History Franchise / KingdomHearts

18th Feb '18 7:21:37 PM nombretomado
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* RoleReprisal: Most of the Disney worlds from TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation onward are populated ''mostly'' by the original actors from the films, though [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Deep Space]] is the only Disney world in the series to date to have no [[TheOtherDarrin Other Darrins]] at all. It varies; you'll hear almost the entire original casts of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', and ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', but only a handful of original voices from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' or ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. Still, the only post-Renaissance worlds to have ''no'' Role Reprisals are the live-action worlds, [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Port Royal]] and [[Film/TronLegacy The Grid]], so they do pretty well. Notable pre-Renaissance reprisals have been Bruce Boxleitner reprising the eponymous role from ''Film/{{Tron}}'', John Fiedler still playing Piglet from the original ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' shorts, and Kathryn Beaumont reprising the roles of Alice and Wendy from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' and ''Disney/PeterPan'' a full fifty years later.

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* RoleReprisal: Most of the Disney worlds from TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation onward are populated ''mostly'' by the original actors from the films, though [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Deep Space]] is the only Disney world in the series to date to have no [[TheOtherDarrin Other Darrins]] at all. It varies; you'll hear almost the entire original casts of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', and ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', but only a handful of original voices from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' or ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. Still, the only post-Renaissance worlds to have ''no'' Role Reprisals are the live-action worlds, [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Port Royal]] and [[Film/TronLegacy The Grid]], so they do pretty well. Notable pre-Renaissance reprisals have been Bruce Boxleitner reprising the eponymous role from ''Film/{{Tron}}'', John Fiedler still playing Piglet from the original ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' shorts, and Kathryn Beaumont reprising the roles of Alice and Wendy from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' and ''Disney/PeterPan'' a full fifty years later.
11th Feb '18 11:51:21 AM KizunaTallis
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** The Disney elements have ''also'' taken ever more of a back seat to Kingdom Hearts' own original mythology and plotlines. By this point, the worlds' plots and characterizations are lifted directly from the movies with the only contribution to the overall plot being CharacterDevelopment for the main haracters, and the Disney villains are almost never more than {{Miniboss}}es, who understand the metaplot even less than the heroes, and exist only to be manipulated by the real bad guys ([[ItMakesSenseInContext who are all the same person]]). The only Disney character to maintain a consistently major role is Disney/MickeyMouse. ''Kingdom Hearts III'' and the lead up to it has been making a concerted effort to give them relevance again; Donald and Goofy are party members and actual story reasons have been given for visiting the Disney worlds again since ''3D''.
** As a side-effect of this, Kairi, the supposed female lead of the series, also became TheArtifact from ''Kingdom Hearts II'' and onward, since her main role as a Princess of Heart meant squat since the other Princesses of Heart were all Disney characters and thus the whole lot of then fell OutOfFocus. However, [[spoiler: the end of ''Dream Drop Distance'' doubly reverses this by bringing the Princesses back into play in the metaplot AND finally paying off on the {{Foreshadowing}} of Kairi as a Keyblade wielder from [=KH2=].]]

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** The Disney elements have ''also'' taken ever more of a back seat to Kingdom Hearts' own original mythology and plotlines. By this point, the worlds' plots and characterizations are lifted directly from the movies with the only contribution to the overall plot being CharacterDevelopment for the main haracters, characters, and the Disney villains are almost never more than {{Miniboss}}es, who understand the metaplot even less than the heroes, and exist only to be manipulated by the real bad guys ([[ItMakesSenseInContext who are all the same person]]). The only Disney character to maintain a consistently major role is Disney/MickeyMouse. ''Kingdom Hearts III'' and the lead up to it has been making a concerted effort to give them relevance again; Donald and Goofy are party members and actual story reasons have been given for visiting the Disney worlds again since ''3D''.
** As a side-effect of this, Kairi, the supposed female lead of the series, also became TheArtifact from ''Kingdom Hearts II'' and onward, since her main role as a Princess of Heart meant squat since the other Princesses of Heart were all Disney characters and thus the whole lot of then fell OutOfFocus. However, [[spoiler: the end of ''Dream Drop Distance'' doubly reverses this by bringing the Princesses back into play in the metaplot AND '''and''' finally paying off on the {{Foreshadowing}} of Kairi as a Keyblade wielder from [=KH2=].]]



