjectile storm, whether of a projectile fired from the Keyblade of by him or herself.
*** [[AnIcePerson Absolute Zero]]: The user cloaks him or herself in ice and launches at the target repeatedly, causing ice damage. Sometimes, if using the right timing, ice crystals may jut from the ground to cause more damage.
*** [[PoisonousPerson Bio Barrage]]: Launches a salvo of projectiles that have a 50% chance of poisoning the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[StandardStatusEffects Chaos Snake]]: Launches zig-zagging projectiles that have a chance of inflicting the Confused status on those they hit. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Flame Salvo]]: Launches {{Fireballs}} at the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[SpamAttack Lightning Ray]]: Causes the user to launch at the target with lightning speed. Using the right timing can extend the attack to double it's normal length.
*** [[MagicMissileStorm Meteor Shower]]: Launches small, star-like projectiles at the target. Using the right timing can cause more meteors to fall.
*** [[LightEmUp Photon Charge]]: A SpamAttack using a light element on the Keyblade. Using the right timing can add a StuffBlowingUp effect.
*** [[FrickinLaserBeams Ragnarok]]: Launches a salvo of light-based projectiles, with the right timing adding more projectiles to the salvo.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderstorm]]: Launches a series of blasts of electricity at the target, with the right timing adding projectiles.
*** [[StuffBlowingUp Pulse Bomb]]: Ventus jumps into the air and launches explosive blasts from the tip of his Keyblade. The right timing causes more explosions.
*** [[SpamAttack Multi]][[StormOfBlades vortex]]: Ventus' ultimate solo Shotlock has him harnessing the wind to throw down shockwave after shockwave at his foes, blades of light and wind around him as he does so. The whirlwind can be elongated in this attack.
*** [[EleventhHourSuperpower Dark]] [[BeamOWar Link]]: [[spoiler:A light version of Vanitas' Dark Cannon that is augmented by rotating golden crystals, this is only active when in the final BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind against him. It is used as a BeamOWar in order to force back his own dark-based attack with a powerful beam of light.]]
** MagicKnight: Ventus is more balanced in magic and sword fighting compared Terra and Aqua, who focus one one or the other.
** RedMage: Can utilize both [[ElementalPowers elemental magic]] and [[HealingHands healing powers]].
** MultiWielding: Gets six swords of light in his Wingblade style and holds one in each hand, with the others floating behind him.
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of his arsenal, with a special focus on "[[TimeStandsStill Stop]]" spells. Other spells cause "Poison", "Burn", "Paralyzed", "Blindness", "Confused", or "Frozen".
** StuffBlowingUp: Has the "Mine" series, as well as his [[LightEmUp Pulse Bomb]] Shotlock.
** SuperMode: Command Styles, which boost offensive power:
*** [[SpamAttack Fever Pitch]]: Ven's attacks get even faster. Finishing move is a long combo with [[LightEmUp beams of light]].
*** [[PlayingWithFire Firestorm]]: Keyblade turns into a FlamingSword. Ven creates a storm of flame pillars as a finishing move.
*** [[AnIcePerson Diamond Dust]]: Keyblade acquires ice powers, Ven summons a large explosion of ice around him as a finishing move.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderbolt]]: Keyblade crackles with lightning, Ven creates a storm of lightning bolts overhead as a finisher.
*** [[BlowYouAway Cyclone]]: Ven spams {{Spin Attack}}s with wind-elemental powers and uses a stronger SpinAttack as a finisher.
*** [[PowerFloats Skyclimber]]: Greatly boosts Ven's proficiency with aerial attacks, Ven rides his Keyblade like a skateboard to hit enemies as a finisher.
*** [[HolyHandGrenade Wing]][[StormOfBlades blade]]: Ven discards his Keyblade for six blades of light that float behind him, grabbing them to [[DualWielding dual-wield]] and using long, powerful combos. Uses InstantRunes to blow up enemies as a finisher.
*** [[AnIcePerson Frozen Fortune]]: Triggered by using ice cream items to fill the command gauge, uses ice to attack. Creates a field of ice orbs in the air that explode as a finisher.
*** [[MusicalAssassin Rhythm Mixer]]: Exclusive to ''Final Mix'', spin and fly through the air to attack with dance-like attack. Create a trio of symbols and beat them to send out soundwaves as a finisher.
** UnnecessaryCombatRoll: His dodge maneuver is the "Dodge Roll", which can be upgraded to the [[ShockAndAwe Thunder Roll]]. The tactic leaves him invulnerable for its duration.
** WreathedInFlames: Fire Dash. He has another attack that is instead Wreathed In [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]] known as Thunder Roll.
* CoolBoard: His Keyblade Glider is basically a [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Galaxy Glider]].
** SkySurfing
* CryCute[=/=]PuppyDogEyes: As shown in a flashback within the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuAVe1gpoCY "The Masked Boy"]] cutscene, in response to Terra telling him off.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Even as [[spoiler:Xehanort's apprentice, before his darkness was extracted to make Vanitas]], he was largely the same person he is now. In fact, the reason [[spoiler:his darkness was removed]] in the first place was because he was [[spoiler:too soft for Xehanort's purposes, even with all that darkness within him.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: You'd think he'd be the chief protagonist due to his resemblance to Sora and Roxas. As it stands, both Terra and Aqua are both somewhat more important protagonists.
* DemonicPossession: If [[spoiler:Vanitas]] can truly be percieved as a demon.
* {{Determinator}}: Despite Vanitas completely outclassing him the last time they fought, Ven adamantly refuses to give up when the time comes for their rematch. [[spoiler:His determination is so strong that he willingly destroys Vanitas and inflicts catastrophic damage on his own heart to keep his EvilCounterpart from wielding the χ-Blade.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: He crossed it when Master Xehanort told him of [[MacGuffinGirl his true nature]].
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Whenever his heart is in critical condition.
* [[spoiler:EmptyShell: His fate by the end of ''Birth By Sleep'', though by ''3D'', he seems to be breaking out of it.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: He has an entire fighting style based on this concept called Cyclone.
* {{Expy}}: Not just similar, but ''identical'' in appearance and voice (both English and Japanese) to Roxas. This is a major plot point.
* [[LoveFreak Friendship Freak]]: Just may be the biggest one in the series. His motivation through his entire story can be summed as making/saving/protecting friends.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He destroyed the χ-blade even though he knew it would destroy his heart, along with Vanitas's.]]
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The three fairies of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' even note that he's just like Aurora, with no darkness in his heart. As it turns out, it's because [[spoiler:his darkness has been forcefully removed and personified as Vanitas.]]
* TheIngenue: His kindness and naivety reflects the purity of his heart.
* JustAKid: The reason he's not allowed to take the Master Qualification Exam. [[spoiler:Aside from being half of Xehanort's plan, meaning Eraqus doesn't want him to ever leave the Land of Departure.]]
* [[spoiler:KingInTheMountain: Of a sort as of the end of ''Birth By Sleep''. He's not actually a king, but Ventus is in a coma due to the split of his heart and his HeroicSacrifice of destroying his dark half. As a way to protect him until she could find a way to revive him, Aqua turned the Land of Departure into [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Castle Oblivion]], putting him at the top of the castle, where anyone except for her loses their memories progressively as they move toward that top spot, meaning that only she can restore him when the time is right.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Ventus", a mix of Sora's and Roxas' themes.
* IdenticalStranger: Is identical to Sora with the exception of hairstyle/color, and identical to Roxas in those respects. [[spoiler:This is due to their heart connections, and the fact that Roxas is holding Ventus' heart himself.]]
* [[MacGuffinGirl MacGuffin Guy]]: A male version. In ''Birth By Sleep'', [[spoiler:he is the light half to the dark half for Vanitas in Master Xehanort's first chronological attempt at making the X-Blade. If the two clash at equal strength, a proto-Kingdom Hearts will form, in addition to a proto-X-Blade, bringing pieces into place for a possibility of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
* MeaningfulName: Ventus = wind. Sora = sky. Do the math.
** ThemeNaming: Following the Air-Water-Earth links for Sora-Kairi-Riku, since [[spoiler:his heart's light half resides within Sora, and his heart connected to Sora's upon breaking in the first place]].
* MythologyGag: While every character shares some of their trademark skills with Sora, which is more or less just a testament to them being series mainstays, Ven gets Ars Arcanum, several variations of Dodge Roll, Glide, and Strike Raid, and his Wingblade command style is heavily based on Final Form in appearance and fighting style, with a combo finisher that looks like Trinity. And for good measure, Faith and Salvation create pillars of light to attack enemies like Roxas's Event Horizon.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Usually, though he's also sometimes called Ventus.
* OnlyOneName
* OriginalGeneration
* PersonalityPowers: Specializes in wind and light and is bright and cheerful.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: See the above quote.
* PyrrhicVictory: The end of his story results in [[spoiler:the defeat of Vanitas at the same time as Aqua destroys the proto-X-Blade outside of his heart, likely destroying Vanitas, but also plunging Ventus into a more-than-a-decade long coma]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Appears to ship Terra and Aqua. When he needed adults to accompany him to an amusement park, he introduced them as his parents.
* ShirtlessScene: In his awakening.
* TookALevelInBadass: When he first fights Vanitas, he gets pummeled and needs Mickey to pull a BigDamnHeroes moment. [[spoiler:By the end of the game he manages to beat Vanitas one-on-one, ''while'' Vanitas is armed with the χ-blade.]]
* TraumaInducedAmnesia
* TeensAreShort: He's only a few years younger than Terra and Aqua, but he's only a couple inches taller than Ienzo, who's a ''preteen''.
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[[folder:Aqua]]
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[[caption-width-right:194:"The three of us... will always be one."]]
->''"Power is born within the heart. When the time is right, you just need to look inside yourself... and you'll find it there."''

-->Voiced by: Creator/MegumiToyoguchi (Japanese), Willa Holland (English)

The only one of her trio of friends to become a Keyblade Master. She is tasked with looking after Terra to keep him from succumbing to darkness, and to bring Ventus back to the Land of Departure after he runs away from home. Specializing in magic instead of physical fighting like the other heroes, Aqua's promotion above Terra and Ven and her natural urge to try and guide them leads to their friendship fracturing when she seems to be acting superior to them.

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* TheAce
* ActionGirl: Is primarily a magic user, which she can combine into a few good [[FullContactMagic physical attacks]]. There's a reason she's the one with the Master rank, after all.
** AffirmativeActionGirl: Though Kairi had fought in cut-scene form before, and Xion and Larxene had been playable in Days's multiplayer mode, Aqua is the first proper female player character.
* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Subverted whenever she's in the Lanes Between or the Mirage Arena.
* BackToBackBadasses: Subverted when she tells ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Zack]]'' to sit on the sidelines before her battle with [[DualBoss Hades and the Ice Colossus]]. Later played straight in an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome fashion]] when she [[spoiler:teams up with fellow MemeticBadass Mickey to fend off a [[DemonicPossession Vanitas-possessed]] Ven.]]
* {{Badass}}: Let's see, she's the only of the trio to get the Mark of Master, she delivers a ShutUpHannibal to every villain she meets, she turns out to be a SpannerInTheWorks, and in pretty much every world you visit, it's Aqua who sets things right. On top of all this, she tends to be more of a GameBreaker than Terra and Ven due to her high magic stat. Not to mention that [[spoiler:after ''[[YearOutsideHourInside a long time]]'' in the Realm of Darkness, her heart is so strong she hasn't been corrupted yet. Although, it should be noted that it ''seems'' she developed depression, but still.]]
* BadassBoast: See [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya My Name Is Master Aqua]] below.
* BerserkButton: Do not say or do anything bad to or about her friends. Nearly every villain she encountered learned this sad fact the hard way.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Aqua is basically the big sister you'd always want... until you mess with someone close to her. At which point, she becomes your worst nightmare.
* BoobsOfSteel: Being that she's several years older than the other main female heroes seen so far, she's more physically developed, and is certainly the most powerful of them, as well as one of the most powerful heroes, period.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Blue-purple to Terra's red-orange and Ven's green. Expressed best through their Wayfinders, though their outfits also play on it.
* CombatTropes
** ArcherArchetype: Her Keyblade's vehicle form also works as an enormous energy bow. Sadly, you can ''only'' use it during Keyblade Ride games, unlike Terra's BFG.
** BarrierWarrior: Not exclusively, but where Terra and Ventus block attacks with their Keyblades, Aqua throws up a BeehiveBarrier that protects her from all directions. She also learns skills to dash while projecting a barrier to damage enemies, can explode her barrier outwards to damage enemies, and is the only character who can use her Block skill in midair.
** CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: Originally, hers is [[MakingASplash Rainfell]]. However, it later upgrades to [[InfinityMinusOneSword Stormfell]]. Eventually, she opts to use [[spoiler:[[TakeUpMySword Master Keeper]] upon sacrificing her original Keyblade.]]
*** BladeSpam: Sonic Blade operates this way.
*** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: "Strike Raid" and variants.
*** WeaponTwirling: Shows up in her "Break Time" command.
*** WeaponOfChoice: [[MakingASplash Rainfell]], which upgrades to the [[InfinityMinusOneSword Stormfall]] [[CoolKey key]][[CoolSword blade]], followed by Master Eraqus' [[TakeUpMySword Master Keeper]] in the epilogue.
** CombinedEnergyAttack: Capable of performing Trinity Limit.
** ElementalPowers:
*** BlowYouAway: The Aero series.
*** CastingAShadow: "Outflow of the Dark", randomly added to her Command Deck when fighting [[BonusBoss No Heart]]. It also functions as HoistByHisOwnPetard, and causes a random one of the StandardStatusEffects.
*** FireIceLightning: While Terra gets Earth and Dark attacks and Ven gets Wind and Light, Aqua actually has no preference towards Water and instead focuses her skills in these three areas. Not counting the NonElemental ones, her unique magic skills are Triple Blizzaga, Triple Firaga, Thundaga Shot, Raging Storm, Glacier, Firaga Burst, and Ice Barrage.
*** GravityMaster: Zero Gravity series, Magnet series, and "Transcendence". She also has "Energy Magnet", "D-Link Magnet", and "Munny Magnet", for individual enemies. In less conventional terms, the effects of Magnet Spiral may count, as may Collision Magnet.
*** LightEmUp[=/=]PureEnergy: Her Spellweaver, Bladecharge, and Ghost Drive Command Styles, Magic Pulse finishers up to and including Teleport Spike, and her Lightbloom shotlock, appear as glowing white orbs of PureEnergy. She also has Roxas's Magic Hour.
*** MakingASplash: Unlike Terra and Ventus, who get a spell for their elemental namesake, Aqua's only water attack is her starting shotlock Bubble Blast. Instead her element is shown through her unique Keyblades, Rainfell and Stormfall, and her InfinityMinusOneSword Brightcrest.
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command.
*** TimeStandsStill: Has the "Stop" series of spells and the "Slow" spell. "Stop" is also used as a part of [[TeleportSpam "Time Splicer"]].
** FastballSpecial: She tosses Stitch at enemies when teamed up with him. When teamed up with Prince Phillip, however, he tosses her instead.
** FlashStep: Many of her spells and special attacks include this. Her "Ghost Drive" Command style makes ''all'' of her attacks Flash Steps.
** FullContactMagic
** HealingHands: Has the Cure series and Break Time.
** IncredibleShrinkingMan: Her "Mini" spell can do this to enemies, causing them to take CollisionDamage from her [[GiantFootOfStomping Giant Lady Shoes of Stomping]].
** IShallTauntYou: Has the "Taunt" command, which causes enemies affected to attack only the user.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command.
** LadyOfWar: While Ven and Terra assume typical battle stances, Aqua stands perfectly poised even in the heat of battle. Her first [[SuperMode Command Style]], Spellweaver, hammers this concept home, where she attacks with graceful Keyblade flips and twirls.
** LimitBreak: Has access to "Shotlocks", attacks that consist of the user locking on to a target or targets for a set amount of hits before launching a HomingProjectile storm, whether of a projectile fired from the Keyblade of by him or herself.
*** [[AnIcePerson Absolute Zero]]: The user cloaks him or herself in ice and launches at the target repeatedly, causing ice damage. Sometimes, if using the right timing, ice crystals may jut from the ground to cause more damage.
*** [[PoisonousPerson Bio Barrage]]: Launches a salvo of projectiles that have a 50% chance of poisoning the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[StandardStatusEffects Chaos Snake]]: Launches zig-zagging projectiles that have a chance of inflicting the Confused status on those they hit. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Flame Salvo]]: Launches {{Fireballs}} at the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[SpamAttack Lightning Ray]]: Causes the user to launch at the target with lightning speed. Using the right timing can extend the attack to double it's normal length.
*** [[MagicMissileStorm Meteor Shower]]: Launches small, star-like projectiles at the target. Using the right timing can cause more meteors to fall.
*** [[LightEmUp Photon Charge]]: A SpamAttack using a light element on the Keyblade. Using the right timing can add a StuffBlowingUp effect.
*** [[FrickinLaserBeams Ragnarok]]: Launches a salvo of light-based projectiles, with the right timing adding more projectiles to the salvo.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderstorm]]: Launches a series of blasts of electricity at the target, with the right timing adding projectiles.
*** [[MakingASplash Bubble Blaster]]: Launches bubbles at the target.
*** [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prism Rain]]: Launches a salvo of rainbow-colored orbs.
*** [[HolyHandGrenade Lightbloom]]: Aqua's ultimate Shotlock, this consists of several [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning graceful spins]] as she fires [[LightEmUp light]] in all directions.
** MagicKnight: Emphasis on the "Magic" part.
** RedMage: Can utilize both [[ElementalPowers elemental magic]] and [[HealingHands healing powers]]. Since she's the mage of the trio, both her magical damage output and healing is quite effective.
** SpinAttack: Many, including her Spell Weaver and Blade Charge finishers, and her Lightbloom Shotlock.
** SquishyWizard: Her HP and defenses are awful, and her physical attacks are mediocre. However, she is a magical powerhouse and has very powerful spells.
*** LightningBruiser: Evolves into this with all her abilities at hand. Her Barrier and Cartwheel are just as effective at protecting her or more, than Block and Slide/Dodge Roll, her Curaga is the strongest of the trio, and she has an arsenal of lethal exclusive spell.
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of her arsenal, with a special focus on "[[TimeStandsStill Stop]]" spells. Other spells cause "Poison", "Burn", "Paralyzed", "Blindness", "Confused", or "Frozen".
** StuffBlowingUp: She, like her friends Terra and Ventus, has the "Mine" series of commands. She alone has the "Seeker Mine" command, however.
** SuperMode: Command Styles, which boost offensive power:
*** [[FlyingWeapon Spell Weaver]]: Aqua [[FullContactMagic enchants her Keyblade with magic]], using fancy [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks sword throws and twirls]] to attack and an extended SpinAttack as a finisher.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Firestorm]]: Keyblade turns into a FlamingSword. Aqua creates a wave of flame pillars as a finishing move.
*** [[AnIcePerson Diamond Dust]]: Keyblade acquires ice powers. Aqua summons a large explosion of ice around her as a finisher.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderbolt]]: Keyblade crackles with lightning. Aqua creates a storm of lightning bolts overhead as a finisher.
*** [[TeleportSpam Ghost Drive]]: {{Flash Step}}s to attack enemies and teleports instead of cartwheeling for a dodge. Stab spears of light into the ground and explode them as a finisher.
*** [[PowerFloats Skyclimber]]: Greatly boosts Aqua's proficiency with aerial attacks. Aqua rides her Keyblade like a skateboard to hit enemies as a finisher.
*** [[LaserBlade Blade]][[{{BFS}} Charge]]: Keyblade becomes engulfed in light, giving a huge boost to the range of attacks. Uses an overhead SpinAttack as a finisher.
*** [[AnIcePerson Frozen Fortune]]: Triggered by using ice cream items to fill the command gauge, uses ice to attack. Creates a field of ice orbs in the air that explode as a finisher.
*** [[MusicalAssassin Rhythm Mixer]]: Exclusive to ''Final Mix'', spin and fly through the air to attack with dance-like attack. Create a trio of symbols and beat them to send out soundwaves as a finisher.
** SheFu
** TeleportersAndTransporters: She has a "Teleport" command, which works as a kind of dodge.
*** TeleportSpam: With many of her attacks.
** WreathedInFlames: Her "Firewheel" cartwheel. Also, the Fire Dash command.
* CoolBigSis: To Ventus
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* CuteBruiser
* DetachedSleeves
* DoubleJump: Doubleflight, which functions as a platform of light under her which she jumps off of for a second jump.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Sora to a certain extent.
* DullSurprise: Willa Holland isn't as bad at this as Jason Dohring, but this is still frequent.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: She gains the Brightcrest Keyblade in the [[spoiler:Final Chapter]]. It possesses very impressive range, makes critical hits a 75% chance, ''and'' provides an outstanding boost to her already impressive magic stat.
** She gets yet another one, [[spoiler:namely Eraqus's Keyblade, Master Keeper, during the Secret Episode.]] It has the same range and magic rating as Brightcrest, but with additional physical strength.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Her final Shotlock Lightbloom.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: In the tie-in novels, she's a skilled baker of sweets. Terra teases that, due to her ActionGirl status, it's his only reminder that she's a girl.
* FightingYourFriend: Poor girl had to fight [[spoiler:both of them]].
* FingerlessGloves
* [[LoveFreak Friendship Freak]]: Nearly as much as Sora.
* GoodIsNotNice: Played with. Aqua is a genuinely nice and caring person, but as mentioned above, her rank as Master and her desire to protect her friends makes her come off as a high and mighty busybody. Put simply, she ''is'' a nice person, but she rubs people the wrong way at times.
* TheHero: [[spoiler:Of ''Birth By Sleep'' anyway. While Terra is struck with a GrandTheftMe by Master Xehanort, and Ventus is rendered comatose after his HeroicSacrifice battle against [[EnemyWithout Vanitas]], Aqua is the PlayerCharacter in BirthBySleep who ultimately foils this particular scheme of the BigBad, even having the most extended gameplay after [[FinalBattle the battles at the Keyblade Graveyard]]. She also helps to conclude each of the Disney stories in the worlds she visits.]] Aside from Sora, she's probably the most heroic character in the series thus far. She's selfless, brave, strong, always wants to help others, always wants to do the right thing, puts her friends above herself, and is the only one of the main cast never to succumb to darkness whatsoever.
* HiddenDepths: See FeminineWomenCanCook above.
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Because she follows Eraqus's teachings so strongly, she has only a small bit of darkness in her heart. This leads Vanitas to plan to use her as a back up for the Master Plan, and her heart is strong enough to [[spoiler:not be consumed in the Realm of Darkness without her armor or a Black Coat for an extended period of time]].
* JigglePhysics: Part of the reason that ESRB tagged the game with "Mild Suggestive Themes". [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Phil and Hades]] [[MaleGaze approve]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Aqua", which borrows from "[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Fate of the Unknown]]".
* MaleGaze: Pay close attention to where Hades's eyes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocBIBZcM44A briefly wander.]]
* [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordswoman]]: Attains a Mark of Mastery in the exam at the start of ''Birth By Sleep'', being named Keyblade Master.
* MeaningfulName: Aqua means "water".
* MsFanservice: Easily the most attractive and gratuitous original female character to come from the series so far. The Olympus Coliseum visit on her end serves to have fun lampshading it.
* [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya My Name Is Master Aqua]]
--> "[[BadassBoast Now return my friend's heart, or pay the price!]]"
* MythologyGag: The scene in which we are introduced to her is played out in exactly the same way we met Kairi in the first game, only with a more sisterly tone than romantic. Likewise, the lucky charms Aqua made were inspired from a misinterpretation of the two tales we heard in the first game, with the thalassa shell charm made by sailors for safe returns merged with the binding properties of the Paopu fruit.
* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: Letting Maleficent go and saving Terranort wasn't exactly the best thing for the universe....]]
** Nor was her creating [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]]. To be fair, she probably didn't realize that [[spoiler:it would be used by Terranort's Nobody, Xemnas, and his crew for more nefarious purposes]] later on.
* OneeSama: For Kairi and Cinderella.
* OnlyOneName: Unless "Master" counts as part of her name.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Her English VA Willa Holland occasionally slips into a British accent in some scenes.
* OriginalGeneration
* PersonalityPowers: As the levelheaded and intelligent one, she specializes in magic in general.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: It can create a Spirit Sword when she [[spoiler:focuses the magic in her Wayfinder into her Keyblade to destroy the proto-X-Blade]].
* SenselessSacrifice: She sacrifices herself [[spoiler:to save Terra, [[TheBadGuyWins only for Xehanort to take over his body completely years later]].]]
* SexyBacklessOutfit: To the point where ''[[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101201010961/kingdomhearts/images/5/5c/AquaPrecensor.png it had to be toned down]]''.
* SheIsTheKing: ''Master'' Aqua.
* ShutUpHannibal: Her standard response to the taunts, boasts and speeches of the villains is to tell them she has no patience for such and that whatever believes they're spouting, they're wrong. Gets most literal at the end of the game with Vanitas.
-->"Shut up! I'm sick of your nonsense!"
* SpannerInTheWorks: Was the one to stop both [[spoiler:Terra and Ven]] when they were possessed, despite being irrelevant to Master Xehanort's schemes.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Nomura says that, "She puts up a cold front, but she's kind to her friends."
* SupportingProtagonist: ''BirthBySleep'''s plot focuses mainly on Terra and Ven, [[spoiler:even though Aqua serves as TheHero of the final chapter and epilogue.]]
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler:Ends up trapped in the darkness at the end of ''BBS'', leaving Kairi to take her place as a Keyblade wielder years later.]]
* TeachersPet: Described by [[WordOfGod Nomura]] as an Honor Student type. She follows Master Eraqus's orders without question, and even reluctantly spies on Terra for him.
* TeamMom: To Peter Pan and the lost boys, as well as, to an extent, to Ventus.
** MamaBear: Harm Ventus in ''any'' way and you have dug your own grave.
* TearfulSmile: Gives one in ''Blank Points'' when Ansem the Wise tells her that Sora is coming to save her and her friends.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: [[spoiler:Has been trapped in the Realm of Darkness ever since the events of ''Birth By Sleep'', and is currently taking residence with Ansem the Wise on the Dark Meridian.]]
* WomenAreWiser: Easily the most mature and centered of the three ''Birth By Sleep'' heroes. She is the only one of the trio who qualifies to become a Keyblade Master. Ven's [[JustAKid too inexperienced to apply]], and Terra [[AntiHero has too much darkness in him.]] Though in Terra's defense, [[spoiler:he was sabotaged.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* ZettaiRyouiki: Sports thigh high stockings as part of her outfit.
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[[folder:Roxas]]
See Characters/KingdomHeartsOrganizationXIII
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[[folder:Xion]]
See Characters/KingdomHeartsOrganizationXIII
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[[folder:[[spoiler:Axel/Lea]]]]
[[spoiler:See Characters/KingdomHeartsOrganizationXIII]]
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[[folder: Sora's Friends, and the Guardians of Light]]
* TheChosenMany: The Keyblade's chosen, except for Goofy and Donald.
* GenerationXerox: Sora, Riku, and Kairi have the same ThemeNaming, similar personalities and inherited the powers of Ven, Terra, and Aqua respectively. Further both Terra and Riku would turn to the Darkness for a time. In contrast, the older trio had Ven out of commission while Aqua tried to redeem Terra, while the younger had Kairi go comatose and later be PutOnABus while Sora tried to redeem Riku.
* HeroesPreferSwords: All of them can use Keyblades except for Goofy and Donald
* MagicKnight: All of them can use both magic and weapons
* PlanarChampion: [[VillainTeleportation Besides the villains,]] they're the only people who can jump between worlds easily.
* PowerTrio - the most common formation in the series
** ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Enforced in fight scenes, regardless of how many people are in the party only three fight at a time.
** Sora, Riku, Kairi
*** LandSeaSky: Riku, Kairi, and Sora by their naming conventions.
*** TwoGuysAndAGirl: Sora, Riku and Kairi, later becoming ThreeAmigos when the tension is resolved
** Sora, Donald, Goofy
*** BigThinShortTrio: Goofy, Sora, and Donald respectively
*** ChromaticArrangement: Sora - Red, Donald - Blue, Goofy - Green, Riku as a Yellow fourth sometimes
*** KnightKnaveAndSquire: Goofy is idealistic, Donald is pragmatic, Sora is inexperienced. as he gets stronger Sora becomes a second idealistic fighter.
** Mickey, Donald, Goofy
*** ChromaticArrangement: Mickey - Red, Donald - Blue, Goofy - Green
** Ventus, Terra, Aqua
*** ChromaticArrangement: Terra - Red Orange, Aqua - Blue, Ventus - Green
*** FreudianTrio: Ventus - Ego, Aqua - Superego, Terra - Id
*** KnightKnaveAndSquire: Aqua is idealistic, Terra is pragmatic, Ven is inexperienced.
*** LandSeaSky: Terra, Aqua, and Ventus by their naming conventions and their primary ElementalPowers.
*** ThreeAmigos: Terra and Ven same gender, Aqua opposite
* LightIsGood: They represent the light fighting against the darkness, literally and proverbially.
* TheTeam / ColorCodedCharacters: Classic FiveManBand formation at the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''
** TheLeader: Sora - Red
** TheLancer: Riku - Yellow
** TheSmartGuy: Donald - Blue
** TheBigGuy: Goofy - Green
** TheChick: Kairi - Pink
** SixthRanger: Mickey - Black
* TrueCompanions: The original trio was incredibly close prior to Xehanort's schemes and are still devoted to putting their team back together. Sora's generation took longer to get together after Riku turned and Donald and Goofy just saw him as a means to an end. [[ThePowerOfFriendship Now his friends are his, and probably everyone's, power.]]

