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->''You never know who you'll run into next.''

In May 2001, Squaresoft (now known as SquareEnix) announced a game at that year's E3. To ''everyone's'' shock, the game showed scenes of {{Disney}} characters fighting tandem with ''FinalFantasy'' characters. [[{{Understatement}} The reaction wasn't positive]], and many thought Square had gone off the deep end. [[SleeperHit Then, the game came out.]]

''Kingdom Hearts'' is the first game in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, which merges characters from Disney and Square Enix properties along with a slew of original characters. It proved popular enough to result in (to date) [[CashCowFranchise five sequels and a prequel.]]

An update, called ''Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix'', was released in [[NoExportForYou Japan only]] and contains all the English voice acting as well as bonus content. On February 25, 2013, Square Enix announced that ''Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix'' would be released in North America in Europe in the fall of 2013 and that the version of ''Kingdom Hearts'' included with this would be the Final Mix. Not to mention that Nomura hinted at at a 2.5 HD ReMIX, which would have Kingdom Hearts 2(Obviously) and possibly Birth By Sleep(The credits of 1.5 HD Remix seem to confirm this), meaning that the US might get all the Final Mixes by the next Remaster.

->'''Note: This page contains examples pertaining to the ''first game'' in the series. For examples relating to the series in general, please see Franchise.KingdomHearts.'''

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!!This game contains examples of:

* AdaptationDyeJob: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]]. In the stained glass level, Cinderella's hair color is ''brown'', despite being blonde when she appears in person. This may be a symptom of the fact that her hair ''was'' a light brown in the original 1950 film, but all merchandising since the '90s has shown her as a blonde.
* AIBreaker: [[spoiler:Possessed]]-Riku is one of the game's toughest bosses, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGTJ9Qc6VU but it's possible]] to lock him in a loop preventing him from ''ever'' using his Dark Aura move.
* AlienGeometries: The Bizarre Room.
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: The first game is where the World Terminus type comes from.
* AlwaysNight: Traverse Town, Neverland and Halloween Town all take place perpetually at night. In fact, the only level with any real form of the passage of time is Agrabah, in which some areas are daylight, and others are night, due to the amount of time it takes to travel between the two (which is thankfully skipped with a brief cutscene). Olympus Coliseum also sometimes switches to night for some battles, with the implication being that the tournaments take place over several days, as opposed to the twenty minutes or so the player spends on them.
* AnachronicOrder: Ansem's Report is collected page by page, and you never get the pages in consecutive order. For most of the game, you only find odd-numbered pages, but they do give you a fair understanding of what Ansem was doing before he went missing. Later on, you get all the even-numbered pages at once, and [[spoiler:they change the meaning of the rest of the report ''completely'']].
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: Subverted. Though [[spoiler: Sora turns into a Heartless mid-game, he turns back shortly after.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Class X-2. Although it's downplayed quite a bit (possibly due to the age of the primary target audience), the universe in which the games are set is essentially being ripped apart at the seams; by the beginning of the first game, many worlds (and their presumably billions of inhabitants) have been [[InferredHolocaust completely obliterated]], and the remaining ones are in danger of suffering the same fate. Traverse Town, the main city in the game, is essentially an interdimensional refugee camp for the few survivors, and even it is in danger of falling, being subject to a sizable attack not long after the player arrives.
* BadassBoast: Several when Sora's about to face off against villains; one notable example has Maleficent screeching, "[[YouFool You poor, simple fools!]] You think you can defeat me? Me, the mistress of ALL EVIL?!"
* BadassNormal: Captain Hook. Consider it this way. By this point in the game, Sora has punched out very powerful heartless, a god-like genie, god-like entities in general, villains the size of small buildings, etc. You have an insane aerial advantage over Hook as well. Also, he's not overflowing with the power of darkness either (at least compared to other villains) and lacks real magic. Yet somehow, he still manages to put up a good, solid fight and doesn't die.
** It's not an isolated incident either. Captain Hook is tough to beat in both Chain of Memories and [[spoiler: Birth by Sleep]] as well.
* BarrierChangeBoss: Ursula, who is frustratingly hard to read, and the Phantom, who [[ConvenientColourChange changes its orb's color to signal what magic it's weak against now]].