* BittersweetEnding: The standard kind of ending to the franchise, though they usually end on a high note for the most part. Exceptions to this rule include [[spoiler:''Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days'']] and [[spoiler:''Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep'']], which both {{Downer Ending}}s when taken on their own but resemble Bittersweet Endings when one considers what happens later on on a chronological scale, and [[spoiler:''Kingdom Hearts II'']], which is unambiguously a case of EarnYourHappyEnding only hampered by the fact that [[HappyEndingOverride it isn't the final chronological adventure]].

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* BittersweetEnding: The standard kind of ending to the franchise, though they usually end on a high note for the most part. Exceptions to this rule include [[spoiler:''Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 [[spoiler:''358/2 Days'']] and [[spoiler:''Kingdom Hearts: Birth [[spoiler:''Birth By Sleep'']], which both have {{Downer Ending}}s when taken on their own but resemble Bittersweet Endings when one considers what happens later on on a chronological scale, and [[spoiler:''Kingdom Hearts II'']], which is unambiguously a case of EarnYourHappyEnding only hampered by the fact that [[HappyEndingOverride it isn't the final chronological adventure]].
10th Feb '18 3:07:25 PM mhj0808
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** As expected, ''Kingdom Hearts III'' gives us another one; [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc2vEr-618g "Don't Think Twice"]], also known as "Oath" in Japanese.
10th Feb '18 10:38:06 AM Karxrida
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* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''[[note]]basis of the world Atlantica, which appears in ''I'', ''Chain of Memories'', and ''II''; Ursula makes a surprise appearance in ''3D''[[/note]]

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* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''[[note]]basis of the world Atlantica, which appears in ''I'', ''Chain of Memories'', and ''II''; Ursula makes a surprise appearance in ''3D''[[/note]]''3D''; Ariel is a summon in ''III''[[/note]]



* ''VideoGame/TheBouncer''[[note]]Pence's shirt reads "Dog Street", a ShoutOut to this game[[/note]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheBouncer''[[note]]Pence's ''VideoGame/TheBouncer''[[note]]Sora's design is heavily reminiscent of Sion; Pence's shirt reads "Dog Street", a ShoutOut to this game[[/note]]
10th Feb '18 1:07:07 AM nicktoonhero
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* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''[[note]]basis of a world in ''III''[[/note]]
1st Feb '18 2:57:56 PM Peridonyx
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* ComplexityAddiction: The more that Xehanort's plans are revealed, the more it looks like he's actually allergic to {{Mundane Solution}}s. Case in point: ''Dream Drop Distance'' reveals [[spoiler:he's turned his entire life into a StableTimeLoop -- a loop that '''''required his past efforts to fail''''' -- just to set up a LongGame for ''Kingdom Hearts III''.]]
22nd Jan '18 5:52:35 PM Karxrida
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* SequelNumberSnarl: Check out all the side games and prequels at the top of the page. The numbered games are all native to home consoles, feature the "Command Menu" gameplay style, and follow Sora, Donald and Goofy. Meanwhile, the unnumbered games were released on handheld consoles and mobile phones (and in one case, internet browsers) and often feature unique gameplay and different player characters, which may explain why they don't get numbers, but this tends to confuse newcomers since the lack of a number implies that they aren't totally necessary to understand the overarching plot (they are). This naming convention has created a situation where, in release order, ''Kingdom Hearts'' is the first game, ''Kingdom Hearts II'' is the ''third'' game, and ''Kingdom Hearts III'' is the ''eleventh''.

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* SequelNumberSnarl: Check out all the side The only games and prequels at with a regular numbering scheme in their names are the top of the page. The numbered games are all native to home consoles, feature the "Command Menu" gameplay style, and follow Sora, Donald and Goofy. Meanwhile, the unnumbered games were released on handheld consoles and mobile phones (and in one case, internet browsers) and often feature unique gameplay and different player characters, which may explain why they don't get numbers, but this tends console releases, even though just about every game is important to confuse newcomers since the lack of a number implies that they aren't totally necessary to understand the overarching plot (they are).narrative. This naming convention has created a situation where, in release order, ''Kingdom Hearts'' is the first game, ''Kingdom Hearts II'' is the ''third'' game, and ''Kingdom Hearts III'' is the ''eleventh''.



* ShiftingSandLand: Agrabah (''Aladdin'')

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* ShiftingSandLand: Agrabah (''Aladdin'')Agrabah, being an Arabian locale based off of the movie ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', is largely comprised of desert.
22nd Jan '18 8:27:45 AM urutapu
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** According to ''coded'', thanks to killing off Xehanort's Heartless and Xemnas, Sora and Riku ended up reviving Xehanort, and not long thereafter, Master Xehanort. Justified in that according to Yen Sid, they ''had'' no other choice - Xehanort's Heartless and Xemnas both posed as very serious threats and that their universe really would collapse if they weren't taken out beforehand.