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[[folder:Sora]]
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->''"I don't need a weapon! My friends are my power!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' MiyuIrino (Japanese), Haley Joel Osment (English)
--->'''Young Sora Voiced by:''' Takuto Yoshinaga (Japanese), Luke Manriquez (English)

A bright and spirited boy from Destiny Islands whose peaceful life is shattered when his home is destroyed by the Heartless, and finds himself in possession of a peculiar weapon called the Keyblade. As a hero chosen to battle the forces of darkness, Sora embarks on a quest to reunite with his friends and save all other worlds from suffering the same fate as his own.
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* [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} 24-Hour Armor]]: Sora is forced to wear armor in Space Paranoids and The Grid.
* AchillesHeel: Disarming Sora of his Keyblade used to leave him mostly powerless, until he learned the power came [[ItWasWithYouAllAlong from his heart all along]].
* ActionSurvivor: After his world was casted away into the darkness, Sora has no choice but to team up with Donald and Goofy to find their friends.
* {{Adorkable}}: Just look at the way he smiles when Donald and Goofy ask him to smile, in both the game and the manga adaptation.
* AllLovingHero: Goes around helping out pretty much anyone who's in trouble.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Says himself that Kairi means more to him than anything else, and even impales himself with the Keyblade of Heart and opens the Door to Darkness to save Kairi in KHI.
* [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie And Then Sora Was A Heartless]]: Subverted. [[spoiler:Gets turned into a heartless in KHI, only to be brought back through his connection with Kairi]].
* AnimeHair: It's extremely spiky, and even keeps its shape ''underwater''.
** Gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII:
---> '''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa]]''': I'm looking for a guy with spiky hair.
---> ''(Donald and Goofy look at Sora as he tugs at his hair)''
---> '''Tifa''': ''(chuckling)'' Spikier.
* TheApprentice: To [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Merlin]] in ''KHI'' for magic, and eventually Yen Sid in the later games.
* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Subverted with Wisdom Form if Sora enters it within Space Paranoids
* {{Badass}}: He's saved the universe quite a few times.
** BadassAdorable: In the first game and ''Dream Drop Distance''. And as a lion cub in the Pride Lands.
** BadassBiker: When riding a [[Film/{{Tron}} lightcycle]].
** BadassInDistress[=/=]DistressedDude: [[spoiler:After having his heart fall into a sleep in ''KH 3D'']]
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Though see IdiotHero on the "Moron" part.
* BagOfSpilling: Sora loses a few of his abilities in pretty much every sequel due to some new plot point.
* BashBrothers: With ''every'' party member, especially from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' onwards. Riku from that game stands out due to all of his special attacks synergizing with Sora's via the triangle button.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Spends his days traveling through different Disney worlds and helping out the heroes he meets there, as well as helping the various ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters on whatever world they call home.
* BerserkButton: He tends to get very irrational when his friends are threatened, even to the point of snapping at his allies by accident.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sora is a sweet and cheerful kid who wants to [[TheMessiah help anyone who has problems]], but he's cut down entire armies when his [[BerserkButton friends were threatened]].
* BoundAndGagged: Happens to him at one point, without a gag, in [[{{PiratesOfTheCaribbean}} Port Royal]], which causes him to lose faith in piracy.
**
This happens to him again in Atlantica, when he gets [[{{TentacleRope}} restrained]] by Flotsam and Jetsam.
* CaptainCrash[=/=]DrivesLikeCrazy: In the manga adaptation: Sora rams the Gummi Ship into a meteor in the [[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsI}} first game's adaptation]] and gets himself banned from the pilot's seat. [[spoiler:[[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsII}} He does not learn his lesson]]]].
* CelebrityVoiceActor: [[Film/TheSixthSense Haley]] [[SecondhandLions Joel]] [[AIArtificialIntelligence Osment]] in English.
* CharacterTics: Putting his hands on the back of his head. [[spoiler:He does it because of Ven's heart residing in his own]].
* ChildhoodFriends: With Riku and Kairi.
* TheChosenOne: Was chosen by the Keyblade to save all the worlds from darkness... [[KudzuPlot or something]]. After the events of the first game Sora won the trust of the [[GeniusLoci Hearts of the worlds]], and they granted him free access to the [[DimensionalTraveler Lanes Between]] in order to meet any threats that endangered the universe, a privilege granted to no one else in the entire series (there are normally impenetrable barriers dividing the worlds).
** TheChosenZero: A number of people don't believe it the first time they meet him, though.
** [[spoiler:TheUnchosenOne: A running theme through the games, as apparently Sora [[ScrewDestiny was never actually chosen by anyone to be a Keyblade wielder]]. The Keyblade ''itself'', as Young Xehanort put it, "moved down the ladder" because everyone else who was fit to use one either already had one or was otherwise indisposed]].
* ChronicHeroSyndrome
* CombatPragmatist: Sora's not exactly an underhanded tactician, but unless he's in a sparring competition, he will never, ''ever'' hesitate to [[ThePowerOfFriendship take the numbers advantage]] in a fight. In KingdomHeartsII, he has further moments of this during some reaction commands in which he steals weapons, hijacks heartless to attack, or trick his foes.
** Taken further in ''Dream Drop Distance'', where he uses large Dream Eaters as Flowmotion targets to fly around the stage and throw them at other enemies and through different reality shifts, again throws them at enemies, rolls them into a giant bubbles or even hacks into their code and makes them either fight on his side, or self-destruct.
** This is even done at the expense of his poor friends, one of his sleights in Chain of Memories has him siccing Donald on the enemies after Donald was lit on fire, and the other has him and Donald grab Goofy and use him as a battering ram.
* CombatTropes:
** BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: A common [[ActionCommands Reaction Command]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Try to count how many times he steals his opponent's weapon and/or reverses their attack back at them.
** BeehiveBarrier: His "Reflect" series magic in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', which sends out bursts of lights around him after being hit proportional to the attack power of the assailant.
** CombatPragmatist
** CombinationAttack: Sora tends to do a lot of these.
** CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: [[CoolCrown Kingdom Key]], his WeaponOfChoice. A nerfed [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ultima Weapon]] ("Edge of Ultima" according to hacked data) was considered for his WeaponOfChoice at some point in KHII's development, but ultimately the Kingdom Key prevailed.
*** CutlassBetweenTheTeeth: Wields the Keyblade like this in his lion form when in the [[Disney/TheLionKing Pride Lands]]. Surprisingly, it works just fine.
*** DualWielding: Uses two keyblades in his [[SuperMode "Valor", "Master", and "Final" Drive Forms]].
*** FlyingWeapon: Three variants in ''Kingdom Hearts II''. He has one flying Keyblade before his left hand in Master Form, two telepathically-moved ones in Final Form, and two floating alongside his one normal one when he [[HoistByHisOwnPetard steals Roxas' Keyblades]] in their DuelBoss fight.
*** [[spoiler:GunsAkimbo: One trailer for ''III'' shows Sora morphing his Keyblade into two handguns, similar to Terra being able to make a BFG out of his.]]
*** MasterSwordsman: Gets very good with using a Keyblade, to the point of developing ImplausibleFencingPowers.
*** ReverseGrip: [[spoiler:When fighting as the [[FinalBoss Nightmare Armor]] in ''3D'', akin to Ventus' style]].
*** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: "Strike Raid" and variants. Granted, it's justified in that SummonToHand is in effect for Keyblades.
*** WeaponTwirling: Has a habit of twirling his Keyblade a lot in battle.
*** [[WreathedInFlames Wreathed in]] [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]]: "Thunder Dash" in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** ElementalPowers: Develops (and loses) many kinds of magical elemental powers as the series progresses.
*** BlowYouAway: The "Aero" series and related spells in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Chain of Memories'', and several wind-related skills in ''Dream Drop Distance'', including his ultimate magic, Tornado.
*** CastingAShadow: Very limited compared to Riku, but he has some use of darkness. The use is increased in Anti-Form [[spoiler:and in the Armored Ventus Nightmare]].
*** DishingOutDirt: His "Quake" sleight in ''Chain of Memories''.
*** FireIceLightning
*** GravityMaster: The "Gravity" series in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Chain of Memories'', "Magnet Spiral" in ''Re:Chain of Memories'' and ''Dream Drop Distance'', "Magnet" series in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', and also "Collision Magnet", "Magnet Spiral", and the "Zero Gravity" (including the powerful fourth-tier spell "Zero Graviza") series in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** LightEmUp: Most of Sora's special attacks are light powered, like [[FrickinLaserBeams Ragnarok]], [[SpamAttack Ars]] [[{{Spellblade}} Arcanum]], [[HolyHandGrenade Faith]]/[[PillarOfLight Holy, Salvation]], [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows the "Spark" series]], and [[InstantRunes Trinity]] [[CombinedEnergyAttack Limit]].
*** MakingASplash: Aqua Splash in ''Chain of Memories''.
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command and Poison Dive in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** TimeStandsStill: "Stop" series in ''Kingdom Hearts'', ''Chain of Memories'', and ''Dream Drop Distance'', and "Slow" in the latter.
** FlashStep: A lot of Sora's attacks are very quick. In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Trinity Limit teleports you to the enemy instantly, and one of the combo finishers in Final Form is three flash steps in a row. Some reaction commands also trigger a flash step, for example Warp Snipe. In the ''Final Mix'' version, you gain Flash Step and Zantetsuken, which cross distances instantly while attacking. The Slide Roll dodge move from ''Dream Drop Distance'' also qualifies.
** GrievousHarmWithABody: Occasionally grabs an enemy (or ally) to attack the others with, such as [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Demyx's water clones]] and [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance some of the Spirit type Dream Eaters]].
** HealingHands: The "Cure" series of spells.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command in ''Chain of Memories'' and ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** LightningBruiser: In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Sora is faster and stronger than any other playable protagonist in the series (barring King Mickey from the same game).
** MagicKnight: Sora is equally skilled in both swordplay and sorcery, a JackOfAllStats in that respect compared to some other Keyblade wielders. In ''3D'' though, he leans more on the "Magic" side of this in terms of stats, having worse strength than Riku, but only slightly better magic.
*** ThePaladin: In 3D, to contrast with Riku's BlackKnight. Most of his unique skills are [[HolyHandGrenade Light]][[LightEmUp -]][[PillarOfLight based]] (and the only skill he has that uses [[CastingAShadow dark]] powers is [[YinYangBomb "Shadowbreaker"]]). In addition, he gets a unique block called "Link Block", which lets Sora shield his Dream Eater partners in a way similiar to the Paladin class of the ''Final Fantasy'' series, and his biggest advantage over Riku in terms of stats is his better defense.
** RedMage: Has access to both [[ElementalPowers elemental]] and [[HealingHands recovery magic]].
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of his arsenal in ''Chain of Memories'' and ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** In ''Chain of Memories'', he has "Paralyzed", "Confused", "Frozen", "Stop", and "Fear".
*** In ''Dream Drop Distance'', he has "Paralyzed", "Confused", "Stop", "Sleep", "Blindness", "Confused", "Frozen", "Burn", "Poison", and "Slow", along with unconventional effects such as "Mini" and various [[GravityMaster gravity related]] effects. However, the focus is most heavily on "Sleep", which has three forms for it's spell alone.
** SuperMode: His Drive Forms in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', complete with MultiformBalance:
*** [[LightningBruiser Valor Form]]: Channels Goofy's power. Can't cast magic at all but gains a huge boost to speed and attack power via DualWielding. Valor Form's Growth Ability [[labelnote: explanation]]Growth Abilities are abilities initially exclusive to the Drive Forms that level up as the Forms do and subsequently become available to Sora's standard form at a one level lower than the one available to the Drive Forms basis (for example, Valor Form reaches LV 3 and gains High Jump LV 2, Sora's standard form now has High Jump LV 1, and when High Jump reaches LV 3, Sora will earn High Jump LV 2, and so on). Each Growth Ability goes up to level MAX (LV 4 in number terms), and these are only available in the Drive Forms, and so Sora's max level for any Growth Ability in standard form is LV 3.[[/labelnote]] is High Jump, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin increasing the height of his jump]], returning from the previous games. Valor Form's color is red and its emblem is a red fleur-de-lis.
*** [[SquishyWizard Wisdom Form]]: Channels Donald's power. Can [[PowerFloats hover around]] and use powered up magic with shorter cooldown times. But instead of normal swings, the Keyblade fires [[MagicMissileStorm barrages of energy bullets]]. Wisdom Form's Growth Ability is Quick Run, which allows him to quickly dash along/just above the ground to avoid danger. Wisdom Form's color is blue and its emblem is a blue flame.
*** [[MagicKnight Master Form]]: Channels Mickey's power, absorbing Donald and Goofy in the process. Is powered up physically and magically, but neither power up is [[MasterOfNone as strong as the two forms specializing in them]], though it makes up for it with an emphasis on aerial attacks. Includes a SpinAttack as a finisher and an [[DualWielding additional]] FlyingWeapon keyblade. FireIceLightning magic is replaced by special attacks of those elements, which formed the basis of several BirthBySleep commands. Master Form's Growth Ability is [[DoubleJump Aerial Dodge]], which allows Sora to dodge after jumping and can act as a second jump after the first, as it gives him a huge but short burst of speed and a slight airtime increase while also making him temporarily invincible. Also, Master Form has a limitless casting ability that allows Sora to cast magic spell combos hampered only by his amount of MP and not his max combo length. Master Form's color is yellow and its emblem is a [[http://www.khwiki.net/File:Master_Form_Orb_KHII.png yellow saltire.]]
*** [[EleventhHourSuperpower Final Form]]: Channels [[spoiler:Roxas's]] power. Gain super speed, [[PowerFloats pseudo-]][[NotQuiteFlight flight]], [[YinYangBomb light and dark themed]] combos, [[DualWielding two]] [[FlyingWeapon floating keyblades]] that he controls through [[FullContactMagic hand motion assisted]] [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], and powerful magic at the cost of draining the drive gauge really quickly without form boosts. In this form, practically any action causes Sora's keyblades to attack, even healing or using a restorative item, and actually attacking results in a wild, nigh-unfollowable series of [[SpamAttack Spam Attacks]]. Final Form's Growth Ability is Glide, returning from previous games, which allows him to fly at high speeds while slowly decreasing in altitude until he must stop and land on the ground. Interestingly enough, unlike other games in the series, the last two levels of Glide (LV 3 and MAX) decrease in altitude but can then fly along the ground indefinitely, basically making it more of an altitude-challenged form of flight then a glide. Final Form's color is silver and its emblem is a white wave.
*** [[TheDarkSide Anti Form]]: A "penalty" form that occurs randomly when Sora accidentally channels the darkness in his heart. [[labelnote:gameplay]](in gameplay terms, each time he transforms into Valor, Wisdom, or Master Form, an unseen "Anti Point" counter goes up by 1, and depending on whether you've accumulated 0-4, 5-9, or 10+ Anti Points, your chances of getting Anti Form are 0%, 10%, or 25%, respectively. Transforming into Anti Form decreases the count by 4 and transforming into Final Form decreases it by 10. Each time you gain a new form it drops to 0, but that can only be done as many times as there are forms to gain. Also, certain fights have multipliers attached to them. Scripted battles [any battle that has a special intro and success requirement] have a x2 multiplier attached to them, fights with Pete, Captain Barbossa, or Hades have a x0 multipler [effectively negating Anti Form altogether], fights with Organization XIII members have a x5 multiplier and the fight with Armored Xemnas has a x10(!) multilpier).[[/labelnote]] Discards the Keyblade to [[RapidFireFisticuffs furiously scratch and claw at enemies]] with [[NaturalWeapon claws on his hands]]. While [[GlassCannon strong and fast, Sora cannot use other commands or heal himself]]. Anti Form technically has a Growth Ability called "Anti Glide", which allows him to quickly fly behind the nearest enemy to close in for the attack, but it cannot be accessed or used outside of Anti Form and does not level up, as Sora gains no experience in Anti Form. While lacking a traditional emblem similar to the other Forms, Anti Form's de facto emblem is Sora's sprite [[labelnote:explanation]]his headshot in the HP bar[[/labelnote]] while in the form, a silhouette of his head with glowing yellow eyes, à la the Shadow heartless.
*** [[{{Retraux}} Limit Form]]: Channels his own power from [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the prior]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories year]] to regain old abilities from ''Kingdom Hearts'', including [[SpellBlade Ars Arcanum]], [[BeamSpam Ragnarok]], [[BladeSpam Sonic Blade]], [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Strike Raid]], and [[UnnecessaryCombatRoll Dodge Roll]]. Limit Form's Growth Ability is Dodge Roll. Its colors are those of Sora's original outfit and its emblem is his silver crown necklace charm. It should also be noted that this form is only available in [[UpdatedRerelease Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix]].
** SuperpoweredEvilSide: Anti-Form. [[spoiler:It takes the form of the [[EnemyWithout Anti Black Coat]] in ''3D''.]]
** TeleportersAndTransporters: The "Teleport" sleight in ''Chain of Memories''.
** UnnecessaryCombatRoll: The "Dodge Roll", whether by [[ActionCommands Reaction Command]] or standard command, in all of his games. The tactic allows him to remain invulnerable for a short time (shorter in ''Dream Drop Distance''). The manga for ''Chain of Memories'' even lampshades the tactical uselessness of a dodge roll when Marluxia takes all of his skills away.
--->'''Sora:''' So Dodge Roll is just a somersault now?\\
'''Marluxia:''' Like I care.
** UnskilledButStrong: Has no formal training with the Keyblade until ''3D'', but makes up for it with the strength of his heart, managing to thwart many a villain's plot as a result.
* CoolMask[=/=]EyepatchOfPower: Sora wears one of these in Halloween Town.
* CuteLittleFangs: Again, in Halloween Town.
* [[{{CuteMonsterGirl}} Cute Monster Guy]]: [[{{RuleOfThree}} Once again]], in Halloween Town. Though not so much in [=KHII=], due to his [[{{Adorkable}} older appearance]].
* TheCutie: A spirited idealistic young boy who's upbeat? He definitely qualifies.
** BreakTheCutie / [[spoiler: KillTheCutie]]: [[spoiler:In 3D, how dare you [[ManipulativeBastard Xehanort]].]]
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Jump hundreds of feet, throws skyscrapers at [[OurDragonsAreDifferent World of]] [[HumongousMecha Nothingness]] and deflect millions of energy blasts during cutscenes, usually via [[ActionCommands Reaction Commands]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Becomes a something of an impish, good-natured snarker as the series progresses.
* TheDeterminator: In Dream Drop Distance, he's able to fight and defeat [[TheDragon Xemnas]] while being immersed in darkness and continuously corroded.
* DisneyDeath: See the AndThenJohnWasAZombie example above. Unsurprising, considering this is a Disney property.
** [[spoiler: Happens again in [=KH3D=] in an even more tragic way]].
* TheDitz: In ''[=KHII=]'', he actually falls for Mulan's laughably poor attempt to pass for a man.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: An odd case of this happening with the same character. In ''Chain of Memories'', he got a lot of powerful sleights that were magical in nature, while in ''KHII'' he was more of a physical LightningBruiser with magic still being useful, but less powerful and in less variety. Fastforward to ''3D'' and Sora is a MagicKnight with an emphasis on the "Magic" side once more, but with much better defense stat-wise.
* DreamTeam: Whenever he works with Goofy ([[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Mickey's Guard Captain]]) and Donald ([[TheArchmage Mickey's Court Magician]]). Thought it's later shown that Goofy and Donald have a history of working together. The three of them explicitly fight best when they're fighting together. To contrast, every other Keyblade Wielder fights solo by default.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: A common theme for Sora. Despite being a very competent hero who has saved countless people, Sora is often treated as a simple kid. And as of Kingdom Hearts 3D, [[spoiler:he's still not technically considered a Keyblade Master, even though most would argue he really deserves the title by this point.]]
* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: He may be largely concerned with finding his friends, but if someone's in trouble or needs help, Sora will never hesitate to set aside his own goals to help said person in need.