* TheBattleDidntCount: Upon arriving in Traverse Town, Sora is confronted by Leon. Either Leon wins (and beats Sora unconscious) or loses (and Sora passes out from the effort).
** [[spoiler: As of Dream Drop Distance, the latter is canon, as while witnessing the events from Sora's perspective in Traverse Town, he falls over in his passing out animation.]]
* BattleshipRaid: The World of Chaos.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Maleficent and [[spoiler: Ansem.]]
* BigGood: Ansem is portrayed as this; he's been researching the Heartless for a long time and presumably has the most knowledge about them. Other characters say he'll help you defeat the Heartless, but he's gone missing, so you need to find him. [[spoiler:However, this is completely turned on its head once you get to [[DiscOneFinalDungeon Hollow Bastion]] and find out that he ''turned himself into a Heartless'' and has been commanding the Heartless from [[TheManBehindTheMan behind the scenes]]. However, the trope is DoubleSubverted, due to details revealed [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII in the sequel.]]]]
** Also, Mickey to a lesser extent.
* BittersweetEnding
* BlackCloak: The Phantom is effectively a Heartless [[Literature/HarryPotter Dementor]] - it may be the only Heartless not to have SupernaturalGoldEyes visible anywhere.
** [[spoiler: Ansem wears a brown cloak in his first appearance, and Xemnas wears a black one in Final Mix.]]
* BonusBoss: Sephiroth, Phantom, Kurt Zisa, Ice Titan, and [[spoiler:Xemnas]], with the last only appearing in ''Final Mix''.
** Hades and Hercules apply as well, since fighting them isn't a requirement for anything other than HundredPercentCompletion.
** Similarly, either [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Atlantica]] or [[TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Halloween Town]] can be a [[BonusLevel Bonus World]], as you can choose one or the other and immediately go to Neverland, and from there, beat the game, without ever visiting the world you did not choose.
** While you can't avoid Monstro, you don't actually have to complete the level either.
* BookcasePassage: The Library at Hollow Bastion.
* BreatherEpisode: The [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh 100-Acre Wood]].
* BreathWeapon: Cerberus, Giant! Ursula, Dragon! Maleficent, Chernabog.
* BridalCarry: In Neverland, Riku carries [[spoiler:Kairi, who has lost her heart]].
* CallBack: Everything about [[spoiler: Ultima Weapon. At its center is the Dream Sword from the very beginning of the game, it's covered in golden coral filigree that brings Destiny Islands to mind, its teeth are, like the Kingdom Key, a replica of Sora's necklace, and its keychain is a gilded heart connected to the keyblade by glimmering thread.]]
* CameraScrew: One of the main criticisms of the game. Combined with very small combat environments, this can lead to a great deal of frustration.
** Luckily, in the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix Rerelease, the camera is mapped to the Right Joystick to help with this.
* ChekhovsGun: When Leon picks up the Keyblade, it appears back in Sora's hand. [[spoiler:Later, Sora uses this technique to snatch the Keyblade away from Riku. Also, the fact that Riku was able to take the Keyblade from Sora in the first place without it automatically moving back to Sora's hand.]]
** Additionally, the locations for the Keyholes in many of the worlds are inside conspicuous-yet-innocuous looking objects.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Ansem, or Xehanort's Heartless]]
* ClimaxBoss: Maleficent and [[spoiler:Possessed]] Riku, both of whom are candidates for ThatOneBoss and have very long {{Cutscene}}s preceeding them, which can only be skipped in ''Final Mix''.
* CognizantLimbs: The Guard Armor. Also a case of RaymanianLimbs - they can even be fought separately in tournament matches.
* ColossusClimb: Cerberus, Behemoth Heartless, and Oogie after he merges with his manor.
* CombinationAttack: Trinity Limit.
* CooldownHug: Kairi to Sora [[spoiler: to bring him out of his Heartless form]].
* DamageSpongeBoss: What few attacks the Rock Titan has are easy to avoid, and the fact that he's the last Hades Cup fight (after more challenging ones like Hades himself) just makes it weird.
* DegradedBoss: The Behemoth, the "boss" of the second Hollow Bastion visit, shows up again in the Hades Cup and at the End of the World as little more than a GiantMook. The tournaments do this to a few other bosses as well.