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** According to ''coded'', thanks to killing off Xehanort's Heartless and Xemnas, Sora and Riku ended up reviving Xehanort, and not long thereafter, Master Xehanort. Justified in that according to Yen Sid, they ''had'' no other choice - Xehanort's Heartless and Xemnas both posed as very serious universe-level threats and that their universe really would collapse if they weren't ''had'' to be taken out beforehand.out.



* NonIndicativeName: The Heartless are actually hearts that have been consumed by darkness, and it's the Nobodies ("no body") who are actually the empty shell of the body left behind when a heart is thus consumed.

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* NonIndicativeName: NonindicativeName: The Heartless are actually hearts that have been consumed by darkness, and it's the Nobodies ("no body") who are actually the empty shell of the body left behind when a heart is thus consumed.


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* SequelNumberSnarl: Check out all the side games and prequels at the top of the page. The numbered games are all native to home consoles, feature the "Command Menu" gameplay style, and follow Sora, Donald and Goofy. Meanwhile, the unnumbered games were released on handheld consoles and mobile phones (and in one case, internet browsers) and often feature unique gameplay and different player characters, which may explain why they don't get numbers, but this tends to confuse newcomers since the lack of a number implies that they aren't totally necessary to understand the overarching plot (they are). This naming convention has created a situation where, in release order, ''Kingdom Hearts'' is the first game, ''Kingdom Hearts II'' is the ''third'' game, and ''Kingdom Hearts III'' is the ''eleventh''.
12th Jan '18 8:15:12 PM urutapu
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* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: All games in the series let you level to Level 99, but most of the time you can play through the game and beat the final boss just fine in the Level 40-50 range. {{Bonus Boss}}es need more level grinding, but probably not to the Level 99 point. This trope is particularly bad in ''Chain of Memories'', where there ''are'' no Bonus Bosses or any other post-game challenges, so other than getting trophies in the ''1.5'' port, there's no real reason to level grind unless you're having difficulty.

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* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: All games in the series let you level to Level 99, but most of the time you can play through the game and beat the final boss just fine in the Level 40-50 range. {{Bonus Boss}}es need more level grinding, but probably not to the Level 99 point.and are often still very difficult at level 99. This trope is particularly bad in ''Chain of Memories'', where there ''are'' no Bonus Bosses or any other post-game challenges, so other than getting trophies in the ''1.5'' port, there's no real reason to level grind unless you're having difficulty.



* AlwaysNight: [[FirstTown Traverse Town]] in both the first game and ''3D'', Halloween Town, Port Royal, and [[EldritchLocation The World that Never Was]], is always depicted at nighttime.

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* AlwaysNight: [[FirstTown Traverse Town]] in both the first game and ''3D'', Town]], Halloween Town, Port Royal, and [[EldritchLocation The the World that Never Was]], is Was]] are always depicted at nighttime.



** The games themselves. The first three games were released in chronological order, but ''358/2 Days'' takes place before ''II'' (with the first part of the story taking place ''during'' ''Chain of Memories'') and ''Birth by Sleep'' takes place before all of them, while ''Coded'' takes place before TheStinger of ''Kingdom Hearts II'', but the stinger pretty much took place awhile after [[spoiler:Xemnas's defeat]] so it kinda got things moving forward. ''3D'' finally got things completely moving forward again, while ''0.2 Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage'' [[TakeAThirdOption took a third option]] by having the main action transpiring during the original ''Kingdom Hearts'' but told via a flashback being told in the present day immediately following ''3D'' and leading straight into ''Kingdom Hearts III''.

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** The games themselves. The first three games were released in chronological order, but ''358/2 Days'' takes place before ''II'' (with the first part of the story taking place ''during'' ''Chain of Memories'') and ''Birth by Sleep'' takes place before all of them, while ''Coded'' takes place before TheStinger of ''Kingdom Hearts II'', but the its stinger pretty much took place awhile after [[spoiler:Xemnas's defeat]] proceeds from the ending of ''II'' so it kinda got things moving forward. ''3D'' finally got things completely moving forward again, while ''0.2 Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage'' [[TakeAThirdOption took a third option]] by having the main action transpiring transpire during the original ''Kingdom Hearts'' but told via a flashback being told in the present day immediately following ''3D'' and leading straight into ''Kingdom Hearts III''.
10th Jan '18 6:15:32 PM DensetsuNoKaboom
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** ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' [[note]]''x'' medals depict this show's versions of Scrooge [=McDuck=], Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, and Launchpad [=McQuack=][[/note]]
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