* ElectricTorture: Sora gets an electric shock from [[spoiler:grabbing Auron's statue]] in the Underworld.
** And in the manga adaptation, Sark tortures Sora to stop the teenager from attacking him.
* TheEmpath: It's stated that Sora's most powerful weapon is the ability to "[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower connect his heart with anyone.]]" This is {{deconstructed}} in ''Dream Drop Distance'' [[spoiler:as Xehanort, realizing that "everyone" includes himself, uses the malleable nature of Sora's heart to very nearly turn him into his thirteenth SoulJar]].
* {{Expy}}: Of MickeyMouse, who was supposed to be the original hero of the ''Kingdom Hearts'' series.
* FightingYourFriend: Fights Riku in [=KH1=].
* FingerlessGloves
* {{Foil}}: Because Sora tends to be shaped by his experience and that this is a series where HistoryRepeats and situations recur ([[BirthBySleep and prologues are developed after the fact]]), Sora tends to be a mirror of sorts to people throughout the timeline. To wit:
** Riku and Sora are rivals and best friends; both share a zest for adventure, but Riku is driven by ambition that Sora tempers with a sense of wonder at his surroundings. And though it's not evident at first, Riku lacks Sora's natural charisma but is more focused and goal-oriented. Both share a deep appreciation for friends and friendship, as well as a respect for both Light and Darkness.
** Sora has more in common with Kairi than with Riku, in general. But Kairi is more energetic than Sora and her adventurousness is more ambitious, driven in this case by a desire to learn where she came from (compared to Sora essentially wanting to become the universe's biggest tourist). Her storyline in KHII about persistently seeking out Sora and the lost memories associated with him is similar to Sora's pursuing Namine throughout Chain of Memories while losing more and more of his memories.
** Terra, Ventus, and Aqua share a number of similar characteristics with Sora--Terra's strength and warrior prowess, Ven's affinity for Light and friendship, and Aqua's magic and sense of competence and expertise. However, in terms of personality it is the differences that are more apparent, mostly in terms of Sora's independence from formal Keyblade-wielding and especially in the sense that Sora managed to dodge the pitfalls that all three found themselves falling prey to.
** Sora and Roxas are like two sides of the same coin. Both are kindhearted teenagers who lean heavily on their friends and are at peace in peaceful times. Roxas is more analytical and introspective, but has a harder time controlling his emotions, defaulting to sheer rage at the worst of times. Sora tends to go with the flow, but manages to stave off despair and at least pretend to be happy when he's at his worst. Roxas was isolated and in conflict for most of his life and therefore has no guidance or focus, while Sora falls back on the experiences he's had with his friends to keep him centered.
** In general, Sora straddles the line between the Disney characters, who are fun-loving and have an indomitable will, and the SquareEnix and original characters, who are introspective and deal with personal issues.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: The ones that aren't inherently homicidal, anyway. At the end of Dream Drop Distance, not only does he find his Dream Eaters waiting for him back in Traverse Town, it seems likely thousands of others showed up to hang with him as well.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Played with in several occasion in the manga version. One example would be his confrontation with [[{{Disney/Mulan}} Shan-Yu]], as Sora was "[[{{PokemonBlack2AndWhite2}} about to unleash his rage]]" on the Hun.
* GoOutWithASmile: In the first game, he gives Donald and Goofy a big, goofy grin before performing a HeroicSacrifice that results in his death. [[BackFromTheDead Which doesn't last.]]
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:He took his failing to pass his first Mark Of Mastery Exam ''extremely'' well, as he was content knowing that Riku succeeded.]]
* GrinOfAudacity
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: His main weapon other than the Keyblade.
* TheHero: Of the series as a whole.
** [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist: In ''3D'' he ends up comatose in the finale, and Riku has to save him.]]
** IdiotHero: Although he's not so much of an idiot as he is simply naive.
** KidHero
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Riku.
* HiddenDepths: Lazy, goofy, and a bit of a ditz, but has a powerful heart and an innate understanding of light and darkness. Played up with his Drive Forms in ''KHII'', which are explicitly his "hidden depths made manifest".
* HeroicSacrifice: Unlocked his own heart with the Keyblade of Heart to save Kairi in ''KHI''.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: It's lighty hinted of this in the second game, based on how much more ruthless, aggressive and rude he's toward the enemies than he was in the first game, specially towards the members of the Organization XIII. WordOfGod has also told that, while partly half the reason is because he had been a Heartless once, half the reason why he turns into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Anti-Sora]] is because of the dark emotions that have started to develop in him due to the constant fighting. So far it hasn't been that serious but it has been further hinted in ''BirthBySleep'' with [[spoiler:Vanitas, the embodiment of the darkness in Ventus's heart, looking almost exactly like Sora and might being one of the personalities that occupies his heart, and Master Xehanort, TheBigBad, revealed to be Sora's EvilCounterpart]]; things that might be some form of ForeShadowing of something big that will come.
** [[spoiler: Confirmed, as Sora has actually stored up a lot of darkness; since he didn't know how to control the darkness, it winds up [[{{KillTheCutie}} destroying his heart]] and almost causes him to become a Xehanort clone.]]
* HopeBringer
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]: Can be thought of as one, though he actually ''is'' human. Of course, Space Paranoids and The Grid play this straight, as he's a human-shaped program (or "user", as the inhabitants would call them) in both worlds.
* ImCryingButIDontKnowWhy: This has been happening to him since he was four years old. When he feels [[spoiler:Ven's pain]] in ''Sleep'', when part of him recognizes the Twilight Town kids from Roxas's LotusEaterMachine, and when he [[spoiler:meets Xion for the first time]] in ''3D''.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Actually doesn't go evil when turned into a heartless in the original ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''. He, Donald, and Goofy prove very resistant to Darkness in general, being able to take short dips into the Realm of Darkness without ill-effects. ''KingdomHearts2'' played with this, by having Sora susceptible to various temptations (Deposing [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] and stealing his throne in the Pride Lands or becoming a Pirate with [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]]) and being [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking on Santa's naughty list]]. It's fully subverted in ''Dream Drop Distance'' [[spoiler:where Sora is overcome by Darkness when tricked into going into a very deep layer of dreams. Because he sheltered Ven's heart within his own, he was able to get a last ditch defense against it and avoid being annihilated altogether. Even then, his inner self was hijacked by darkness and Riku had to [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight purify him manually]]]].
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: In KingdomHearts, it looks like the final battle against Ansem would be a one-on-one duel to the death above the "World Of Chaos" battleship. [[DefiedTrope However]], as soon as Sora gets some breathing room, he turns tail and raids the battleship until he frees Donald and Goofy from their prisons, and only ''then'' does he face Ansem for real.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Sora usually has these by default, being fun-loving and kind.
* InvisibleParents: Though clearly someone cooked dinner and took Sora out to play, you never actually see Sora's parents.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the manga adaptation, where he's quite rude and mischievous, but still quite heroic and willing to help others out.
* {{Keet}}
* KindHeartedSimpleton: Has steadily been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into this as his [[TheIngenue childlike]] [[LoveFreak kindness]] waxed while his [[HotBlooded temper]] and [[KnightErrant desire for justice]] waned.
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Although it could be argued that his more relaxed demeanor in the recent games is more of a regression towards the mean than anything else.]] In the original game, Sora was desperately searching for his two closest friends, one of which was lashing out against him while the other was comatose for reasons beyond his understanding, ''and'' his home and practically every one he had ever known was lost forever. Compare that to the KH3D, where all he was attempting to do (at least initially) was clear a Mark of Mastery exam, and it becomes easier to see why he would be [[JustForPun so much more lighthearted]].
** Could also be a case of DependingOnTheWriter, as KH3D is the only episode that didn't have Watanabe Daisuke (the main scenarist of the series) in the team. Additionaly, it's the only episode that was written by only one person, Oka Masaru, who was also the cutscene director.
* KnightErrant
* {{Knighting}}: Sora's {{Knight Errant}}ing earns him an official knight's title in ''3D'' as a Royal Musketeer of then-Princess Minnie, at least in the Sleeping Worlds.
* KnowWhenToFoldThem: In the original KingdomHearts' final boss, Sora backs the hell away from the [[OneWingedAngel giant powered-up Ansem]] until he gets Donald and Goofy by his side.
* LazyBum: [[WordOfGod Series creator Testuya Nomura]] has compared him to a humble country bumpkin.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Sora'', which can be heard in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' when he first wakes up.
* LeParkour: Only in certain areas, such as The World That Never Was (which has questionable physics at best) and the Sleeping Worlds (with their in-universe Flowmotion system). His time in the latter seems to have added it to his normal skill set, however.
* LetXBeTheUnknown: The X on his clothes in ''3D''. [[spoiler:It's known as the Recusant's Sigil, which marks the target as a possible vessel for Xehanort and allows the villain to track his victims; Ansem the Seeker of Darkness was able to sneak it onto the costume at the beginning of the game without anyone noticing.]]
* MasterOfUnlocking: His [[SkeletonKey Keyblade]] lets him open almost anything.
* MeaningfulName: Sora means "Sky".
* MindHive: Through various events during the course of his life, he has become a SoulJar for [[spoiler:Roxas, Xion, Ven, Vanitas, a digital copy of Ansem the Wise, and temporarily Kairi. Xehanort even tries to exploit this in ''3D'' by questioning where they end and he begins.]]
* {{Motif}}: [[CoolCrown Crowns]].
* MorphicResonance: No matter the form he takes, Sora always retains his [[AnimeHair spiky hair.]]
* MyNaymeIs: Sora's name is pronounced similar to other names such as Zora, Zola, Sola etc. He even gets called Zola at one point; he didn't take that, well.
* NiceGuy
* NotQuiteFlight: He has achieved various versions of a "Glide" technique, where he can spread his arms and legs spread eagle to allow himself to float down toward the ground slower than usual, allowing for faster travel while not actually touching the ground. Using this technique is also possible while stationary in the air, allowing for him to simply have a slower descent.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In the first game, Sora is only 14, but can pass as a 12-year-old quite easily. And in [=KH3D=], he's back in his 14-year-old body while in the dream worlds, despite now being ''16''. His appearance in [=KHII=] seems to match his age of 15 - 16, though.
* OneManArmy: Definitely is one in Kingdom Hearts II. While Donald, Goofy and the rest of the Hollow Bastion crew are allegedly dealing with their own foes, Sora takes down literally ''a thousand Heartless'' without breaking a sweat.
* OnlyOneName: Although we know he has parents, we never hear their surname, if they have one. This lack of a last name is lampshaded in ''3D''.
-->'''Sora''': "[[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Neku Sakuraba.]]" That's a mouthful!\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Neku]]''': No. It's really not.
* OriginalGeneration
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: While in [[{{Disney/TheLittleMermaid}} Atlantica]], Sora will appear as a merman with a blue dolphin tail, thanks to Donald's magic. [[{{FridgeLogic}} Though for some reason]], he does not transform himself into a merman while in the underwater sections of [[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} Prankster's Paradise]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Sora's attire in Halloween Town resembles a vampire, but apart from his [[{{UndeathlyPallor}} white skin]], [[{{WolverineClaws}} gloves]], [[{{CuteLittleFangs}} fangs]] and [[{{CoolMask}} eyepatch]], Sora is still the same as he is in his normal form. His personality [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire even remains the same]], though a bit more childish during the first trip in [=KHII=].
** BadassSanta: In Christmas Town, he gains a black Santa hat and jumper that covers his eyepatch and clothes, respectively, while his fangs apparently disappear and his gloves become black. Though since his white skin is retained, Sora is still technically a pseudo-vampire.
* PersonalityPowers: Fittingly for TheMessiah, his powers are Light, [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Heart]], and [[ThePowerOfFriendship Friendship]].
* PlanarChampion
* ThePollyanna: Is exceptionally positive, no matter how bad the situation looks. In the rare cases where this is subverted, it goes to show just how bad the situation really is.
* [[spoiler:PostFinalBoss: In 3D as Armored Ventus Nightmare to Young Xehanort's more traditional FinalBoss.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: His mantra, as he always believes that together people can do anything.
* {{Pride}}: Sora can show signs of this, especially in the manga adaptation, much to the constant frustrations of Donald and Goofy. In fact, one of them is even GenreSavvy enough to ask Tron to [[{{ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject}} change the subject]] to prevent the teen from "inflating his ego".
** PrideBeforeAFall: Once lost a battle in the manga adaptation as a result of his overconfidence. [[{{SoreLoser}} He claimed that he would've won if it was a Heartless]].
* {{Protectorate}}: To Kairi, twice. Also serving as her BerserkButton.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Riku's blue, extending to somewhat into their clothing choices. He is also in-between Goofy's blue and Donald's red.
* TheRival: To Riku.
** FriendlyRivalry: As kids on Destiny Islands, as well as once they truly reunite near the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''. Between that, Riku was at times a RivalTurnedEvil.
* ShipperOnDeck: Tries to hook up some of the canon Disney couples, such as [[Disney/{{Mulan}} Mulan and Shang]]. However, he doesn't seem to understand his impact on less up front couples, such as [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Neku and Shiki]].
* ShutUpHannibal: Doesn't buy into Maleficent's [[NothingCanStopUsNow nothing can stop me now]] speech, Ansem's [[EvilCannotComprehendGood power of darkness]] rant, or Xemnas' [[TheVictimCard victim card]] play.
* SignatureMove: [[CombinedEnergyAttack Trinity Limit]].
* SmarterThanYouLook: See IdiotHero above. Despite being forthright and naturally child-like, Sora is always extremely perceptive in the areas of empathy and emotions. He's an independent thinker, which other protagonists in the series can't necessarily claim ([[BirthBySleep and have suffered for as a result]]). His understanding and knowledge of the Heart is contrasted heavily with the multiple scientists who've futzed things up in their research. [[spoiler:To illustrate, Sora is so far the ''only'' person to go against the grain and figure out that Nobodies have Hearts and the only person to question the wisdom of the SplitPersonalityMerge that Roxas, Xion, and Namine went through.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Sora ends up derailing every single plan involving him. In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', [=DiZ=] even makes note of how all plans he had for Sora fell apart once Sora got awakened. Also lampshaded by Riku and Master Xehanort in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
-->'''[[TheLancer Riku]]:''' Sora stopped you in your tracks on both counts.\\
'''[[TheChessmaster Master Xehanort]]:''' Yes, he did. [[JustAKid That dull, ordinary boy.]] [[TheUnchosenOne A Keyblade wielder so unlike any I have ever seen.]]
** FridgeBrilliance: The underlying reason for all this is because Sora was [[spoiler:''never meant to have a Keyblade''.]]
* SpikyHair: He even acknowledge himself as one with it when Tifa asked her about [[spoiler:Cloud's]] whereabouts.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: With Roxas, [[spoiler:Xion and Ven]], all while he was in a coma.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Subverted, to Xemnas. Sora just tries to make Xemnas remember of what was it feels like when he still have a heart.
** [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this sympathy was useless. Since in 3D it was then revealed that Nobodies can grow hearts.]]
* TenderTears: [[TearJerker He cries after he finds Riku back in KHII.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: In ''Chain Of Memories'', he becomes so obsessed with finding Naminé that he starts acting abrasive to his allies, going so far as to abandon them to explore the twelfth floor. Luckily, they forgive him, he realizes his mistake, and goes back to being a NiceGuy.
* TrueCompanions: Sora being who he is, it can be a bit of a list.
** Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Riku, and Kairi are essentially one big family.
** Sora's central party of Donald, Goofy, Stitch, Chicken Little, and Tinkerbell are a very tight knit group and constant companions throughout KHII (Genie will appear on command, but doesn't appear to be a constant companion), and Sora is very affectionate with Stitch and Chicken Little in particular. Likewise, he is very close to his summoned companions in KHI, ''especially'' Mushu and Simba, since he mostly interacts with their bare souls.
** Individually, Sora has formed extremely strong bonds with The Beast [[labelnote:*]]A staunch guardian for Sora from the very beginning; Sora tirelessly helped him understand and repair his relationship with Belle[[/labelnote]], Ariel [[labelnote:*]]with whom he shares a very adventurous streak and strong empathy, assisting her without hesitation with both her issues with her father and her romance with Prince Eric, both learning about the nature of the worlds and exploration together[[/labelnote]], Mulan[[labelnote:*]]the recurring plot point of her world being Sora essentially going through hell just to shape her up to be a competent soldier, helping her complete her character arc of being herself[[/labelnote]], Aladdin and Jasmine [[labelnote:*]]who after multiple adventures meet Sora with open arms whenever they see each other[[/labelnote]], Hercules and Megaera[[labelnote:*]]likewise as Aladdin and Jasmine; Hercules is a very faithful partner in combat and is just as unquestioningly helpful to Sora as Sora is to him[[/labelnote]], Tron[[labelnote:*]]who Sora essentially taught the nature of love and friendship; Tron even sacrificed himself for them[[/labelnote]], and Mushu and Simba as mentioned above.
** In Dream Drop Distance, he obviously cares very much for his Dream Eaters, who in turn have UndyingLoyalty to him, waiting faithfully for him in Traverse Town.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Sora has great capacity of forgiving others, including the villains. Might not being shouted loudly, but his actions proves it.
** He doesn't hate Riku for almost killing him. Instead Sora keeps on looking for Riku, just to make sure he's safe.
** He also forgives Namine for what she has done to his memories of Kairi, though he nevertheless admits that he isn't happy about it either way.
** Surprisingly in the second visit of Hollow Bastion (in KHII), he still has a will to help Maleficent instead of remembering her evil deeds back then.
** He also forgives Axel for kidnapping Kairi, and even stays at his side so he doesn't have to [[DyingAlone die alone]].
* UndeathlyPallor: Sora's skin becomes white in Halloween Town (and Christmas Town) as a result of becoming pseudo-[[{{OurVampiresAreDifferent}} undead]]. He also takes on a similar tone in Space Paranoids, but [[{{Cyberspace}} for]] [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} different]] [[{{DeliberatelyMonochrome}} reasons]].
* UnwittingPawn: Spends about as much time enabling the {{Big Bad}}s' plans as he does [[SpannerInTheWorks derailing them]]. In essence, he's hard to predict and impossible to kill, but easily manipulated. Things tend to cancel out in the
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* VocalEvolution: Haley Joel Osment was a few weeks shy of 14 when the first ''Kingdom Hearts'' came out in 2002,
and was almost 18 when ''Kingdom Hearts II'' was released in 2006, leading to a vast difference between Sora's original and current voice. This was reflected in the games as well, with Sora going through puberty.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Sora's magical outfit is what caused the party to take on animal forms in the Pride Lands.
* WhatTheHellHero: Sora actually scolds Donald and Goofy for getting themselves captured by some weak Heartless in the manga, whereas in the same scene in the game, he just tells them to "show 'em who's boss" in an annoyed, but encouraging tone.
* WideEyedIdealist: At first. He loses some of the "wide-eyed" as the games go on, but keeps the idealism.
* WouldHitAGirl: Takes on female villains like Maleficent, Ursula, and Larxene as seriously as the male ones.
* YouAreNotAlone: ''"Riku, why do you do so much things on your own? You got friends, like us!"''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Data Sora]]
A digital recreation of Sora based on the information contained in Jiminy's Journal, this version only appears in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded''. Nonetheless, he's just as heroic and self-sacrificing.