* {{Determinator}}: Beast, who survived the destruction of his world and got to Hollow Bastion to save Belle without the help of a gummi ship ''through sheer force of will alone''. And he ain't gonna let a spoiled brat, a crazy witch and some ''actual'' ugly freaks of nature stop him once he's there.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Certain cutscenes will play out differently if you {{sequence break|ing}}. If you complete Deep Jungle before sealing Wonderland's keyhole, Snow White will take Alice's place in the following cutscene. If you take so much time before beating Cerberus that you've already beaten Maleficent, she won't be in the following cutscene with Hades. Similarly, if you complete Hollow Bastion before Monstro, Riku won't help you in the fight against Parasite Cage or converse much with Sora [[spoiler:due to being possessed by Ansem.]]
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Hollow Bastion. Let's review: it's the place where all the Disney Villains have been meeting, Riku and Kairi are there, and it's said to be where the Heartless originate from.]] This is lampshaded in one of Nomura's interviews, where he asserts that a lesser game would've actually ended with [[spoiler:Hollow Bastion and the Maleficent battle]].
** in terms of actual game length it would probably be Monstro, coming right in the middle of the game and signaling a big difficulty spike, as well as the part when the game starts to drop its sillier aspects and takes on a more serious tone since thats when Sora discovers that Riku is now working for Melficent.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Sora, if being turned into a Heartless counts as death. In any case, it ''should'' at least constitute LossOfIdentity, which it doesn't in Sora's case.]]
* DisneyPrincess: The Princesses play a key part in the game. Oddly, Alice is included in this group while Ariel is not, presumably for logistical reasons (Ariel's still stuck underwater).
* DistressedDamsel: Kairi and all the Disney princesses — [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[Disney/PeterPan Wendy.]] Though Kairi is something of a subversion in that [[spoiler: her heart was actually protected within Sora's all along.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: Donald can be pretty bad about this.
* DoomedHometown: Destiny Islands and Hollow Bastion. [[spoiler:They get better.]]
* DoubleWeapon: The FinalBoss uses a polearm with a copy of Riku's Soul Eater on either end.
* DualBoss: Leon and Yuffie in the Pegasus Cup, followed by Leon and Cloud in the Hades Cup. You also get to fight Tidus, Wakka and Selphie all at once if you take the time to beat them all.
* DuelBoss: Hercules, the Ice Titan, Sephiroth, [[spoiler: Riku once he's been possessed]], and two stages of the final boss sequence (''three'' if you count Darkside's last appearance).
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: Destiny Islands.
* EarlyBirdCameo: If you're playing the ''[[NoExportForYou Final Mix]]'' version, [[spoiler: Xemnas]].
** Which doubles as a ''very'' early [[spoiler:FinalBossPreview]]
* EldritchLocation: When the final dungeon is ''called'' 'End of the World'...
* EmptyShell: [[spoiler:Kairi]], who is comatose for much of the game. She technically still has her soul inside her, but in the KH-verse the essence of a person is their heart, and [[spoiler:Kairi's is within Sora's.]]
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:Ansem. Or, more accurately, Xehanort's Heartless]].
* EvilIsNotAToy: Almost every single antagonist of the game eventually succumbs to this.
* EvilMakeover: [[spoiler:Riku]].
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: Maleficent in dragon form.
* EvilSorcerer: [[spoiler:Xehanort's Heartless]].
** [[spoiler: Xemnas in Final Mix.]]
* ExclusiveEnemyEquipment: The Wizard and Defender Heartless drop weapons for Donald and Goofy. ''Final Mix'' adds two new Keyblades, ([[MythologyGag Diamond Dust and One-Winged Angel,]]) gained by beating the Ice Titan and Sephiroth.
* ExplodingBarrels: Barrel Spiders.
* FightingYourFriend: Also ThatOneBoss for many people.
* FiveBadBand: The Disney villains form one:
** BigBad - Maleficent
** TheDragon - Captain Hook
** TheBrute - Oogie Boogie
** [[EvilGenius The Evil Genius]] - Jafar
** [[DarkChick The Dark Chick]] - Ursula
** SixthRanger - [[spoiler:Riku]]
** SixthRangerTraitor - Hades
** TheManBehindTheMan - [[spoiler:Xehanort's Heartless]]
* GenreBlindness: Nearly every villain in the game, including [[spoiler: Ansem, who honestly thought darkness was the source of all life in a Disney story.]]