* ArtificialHuman: Like all of the digital characters in ''coded''.
* {{Badass}}: As badass as his original incarnation at the time of his first adventure.
* CombatTropes
** ColonyDrop: Meteor Rain.
** FourElementEnsemble: Has various [[FireIceLightning Fire, Blizzard, Thunder]] or [[BlowYouAway Aero]] variants.
** LightEmUp
** MagicKnight: Like his original incarnation, he is skilled with both Keyblade and magic, though not emphasizing either of them.
** RedMage: Like his original incarnation, he can use both [[ElementalPowers elemental magic]] and [[HealingHands healing powers]].
** SwordBeam: Judgement Triad
** StandardStatusEffects: He has some, though the amount compared to those that the enemies can inflict is small. He can inflict "Freeze", "Stop", "Confused", "Burn", and "Slow".
** UnnecessaryCombatRoll: "Dodge Roll", like his original incarnation.
* CloningBlues: Averted. He's well aware that he's just a computer program and a copy of Sora, but doesn't really mind it.
* DoomedProtagonist: Data-Sora was created to find and stop the cause of the bugs and glitches in Jiminy's Journal, and has to be erased once he's done. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end, as both Data-Sora and the world inside the Journal live on.]]
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Only Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Chip and Dale know the full story of his adventure, with Maleficent and Pete remembering parts of it.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: [[spoiler:After Data-Sora's Data-Keyblade is destroyed, the power of the heart he's grown forms a real one]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Once Sora's Heartless is defeated and the bugs fixed, [[spoiler:the journal has to be formatted to put everything right again, erasing his memories of the game's events. [[ThePowerOfFriendship Though he does get better]]]].
* TheMessiah: Almost more than the real thing -- [[spoiler:even though he knows the people he helped will vanish and he won't remember them the second he's done, he can't stop helping people in need]].
* OnlyOneName: Unless you count "Data" as a part of his name, it's the same deal as Sora, sans LampshadeHanging.
* ShoutOut: Can get both [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] [[ColonyDrop Meteor Rain]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall's]] [[SwordBeam Blasting Zone]] {{Limit Break}}s as Overclock Finishers.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Is a digital copy of the real Sora. [[spoiler:Nonetheless, he eventually gets a heart of his own and a real Keyblade to go with it.]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: His final trial in the last level. [[spoiler:He has to pass a series of SecretTestOfCharacter trials, and is encouraged to take the easy way past them by lying and being mean because it'll be faster. The characters he meets are just chunks of data that will vanish when he leaves, his memories of them will be erased, and no one else knows about any of this, so who cares what he does to them?]] Turns out, he still can't bring himself to not help them, because even if he forgets the memories, his heart knows the truth.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Riku]]
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[[caption-width-right:229:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/225px-RikuKHCGI_1673.png[[/labelnote]] to see Riku as he appears in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Chain of Memories'']]
[[caption-width-right:229:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RikuBlindFold_4528.png[[/labelnote]] to see Riku as he appears in the ''358/2 Days'']]
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->''"Once we step through, we might not be able to come back. We may never see our parents again. There's no turning back. But this may be our only chance. We can't let fear stop us! I'm not afraid of the darkness!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' MamoruMiyano (Japanese), David Gallagher (English)
--->'''Young Riku Voiced by:''' Eiji Shima (Japanese), Ty Panitz (English)

Sora's best friend and rival. His desire to see something greater beyond his tiny, secluded island home led to him being seduced by the forces of darkness. But once he realizes the harm he's caused, he begins working in the shadows to assist Sora in whatever way possible, eventually wielding his own Keyblade and tempering his inner darkness to channel it for the forces of light.
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* [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} 24-Hour Armor]]: Riku's clothes in The Grid
-->'''Riku:''' My clothes. Is this world special?
* TheAce: Sora is occasionally jealous of his friend for excelling at everything he does.
** AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Although in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Riku admits at times he's equally jealous of Sora.
** BrokenAce: After falling into darkness in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* {{Adorkable}}: This side of him pops up around girls who aren't Kairi, as shown by his meeting with Shiki in Dream Drop Distance. He even states he's not good with people.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: In ''Birth By Sleep''.
* AloofBigBrother: To Sora and Kairi, though they're not related.
** BigBrotherInstinct: Is deeply protective of Kairi in ''KH I'', and both Kairi and Sora from ''KH II'' on.
* AntiHero: Type III when working with fellow AntiHero [=DiZ=] in ''KH II''.
* AntiVillain: A [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type III]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', where he's just doing what he feels is necessary to save Kairi. However, when Sora [[BreakTheHaughty beats him in a fight]], he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope loses himself in darkness]] while trying to become stronger.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', he serves as a major antagonist, regardless of his intentions. However, he never wanted any harm to come to Roxas or Xion, and any conflict against the two was only carried out in order to protect them.
* ArchEnemy: Seems to have found one in Ansem, Seeker of Darkness after [[HeelFaceTurn turning against him]]. [[spoiler:Judging from how that particular Heartless seemed to concentrate on him in ''Dream Drop Distance'' after being freed from his body, the feeling may in fact be mutual.]]
* TheAtoner: From ''Chain of Memories'' through to the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' for his fall into darkness. By ''Dream Drop Distance'', it appears he has forgiven himself.
* ApologizesALot
** ApologeticAttacker: One of his battle grunts in ''Dream Drop Distance'' is "Sorry!"
* [[spoiler:AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Of a sort. In ''Dream Drop Distance'', he is named Keyblade Master. Even Sora, who failed in his exam due to Xehanort's interference, is overjoyed for him.]]
* {{Badass}}: One of the more powerful Keyblade wielders, he's also struggled with Ansem long enough to be able to control darkness without being consumed by it, and [[spoiler:even becomes a Keyblade Master]].
** BadassBiker: When riding a [[Film/TronLegacy lightcycle]] in ''3D''.
** BadassBoast: In ''3D''.
--->'''Riku''': Quality versus Quantity huh?[[note]]Note that he says this after being faced with ''a herd of angry [[StockDinosaurs Triceratops]]'' (Cera Terrors).[[/note]]
---> and
--->'''Riku''': I'm what nightmares ''fear''!
** BadassDriver: Of a sort, possibly coupled with InstantExpert. He seems to be extremely competent in the use of the shuttle he commandeers with Sora near the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
** BadassLongcoat: While wearing an Organization longcoat In ''Days'' and ''KH II''.
** HandicappedBadass: Roxas crippled his left wrist during their fight in ''Days''. In ''KH II'' he wears a bandage around it for support and doesn't move his left arm much unless casting dark magic. As shown in his brief time in the waking world with Sora in ''DDD'', he is still wearing the cast, meaning he never got it set properly.
* BashBrothers: With Sora.
* {{Bishonen}}.
* BlindWeaponmaster: Wears a blindfold willingly during the events of ''Days'' and most of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' (the latter in his normal form).
* ByronicHero: Has definite elements of this, though his CharacterDevelopment shows him slowly growing out of it into a straightforward hero who happens to use CastingAShadow type spells.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: [[SeventhHeaven David Gallagher]] in English.
* ChildProdigy: Is suprisingly perceptive and philosophical five-year-old in ''Birth by Sleep''. Even acknowledged by Four-year-old Sora.
-->'''Sora:''' I don't know Riku, you say some weird stuff sometimes, but I'll try it!
* ChildhoodFriends: With Sora and Kairi.
* TheChosenOne: Was destined to be a Keyblade wielder, until he [[FaceHeelTurn screwed it up]] in ''KH I''.
** TheUnchosenOne: [[EarnYourHappyEnding Had to go through a]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine lot]]'' to become a Keyblade wielder again.
* CombatTropes
** BeehiveBarrier: Riku's [[ForceField Dark Barrier]], whether just in front of him or around his entire body.
** CoolSword --> CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: Soul Eater from ''Kingdom Hearts'' through most of ''Kingdom Hearts II'', though he's seen able to summon it still in ''Dream Drop Distance''. This sword grows more powerful with use of [[BlackMagic darkness]]. Way to the Dawn, which evolves from [[CoolSword Soul Eater]], is his weapon toward the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' (see EvolvingWeapon).
*** CastFromHitPoints: "Sacrifice" in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** DiagonalCut: Gains Zantetsuken in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** EvolvingWeapon: By the time he came to The World That Never Was in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', it had evolved into his Keyblade, Way to the Dawn, though he still calls it Soul Eater nonetheless, and, as shown in ''Dream Drop Distance'', can summon either weapon.
*** GoodWeaponEvilWeapon: From its look to its characteristics, Soul Eater is most definitely an EvilWeapon. It helps that it was implied to have first been given to him by [[TheHeavy Maleficent]]. However, Way to the Dawn, with its angelic wing toward the end, is more of a Good Weapon.
*** GoodWingsEvilWings: [[CoolSword Soul]] [[CastingAShadow Eater]] featured demon wings, signifying a closer alignment with [[DarkIsEvil the corruptive nature of darkness]]. On the other hand, [[CoolKey Way]] [[CoolSword to]] [[EvolvingWeapon the]] [[YinYangBomb Dawn]] features both a large demon wing and a smaller angel wing, signifying [[DarkIsNotEvil his redemption]].
*** LimitBreak: Aside from the debatably canonical [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Mission Mode-only "Darkstrom"]], we have Limit Storm in ''Dream Drop Distance'', which deals more damage the less health Riku has remaining.
*** ReverseGrip: In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', he wields Way to the Dawn this way when chasing after [[OurDragonsAreDifferent World of]] [[HumongousMecha Nothingness]] in The World That Never Was in an emergency shuttle and driving, and also wields the keyblade this way in ''Dream Drop Distance'' when he [[spoiler:attempts to strike Xehanort's Heartless when Riku's pinned down by him]]. It is unknown if he can actually fight this way, however.
*** SpinAttack: Maelstrom in ''Chain of Memories'', and various attacks in ''Dream Drop Distance''. He can use the vertical variant too, like [[YinYangBomb "Shadowbreaker"]].
*** SummonToHand: Even Soul Eater, not a Keyblade per se, has this characteristic. TetsuyaNomura even calls it an "intermediary" for a Keyblade.
*** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Barrage in ''Chain of Memories'' with the Soul Eater, and Strike Raid and some variants in ''Dream Drop Distance''. It works because of the SummonToHand characteristic.
*** WeaponOfChoice: Once he get the Soul Eater, he only ever changes weapons once, when he manages to steal [[CoolCrown Kingdom]] [[CoolKey Key]] from Sora. Otherwise, he has always used some permutation of Soul Eater.
*** [[WreathedInFlames Wreathed in]] [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]]: "Thunder Dash"
** ElementalPowers
*** BlackMagic[=/=]CastingAShadow: All his signature attacks are darkness-based, such as his [[{{Fireballs}} Dark Firaga]], [[DeathFromAbove Dark Break/Helm Split]], [[{{Spellblade}} Darkstorm]], [[ForceField Dark Shield]], and his SignatureMove, [[TeleportSpam Dark Aura]]. However, although he favors darkness, he gains various [[LightEmUp light-based]] spells and attacks as the series goes on, making him a YinYangBomb. Also has two Link Styles that use darkness: [[WolverineClaws Darkest Fears]] and his own version of [[TeleportSpam Ghost Drive]].
*** BlowYouAway: Limited, but he can use it through [[SpinAttack Tornado Strike]]. He could also use the "Aero" series of spells in Mission Mode in ''Days'', but that is questionably canon at best. In addition, his [[PowerGivesYouWings Rising Wing]] Link Style summons a tornado as a finisher.
*** DishingOutDirt: Riku inherits Terra's Meteor and Meteor Crash commands as his ultimate magic and attack in ''Dream Drop Distance'', which counts as Earth based magic in ''Kingdom Hearts'' magic systems, and functions as a ColonyDrop.
*** ElementalShapeshifter: His "Dark Roll" skill transforms him into a shadow to dodge attacks.
*** FireIceLightning: Gains the Fire, Blizzard, and Thunder series in ''Dream Drop Distance'', along with various [[FullContactMagic melee-based permutations]]. He also possesses a Link Style each for [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[ShockAndAwe thunder]], but oddly not [[AnIcePerson ice]].
*** GravityMaster: The "Zero Gravity" series (including the powerful fourth-tier spell "Zero Graviza"), gained in ''Dream Drop Distance'', which has a higher level of power for Riku than for Sora. He also gains the "Collision Magnet" and "Magnet Spiral" attacks, which has a similar effect, but applied directly to weapon strikes.
*** LightEmUp: Limited compared to Sora, but he can use [[YinYangBomb "Shadowbreaker"]] in ''Dream Drop Distance'' which has one darkness related strike and one light related strike, and [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks "Spark Raid"]]. He also possesses the Shining Hammer and [=BladeCharge=] Link Styles, the latter also counts as PureEnergy.
*** MakingASplash: Through his Wave Surfer Link Style.
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command and Poison Dive in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
*** TimeStandsStill: Gains Slow and Stop in ''Dream Drop Distance''. Stop is also used as a part of his [[BlackMagic Da]][[CastingAShadow rk]] [[TeleportSpam Splicer]] attack.
** FlashStep: His SignatureMove, Dark Aura, which also use TeleportSpam. His Shadow Slide dodge also utilizes this.
** FusionDance: He has the ability to [[FusionDance Link Style]] with [[{{Mons}} Dream Eaters]] in ''Dream Drop Distance'' which can give him a variety of {{Power Up}}s and {{Super Mode}}s.
*** [[LightEmUp Shining Hammer]]: Riku finally show's the light in the [[YinYangBomb twilight]] assailing the enemies with hammering blows creating powerful [[ShockwaveStomp shockwaves]] of light magic.
*** [[CastingAShadow Darkest Fears]]: Riku rushes the enemy with darkness based blows manifesting as WolverineClaws on his hands and feet.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Fire Raid]]: Riku's keyblade becomes a FlamingSword which he uses [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks hurls at the enemy]] for mid ranged attacks.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderstorm]]: Electricity crackles on Riku's keyblade giving him fast thunder based attacks that easily [[SplashDamage attack in all directions]].
*** [[MakingASplash Wave Surfer]]: Defying the tradition of FireIceLightning, Riku uses water elemental attacks instead of [[AnIcePerson ice]], [[ImplausibleBoardingSkills surfing]] to assault enemy's with columns of water.
*** [[TeleportSpam Ghost Drive]]: Riku uses darkness to teleport to attack enemies automatically, making gratuitous use of {{Flash Step}}s to avoid being hit. Attacks an enemy from all sides as a finisher.
*** [[{{BFS}} Blade]][[LaserBlade Charge]]: Keyblade becomes [[SpellBlade engulfed in light]], giving a huge boost to the range of attacks.
*** [[PowerGivesYouWings Rising Wing]]: Riku gains [[GoodWingsEvilWings batlike wings]] and unleashes powerful [[HighAltitudeBattle midair strikes]] and [[DeathFromAbove dive bombs]], Uses a [[BlowYouAway tornado]] attack for a combo finisher.
** FullContactMagic: Some of the attacks and spells in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** HealingHands: Finally gains the "Cure" series in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** MagicKnight: Adept in the use of both swordsmanship and dark magic, though his pre-''Dream Drop Distance'' skill set was decidedly in favor of the "Knight" aspect. ''Dream Drop Distance'' plays with this. Though he has much better strength than Sora, his magic is only one point worse, he's become adept in more conventional magic types, and with his higher quantity of extraordinary maneuvers such as temporary shapeshifting and teleportation, he seems more on the "Magic" side overall.
*** BlackKnight: Sans the armor, but he fits the sympathetic version to a degree. Even in ''Dream Drop Distance'', he still favours [[BlackMagic dark]][[CastingAShadow ness]] by a large margin, which makes a fitting contrast to Sora's [[ThePaladin Paladin]], and he has much better strength, in contrast to Sora who has better defense.
** RedMage: Started out with darkness, then began to use light powers as well. However, he didn't really fit into this until ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of his arsenal in ''Dream Drop Distance''. He has "Paralyzed", "Confused", "Stop", "Sleep", "Blindness", "Confused", "Frozen", "Burn", "Poison", and "Slow", along with unconventional effects such as "Mini" and various [[GravityMaster gravity related]] effects. However, the focus is most heavily on "Sleep", which has three forms for it's spell alone.
** SuperMode: His [[CastingAShadow Dark Mode]] in ''KingdomHearts'' and ''ChainOfMemories'', which gives him [[LightningBruiser strength, speed]], and [[BlackMagic powerful dark magic]].
** UnnecessaryCombatRoll: "Dodge Roll" in ''Dream Drop Distance'', as opposed to "Dodge Jump" from ''Chain of Memories: Reverse/Rebirth''.
* CompositeCharacter: In ''Dream Drop Distance'', Riku gains some of Terra's attack options, but also some of Aqua's defensive options. Two of his Dual Link styles are also taken from Aqua's Command Styles, and one of them is shared by Terra as well. However, Riku often puts his own spin on Aqua's moves and styles, and his Dark Firaga is notably different from Terra's version, acting a lot more like one of Vanitas's attacks.
* TheCorruptible: Initially, he has a lot of problems revolving around corruption by darkness.
** IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler:As of ''3D'', he can't be corrupted by the darkness anymore, as he's mastered it. Unusually, this is not due to being without darkness, but rather being able to control it due to repeated use.]]
*** In other words, [[spoiler:he's basically developed antibodies to darkness corruption that reside in his [[DoubleEntendre heart]]]].
* CursedWithAwesome: Became insanely powerful by tapping into the fragment of [[EnemyWithin Ansem]] inside himself during ''Days'' and ''KH II'', at the expense of [[ShapeshifterModeLock being unable to change his physical form back to that of his own body]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: After his HeelFaceTurn. He comes to embody it by Dream Drop Distance, in which he not only recovers most of the dark powers he'd lost, but is also by that time more or less immune to corruption by darkness.
* DealWithTheDevil: His deal with Ansem, Seeker of Darkness for enough power to beat Sora in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* DeclarationOfProtection: As of ''3D'', his primary motive seems to be to protect Sora and Kairi, aside from protecting the worlds. In fact, [[spoiler:it is his concern for Sora that leads to him accidentally traveling into his dreams in ''3D'', rather than traveling the worlds alongside him]].
* DemonicPossession: By Ansem, Seeker of Darkness in the latter parts of ''Kingdom Hearts'' and once to destroy Lexaeus in ''Re:Chain of Memories''. [[spoiler:In fact, as of ''Dream Drop Distance'', this was revealed to be an attempt to turn Riku into one of ''thirteen'' vessels for Xehanort's heart; after Riku gained the ability to reject the darkness in his heart, Xehanort turned his sights to Roxas, then Sora, to take his place.]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Of the series as a whole; he serves as the protagonist along with Sora in ''Chain of Memories'' and ''Dream Drop Distance''.
** [[spoiler:TheHero: In ''Dream Drop Distance''.]]
* DoubleJump: His "Doubleflight" skill, which uses a burst of darkness under him as a platform for a new jump.
** BoringButPractical: Doubleflight initially feels like a [[UselessUsefulSpell Useless Useful Technique]], due to Flowmotion's existence. Then you find out that Riku can execute normal commands when he double jumps, allowing him to stay out of enemy range to charge up a powerful special attack, or safely heal himself. Doubleflight essentially gives Riku more offensive and defensive options, which more than makes up for not getting Glide or upgrades to it.
* TheDragon: To Maleficent in the first game. [[spoiler:He plays an anti-heroic version of this to [=Diz=] throughout ''Days'' and the beginning of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.]]
* [[spoiler:DreamWalker: Unknowingly travels into Sora's dreams when he sees a robed Ansem for the majority of ''Dream Drop Distance''.]]
* EleventhHourRanger: Becomes a playable party member in the final world of ''KH II''.
* EnemyWithin: The remnants of Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, from ''Chain of Memories'' until the explosion of the Kingdom Hearts Encoder near the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''. [[spoiler:Acts more like an EnemyWithout by ''3D''.]]
* EvilCostumeSwitch: His [[SuperMode Dark Mode]] armor in ''KH I'', though he still uses it after his HeelFaceTurn in ''Chain of Memories''.
* EvilCounterpart: To Sora.
* {{Expy}}: The protagonist's rival both in battle and for the affections of his love interest, turned evil and was controlled by the villain in part due to his love for her, broke free and fought alongside the hero to redeem himself, and eventually renounced his inner darkness and returned to the light. We're talking about Riku, not [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain Highwind]]. Likely a case of AuthorAppeal, as Tetsuya Nomura is a big fan of Kain.
* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:From Heel as RivalTurnedEvil to Face to AntiHero Face to solid Face again.]]
* GuardianEntity: [[spoiler:Riku unknowingly becomes Sora's guardian Dream Eater during the events of ''3D''.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: Xehanort wanted Riku to embrace darkness [[spoiler:in order to turn the boy into a SoulJar. Instead, when Riku fully embraces darkness [[IncorruptiblePurePureness he becomes immune to Xehanort's influence]].]]
* GreenEyes[=/=]IcyBlueEyes: Depending on the game.
** GreenEyedMonster: Until he gets better.
* [[spoiler:HeroAntagonist: In ''Days'', due to Roxas' status as a PunchClockVillain.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Sora.
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]: Like all human protagonists, Riku can be considered one. Though it's played completely straight in The Grid, as he's a program there.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Spent his whole life dreaming of excitement and adventure beyond his little island town, only for [[CallToAdventure The Keyblade]] to pick Sora instead because of it.
* InstantExpert: [[spoiler:He completely masters the Keyblade in an extremely short time-span. It helps that he already had access to some extremely potent dark powers and an immunity to darkness to back him up.]]
* InvisibleParents: Riku mentions his parents a few times, but they are never seen.
* ImportantHaircut: His shortened hair in ''Dream Drop Distance'' comes with his acceptance of his friends' forgiveness and development away from an AntiHero.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's not exactly "nice" to people who aren't named Sora or Kairi, and even teases Sora a little bit in the first game. However, when the chips are down, he's willing to give up everything just to save his friends.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Wanted more than anything to leave Destiny Islands in the first game.
** RefusedByTheCall: Which made the Keyblade choose Sora as its wielder instead.
* TheLancer: To [[TheHero Sora]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Riku suffers for [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Ansem]] with a TraumaCongaLine that lasts up till the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Riku" in ''KH II''.
* LeParkour: Only in certain areas, such as The World That Never Was (which has questionable physics at best) and the Sleeping Worlds (with their in-universe Flowmotion system).
* LetXBeTheUnknown: In ''KH I'', the straps on Riku's chest form an X. [[spoiler:''[=KH3D=]'' suggests that this was a Recusant's Sigil, considering how Riku got turned into a Xehanort vessel in the first game, and how Sora almost became one himself in ''3D''.]]
* LightningBruiser: Fast, strong, and has great offensive and defensive options, both as a boss and a playable character.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy. In all games till ''Dream Drop Distance'', when he cuts it short.
* LoveTriangle: With Sora for Kairi in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
** MurderTheHypotenuse: Clashes with Sora in the first game, largely because of his obsession with saving Kairi.
** HopelessSuitor
** IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: "Take care of her."
** LoveMakesYouEvil: Joins TheDarkSide in order to save Kairi.
*** LoveRedeems: However, it is when Ansem is poised to finish Kairi who had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness served her purpose]] that Riku sees the error of his ways.
** TheNotLoveInterest: Becomes more an AloofBigBrother to Sora and Kairi than a love interest to the latter by ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
** UnluckyChildhoodFriend
** UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: His death cry in Kingdom Hearts II is to call out for Kairi indicating he isn't quite over her [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy even if he is not actively pursuing her]].
* MasterOfUnlocking: His [[SkeletonKey Keyblade]] lets him open pretty much anything.
* MasterSwordsman: Is extremely skilled with both a sword and a keyblade. [[spoiler:Also, see AwesomeMomentOfCrowning above.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Riku" is Japanese for "Land".
* MysteriousProtector: In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', for both Roxas and Sora.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Claims this in Dream Drop Distance when talking to Shiki. It might be because Kairi is the only girl he really got to know.
* TheNoseKnows: He has the ability to smell darkness and light, and can differentiate between the light or darkness of different individuals, to the point of being able to distinguish Kairi from Naminé, or to sense Ansem, Seeker of Darkness at a distance. However, this only comes up in ''Chain of Memories''.
* NotQuiteFlight: When in his [[PowerGivesYouWings Rising Wing]] Link Style in Dream Drop Distance, Riku descends slowly towards the ground, allowing him to glide through the air for a limited time.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In [=KH3D=], Riku is 17, but spends most of the game in his 15-year-old body.
* OnlyOneName: Although we know he has parents, we never hear their surname, if he has one.
** NamesTheSame: For Western fans, he's only one letter away from having the same name as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]] (who's called Ryukku in the Japanese version). In fact, avoiding confusion between the two is why Yuffie appeared as Squall's foil in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* OriginalGeneration
* PersonalityPowers: A ByronicHero who primarily wields [[CastingAShadow darkness]].
* [[spoiler:PostFinalBoss: In ''Days'' for Roxas to Xion's more traditional FinalBoss.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Sora's red, which extends into their clothing choices.
* TheRival: To Sora.
** FriendlyRivalry: As kids on Destiny Islands, as well as once they truly reunite near the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
** RivalTurnedEvil: But [[HeelFaceTurn he got over it]].
* SignatureMove: [[TeleportSpam Dark Aura]].
* SingleStrokeBattle: Dispatches [[spoiler:Rinzler]] this way in ''Dream Drop Distance''.
* SleevesAreForWimps: He only wears them when he's in Dark Mode or an Organization cloak.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: He can talk down to villains any day of the week, but when a cute girl like [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Shiki Misaki]] starts flirting with him, he's at a loss for words.
-->'''Shiki:''' Aren't you my knight in shining armor? Well?\\
'''Riku:''' K-knight? You've got the wrong idea.\\
'''Shiki:''' (exasperated) Ohmigosh, I was ''so'' just kidding. [[LampshadeHanging You get out much?]]
* TakeAThirdOption: Chose "The road to dawn" between darkness and light, instead of wielding just one.
-->'''[=DiZ=]:''' Will you take the road to light or the road to darkness?\\
'''Riku:''' Neither. I'm taking the middle road.
* TeleportSpam: In ''Dream Drop Distance'', his Dark Splicer attack and Shadow Slide/Shadow Strike abilities let him do this. His Dark Aura attack is also this.
* ThinkingUpPortals: From [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts his siding with Maleficent]] to [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII the destruction of the Kingdom Hearts encoder]], he had the ability to form [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Corridors of Darkness]]. He is no longer able to do this due to not being that in tune with darkness.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the original ''Kingdom Hearts'', until the LaserGuidedKarma he receives brings him back to his senses.
* ToylessToyLineCharacter: Despite being a main character since the beginning, he's usually pressed for merch -- especially after KHII, which saw Roxas and Axel get stuff before him, often multiple times in the same line. The articulated figures take this to the extreme -- even ''[[ThatOneBoss Ursula]]'' got a KH-branded figure before he did!
* UnwittingPawn: In ''KH 1''.
* VocalEvolution: His voice changes subtly over the course of the series.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In the first game, Riku just wants to save Kairi, despite all his questionable actions.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: A villainous version in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', but an AntiHero one from ''Chain of Memories'' through ''Dream Drop Distance''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kairi]]
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[[caption-width-right:234:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/224px-Kairi-cg-character-model_8281.jpg[[/labelnote]] to see Kairi as she appears in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Chain of Memories'']]

->''"Don't ever forget. Wherever you go, I'm always with you."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Risa Uchida (Japanese), Creator/HaydenPanettiere/Alyson Stoner (English)
--->'''Young Kairi voiced by:''' Sumire Moroboshi (Japanese), Creator/ArielWinter (English)

A close friend of Sora and Riku who came to Destiny Islands from Radiant Garden, which sparked their interest in other worlds. She's one of the Seven Princesses of Heart, meaning she bears no darkness in her heart. Though she mostly remains out of the fighting, she's plucky, determined and courageous in her own right, and eventually acquires her own Keyblade.

->''For more information on Princesses of Heart, see Characters/KingdomHeartsSupportingDisney.''
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* ActionGirl: As of ''Kingdom Hearts II''[='=]s finale, and developed further in the secret ending for ''Dream Drop Distance''.
* TheArtifact: From ''Kingdom Hearts II'' until the end of ''Dream Drop Distance'', in which the Princesses of Heart are brought back into the series plot AND [[ReimaginingTheArtifact Kairi's aspiring Action Girl state is finally carried forward.]]
* {{Badass}}: For the real one? [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII Soon]].
** BadassAdorable
** BadassPrincess: Is the only Princess of Heart who fights.
** DamselOutOfDistress: She sees herself in danger often, but is perfectly willing to fight it with or without a weapon.
* BareYourMidriff: Her outfit in the first game, though it's more noticeable in her official artwork.
* BarrierMaiden: As a Princess of Heart.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness
* BerserkButton: Just go and try to mess with Sora, she might just make you pay the price despite her powerlessness.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The Redhead to Naminé's Blonde and Xion's Brunette.
* BoyishShortHair: In the first game. In the second she switches to LongHairIsFeminine.
* CheerfulChild: As seen in ''Birth By Sleep'', she was like this when she still lived in Radiant Garden.
* TheChick: Serves as the emotional support and inspiration for both [[TheHero Sora]] and [[TheLancer Riku]].
* ChildhoodFriends: With Sora and Riku.
* CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: [[FlowerMotif Destiny's Embrace]].
* CoyGirlishFlirtPose: Just more friendly than flirty.
* DamselInDistress: In ''KH I'', she loses her heart when Destiny Islands is destroyed, leaving her body an empty shell. The degree of distress is debatable, as [[spoiler:both heart and body stay safe with Sora and Riku respectively for the most part]]. In ''KH II'', Organization XIII kidnaps her to use as leverage against Sora.
** DamselOutOfDistress: Sora never saves her in ''KH II'', she gets away from the Organization by herself and help from Naminé...who technically IS her.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: In ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
** MagicSkirt: It manages to stay down even during major battles and cut-scenes, but can be [[PantyShot subverted]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar in gameplay]].
* DeclarationOfProtection: In ''Kingdom Hearts'', [[spoiler:when Sora becomes a Heartless and she protects him from the harmful ones]].
* DemotedToExtra: Only makes two short non-speaking appearances in ''Dream Drop Distance'' as an apparition, [[spoiler:as well as a third in TheStinger as her real self]]. She even doesn't appear with the other Keyblade wielders (Sora, Riku, Terra, Aqua, Ventus and Mickey) in the opening.
* DesignatedVictim: Xehanort will ''always'' target Kairi, as she's one of the [[BarrierMaiden Seven Princesses of Heart]] who can open the door to [[MacGuffin Kingdom Hearts]]. [[spoiler:TheStinger of ''3D'' shows that she's gonna be ready for him next time.]]
* [[ChickMagnet Dude Magnet]]: Sora and Riku both wants her, as well as... [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Seifer]] in the KH II manga.
* EmptyShell: Becomes one after losing her heart at the start of ''Kingdom Hearts''. Sora temporarily turns himself into a Heartless to save her.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: One of the [[BarrierMaiden Seven Princesses of Heart]].
* FakingAmnesia: In the first game, she claims to remember "nothing at all" about her home world. The way the scene is framed is classic Japanese cinematagrophy indicating she's not being truthful. [[spoiler:She later owns up about it....while inside of Sora's heart, no less!]]
* FlowerMotifs: Her Keyblade, Destiny's Embrace, uses one, and she's seen picking flowers as a child in ''Birth by Sleep''.
* GirlinessUpgrade: She's somewhat of a tomboy in ''I'', far less so in ''II''.
* GirlNextDoor
* GirlyRun: Bonus points for HoldingHands with Namine at the same time.
* GoodIsNotNice: Played for humour in the KH II manga, where she bites Axel's arm for kidnapping her, and even pulls an akanbe on him.
* HairFlip: In sense of "Thanks" when Donald praises her for her bravery against the Heartless.
** [[WordOfSaintPaul The KH II Ultimania]] offers an alternate interpretation, stating that Kairi could have also flipped her hair to try and retain some form of cuteness in Sora's eyes although he had just seen her smash Heartless to pieces.
* TheHeart: You ask?
* HeroesWantRedheads: Just ask Sora and Riku.
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: As one of the Seven Princesses, she has absolutely no darkness inside her heart.
* TheIngenue: Although, while very sweet, she can also be quite [[LittleMissSnarker snarky]] and headstrong.
* InnocentBlueEyes[=/=]PurpleEyes: Depending on the game, her eye color shifts, though it tends toward the former.
* {{Joshikousei}}: Sports a school uniform in the opening of the second game.
* TheLadysFavour: The Oathkeeper. It also doubles as a MementoMacguffin in Chain of Memories.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Kairi". She's also the only character to have one in the first game.
* LightIsGood
* LightEmUp: Specializes in light magic, being a Princess of Heart.
* LittleMissSnarker: She tends to join Riku in cracking a lot of jokes at Sora's expense, especially in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* LivingMacGuffin[=/=]MacGuffinGirl. She's a "[[Characters/KingdomHeartsSupportingDisney Princess of Heart]]", one of seven incarnations of pure light and the key to opening the door to Kingdom Hearts.
* [[LoveInterests Love Interest]]: For Sora.
** ImpliedLoveInterest: For Riku in ''KH I''.
* MeaningfulName: The "Kai" in Kairi's name means "Sea". Incidentally, it can also mean "seashell".
* MoralityPet: For Riku in the first game, as his reason for becoming an AntiVillain in ''Kingdom Hearts'' is to save her.
* MsFanservice: From ''KH II'' onwards; not as much as Aqua, but it's still there.
* NiceGirl: And she's so ''cute''!
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A [[EmpathicWeapon Keyblade]]-[[TheChosenOne wielding]] [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Princess]] [[BarrierMaiden of Heart]].
* OfficialCouple: With Sora, or at least implied as such in the credits of ''[=KH2=]'' and the secret ending of ''Birth by Sleep''.
* TheOtherDarrin: Was voiced by Alyson Stoner in ''[=Re:COM=]'', instead of her regular voice actor [[CelebrityVoiceActor Hayden Panettiere]].
** FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: In ''Days'', which included clips from both voice actresses.
* OnlyOneName
* OriginalGeneration
* PantyShot[=/=]GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Can be done by rotating the camera in a certain area in ''KH II''. They are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSD80QQq31k apparently fully modeled]].
* ParentalSubstitute: She was adopted by the port reeve of Destiny Islands.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her outfit in the second game.
* PluckyGirl: As Axel points out, the girl's got a lot of guts. She was even prepared to fight [[TheBerserker Saix]] unarmed!
* ThePollyanna: She tries to be positive as often as possible, even though sometimes her inner worries slip out anyway, especially in the original game where an early scene shows that she's near StepfordSmiler territory.
* ThePowerOfLove: Uses this to restore Sora when he is turned into a [[TheHeartless Heartless]].
* PrincessesPreferPink: In ''KH II''.
* {{Protectorate}}: To both Sora and Riku.
* ProtectiveCharm: [[spoiler:Aqua placed one on her necklace that lead her to Sora when Xehanort cast her into the darkness between worlds as a child.]]
* {{Red Headed Hero}}ine
* ShesGotLegs
* SingleTear: [[spoiler:At the end of ''KH I'', after seeing Sora's addition to the paopu drawing.]]
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Kairi only has eyes for [[NiceGuy Sora]], rather than [[ByronicHero Riku]].
* SkirtOverSlacks: In her first incarnation.
* SpiritedYoungLady
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Axel easily kidnaps a struggling Kairi in ''KH II'' by grabbing her by the wrist and pulling her away.
* {{Tomboy}}: In ''Kingdom Hearts'', where she sports BoyishShortHair and SkirtOverSlacks. Even after her GirlinessUpgrade in ''II'' she still wears sneakers rather than more girly shoes.
** TomboyPrincess
* TookALevelInBadass: Becomes a Keyblade wielder at the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II''.
-->'''Kairi:''' This time, ''I'll'' fight.
** As of TheStinger in ''3D'', she's set to take another one.
* TrueSight: She can see Riku's true appearance even when he has Ansem's face.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: With Sora.
* TheVoiceless: In ''Dream Drop Distance'', where she only shows up for about a minute to the heroes.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: While she has unmatched and incorruptible light inside herself as a Princesses of Heart, she still ends up losing her heart when Destiny Islands gets destroyed, and doesn't seem to utilize this power in battle at all.
** HeartIsAnAwesomePower: On the other hand, it lets her bring back Sora [[spoiler:after he becomes a Heartless]], as well as makes her immune to the corroding effects of the Dark Corridor.
** Though Kairi hasn't made use of it, six of the Princesses of Heart working together were able to hold back a tide of Heartless that included a ''Behemoth'' using their abilities. There is at least potential for use.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: In ''Kingdom Hearts'', beneath her skirt.
* IWillWaitForYou: At the end of ''Kingdom Hearts'', she stays in Destiny Islands waiting for Sora and Riku to return...
** IWillFindYou: but she decides it's not enough in ''KH II'' and decides to look for them instead.
* {{Xenafication}}: After becoming a Keyblade wielder.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:King Mickey]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:"Helping others should always come before asking others for help."]]
->''"Keyblades are not something you use just to bully somebody around!"''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Takashi Aoyagi (Japanese), Wayne Allwine/Bret Iwan (English)

The King of Disney Castle, and a Keyblade Master, MickeyMouse is one of the first to notice how much danger the worlds are in, and one of the first to take action. When he leaves on a journey and doesn't come back, Donald and Goofy set out to find him. Although they meet a few times, Mickey is usually one step ahead of them and has a better idea of what's going on. He becomes a close friend of Riku in particular as he helps him learn to control his inner darkness.

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* TheAce: He's introduced taking out two ''Darksides'' in a matter of seconds, and the other heroes [[PalsWithJesus regard him with awe]]...except in ''[[WhenItAllBegan Birth By Sleep]]'' [[DreamLand and the Sleeping Worlds he still inhabits]].
* AlliterativeName: Mickey Mouse.
* TheApprentice: To [[TheArchmage Yen Sid]], who trained him as a Keyblade Master.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's the king of Disney Castle. He's also one of the biggest badasses in the series.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Ven, Aqua, and Riku.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassAdorable
** BadassBookworm: He's the one who discovered the use of Gummi material to travel between worlds...by taking off with a Star Shard and [[RandomTeleportation randomly teleporting everywhere]].
** BadassLongcoat: Wears an Organization XIII BlackCloak from the end of ''Chain of Memories: Reverse/Rebirth'' till the battle for Radiant Garden in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* BerserkButton: Hurt his friends... and you will pay for it with your life. Right, heartless?
* BigDamnHeroes: Becomes a gameplay mechanic in ''KH II'', where he'll randomly take over some boss battles if Sora is knocked out.
* BigGood: Although he defers to Bigger Good Yen Sid.
* CombatTropes
** CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: Two. Mickey has the [[StarPower Star Seeker]] originally, and finds the [[CoolCrown Kingdom Key]] [[DarkIsNotEvil D]] in the Realm of Darkness.
*** BlingBlingBang: Kingdom Key D's blade is golden.
*** DarkIsNotEvil: Although he found the Kingdom Key D in the Realm of Darkness, Mickey does not have any problems with using it. In fact, he specifically sought it out in order to be able to close Kingdom Hearts if the need came (since it needs a Keyblade of Light and one of Darkness to close in some instances). The fact that, being a Keyblade of Darkness, it protected him from the corruptive effects of the Realm of Darkness also helps.
*** MasterSwordsman: Coupled with ImplausibleFencingPowers. He's also an official Keyblade Master.
*** WeaponOfChoice: The [[CoolKey Key]][[CoolSword blade]] of the Dark Realm, [[CoolCrown Kingdom]] [[CoolKey Key]] [[DarkIsNotEvil D]], a counterpart to Sora's Kingdom Key. In ''BirthBySleep'', he wields the familiar [[StarPower Star Seeker]], and uses it again in ''Coded'' and back to Kingdom Key D in ''3D''. In his past however we find he learned his sword fighting wielding a RoyalRapier. The reality shift where Sora/Riku do [[CombinationAttack Combination Attacks]] with Donald, Goofy and Mickey even has them take up a rapier to slice enemies up with him, as opposed to the sillier cartoony attacks Donald and Goofy use.
** ElementalPowers:
*** LightEmUp: His most-used attacks take this form.
*** MakingASplash: The introduction to [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Symphony of Sorcery]] shows he's rather adept in the use of water magic. However, he hasn't been seen using it aside from that one point.
*** TimeStandsStill: [[spoiler:Has the extremely powerful fourth-tier spell Stopza, which he uses to freeze the Thirteen Seekers of Darkness.]]
** EnergyBall: His signature spell are balls of light called ''Pearl''.
** MagicKnight: Like all playable Keybladers. Mickey in particular is a WhiteMagic specialist.
** HealingHands: Cure in ''Birth By Sleep'' and Healing Light in ''Kingdom Hearts 2''.
** ThePaladin
** PillarOfLight[=/=]HolyHandGrenade: His more powerful ''Holy/Faith'' spells manifest like this.
** PintSizedPowerHouse: Now with [[StarWars Yoda]]-esque acrobatics!
* CuteMute: In his monochrome days in Timeless River.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: He is a perpetrator of this; his first appearance has him striking down a pair of Darkside Heartless in one blow. [[spoiler:In 3D he is able to freeze all thirteen Seekers of Darkness with a [[TimeStandsStill Stopza spell]]. That particular instance may be justified however, since Stopza is a fourth-tier spell.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: He's a King. Formality demands the characters address him as such. Subverted in three occasions: ''Birth by Sleep'', where none of them ''know'' he's a king; ''coded'', where Sora has the same reasons; and ''Dream Drop Distance'', where he may not be King of Disney Castle yet. Lampshaded by Sora:
-->Sora: Your Maj- I gotta stop that. Mickey!
** He also insists that Riku just calls him Mickey, which ''358/2 Days'' shows Riku has some trouble getting used to. Still, by the time of ''3D'' he doesn't seem to have a problem with it even while everyone else still calls him "the King."
* FailureKnight: For all of his effort in ''Birth By Sleep'', he couldn't save Ven, Aqua, or Terra from their fates. This retroactively explains the distance he keeps between himself and the main cast, and his reluctance to allow Sora to get involved in the Heartless war on Hollow Bastion.
* FunnyAnimal: But a helluva lot more serious in this game than in almost anything else he's ever appeared in, at least until ''EpicMickey''.
* TheGoodKing: No matter [[FailureKnight what he thinks.]]
* HappilyMarried: To Minnie. Just like [[RealLifeRelative Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor]].
* HeroicBSOD: Suffers from one due to the DownerEnding of ''Birth by Sleep''. Yen Sid manages to rouse him out of it fairly quickly.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Riku, for a while, although ''Days'' inserted a disruption. Mickey was essentially Riku's sole support throughout Chain of Memories, and gives him an epic glomp at the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' when they reunite.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Like Aqua, he's no Princess of Heart in terms of purity, but is able to spend extended time the Realm of Darkness without a Black Cloak to protect himself, and only uses his to prevent the Organization from detecting him.
** [[WordOfGod Supposedly]], it was the [[DarkIsNotEvil dark-aligned]] Kingdom Key D that protected him during that time, although Nomura also said that Mickey, like Riku, is not affected by darkness at all. Something about "similarities" between them that [[ShrugOfGod have yet to be revealed]] in-game...
* JapanesePronouns: "Boku".
* LeParkour: Shows this while trying to reach [[spoiler:Sora before Master Xehanort can inject his heart into him by wall jumping the throne bottoms before Xemnas uses his hand to slam him into the throne pedestals]].
* TheLeader
* LetsGetDangerous: Coupled with TheCoatsAreOff.
-->'''Mickey''': "They'll ''pay'' for this."[[note]]The "this" in question doubles as a case of ItsPersonal, given that Goofy just appeared to have died.[[/note]]
* MysteriousPast: Dream Drop Distance actually gives a few clues. He was an apprentice for magic to Yen Sid like in Fantasia some time in the past. He was also traveling between worlds in his youth for some reason, having met his future wife Minnie in the Country of the Musketeers (and Donald and Goofy as well, unless they too were traveling with him). It's still unclear how they ended up ruling Disney Castle instead of France.
** The second game even has a world based on SteamboatWillie, showing Mickey, who acts completely different and is completely silent, as a humble steamboat worker, albeit very mischevious.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Though Mickey has generally been timeless (and Kingdom Hearts has odd implications in that direction as well), he was already a King and Keyblade Master ten years previous to the main story, making him on the way to middle age. Despite that, he still displays the characteristic youthful Mickey Mouse exuberance and looks no different than any other portrayal (excepting the clothes, of course). That said, see VagueAge.
* TheOtherDarrin: Wayne Allwine, the longstanding voice of Mickey since the late '70s, [[AuthorExistenceFailure died in May of 2009]], shortly after he finished recording for ''Days''. ''Birth by Sleep'' marks the debut of Bret Iwan as Mickey.
* PersonalityPowers: TheGoodKing with IncorruptiblePurePureness that he is, Mickey is quite adept at using WhiteMagic, both [[LightEmUp offensively]] and [[HealingHands defensively]].
* RodentOfUnusualSize
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Keyblade Master and King of Disney Castle.
** AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
** ModestRoyalty: None of his outfits are particularly kingly once he becomes royalty.
* SixthRanger: To Terra, Aqua, and Ven as well as Sora's group.
* SpannerInTheWorks: In ''Birth By Sleep''. [[spoiler:The plan was for Vanitas to take over Ventus's body and form the χ-blade while Master Xehanort committed GrandTheftMe on Terra, and sometime while he dealt with Ventus Vanitas would kill Aqua. Unfortunately for them Mickey happened upon the scene and saved her, an act that would lead to Aqua further disrupting their schemes]].
** Chronologically. does this again in ''Chain of Memories'' where he stops "Ansem" from possessing Riku several times throughout the game [[spoiler:which also stopped Xehanort from getting another SoulJar]].
* SpeciesSurname
* SupportingLeader
* TookALevelInBadass: The exact process is detailed in ''Birth by Sleep'', though elements of that process are also seen in [[KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance "Country of the Musketeers" and "Symphony of Sorcery"]]. Although by the start of ''Birth By Sleep'', he had apparently already completed his training and become King of Disney Castle. He does gain more actual experience in exploring the worlds and combating Unversed, culminating in his [[spoiler:takedown-assist of Vanitas]].
* TranquilFury: After Goofy's DisneyDeath. Unlike Donald, [[UnstoppableRage who went completely apeshit]], Mickey stayed very calm, although the DeathGlare he had made it obvious he was pissed.
* VagueAge: He was a King and Keyblade Master with the same general outlook and personality (minus some character development) ten years previously. However, [[NostalgiaLevel Timeless River]] shows him to be acting ''vastly'' different sometime in the past while still appearing to be the same general age. Pete seems to imply that the events happened as depicted. If so, then Kingdom Hearts may be going for the same timeless chronology regarding Mickey Mouse as, for instance, ''EpicMickey'' did, with decades of animation history all simultaneously being in Mickey's past.
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler:Xehanort seems to think so in ''Dream Drop Distance''. Notable considering how little Xehanort cares for any of the other protagonists beyond their usefulness to him. Mickey seems to be the only foe Xehanort actually respects at this point.]]
** YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: [[spoiler:The feeling is far from mutual however.]]
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[[folder:Donald Duck]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:"Confounded Heartless! Get lost will ya?"]]
->''"Aw, what do you know you big palooka...?"''
-->Voiced by: Creator/KoichiYamadera (Japanese), Tony Anselmo (English)