* GetBackHereBoss: Stop flying around the room, Jafar!
* GiantMook: Large Bodies, Fat Bandits and Aquatanks.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Chernabog]]. He was originally intended to be the final boss, but due to system limitations and storyboard development, he was shafted. He was still [[RuleOfCool too awesome to leave out]], so he got an out-of-the-blue boss fight in the End of the World.
** There is exactly one, very obscure hint in Traverse Town in the form of a picture reading "A Night on Bald Mountain". Anybody who has not seen ''Fantasia'' will likely not understand this reference.
* GoodMorningCrono: After Sora's trippy vision and the first boss fight, he wakes up on the beach with Kairi looking down at him.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The Dalmatians and Princesses of Heart.
* GratuitousItalian: The titles of a few pieces on the soundtrack, as well as the vocals from "Destati" and its derivatives.
* GravityScrew: Wonderland's Bizarre Room is a partial example. There are several different doors to it hidden throughout the level, and where the "floor" is for the trio depends on which door you use.
* GrindBoots: Tarzan, as in the film. Sora [[IncrediblyLamePun apes]] him during the Jungle Slider.
* GuideDangIt: Finding the 101 Dalmatians. Sure, you might stumble upon a couple of these chests by accident, but finding them all? Jiminy's journal tells you how many chests remain unopened in each world, but that still leaves room for a lot of hands-on searching.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sora's suicide, to save Kairi. It turns out he's not quite dead a few minutes later, though... he's just became a cuddly, adorable, little [[TheHeartless Heartless]]]].
* InferredHolocaust: The Heartless invasion. Although this fact is pretty heavily glossed over and not really discussed much, it is stated at least once that it has completely destroyed several entire worlds by the time the game starts, presumably killing hundreds of billions of people. The few survivors in Traverse Town are, for all intents and purposes, interdimensional refugees, condemned to spend the rest of their existence well and truly homeless, huddling together and trying to preserve what remains of their culture and civilization. It's basically an AfterTheEnd scenario on a hilariously massive scale.
** [[spoiler: Birth By Sleep Final Mix reveals that worlds consumed by darkness aren't necessarily destroyed....but are now stuck in a bleak, hellish dimension. A FateWorseThanDeath, perhaps?]]
** [[spoiler:All of the lost worlds are restored via a ResetButton, pushed by none other than Sora; additionally, the Summon Gems are stated to contain spirits that survived the destruction of their world. Two of them appear in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.]]
* InfinityMinusOneSword: Two of them: Oathkeeper on the magic side; Oblivion on the physical side— raw attack power plus a really high critical hit rate at the cost of magic.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Ultima Weapon for Sora, which combines the strengths of the two [[InfinityMinusOneSword Infinity–1 Swords]] but loses it's critical hit rate. But the boost in power makes up greatly for it. Save the King/Queen for Donald and Goofy. All three are homages to recurring FinalFantasy weapons.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: Traverse Town, although it's unclear if the game exists in a {{Multiverse}} or a single universe with the worlds protected from each other.
* InvisibleParents: For everyone on Destiny Islands.
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Hollow Bastion.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler:Kairi's heart]] was within Sora the entire time post-Destiny Islands' destruction.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: As Riku [[spoiler:seals himself behind the door]], his parting words to Sora are: "Take care of her [Kairi]." With that, he concedes Kairi chose Sora over him.
* JungleJapes: [[CaptainObvious Deep]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Jungle]].
* LaResistance: Leon's gang. They actively protect Traverse Town from Maleficent and the Heartless as they try to find the Keyblade master so that they can reconquer Hollow Bastion and finish the Heartless off for good.
* LegendaryWeapon: The [[CoolKey key]][[CoolSword blade]].
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''[[NoExportForYou Final Mix]]''.
* LipLock: The game showed off a very thorough facial animation system for a large chunk of its cutscenes, but most of the time the characters' faces are locked into a static looping texture with no regard for lip synch.
* LoveTriangle: There is an implied one between Sora, Kairi, and Riku.