A fiery-tempered magician and a member of King Mickey's court at Disney Castle, DonaldDuck was sent to find and follow the Keyblade bearer. He joins up with Sora to help him save the worlds and becomes one of his closest friends.
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* [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} 24-Hour Armor]]: In Space Paranoids
* AcePilot: He's the one who flies the Gummi Ship after all.
* AlliterativeName
* {{Angrish}}
* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Subverted. Donald wears armor in [[{{Film/Tron}} Space Paranoids]].
* BashBrothers: With Goofy and Sora.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:On several occasions, but more recently in the ending of ''3D'', on [[KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep a Star Shard]].]]
* BoundAndGagged: Donald winds up tied up at one point in [[{{PiratesOfTheCaribbean}} Port Royal]]. He does not get gagged, unlike most examples of this trope.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Donald is one of five characters to break the series' fourth wall. In first game, during the scene in which Donald and Goofy speak with Aerith, Donald appears to move the "camera" down so that he is properly visible.
* ButNowIMustGo: An unspoken agreement in the first game. Due to the "no meddling" rule, Donald and Goofy will have to leave Sora forever at one point. Subverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', where they are far too attached to Sora to leave him.
* ButtMonkey: Like in most of his other appearances, more so in the manga adaptation.
* CharacterDevelopment: He starts off as rather antagonistic towards Sora, but they soon grow close after having lost each other in [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Deep Jungle]]. When forced to choose between duty and friendship, he follows his duty to the letter instinctively, abandoning Sora. The point at which he realizes that Sora is worth more to him is the crux of his development in the first game. At the end of the first game, he is reluctant but willing to let Sora go home, never to see him again. However, Donald implicitly defies King and country to stay with Sora when given a chance to leave in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* TheChewToy
* CombatTropes
** BlowYouAway: The "Aero" series of spells in the original ''Kingdom Hearts''.
** DeadlyFireworksDisplay: His {{Limit Break}}s Flare and Comet are actually fireworks.
*** MacrossMissileMassacre: With firework rockets.
** DropTheHammer: One of his two weapon types.
** FireIceLightning
** GravityMaster: The "Gravity" series of spells in the original ''Kingdom Hearts''.
** MagicWand: His default one has the head of BlackMage at the top.
** TheMedic
*** HealingHands
*** CombatMedic
** TheRedMage: In the first game he can use all of the same spells as Sora but the second limits him to FireIceLightning and [[HealingHands Cure]].
** SquishyWizard: In ''spades''.
** TimeStandsStill: The "Stop" series of spells in the original ''Kingdom Hearts''.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Him and Goofy in Timeless River.
-->'''Donald''' (''seeing Past!Mickey''): "The King!"
-->'''Goofy''': "Gee, he looks kinda different somehow."
** Also the fact that they fail to realize earlier that they are in their own freaking old cartoons' universe!
--->'''Donald''' (''seeing himself in monochrome form''): "This is kinda like... um-uhh..."
--->'''Goofy''': "Dejavu?"
--->'''Donald''': "Yeah!"
* CourtMage: For Disney Castle.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: In the manga adaptation, Donald accidently grabs hold of a Magnum Loader and drives it all over a junkyard while [[{{LovableCoward}} refusing to let go]]; Sora saves him by [[{{YouShallNotPass}} blocking the Heartless' path with the Keyblade]], though it still sends the wizard duck flying into a wall. PlayedForLaughs mostly, [[spoiler: until it's revealed that he accidently broke a piece of data needed to get them out of the prison world they are trapped in]].
* ElectricTorture: Donald gets tortured by electrocution twice in ''Kingdom Hearts II''; once by Sark, and once by [[spoiler:Auron's Statue]]
* HairTriggerTemper: It's not Donald without it.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Notably, he, his uncle, and his nephews are the only ones left half dressed.
* HotBlooded: He ''is'' DonaldDuck, after all.
* HonorBeforeReason: Briefly follows Riku in his evil phase due to a literal interpretation of King Mickey's orders. He realizes this is stupid.
* InvincibleMinorMinion: A rare heroic example; no matter what slams Donald's HP to zero, whether Heartless, or magic, or Sephiroth, Donald will revive a minute later on his own, provided Sora survives.
* JapanesePronouns: "Boku".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KnightInSourArmor: Mostly in the first game, there he has a rather cynical, sarcastic and even cutthroat personality that differs from those of his companions. However, as the games goes, he gets less and less mean and becomes more idealistic like his friends.
* LovableCoward: In Country of the Musketeers, just like in the movie.
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate
* [[{{Mummy}} Mummy]]: In Halloween Town
** [[{{Snowlems}} Snowlem]]: In Christmas Town in the Final Mix version
* NiceHat
* OutOfFocus: A major character in KH, COM, and [=KHII=], but much less consequential in every game since, though ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' seems to reverse the trend. 3D even lampshades it.
-->'''Goofy''': Do you think we'll ever get to do something important?
* PersonalityPowers: Here's a fun one. Donald's Limits are fireworks, and he's known for his explosive temper.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Goofy's blue, with Sora in-between.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Wears it in the prologue of the first game, Coded, Birth by Sleep, and Dream Drop Distance.
* RoyalRapier: As a musketeer in [=3D=].
* ShipperOnDeck: To Sora and Kairi.
* SideKick: To Sora, though he insisted on being the leader for a while at first, and only seems to step down from this after he comes back from his HonorBeforeReason mistake.
** NonHumanSidekick: Of course, Sora himself is not a human in [[Disney/{{TheLittleMermaid}} Atlantica,]] [[Disney/{{TheLionKing}} the Pride Lands]] and [[{{Film/Tron}} Space Paranoids]].
* TheSmartGuy: He IS the court magician, as well as the one who flies the gummi ship, at least until Sora decides he wants to.
* SpeciesSurname
* UndyingLoyalty: It slowly transfers from Mickey to Sora, but it's unlikely he'll ever have to compromise.
* TheUnintelligible: If it weren't for the subtitles, you'd have a tough time understanding him. And it's ten times worse in Japanese.
* UnscaledMerfolk: Becomes half-duck, half-octopus in Atlantica.
* UnstoppableRage: After Goofy's DisneyDeath.
* VagueAge: He was in Mickey's court ten years ago, appeared in Timeless River, and was a Musketeer in France with Mickey. Mickey was traveling between worlds, but it's not clear if Donald was following him or they met in the Country of the Musketeers.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Donald's magic is what transforms the party in Halloween Town and Atlantica.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Goofy]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:"All for one and one for all!]]
->''"I guess you're stuck with us, Sora!"''
-->Voiced by:Yu Shimaka (Japanese), Bill Farmer (English)

The mild-mannered yet loyal Captain of the Royal Knights at Disney Castle, {{Goofy}} was sent to find and follow the Keyblade bearer. He joins up with Sora to help him save the worlds and becomes one of his closest friends.
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* [[{{TwentyFourHourArmor}} 24-Hour Armor]]: Goofy wears grey armor in Space Paranoids.
* BadassNormal: He's the pure physical fighter to round out Donald's SquishyWizard and Sora's MagicKnight.
* BashBrothers: With Donald and Sora.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:On several occasions, but more recently in the ending of ''3D'', on a [[KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Star Shard]].]]
* TheBigGuy
* BoundAndGagged: In [[{{PiratesOfTheCaribbean}} Port Royal]], Goofy finds himself tied up alongside his allies. Unlike most examples, they don't get gagged at all.
* ButNowIMustGo: An unspoken agreement in the first game. Due to the "no meddling" rule, Donald and Goofy will have to leave Sora forever at one point. Subverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', where they are far too attached to Sora to leave him.
* CharacterDevelopment: While Goofy is more level-headed than Donald and got on with Sora better, he, like Donald, leaves Sora when his orders technically dictate it, and eventually defies said orders to help Sora. At the end of the first game, he sadly allows Sora to return to his home world, never to see him again (though events dictate otherwise). In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', however, both he and Donald are categorically unwilling to leave Sora, implicitly defying King and country.
* CombatTropes
** FastballSpecial: The end of Goofy's Knocksmash Limit ends with a variation on this, with Sora launching Goofy as if he's a rocket, hence the FanNickname for the Limit.
** ItemCaddy: Goofy has the greatest amount of item slots in the game.
** HealingHands: Can heal both HP and MP of allies with his MP Gift and Evolution skills.
** LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: And along with it...
*** FaceDesignShield: The Defender which is stolen from the heartless with the same name.
*** ShieldSurf
*** ShieldBash
*** ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks
** MightyGlacier
** {{Shoryuken}}: Rocket and the first part of the Goofy Smash ability.
*** LauncherMove
*** MeteorMove: If Sora volleys the enemy up again Goofy will spike the enemy back to the ground.
** RollingAttack
** SpinAttack: His Tornado skill.
** UseYourHead: An amusing sleight in Re:COM has Sora and Donald use him as a battering ram.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Him and Donald in Timeless River.
-->'''Donald''' (''seeing Past!Mickey''): "The King!"
-->'''Goofy''': "Gee, he looks kinda different somehow."
** Also the fact that they fail to realize earlier that they are in their own freaking old cartoons' universe!
--->'''Donald''' (''seeing himself in monochrome form''): "This is kinda like... um-uhh..."
--->'''Goofy''': "Deja vu?"
--->'''Donald''': "Yeah, that's it!"
** Another is in Olympus Coliseum:
--->'''Phil:''' "Two words: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You! Ain't! Heroes!]]"
--->'''Sora:''' "You're wrong!"
--->'''Goofy:''' "Yeah, he said three words."
--->'''Sora:''' "No! That's not what I mean!"
*** This is repeated later in this same world, after Hades is defeated:
---->'''Sora:''' "The games are canceled? How come?"
---->'''Phil:''' "Three words: everyone's pooped!"
---->'''Goofy:''' "Wait a minute, that was only two--"
---->'''Sora:''' "You gotta be kidding!"
* ConjoinedEyes
* [[AccidentalPun Disney]] [[DisneyDeath Death]]: In the second game.
* {{Dogface}}
* DumbassHasAPoint: He's usually seen as dimwitted, but has plenty of these moments throughout the games.
* ElectricTorture: Happens to Goofy, twice, in ''Kingdom Hearts II''; first in Space Paranoids, and later in Olympus Coliseum.
* FanNickname: "Goofy Rocket", for his Knocksmash Limit.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Goofy is a parody of this in Halloween Town
* GeniusDitz: He's actually probably the most level-headed and logically-thinking of the three.
* GogglesDoNothing: It's quite easy to forget they're even there.
* HonorBeforeReason: Same as Donald.
* IdiotHero: SimplemindedWisdom aside, Goofy isn't very bright.
** Played straight during his Musketeer years
* InvincibleMinorMinion: Like Donald, will Auto-Revive automatically a minute or two after his HP are knocked down to zero.
* JapanesePronouns: "Boku".
* TheKlutz
* LovableCoward: Goofy holds shards of this, but not as much as Donald.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Some of his battle quotes are hard to understand.
* NeverMyFault: When the party return to Space Paranoids with the password to the [=DTD=], Sark captures the trio and put them on the [[{{DeathCourse}} Game Grid]]. Since Goofy walked up to a terminal wondering where [[{{DistressedDude}} Tron]] was at the moment of capture, Sora and Donald thought that Goofy was responsible and scold him just as they both get taken away. When Goofy rejoins them...
-->'''Goofy:''' I didn't touch nothin'.
** Though it's unknown whether the capture was truly Goofy's fault, as he never seems to touch the terminal during the cutscene, implying that he could be [[{{CassandraTruth}} telling the truth]].
* NiceHat
* NiceGuy
* OnlyOneName: Unless you count "Captain" as part of his name.
* OutOfFocus: A major character in KH, COM, and [=KH2=], but much less consequential in every game since, though ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' seems to reverse the trend. 3D even lampshades it.
-->'''Goofy''': Do you think we'll ever get to do something important?
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Donald's red, with Sora in-between.
* SacrificialLion: Zigzagged. When he ends up TakingTheBullet (see below) in ''Kingdom Hearts II'', everyone on the heroic side suddenly takes the conflict at hand much more seriously. However, he's revealed to have simply been suffering from a DisneyDeath a short time later. Nevertheless, although he did not truly die, the seriousness of the conflict remains higher for the remainder of the game, as well as later releases (both in terms of chronology and retail release).
* SideKick: To both Sora and Donald.
** NonHumanSidekick
* SimplemindedWisdom
* SimpletonVoice
* SmartBall
* TakingTheBullet: In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', he throws King Mickey out of the way as a boulder thrown during the battle for Radiant Garden nearly hits him, colliding with Goofy's head and [[DisneyDeath knocking him unconscious for an extended period of time]]. And when that happens, everyone--characters ''and'' players--start to get serious.
* TechnicalPacifist: The reason he fights with a shield. Although he has in the past wielded a RoyalRapier as seen in Country of the Musketeers in ''Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance''.
* UndyingLoyalty: As of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', he disobeys Mickey's orders to accompany Sora on his last adventure, like Donald. Considering they're all good friends, though, it's unlikely to cause any conflict.
* UnscaledMerfolk: Goofy becomes a turtle in Atlantica, with the only part that's still the same being his head. He has a similar form in the Pride Lands.
* VagueAge: Like Donald and Mickey, appears in Birth by Sleep, and has been around since Timeless River. In Dream Drop Distance, it's shown that he was working with Mickey in the Country of the Musketeers, but its not clear if he was accompanying Mickey on his journey between worlds or if he was a native of that world (which is very unlikely).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Terra]]
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[[caption-width-right:231:"What I do, I do for friendship."]]
->''"Ven...Aqua...I won't let him hurt you."''
-->Voiced by: Creator/RyotaroOkiayu (Japanese), JasonDohring (English)

An aspiring Keyblade Master training under Eraqus, he has outstanding power and skill, but lacks discipline and allows darkness into his heart out of fear of failure. Denied the rank of Master by Eraqus, he eventually becomes apprentice to Xehanort and resolves to learn to embrace and channel darkness rather than reject it.

A figure wearing Terra's armor appears as a BonusBoss in ''Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+'', but how they are connected is a heavy spoiler for ''Birth By Sleep''.

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* AesopAmnesia: Damn it Terra, ''stop listening to'' ''[[ObviouslyEvil obvious villains!]]''
** To be fair, the only one he truly helped was Maleficent; after that, he fixed what he would mess up.
* [[spoiler:AnimatedArmor]]
* ASinisterClue: A rare {{Anti Hero}}ic example who ''doesn't'' fall under TheSouthpaw. Though he swings his Keyblade with his right hand like the other protagonists, Terra's dark powers tend to manifest through his left, to the point where his finishers in Dark Impulse mode involve turning it into a huge, grasping claw.
* {{Badass}}: Very much so, in spite of his [[FatalFlaw well-known flaws]]. [[spoiler:Despite not being a keyblade master himself, he has defeated TWO in battle, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one under virtually impossible odds.]]]]
* BadassCape: [[spoiler:As the Lingering Will.]] Sadly, it
had to be removed for gameplay in ''Birth by Sleep'' due to programming difficulties.
* BattleAura: A vaguely flame-like, pitch-black one whenever he taps
split into the power of darkness.
* BerserkButton: Same as Aqua's. [[spoiler:Only it's not just villains who can trigger it, as Master Eraqus can attest.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct
** [[spoiler:KnightTemplarBigBrother: This develops by the end of the game in regards to everyone seeming to want to end Ven's existence, whether they were good people or bad people.]]
* [[spoiler:GrandTheftMe: By Master Xehanort, resulting in Terra-Xehanort.]]
* [[spoiler:BonusBoss: As the Lingering Will in ''[[UpdatedRerelease Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix]]'']].
* BrokenAce
* CaptainObvious: He has a strange tendency to shout "Unversed" whenever they show up.
** Which gets him into trouble [[spoiler:when talking to Snow White: she thought he was summoning the Unversed to attack her, instead of just warning her that they were coming.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: Red-orange to Aqua's blue-purple
Characters/KingdomHeartsDestinyIslandsTrio, Characters/KingdomHeartsDisneyCastleTrio, and Ven's green. Expressed most prominently through their Wayfinders, though their outfits also play a part.
* CombatTropes
** [[{{BFS}} BFK]]: Big Freakin' Key.
*** BladeSpam: Sonic Blade operates this way, as does Chaos Blade.
*** CastFromHitPoints: His "Sacrifice" move.
*** DiagonalCut: His "Zantetsuken" move, which functions as a SingleStrokeBattle and can OneHitKO.
*** MorphWeapon: Moreso than anyone else in the series with a Keyblade. Terra can turn his Keyblade into a positively ''enormous'' [[{{BFG}} Ultima Cannon]]. Like the rest of the trio, it can also turn into a hovercycle capable of travelling through the universe like a Gummi Ship. When you face the figure in his armor, [[spoiler:[[BonusBoss the Lingering Will]]]], in ''Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +'', he ups the ante with additional forms like [[WhipItGood a whip]] and a bow and arrow.
*** {{Spellblade}}: Ars Solum, his version of Ventus' Ars Arcanum, operates like this.
*** WeaponOfChoice: The [[DishingOutDirt Earthshaker]] [[CoolKey key]][[CoolSword blade]] which is later upgraded to [[InfinityMinusOneSword Ends Of The Earth]].
** CombinedEnergyAttack: Capable of performing Trinity Limit.
** ElementalPowers:
*** BlowYouAway: Can use the Aero series of spells, as well as [[SpinAttack "Windcutter"]].
*** CastingAShadow: His specialties are Darkness and Earth spells. He even has a D-Link with Maleficent. His dark powers aren't as developed as Riku's, but he has a specialized [[SuperMode Command Style]] for it called Dark Impulse and uses it exclusively in two of his Shotlocks.
*** DishingOutDirt: His strongest magics are Earth spells like Quake and Meteor. He can also use the element in physical attacks. He is better at this than Riku is, and even has a specialized [[SuperMode Command Style]] for it called Rock Breaker.
*** FireIceLightning
*** GravityMaster: Has the Zero Gravity series, Magnet series, and Transcendence. In less conventional terms, the effects of Magnet Spiral may count, as may Collision Magnet.
*** LightTheWay: Limited, but he can use the element through the "Photon Charge" and "Ragnarok" Shotlocks, as well as the [=BladeCharge=] Command Style.
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command.
*** PureEnergy: His [[SignatureMove Ultima]] [[StuffBlowingUp Cannon]] Shotlock. The [=BladeCharge=] Command Style also counts.
*** TimeStandsStill: Has the "Stop" series of spells and the "Slow" spell.
** FlashStep: Despite being the MightyGlacier of the trio, he does have access to a few, namely his [[CastingAShadow Sonic Shadow and Chaos Blade]] moves (which also use a brief TeleportSpam).
** FullContactMagic: His strongest attacks tend to utilize these.
** HealingHands: Has the Cure series and Break Time.
** IShallTauntYou: Has the "Taunt" command, which causes enemies affected to attack only the user.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command.
** LimitBreak: His "Limit Storm" kinda acts like one, dealing more damage when Terra's HP is low. He also has access to "Shotlocks", attacks that consist of the user locking on to a target or targets for a set amount of hits before launching a HomingProjectile storm, whether of a projectile fired from the Keyblade of by him or herself.
*** [[AnIcePerson Absolute Zero]]: The user cloaks him or herself in ice and launches at the target repeatedly, causing ice damage. Sometimes, if using the right timing, ice crystals may jut from the ground to cause more damage.
*** [[PoisonousPerson Bio Barrage]]: Launches a salvo of projectiles that have a 50% chance of poisoning the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[StandardStatusEffects Chaos Snake]]: Launches zig-zagging projectiles that have a chance of inflicting the Confused status on those they hit. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Flame Salvo]]: Launches {{Fireballs}} at the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[SpamAttack Lightning Ray]]: Causes the user to launch at the target with lightning speed. Using the right timing can extend the attack to double it's normal length.
*** [[MagicMissileStorm Meteor Shower]]: Launches small, star-like projectiles at the target. Using the right timing can cause more meteors to fall.
*** [[LightEmUp Photon Charge]]: A SpamAttack using a light element on the Keyblade. Using the right timing can add a StuffBlowingUp effect.
*** [[FrickinLaserBeams Ragnarok]]: Launches a salvo of light-based projectiles, with the right timing adding more projectiles to the salvo.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderstorm]]: Launches a series of blasts of electricity at the target, with the right timing adding projectiles.
*** [[CastingAShadow Dark Volley]]: The first of his specialized Shotlocks, this allows him to fire a barrage of blasts of darkness at his foes. The right timing adds more projectiles.
*** [[CastingAShadow Sonic Shadow]]: [[LightningBruiser Moving around the field much faster than usual]], Terra cloaks himself in darkness, possibly causing [[StandardStatusEffect blindness]] to his foes. The right timing causes a StuffBlowingUp effect to attacks in this Shotlock.
*** [[{{BFG}} Ultima Cannon]]: Terra's SignatureMove and ultimate Shotlock, this allows him to [[MorphWeapon morph his Keyblade into a giant cannon]] to fire upon his foes. The right timing causes the bullets to become explosive.
** MightyGlacier: His Keyblade strikes hit like a sack of bricks, and he swings it about as fast as one too.
** MagicKnight: Emphasis on the "Knight" part.
** RedMage: Though he's the fighter of the trio, he can access both [[ElementalPowers elemental magic]] and [[HealingHands healing powers]].
** RetGone: Can weaponize this in the form of his "Warp" command, which takes the target from the battle completely, but also erases any rewards that might come of it.
** SpinAttack: "Brutal Blast", which also has some kind of KiAttack going on before the spin, and also [[BlowYouAway "Windcutter"]].
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of his arsenal, with a special focus on "[[TimeStandsStill Stop]]" spells. Other spells cause "Poison", "Burn", "Paralyzed", "Blindness", "Confused", or "Frozen". He in particular can cause "Doom" and "Instant Death" as well. One of his exclusive finishers can also inflict various status effects.
** StuffBlowingUp: Has the "Mine" series. Also [[SignatureMove Ultima Cannon]].
** SuperMode: Command Styles, which boost offensive power:
*** [[LightningBruiser Critical Impact]]: Terra's attacks become ''much'' stronger and a bit faster. Leaps into the air and slams the ground to send out a shockwave as a finisher.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Firestorm]]: Keyblade turns into a FlamingSword. Terra creates a wave of flame pillars as a finishing move.
*** [[AnIcePerson Diamond Dust]]: Keyblade acquires ice powers. Terra summons a large explosion of ice around him as a finisher.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderbolt]]: Keyblade crackles with lightning. Terra creates a storm of lightning bolts overhead as a finisher.
*** [[DishingOutDirt Rock Breaker]]: Terra's attacks become earth-based and he excels at ground combat. He sends homing rock spears flying around as a finisher.
*** [[CastingAShadow Dark Impulse]]: Terra's attacks become dark-based, and his gauntlet slams enemies with a large fist of darkness. [[FlashStep Teleports under enemies]] to deliver [[{{Shoryuken}} an uppercut]] as a finisher.
*** [[LaserBlade Blade]][[{{BFS}} Charge]]: Keyblade becomes engulfed in light, giving a huge boost to the range of attacks. Uses an overhead SpinAttack as a finisher.
*** [[AnIcePerson Frozen Fortune]]: Triggered by using ice cream items to fill the command gauge, uses ice to attack. Creates a field of ice orbs in the air that explode as a finisher.
*** [[MusicalAssassin Rhythm Mixer]]: Exclusive to ''Final Mix'', spin and fly through the air to attack with dance-like attack. Create a trio of symbols and beat them to send out soundwaves as a finisher.
** WreathedInFlames: In his Fire Dash command. He has his own variant known as Dark Haze, which is instead Wreathed In [[CastingAShadow Darkness]].
* CoolBike: His Keyblade Glider.
* DullSurprise: JasonDohring's performance, except when he's really angry. It should be noted that JasonDohring's performance isn't completely emotionless, as can be seen with anger. Dohring's acting is actually much better when he is in a scene with other characters, especially later in the game as Dohring got more comfortable with portraying the character.
* EmotionalBruiser
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Well, do ''you'' have a better explanation for the hakama?
** He even gets a DiagonalCut as a unique attack that has a chance of {{One Hit Kill}}ing regular enemies.
* FaceHeelTurn: {{Subverted}}. [[spoiler:Many people assumed that he was going to pull one to become the current Xehanort. In reality, he winds up [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by the ''real'' BigBad, Master Xehanort, and is [[GrandTheftMe currently serving as his vessel]]. Meanwhile, his mind, now separate from his body (now Xehanort's), lives on [[AnimatedArmor as the Lingering Will]].]]
* FatalFlaw[=/=]AmbitionIsEvil
* [[spoiler:FightingFromTheInside: It's what lets Aqua overcome his Xehanort-possessed body when she joins him in his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.]]
* GenderBlenderName: Terra is a girl's name in the West.
* HeelRealization: When [[spoiler:he mortally wounds Eraqus]].
* HeroicSpirit
** The first instance of solitary OurSoulsAreDifferent, in comparison with all the usual talk about hearts or the combination of hearts and bodies (Nobodies).
** HeroicWillpower: Probably the most out of anyone in the series. [[spoiler:Too bad it wasn't enough to stop Xehanort from taking over his body.]]
** TheDeterminator
* HeroWithAnFInGood: At first. He improves it to a B+ over time.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[VeronicaMars Hi Logan!]]
* HiddenDepths: According to the tie-in novels, he's very skilled in carving wood with a knife, even making the wooden training keyblades himself.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Even if he has some distrust of them, he winds up listening to Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Hades, Jumba Jookiba, Captain Hook, and (of course) Master Xehanort. It ''never'' ends up well for him.
** Terra holds what some might say is a reasonable amount of skepticism towards his new colleagues, but because of his strong "Let's see how this plays out" mindset (stemming from his own issues with being judged, natch) he lacks any sort of instinct as to when and where to step in. This results in a number of bad outcomes that he could have prevented.
** To put that into perspective, the only villains in the game that Terra ''doesn't'' ally with are Lady Tremaine, Pete, and Braig. He's after Vanitas too, but they never actually meet [[spoiler:until the very end]].
*** To be fair though, Terra never really trusted Hades or Captain Hook, and never had any intention of helping the Evil Queen and was actually planning more on keeping Snow White safe just in case Master Xehanort showed up. However, he still doesn't seem to learn until after [[spoiler:Master Xehanort tricks him into attacking Master Eraqus.]]
*** Justified in the Deep Space scenario, Jumba said he was put in prison for ridiculous charges and this was after Terra himself was dragged into the ship and imprisoned for almost no apparent reason.
* GenreBlindness
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Peter Pan if you talk to him in Neverland after finishing the storyline there.
--> '''Peter''': I'd watch out if I were you. You look like an easy guy to trick.
** And earlier by Hades:
--> '''Hades''': Wait... Dark, moody, powerful. Yes! He's perfect.
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo
--> "What I do, I do for friendship."
** MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After beating up [[spoiler:Master Eraqus]] to the point of near-death. Xehanort finishes him off.
* IdenticalStranger: Master Xehanort looked suspiciously like Terra in his youth [[spoiler:especially after Xehanort's possession leaves him HadesShaded.]]
* JapanesePronouns: "Ore".
* [[spoiler:LaserGuidedKarma: Much like Riku, he gave into the darkness. Although Terra's consequences in comparison were ''much'' worse.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Terra", which is lifted from "Fate of the Unknown", the track that plays under the secret video of ''Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix''.
* LeftHandedMirror: To Riku. Although Terra is not left-handed, his darkness manifests through his left hand while Riku's manifests through his right or both. They have many, many parallels, including sharing the same role in a TwoGuysAndAGirl trio, complete with same ThemeNaming. They both are destined keyblade wielders, both are misled and manipulated by Maleficent and Xehanort, and both succumb to the Darkness in their hearts. But while Terra [[spoiler:is lost to his inner Darkness and becomes a Xehanort host]], Riku [[spoiler:conquers his inner Darkness and uses it to defend the Light, thus escaping Terra's fate]].
* ManChild[=/=]YoungerThanHeLooks: It's been pointed out that there is {{subtext}} of Terra's behavior being consistent with a that of a child trying to cope with identity issues stemming from adolescence/puberty/growth spurts [[note]]which, believe it or not, science has proven to be a normal part of growing up for people into their early twenties[[/note]]. Because of his VagueAge, in presentation he resembles a young man trying to live up to what he ''thinks'' should be his proper image; the [[AndIMustScream Re]][[FateWorseThanDeath sult]] is a horrifying depiction of what happens when a kid doesn't have parents to guide and temper him. This has led to an understandable interpretation that Terra is actually not much older than Ventus, despite his appearance.
* MeaningfulName: Shares the "earth" theme with Riku, though he has no relation to him outside of character role, [[spoiler:Keyblade succession, and getting possessed by Xehanort.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:an anagram of Xehanort without the "X" is "No earth". As in, he got [[GrandTheftMe Body Snatched]] and ThatManIsDead.]]
* {{Misblamed}}: InUniverse, everyone believed it was ''he'' who [[spoiler:stole Aurora's heart. It wasn't, as Braig finds out from Master Xehanort in Radiant Garden...]]
* MissedTheCall: According to WordOfGod, Terra has the skill and power of a Keyblade Master and thus is essentially one in all but title -- that's why he's able to [[spoiler:perform the Rite of Succession with Riku]]. However, due to Eraqus's concern for the darkness in his heart, he chooses to make Aqua a Master instead. If [[spoiler:Xehanort hadn't sabotaged Terra during the exam]], it's likely that Terra could have made Master too, and Xehanort's manpulations of his insecurities may not have gone so well.
* MrFanservice: For some. The [[FormFittingWardrobe tight clothing he wears]] definitely helps. And he'll do ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGWaKak-Ig4 vertical push-ups]]'' on command.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: See the spoiled trope below, but also, he inspired [[spoiler:Riku]], more than he already was [[spoiler:to leave his world]], most likely causing him to [[JumpedAtTheCall jump at the call]] as early as he did.
** Also, [[spoiler:Not finishing off the unconscious Xehanort at the Keyblade Graveyard, causing the man to continue to commit atrocities for years to come.]]
* OnlyOneName
** NamesTheSame: For Western players, with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI a much more familiar Square Enix protagonist with the opposite gender]].
* OriginalGeneration
* PersonalityPowers: Specializes in earth and darkness and is stubborn, hard headed, and brooding.
* PickyEater: According to the tie-in novels, he has a strong aversion to sweets (preferring nuts), in spite of his master's and companions' collective SweetTooth.
* ThePowerOfHate: His hatred for [[spoiler:Xehanort]] builds and builds leading up to the final battle as he realizes [[spoiler:Xehanort manipulated him into killing Eraqus and more]]. Then reaches critical mass when [[spoiler:his hatred for Xehanort becomes so intense that he reanimates his armor to fight Xehanort when he loses his body.]]
** UnstoppableRage: [[spoiler:There's a reason the ThemeMusicPowerUp used when he rises against the new Xehanort is called "Rage Awakened". For once the barrier surrounding the battlefield is the ''hero's'', to make sure Xehanort has nowhere to run and no one can interfere]].
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Causes a ''pivotal'' turning point in the plot.
* [[spoiler:SealedEvilInADuel: Tells Xehanort in "Blank Points" that he's willing to fight with him for as long as it takes to keep the old man from having his way with his body.]]
* SignatureMove: [[{{BFG}} Ult]][[MorphWeapon ima]] [[StuffBlowingUp Cannon]] as mentioned above. [[spoiler:This carries over to both Terra-Xehanort and The Lingering Will, once Xehanort possesses him.]]
* SingleStrokeBattle: The only one of the ''Birth by Sleep'' trio to learn Zantetsuken. In his case, the attack has him flash past his foes as he strikes, with a very high chance of instantly killing the enemies he hits.
* SkilledButNaive
* TearsOfRemorse
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: [[spoiler:Used as a tragic piece when his theme plays when he fights Eraqus. The Lingering Will gets one when it fights Terranort with "Rage Awakened" playing.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Through accepting his heart's darkness, but like Riku, it has its costs.
** Not only did he defeat [[spoiler:Master Xehanort, when Xehanort stole his body at the conclusion of the fight, he animated his armor out of force of will]] and defeated him again!
* TragicHero
* UnwittingPawn
* WhatTheHellHero: On the receiving end from various people for his actions in ''Birth By Sleep''.
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[[folder:Ventus ("Ven")]]
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[[caption-width-right:192:"Friends forever..."]]
->''"At least I have some [friends]! I've become a part of their heart, just as they've become a part of mine. My friends are my power... and I'm theirs!"''
-->Voiced by: KoukiUchiyama (Japanese), {{Jesse McCartney}} (English),

A rookie Keyblade wielder who trains alongside Terra and Aqua at the Land of Departure. He runs away from home to chase after Terra after receiving a warning of things to come. Despite not being as along in his training as they are, he's still a capable warrior and is eager to explore new worlds and make friends. He has some connection to Master Xehanort and his new apprentice Vanitas, but how he is something he cannot remember.

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* [[AbusiveParents Abusive]] ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:His original master, [[ObviouslyEvil Xehanort]]]].
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Poor Ven. No one's taking him seriously.
--> "[[CatchPhrase My name's Ventus. Call me Ven.]]"
** BreakTheCutie
* AndIMustScream[=/=]HumanPopsicle: Just like the secret ending from ''[[UpdatedRerelease Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+]]'', Ventus is frozen alive by Master Xehanort. [[spoiler:Granted, he ''does'' escape via HeroicWillpower just in the nick of time to save Aqua, but winds up being pinned down by some Unversed just for Vanitas to commit GrandTheftMe.]]
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: With [[spoiler:Vanitas.]]
* BigBrotherWorship: Of Terra. It's rather depressing how long it takes for poor Ven to accept that maybe there ''is'' something bad going on with him.
* CharacterTics: He often places his hands behind his head like Sora does.
* CallForward: Nearly replicates Sora's famous speech to Riku in ''KH I''.
** Another possible one might involve [[spoiler:Master Eraqus mentioning how Ventus was never meant to exist, similarly to how Naminé mentions how Roxas was never meant to exist.]]
* CelebrityVoiceActor: Like Roxas, [[TeenIdol Jesse [=McCartney=]]].
* ColorCodedCharacters: Green to Terra's red-orange and Aqua's blue-purple. Expressed most prominently through their Wayfinders, though their outfits also play a part.
** WindIsGreen: Ironically none of his actual wind attacks fit, but Ven himself does through the mentioned color coding.
* CombatTropes
** CombinedEnergyAttack: Capable of performing Trinity Limit.
** CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: [[BlowYouAway Wayward Wind]], a Keyblade designed specifically for his fighting style.
*** BladeSpam: Sonic Blade operates this way.
*** ReverseGrip: [[spoiler:So much that when his Keyblade Armor is possessed by the darkness in Sora's heart, it still uses that grip.]]
*** SpamAttack[=/=]StormOfBlades: His "Multivortex" Shotlock operates like this, with several blades of wind and light helping him.
*** {{Spellblade}}: Ars Arcanum acts like this.
*** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: "Strike Raid" and variants. Ventus in particular has the "Treasure Raid", "Wind Raid", and "Spark Raid" variations.
*** WeaponTwirling: He's prone to spinning his keyblade during his ready-but-idle animation and also before opening chests.
** ElementalPowers:
*** BlowYouAway: His most powerful spells are wind-based like Tornado, and one of his first signature Command Styles is Cyclone. His final shotlock even combines wind magic with his light magic.
*** CastingAShadow: "Outflow of the Dark", randomly added to his Command Deck when fighting [[BonusBoss No Heart]].
*** FireIceLightning
*** GravityMaster: Zero Gravity series, Magnet series, and "Transcendence". In less conventional terms, the effects of Magnet Spiral may count, as may Collision Magnet.
*** HolyHandGrenade[=/=]LightEmUp: Each character specializes in at least two elements. Ven's specialty aside from wind is light-based spells like Faith and Salvation. Also reflected in his Wingblade Command Style which is basically his version of Sora's Final Form, as well as some of his Shotlocks, [[StuffBlowingUp Pulse Bomb]] and [[EleventhHourSuperpower Dark]] [[BeamOWar Link]].
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command.
*** TimeStandsStill: Has the "Stop" series of spells and the "Slow" spell. "Stop" is also used as a part of [[TeleportSpam "Time Splicer"]].
** FastballSpecial: When teamed up with Hercules, he is thrown, but when teamed with Stitch, he does the throwing.
** FragileSpeedster: Has the fastest attacks but the lowest HP growth. Curiously though, his defense is the highest, but only by a couple points.
** HealingHands: The Cure series and Break Time.
** IShallTauntYou: Has the "Taunt" command, which causes enemies affected to attack only the user.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command.
** LimitBreak: Has access to "Shotlocks", attacks that consist of the user locking on to a target or targets for a set amount of hits before launching a HomingProjectile storm, whether of a projectile fired from the Keyblade of by him or herself.
*** [[AnIcePerson Absolute Zero]]: The user cloaks him or herself in ice and launches at the target repeatedly, causing ice damage. Sometimes, if using the right timing, ice crystals may jut from the ground to cause more damage.
*** [[PoisonousPerson Bio Barrage]]: Launches a salvo of projectiles that have a 50% chance of poisoning the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[StandardStatusEffects Chaos Snake]]: Launches zig-zagging projectiles that have a chance of inflicting the Confused status on those they hit. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Flame Salvo]]: Launches {{Fireballs}} at the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[SpamAttack Lightning Ray]]: Causes the user to launch at the target with lightning speed. Using the right timing can extend the attack to double it's normal length.
*** [[MagicMissileStorm Meteor Shower]]: Launches small, star-like projectiles at the target. Using the right timing can cause more meteors to fall.
*** [[LightEmUp Photon Charge]]: A SpamAttack using a light element on the Keyblade. Using the right timing can add a StuffBlowingUp effect.
*** [[FrickinLaserBeams Ragnarok]]: Launches a salvo of light-based projectiles, with the right timing adding more projectiles to the salvo.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderstorm]]: Launches a series of blasts of electricity at the target, with the right timing adding projectiles.
*** [[StuffBlowingUp Pulse Bomb]]: Ventus jumps into the air and launches explosive blasts from the tip of his Keyblade. The right timing causes more explosions.
*** [[SpamAttack Multi]][[StormOfBlades vortex]]: Ventus' ultimate solo Shotlock has him harnessing the wind to throw down shockwave after shockwave at his foes, blades of light and wind around him as he does so. The whirlwind can be elongated in this attack.
*** [[EleventhHourSuperpower Dark]] [[BeamOWar Link]]: [[spoiler:A light version of Vanitas' Dark Cannon that is augmented by rotating golden crystals, this is only active when in the final BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind against him. It is used as a BeamOWar in order to force back his own dark-based attack with a powerful beam of light.]]
** MagicKnight: Ventus is more balanced in magic and sword fighting compared Terra and Aqua, who focus one one or the other.
** RedMage: Can utilize both [[ElementalPowers elemental magic]] and [[HealingHands healing powers]].
** MultiWielding: Gets six swords of light in his Wingblade style and holds one in each hand, with the others floating behind him.
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of his arsenal, with a special focus on "[[TimeStandsStill Stop]]" spells. Other spells cause "Poison", "Burn", "Paralyzed", "Blindness", "Confused", or "Frozen".
** StuffBlowingUp: Has the "Mine" series, as well as his [[LightEmUp Pulse Bomb]] Shotlock.
** SuperMode: Command Styles, which boost offensive power:
*** [[SpamAttack Fever Pitch]]: Ven's attacks get even faster. Finishing move is a long combo with [[LightEmUp beams of light]].
*** [[PlayingWithFire Firestorm]]: Keyblade turns into a FlamingSword. Ven creates a storm of flame pillars as a finishing move.
*** [[AnIcePerson Diamond Dust]]: Keyblade acquires ice powers, Ven summons a large explosion of ice around him as a finishing move.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderbolt]]: Keyblade crackles with lightning, Ven creates a storm of lightning bolts overhead as a finisher.
*** [[BlowYouAway Cyclone]]: Ven spams {{Spin Attack}}s with wind-elemental powers and uses a stronger SpinAttack as a finisher.
*** [[PowerFloats Skyclimber]]: Greatly boosts Ven's proficiency with aerial attacks, Ven rides his Keyblade like a skateboard to hit enemies as a finisher.
*** [[HolyHandGrenade Wing]][[StormOfBlades blade]]: Ven discards his Keyblade for six blades of light that float behind him, grabbing them to [[DualWielding dual-wield]] and using long, powerful combos. Uses InstantRunes to blow up enemies as a finisher.
*** [[AnIcePerson Frozen Fortune]]: Triggered by using ice cream items to fill the command gauge, uses ice to attack. Creates a field of ice orbs in the air that explode as a finisher.
*** [[MusicalAssassin Rhythm Mixer]]: Exclusive to ''Final Mix'', spin and fly through the air to attack with dance-like attack. Create a trio of symbols and beat them to send out soundwaves as a finisher.
** UnnecessaryCombatRoll: His dodge maneuver is the "Dodge Roll", which can be upgraded to the [[ShockAndAwe Thunder Roll]]. The tactic leaves him invulnerable for its duration.
** WreathedInFlames: Fire Dash. He has another attack that is instead Wreathed In [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]] known as Thunder Roll.
* CoolBoard: His Keyblade Glider is basically a [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Galaxy Glider]].
** SkySurfing
* CryCute[=/=]PuppyDogEyes: As shown in a flashback within the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuAVe1gpoCY "The Masked Boy"]] cutscene, in response to Terra telling him off.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Even as [[spoiler:Xehanort's apprentice, before his darkness was extracted to make Vanitas]], he was largely the same person he is now. In fact, the reason [[spoiler:his darkness was removed]] in the first place was because he was [[spoiler:too soft for Xehanort's purposes, even with all that darkness within him.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: You'd think he'd be the chief protagonist due to his resemblance to Sora and Roxas. As it stands, both Terra and Aqua are both somewhat more important protagonists.
* DemonicPossession: If [[spoiler:Vanitas]] can truly be percieved as a demon.
* {{Determinator}}: Despite Vanitas completely outclassing him the last time they fought, Ven adamantly refuses to give up when the time comes for their rematch. [[spoiler:His determination is so strong that he willingly destroys Vanitas and inflicts catastrophic damage on his own heart to keep his EvilCounterpart from wielding the χ-Blade.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: He crossed it when Master Xehanort told him of [[MacGuffinGirl his true nature]].
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Whenever his heart is in critical condition.
* [[spoiler:EmptyShell: His fate by the end of ''Birth By Sleep'', though by ''3D'', he seems to be breaking out of it.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: He has an entire fighting style based on this concept called Cyclone.
* {{Expy}}: Not just similar, but ''identical'' in appearance and voice (both English and Japanese) to Roxas.
Characters/KingdomHeartsWayfarerTrio. This is merely a major plot point.
* [[LoveFreak Friendship Freak]]: Just may be the biggest one in the series. His motivation through his entire story can be summed as making/saving/protecting friends.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He destroyed the χ-blade even though he knew it would destroy his heart, along with Vanitas's.]]
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The three fairies of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' even note that he's just like Aurora, with no darkness in his heart. As it turns out, it's because [[spoiler:his darkness has been forcefully removed
placeholder and personified as Vanitas.]]
* TheIngenue: His kindness and naivety reflects the purity of his heart.
* JustAKid: The reason he's not allowed to take the Master Qualification Exam. [[spoiler:Aside from being half of Xehanort's plan, meaning Eraqus doesn't want him to ever leave the Land of Departure.]]
* [[spoiler:KingInTheMountain: Of a sort as of the end of ''Birth By Sleep''. He's not actually a king, but Ventus is in a coma due to the split of his heart and his HeroicSacrifice of destroying his dark half. As a way to protect him until she could find a way to revive him, Aqua turned the Land of Departure into [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Castle Oblivion]], putting him at the top of the castle, where anyone except for her loses their memories progressively as they move toward that top spot, meaning that only she can restore him when the time is right.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Ventus", a mix of Sora's and Roxas' themes.
* IdenticalStranger: Is identical to Sora with the exception of hairstyle/color, and identical to Roxas in those respects. [[spoiler:This is due to their heart connections, and the fact that Roxas is holding Ventus' heart himself.]]
* [[MacGuffinGirl MacGuffin Guy]]: A male version. In ''Birth By Sleep'', [[spoiler:he is the light half to the dark half for Vanitas in Master Xehanort's first chronological attempt at making the X-Blade. If the two clash at equal strength, a proto-Kingdom Hearts
will form, in addition to a proto-X-Blade, bringing pieces into place for a possibility of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
* MeaningfulName: Ventus = wind. Sora = sky. Do the math.
** ThemeNaming: Following the Air-Water-Earth links for Sora-Kairi-Riku, since [[spoiler:his heart's light half resides within Sora, and his heart connected to Sora's upon breaking in the first place]].
* MythologyGag: While every character shares some of their trademark skills with Sora, which is more or less just a testament to them being series mainstays, Ven gets Ars Arcanum, several variations of Dodge Roll, Glide, and Strike Raid, and his Wingblade command style is heavily based on Final Form in appearance and fighting style, with a combo finisher that looks like Trinity. And for good measure, Faith and Salvation create pillars of light to attack enemies like Roxas's Event Horizon.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Usually, though he's also sometimes called Ventus.
* OnlyOneName
* OriginalGeneration
* PersonalityPowers: Specializes in wind and light and is bright and cheerful.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: See the above quote.
* PyrrhicVictory: The end of his story results in [[spoiler:the defeat of Vanitas at the same time as Aqua destroys the proto-X-Blade outside of his heart, likely destroying Vanitas, but also plunging Ventus into a more-than-a-decade long coma]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Appears to ship Terra and Aqua. When he needed adults to accompany him to an amusement park, he introduced them as his parents.
* ShirtlessScene: In his awakening.
* TookALevelInBadass: When he first fights Vanitas, he gets pummeled and needs Mickey to pull a BigDamnHeroes moment. [[spoiler:By the end of the game he manages to beat Vanitas one-on-one, ''while'' Vanitas is armed with the χ-blade.]]
* TraumaInducedAmnesia
* TeensAreShort: He's only a few years younger than Terra and Aqua, but he's only a couple inches taller than Ienzo, who's a ''preteen''.
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[[folder:Aqua]]
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[[caption-width-right:194:"The three of us... will always
be one."]]
->''"Power is born within the heart. When the time is right, you just need to look inside yourself... and you'll find it there."''