* ManipulativeBastard: Maleficent, Ursula and [[spoiler:Ansem]]
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Riku]] was somewhat guilty of this at the start of the game: calling the darkness that destroyed his world was a deliberate choice, but the destruction of the world itself was unintentional on his part.
* MindScrew: The opening.
* MissedTheCall: [[spoiler:Riku]], by being so eager to [[JumpedAtTheCall rush into adventure]] that he jumped too soon, and at [[spoiler:[[DealWithTheDevil the wrong opportunity]]]].
* MortonsFork: Riku gets into one of these while trying to gather the Seven Princesses of Heart's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment hearts]] in order to rescue Kairi's—uh, heart, [[spoiler:at Maleficent's recommendation]]. The problem: [[spoiler:Kairi ''is'' a Princess of Heart, meaning that, if he even could gather all seven hearts, he wouldn't ''need'' to]]. It's implied that [[spoiler:Maleficent]] knew this, and was simply [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard using him to gather the other Princesses]]]].
* NerfArm: In Hollow Bastion, [[spoiler:your Keyblade is taken away from you, and you're given the toy sword from Destiny Islands, severely decreasing your strength]].
* NoHeroDiscount: "Sorry, [[DonaldDuck Uncle Donald]], no family discounts!" The triplets must [[GenreSavvy know]] you get [[MoneyForNothing Munny for Nothing]].
* OminousPipeOrgan: [[http://youtu.be/zJGcoz6YWIM "Forze Del Male"]] and [[http://youtu.be/c2PzuG0Cf6w "Beyond the Door"]].
* OrWasItADream: The intro.
* PeopleJars: The Princesses are imprisoned in wall-mounted glass chambers while Maleficent attempts to open the Hollow Bastion keyhole. For some gamers, the ''lack'' of any cutscene showing the characters' reactions made this even creepier - what, you're just ignoring the women in sparkly coffins?
* PimpedOutDress: The princesses.
* PointOfNoReturn: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Final Rest]]
* ThePratfall: The Bouncywild enemies throw out {{Banana Peel}}s that cause Sora to fall on his butt.
* PuzzlePan: In the beginning, before the race with Riku.
* RegionalBonus: Among other things, the game's {{Bonus Boss}}es weren't actually in the original Japanese version, so the Japanese had to wait until ''Final Mix'' for the bonuses. This is at least justified with [[ContestWinnerCameo Kurt Zisa]], whose name actually came from a contest to win your name in the game...that was held ''outside'' of Japan.
* ResetButton: At the end of the game, all the worlds destroyed by the Heartless ([[spoiler:most notably Destiny Islands]]) are recreated. Nobody on the formerly-overtaken planets remembers the events, save for those who were Summons (e.g. [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]] and Disney/{{Mu|lan}}shu). Worlds that were attacked but survived retain their memory.
* TheRival: Riku. Then he becomes [[spoiler:RivalTurnedEvil. He gets better, though.]]
* {{Satan}}: Chernabog -- the devil from the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment of Disney's ''{{Fantasia}}''. He's a minor boss at best, with no speaking part at all.
* SequelHook: "Deep Dive", a post-ending cinematic.
** Interestingly, the scene shown in the video ([[spoiler: Roxas fighting Riku]]) did not actually appear in any game until the series' [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 fourth sequel]].
* SleepModeSize: When Sora defeats the Ice Titan, it goes from being gigantic to small enough for Sora to step on. It promptly runs like mad.
* SpaceWhale: Monstro.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Kerchak]]. Oh, and [[FinalFantasyVII Aerith]].
* SquadControls: The game used the Triangle button to call your allies onto the same target.
* StarCrossedLovers: Sora and Kairi.
* StationaryBoss: Giant!Ursula, Chernabog, and most bosses bigger than you. [[spoiler: Ansem in his final form may also count, since he's hooked up to his World of Chaos and can't move much in any direction.]]
* StormingTheCastle: Hollow Bastion.
* SurprisinglyEasyMiniQuest: Both [[spoiler:Riku taking the keyblade from Sora]] and [[spoiler:Sora becoming one of TheHeartless]] fall under this.
* TakeYourTime: Cerberus is looming over Hercules, who has an unconscious Cloud to worry about...but you can still go beat the rest of the game and then come back.