-->Voiced by: Creator/MegumiToyoguchi (Japanese), Willa Holland (English)

The only one of her trio of friends to become a Keyblade Master. She is tasked with looking after Terra to keep him from succumbing to darkness, and to bring Ventus back to the Land of Departure after he runs away from home. Specializing in magic instead of physical fighting like the other heroes, Aqua's promotion above Terra and Ven and her natural urge to try and guide them leads to their friendship fracturing when she seems to be acting superior to them.

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* TheAce
* ActionGirl: Is primarily a magic user, which she can combine into a few good [[FullContactMagic physical attacks]]. There's a reason she's the one with the Master rank, after all.
** AffirmativeActionGirl: Though Kairi had fought in cut-scene form before, and Xion and Larxene had been playable in Days's multiplayer mode, Aqua is the first proper female player character.
* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Subverted whenever she's in the Lanes Between or the Mirage Arena.
* BackToBackBadasses: Subverted when she tells ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Zack]]'' to sit on the sidelines before her battle with [[DualBoss Hades and the Ice Colossus]]. Later played straight in an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome fashion]] when she [[spoiler:teams up with fellow MemeticBadass Mickey to fend off a [[DemonicPossession Vanitas-possessed]] Ven.]]
* {{Badass}}: Let's see, she's the only of the trio to get the Mark of Master, she delivers a ShutUpHannibal to every villain she meets, she turns out to be a SpannerInTheWorks, and in pretty much every world you visit, it's Aqua who sets things right. On top of all this, she tends to be more of a GameBreaker than Terra and Ven due to her high magic stat. Not to mention that [[spoiler:after ''[[YearOutsideHourInside a long time]]'' in the Realm of Darkness, her heart is so strong she hasn't been corrupted yet. Although, it should be noted that it ''seems'' she developed depression, but still.]]
* BadassBoast: See [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya My Name Is Master Aqua]] below.
* BerserkButton: Do not say or do anything bad to or about her friends. Nearly every villain she encountered learned this sad fact the hard way.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Aqua is basically the big sister you'd always want... until you mess with someone close to her. At which point, she becomes your worst nightmare.
* BoobsOfSteel: Being that she's several years older than the other main female heroes seen so far, she's more physically developed, and is certainly the most powerful of them, as well as one of the most powerful heroes, period.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Blue-purple to Terra's red-orange and Ven's green. Expressed best through their Wayfinders, though their outfits also play on it.
* CombatTropes
** ArcherArchetype: Her Keyblade's vehicle form also works as an enormous energy bow. Sadly, you can ''only'' use it during Keyblade Ride games, unlike Terra's BFG.
** BarrierWarrior: Not exclusively, but where Terra and Ventus block attacks with their Keyblades, Aqua throws up a BeehiveBarrier that protects her from all directions. She also learns skills to dash while projecting a barrier to damage enemies, can explode her barrier outwards to damage enemies, and is the only character who can use her Block skill in midair.
** CoolKey[[CoolSword blade]]: Originally, hers is [[MakingASplash Rainfell]]. However, it later upgrades to [[InfinityMinusOneSword Stormfell]]. Eventually, she opts to use [[spoiler:[[TakeUpMySword Master Keeper]] upon sacrificing her original Keyblade.]]
*** BladeSpam: Sonic Blade operates this way.
*** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: "Strike Raid" and variants.
*** WeaponTwirling: Shows up in her "Break Time" command.
*** WeaponOfChoice: [[MakingASplash Rainfell]], which upgrades to the [[InfinityMinusOneSword Stormfall]] [[CoolKey key]][[CoolSword blade]], followed by Master Eraqus' [[TakeUpMySword Master Keeper]] in the epilogue.
** CombinedEnergyAttack: Capable of performing Trinity Limit.
** ElementalPowers:
*** BlowYouAway: The Aero series.
*** CastingAShadow: "Outflow of the Dark", randomly added to her Command Deck when fighting [[BonusBoss No Heart]]. It also functions as HoistByHisOwnPetard, and causes a random one of the StandardStatusEffects.
*** FireIceLightning: While Terra gets Earth and Dark attacks and Ven gets Wind and Light, Aqua actually has no preference towards Water and instead focuses her skills in these three areas. Not counting the NonElemental ones, her unique magic skills are Triple Blizzaga, Triple Firaga, Thundaga Shot, Raging Storm, Glacier, Firaga Burst, and Ice Barrage.
*** GravityMaster: Zero Gravity series, Magnet series, and "Transcendence". She also has "Energy Magnet", "D-Link Magnet", and "Munny Magnet", for individual enemies. In less conventional terms, the effects of Magnet Spiral may count, as may Collision Magnet.
*** LightEmUp[=/=]PureEnergy: Her Spellweaver, Bladecharge, and Ghost Drive Command Styles, Magic Pulse finishers up to and including Teleport Spike, and her Lightbloom shotlock, appear as glowing white orbs of PureEnergy. She also has Roxas's Magic Hour.
*** MakingASplash: Unlike Terra and Ventus, who get a spell for their elemental namesake, Aqua's only water attack is her starting shotlock Bubble Blast. Instead her element is shown through her unique Keyblades, Rainfell and Stormfall, and her InfinityMinusOneSword Brightcrest.
*** PoisonousPerson: Has the Poison command.
*** TimeStandsStill: Has the "Stop" series of spells and the "Slow" spell. "Stop" is also used as a part of [[TeleportSpam "Time Splicer"]].
** FastballSpecial: She tosses Stitch at enemies when teamed up with him. When teamed up with Prince Phillip, however, he tosses her instead.
** FlashStep: Many of her spells and special attacks include this. Her "Ghost Drive" Command style makes ''all'' of her attacks Flash Steps.
** FullContactMagic
** HealingHands: Has the Cure series and Break Time.
** IncredibleShrinkingMan: Her "Mini" spell can do this to enemies, causing them to take CollisionDamage from her [[GiantFootOfStomping Giant Lady Shoes of Stomping]].
** IShallTauntYou: Has the "Taunt" command, which causes enemies affected to attack only the user.
** {{Invisibility}}: The "Vanish" command.
** LadyOfWar: While Ven and Terra assume typical battle stances, Aqua stands perfectly poised even in the heat of battle. Her first [[SuperMode Command Style]], Spellweaver, hammers this concept home, where she attacks with graceful Keyblade flips and twirls.
** LimitBreak: Has access to "Shotlocks", attacks that consist of the user locking on to a target or targets for a set amount of hits before launching a HomingProjectile storm, whether of a projectile fired from the Keyblade of by him or herself.
*** [[AnIcePerson Absolute Zero]]: The user cloaks him or herself in ice and launches at the target repeatedly, causing ice damage. Sometimes, if using the right timing, ice crystals may jut from the ground to cause more damage.
*** [[PoisonousPerson Bio Barrage]]: Launches a salvo of projectiles that have a 50% chance of poisoning the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[StandardStatusEffects Chaos Snake]]: Launches zig-zagging projectiles that have a chance of inflicting the Confused status on those they hit. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Flame Salvo]]: Launches {{Fireballs}} at the target. Using the right timing, more projectiles can be launched.
*** [[SpamAttack Lightning Ray]]: Causes the user to launch at the target with lightning speed. Using the right timing can extend the attack to double it's normal length.
*** [[MagicMissileStorm Meteor Shower]]: Launches small, star-like projectiles at the target. Using the right timing can cause more meteors to fall.
*** [[LightEmUp Photon Charge]]: A SpamAttack using a light element on the Keyblade. Using the right timing can add a StuffBlowingUp effect.
*** [[FrickinLaserBeams Ragnarok]]: Launches a salvo of light-based projectiles, with the right timing adding more projectiles to the salvo.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderstorm]]: Launches a series of blasts of electricity at the target, with the right timing adding projectiles.
*** [[MakingASplash Bubble Blaster]]: Launches bubbles at the target.
*** [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Prism Rain]]: Launches a salvo of rainbow-colored orbs.
*** [[HolyHandGrenade Lightbloom]]: Aqua's ultimate Shotlock, this consists of several [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning graceful spins]] as she fires [[LightEmUp light]] in all directions.
** MagicKnight: Emphasis on the "Magic" part.
** RedMage: Can utilize both [[ElementalPowers elemental magic]] and [[HealingHands healing powers]]. Since she's the mage of the trio, both her magical damage output and healing is quite effective.
** SpinAttack: Many, including her Spell Weaver and Blade Charge finishers, and her Lightbloom Shotlock.
** SquishyWizard: Her HP and defenses are awful, and her physical attacks are mediocre. However, she is a magical powerhouse and has very powerful spells.
*** LightningBruiser: Evolves into this with all her abilities at hand. Her Barrier and Cartwheel are just as effective at protecting her or more, than Block and Slide/Dodge Roll, her Curaga is the strongest of the trio, and she has an arsenal of lethal exclusive spell.
** StandardStatusEffects: A part of her arsenal, with a special focus on "[[TimeStandsStill Stop]]" spells. Other spells cause "Poison", "Burn", "Paralyzed", "Blindness", "Confused", or "Frozen".
** StuffBlowingUp: She, like her friends Terra and Ventus, has the "Mine" series of commands. She alone has the "Seeker Mine" command, however.
** SuperMode: Command Styles, which boost offensive power:
*** [[FlyingWeapon Spell Weaver]]: Aqua [[FullContactMagic enchants her Keyblade with magic]], using fancy [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks sword throws and twirls]] to attack and an extended SpinAttack as a finisher.
*** [[PlayingWithFire Firestorm]]: Keyblade turns into a FlamingSword. Aqua creates a wave of flame pillars as a finishing move.
*** [[AnIcePerson Diamond Dust]]: Keyblade acquires ice powers. Aqua summons a large explosion of ice around her as a finisher.
*** [[ShockAndAwe Thunderbolt]]: Keyblade crackles with lightning. Aqua creates a storm of lightning bolts overhead as a finisher.
*** [[TeleportSpam Ghost Drive]]: {{Flash Step}}s to attack enemies and teleports instead of cartwheeling for a dodge. Stab spears of light into the ground and explode them as a finisher.
*** [[PowerFloats Skyclimber]]: Greatly boosts Aqua's proficiency with aerial attacks. Aqua rides her Keyblade like a skateboard to hit enemies as a finisher.
*** [[LaserBlade Blade]][[{{BFS}} Charge]]: Keyblade becomes engulfed in light, giving a huge boost to the range of attacks. Uses an overhead SpinAttack as a finisher.
*** [[AnIcePerson Frozen Fortune]]: Triggered by using ice cream items to fill the command gauge, uses ice to attack. Creates a field of ice orbs in the air that explode as a finisher.
*** [[MusicalAssassin Rhythm Mixer]]: Exclusive to ''Final Mix'', spin and fly through the air to attack with dance-like attack. Create a trio of symbols and beat them to send out soundwaves as a finisher.
** SheFu
** TeleportersAndTransporters: She has a "Teleport" command, which works as a kind of dodge.
*** TeleportSpam: With many of her attacks.
** WreathedInFlames: Her "Firewheel" cartwheel. Also, the Fire Dash command.
* CoolBigSis: To Ventus
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* CuteBruiser
* DetachedSleeves
* DoubleJump: Doubleflight, which functions as a platform of light under her which she jumps off of for a second jump.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Sora to a certain extent.
* DullSurprise: Willa Holland isn't as bad at this as Jason Dohring, but this is still frequent.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: She gains the Brightcrest Keyblade in the [[spoiler:Final Chapter]]. It possesses very impressive range, makes critical hits a 75% chance, ''and'' provides an outstanding boost to her already impressive magic stat.
** She gets yet another one, [[spoiler:namely Eraqus's Keyblade, Master Keeper, during the Secret Episode.]] It has the same range and magic rating as Brightcrest, but with additional physical strength.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Her final Shotlock Lightbloom.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: In the tie-in novels, she's a skilled baker of sweets. Terra teases that, due to her ActionGirl status, it's his only reminder that she's a girl.
* FightingYourFriend: Poor girl had to fight [[spoiler:both of them]].
* FingerlessGloves
* [[LoveFreak Friendship Freak]]: Nearly as much as Sora.
* GoodIsNotNice: Played with. Aqua is a genuinely nice and caring person, but as mentioned above, her rank as Master and her desire to protect her friends makes her come off as a high and mighty busybody. Put simply, she ''is'' a nice person, but she rubs people the wrong way at times.
* TheHero: [[spoiler:Of ''Birth By Sleep'' anyway. While Terra is struck with a GrandTheftMe by Master Xehanort, and Ventus is rendered comatose after his HeroicSacrifice battle against [[EnemyWithout Vanitas]], Aqua is the PlayerCharacter in BirthBySleep who ultimately foils this particular scheme of the BigBad, even having the most extended gameplay after [[FinalBattle the battles at the Keyblade Graveyard]]. She also helps to conclude each of the Disney stories in the worlds she visits.]] Aside from Sora, she's probably the most heroic character in the series thus far. She's selfless, brave, strong, always wants to help others, always wants to do the right thing, puts her friends above herself, and is the only one of the main cast never to succumb to darkness whatsoever.
* HiddenDepths: See FeminineWomenCanCook above.
* [[{{HumanAliens}} Human Alien]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Because she follows Eraqus's teachings so strongly, she has only a small bit of darkness in her heart. This leads Vanitas to plan to use her as a back up for the Master Plan, and her heart is strong enough to [[spoiler:not be consumed in the Realm of Darkness without her armor or a Black Coat for an extended period of time]].
* JigglePhysics: Part of the reason that ESRB tagged the game with "Mild Suggestive Themes". [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Phil and Hades]] [[MaleGaze approve]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Aqua", which borrows from "[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Fate of the Unknown]]".
* MaleGaze: Pay close attention to where Hades's eyes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocBIBZcM44A briefly wander.]]
* [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordswoman]]: Attains a Mark of Mastery in the exam at the start of ''Birth By Sleep'', being named Keyblade Master.
* MeaningfulName: Aqua means "water".
* MsFanservice: Easily the most attractive and gratuitous original female character to come from the series so far. The Olympus Coliseum visit on her end serves to have fun lampshading it.
* [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya My Name Is Master Aqua]]
--> "[[BadassBoast Now return my friend's heart, or pay the price!]]"
* MythologyGag: The scene in which we are introduced to her is played out in exactly the same way we met Kairi in the first game, only with a more sisterly tone than romantic. Likewise, the lucky charms Aqua made were inspired from a misinterpretation of the two tales we heard in the first game, with the thalassa shell charm made by sailors for safe returns merged with the binding properties of the Paopu fruit.
* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: Letting Maleficent go and saving Terranort wasn't exactly the best thing for the universe....]]
** Nor was her creating [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]]. To be fair, she probably didn't realize that [[spoiler:it would be used by Terranort's Nobody, Xemnas, and his crew for more nefarious purposes]] later on.
* OneeSama: For Kairi and Cinderella.
* OnlyOneName: Unless "Master" counts as part of her name.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Her English VA Willa Holland occasionally slips into a British accent in some scenes.
* OriginalGeneration
* PersonalityPowers: As the levelheaded and intelligent one, she specializes in magic in general.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: It can create a Spirit Sword when she [[spoiler:focuses the magic in her Wayfinder into her Keyblade to destroy the proto-X-Blade]].
* SenselessSacrifice: She sacrifices herself [[spoiler:to save Terra, [[TheBadGuyWins only for Xehanort to take over his body completely years later]].]]
* SexyBacklessOutfit: To the point where ''[[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101201010961/kingdomhearts/images/5/5c/AquaPrecensor.png it had to be toned down]]''.
* SheIsTheKing: ''Master'' Aqua.
* ShutUpHannibal: Her standard response to the taunts, boasts and speeches of the villains is to tell them she has no patience for such and that whatever believes they're spouting, they're wrong. Gets most literal at the end of the game with Vanitas.
-->"Shut up! I'm sick of your nonsense!"
* SpannerInTheWorks: Was the one to stop both [[spoiler:Terra and Ven]] when they were possessed, despite being irrelevant to Master Xehanort's schemes.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Nomura says that, "She puts up a cold front, but she's kind to her friends."
* SupportingProtagonist: ''BirthBySleep'''s plot focuses mainly on Terra and Ven, [[spoiler:even though Aqua serves as TheHero of the final chapter and epilogue.]]
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler:Ends up trapped in the darkness at the end of ''BBS'', leaving Kairi to take her place as a Keyblade wielder years later.]]
* TeachersPet: Described by [[WordOfGod Nomura]] as an Honor Student type. She follows Master Eraqus's orders without question, and even reluctantly spies on Terra for him.
* TeamMom: To Peter Pan and the lost boys, as well as, to an extent, to Ventus.
** MamaBear: Harm Ventus in ''any'' way and you have dug your own grave.
* TearfulSmile: Gives one in ''Blank Points'' when Ansem the Wise tells her that Sora is coming to save her and her friends.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: [[spoiler:Has been trapped in the Realm of Darkness ever since the events of ''Birth By Sleep'', and is currently taking residence with Ansem the Wise on the Dark Meridian.]]
* WomenAreWiser: Easily the most mature and centered of the three ''Birth By Sleep'' heroes. She is the only one of the trio who qualifies to become a Keyblade Master. Ven's [[JustAKid too inexperienced to apply]], and Terra [[AntiHero has too much darkness in him.]] Though in Terra's defense, [[spoiler:he was sabotaged.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* ZettaiRyouiki: Sports thigh high stockings as part of her outfit.
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[[folder:Roxas]]
See Characters/KingdomHeartsOrganizationXIII
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[[folder:Xion]]
See Characters/KingdomHeartsOrganizationXIII
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[[folder:[[spoiler:Axel/Lea]]]]
[[spoiler:See Characters/KingdomHeartsOrganizationXIII]]
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the manga adaptation, where he's quite rude and mischievous, but still quite heroic and willing to help others out.



** PrideBeforeAFall: Once lost a battle in the manga adaptation as a result of his overconfidence. [[{{SoreLose}} He claimed that he would've won if it was a Heartless]].

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** PrideBeforeAFall: Once lost a battle in the manga adaptation as a result of his overconfidence. [[{{SoreLose}} [[{{SoreLoser}} He claimed that he would've won if it was a Heartless]].



* TenderTears: [[TearJerker He cries after he finds Riku back in KH2.]]

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* TenderTears: [[TearJerker He cries after he finds Riku back in KH2.KHII.]]
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* {{Pride}}: Sora can show signs of this, especially in the manga adaptation. In fact, at one point, his pride has driven Donald and Goofy to tackle him to the ground, and at another time, one of them is even GenreSavvy enough to ask Tron to [[{{ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject}} change the subject]] to prevent this.

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* {{Pride}}: Sora can show signs of this, especially in the manga adaptation. In fact, at one point, his pride has driven adaptation, much to the constant frustrations of Donald and Goofy to tackle him to the ground, and at another time, Goofy. In fact, one of them is even GenreSavvy enough to ask Tron to [[{{ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject}} change the subject]] to prevent this.the teen from "inflating his ego".
** PrideBeforeAFall: Once lost a battle in the manga adaptation as a result of his overconfidence. [[{{SoreLose}} He claimed that he would've won if it was a Heartless]].



* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Riku's Blue, extending to somewhat into their clothing choices.

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* RedOniBlueOni: The Red red to Riku's Blue, blue, extending to somewhat into their clothing choices.choices. He is also in-between Goofy's blue and Donald's red.
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* TheTeam / ColorCodedCharacters: Classic FiveManBand formation at the end of Kingdom Hearts 2

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* TheTeam / ColorCodedCharacters: Classic FiveManBand formation at the end of Kingdom ''Kingdom Hearts 2II''



** Surprisingly in the second visit of Hollow Bastion (in KH2), he still has a will to help Maleficent instead of remembering her evil deeds back then.

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** Surprisingly in the second visit of Hollow Bastion (in KH2), KHII), he still has a will to help Maleficent instead of remembering her evil deeds back then.



* OutOfFocus: A major character in KH, COM, and [=KH2=], but much less consequential in every game since, though ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' seems to reverse the trend. 3D even lampshades it.

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* OutOfFocus: A major character in KH, COM, and [=KH2=], [=KHII=], but much less consequential in every game since, though ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' seems to reverse the trend. 3D even lampshades it.


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* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Goofy's blue, with Sora in-between.


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* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Donald's red, with Sora in-between.
3rd May '14 4:13:32 PM NourGwenn
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** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Although it could be argued that his more relaxed demeanor in the recent games is more of a regression towards the mean than anything else.]] In the original game, Sora was desperately searching for his two closest friends, one of which was lashing out against him while the other was comatose for reasons beyond his understanding, ''and'' his home and practically every one he had ever known was lost forever. Compare that to the KH3D, where all he was attempting to do (at least initially) was clear a Mark of Mastery exam, and it becomes easier to see why he would be [[JustForPun so much more lighthearted]]

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** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Although it could be argued that his more relaxed demeanor in the recent games is more of a regression towards the mean than anything else.]] In the original game, Sora was desperately searching for his two closest friends, one of which was lashing out against him while the other was comatose for reasons beyond his understanding, ''and'' his home and practically every one he had ever known was lost forever. Compare that to the KH3D, where all he was attempting to do (at least initially) was clear a Mark of Mastery exam, and it becomes easier to see why he would be [[JustForPun so much more lighthearted]]lighthearted]].
** Could also be a case of DependingOnTheWriter, as KH3D is the only episode that didn't have Watanabe Daisuke (the main scenarist of the series) in the team. Additionaly, it's the only episode that was written by only one person, Oka Masaru, who was also the cutscene director.
3rd May '14 4:04:59 PM NourGwenn
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** NamesTheSame: Only one letter away from having the same name as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]]. In fact, avoiding confusion between the two is why Yuffie appeared as Squall's foil in ''Kingdom Hearts''.

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** NamesTheSame: Only For Western fans, he's only one letter away from having the same name as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]].Rikku]] (who's called Ryukku in the Japanese version). In fact, avoiding confusion between the two is why Yuffie appeared as Squall's foil in ''Kingdom Hearts''.
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** DamselOutOfDistress: Sora never saves her in ''KH II'', she gets away from the Organization by herself and help from Naminé...who technically IS her.
19th Apr '14 6:33:27 AM MagBas
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** BoringButPractical: Doubleflight initially feels like a [[UselessUsefulSpell Useless Useful Technique]], due to Flowmotion's existence. Then you find out that Riku can execute normal commands when he double jumps, allowing him to stay out of enemy range to charge up a powerful special attack, or safely heal himself. Doubleflight essentially gives Riku more offensive and defensive options, making AwesomeButImpractical attacks AwesomeYetPractical, which more than makes up for not getting Glide or upgrades to it.

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** BoringButPractical: Doubleflight initially feels like a [[UselessUsefulSpell Useless Useful Technique]], due to Flowmotion's existence. Then you find out that Riku can execute normal commands when he double jumps, allowing him to stay out of enemy range to charge up a powerful special attack, or safely heal himself. Doubleflight essentially gives Riku more offensive and defensive options, making AwesomeButImpractical attacks AwesomeYetPractical, which more than makes up for not getting Glide or upgrades to it.
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