* TennisBoss: The Ice Titan.
* ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree: Lampshaded by the Genie in the Agrabah stage:
-->'''Genie:''' So, master, what'll you have for Wish Numbe[[TrrrillingRrrs r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r]] Two?\\
'''Aladdin:''' Hmm, how about making me a fabulously wealthy prince?\\
'''Genie:''' Oooh! Money! Royalty! Fame! Why didn't I think of that? Okay, you asked for it! A hundred servants and a hundred camels loaded with gold! *pretends to dial an invisible phone* Just dial that number and I'll deliver it in 30 minutes or less, or your meal's free. Hey, I'll even throw in a cappuccino!
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: [[spoiler:Riku.]]
* ThreeAmigos: [[TheHero Sora]], [[TheLancer Riku]], and [[TheChick Kairi]].
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Strike Raid. It helps that the sword is a ClingyMacGuffin, so Sora doesn't have to worry about retrieving it.
* TitleThemeDrop: During the ending scene, in the form of the expanded arrangement "Always On My Mind".
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler:Riku]] seems to get worse each time you see him, but he gets better once TheManBehindTheMan comes into the picture.
* TrainingDummy: Merlin's furniture.
* TriangRelations: Type 4. Sora and Kairi are the most heavily-implied pairing in [[{{Canon}} canon]], but you'd have a hard time arguing that Riku doesn't have a crush on Kairi. It seems to be resolved by the end of the game, though.
* TrueCompanions: Ariel and Sora seem to become this. Ariel reveals her inner most feelings to Sora, something the other Disney characters don't really do or at least aren't so up front about it. They bond even more in the second game beyond anything romantic since Ariel's in love with Eric now. And Ariel is the only Disney character that worries that she won't see Sora again.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Sora, Kairi, and Riku.
** A minor one is Tidus, Selphie, and Wakka.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: An InfoDump variation.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Gummi Ship levels, Hundred Acre Wood and the Deep Jungle slide.
* VariableLengthChain: Selphie has a Variable Length ''jump rope''.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: End of the World.
* VideogameSettings: The Disney Worlds naturally loan themselves to this in a crossover adventure.
** PalmTreePanic - Destiny Islands
** FirstTown - Traverse Town
*** Also DungeonTown
** {{Wackyland}} - Wonderland (''Disney/AliceInWonderland'')
** MonsterArena - Olympus Coliseum (''Disney/{{Hercules}}'')
** JungleJapes - Deep Jungle (''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'')
** GreenHillZone - Hundred Acre Wood (''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'')
** ShiftingSandLand - Agrabah (''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'')
** WombLevel - Monstro (''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'')
** UnderTheSea - Atlantica (Disney/TheLittleMermaid, [[TropeNamer naturally]])
** BigBoosHaunt - HalloweenTown (''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'')
** GangplankGalleon - Neverland (''Disney/PeterPan'')
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: When you fight the card guards (and instead have to destroy the tower), you can go over and smack the Queen of Hearts in the face. (Funn y thing is she dies in one hit.) Actually, it's a relatively good idea to do this as this causes the red guards to stand still for a bit.
** You can also make Captain Hook's day a living hell before you beat him up. Hit him with Fira? Then you light his pants on fire and he starts running around. Throw him off the ship, and he jumps up and yells, "YOU'LL NOT GET ME OTHER HAND!" For extra fun, he might land ''off'' the ship.
** Goofy's at just the right height to chuck barrels in his face.
* VideoGameFlight: Glide.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Hollow Bastion.]]
* WhereItAllBegan: The final boss fight begins on [[DoomedHometown Destiny Islands.]]
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->''You never know who you'll run into next.''

In May 2001, Squaresoft (now known as SquareEnix) announced a game at that year's E3. To ''everyone's'' shock, the game showed scenes of {{Disney}} characters fighting tandem with ''FinalFantasy'' characters. [[{{Understatement}} The reaction wasn't positive]], and many thought Square had gone off the deep end. [[SleeperHit Then, the game came out.]]

''Kingdom Hearts'' is the first game in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, which merges characters from Disney and Square Enix properties along with a slew of original characters. It proved popular enough to result in (to date) [[CashCowFranchise five sequels and a prequel.]]

An update, called ''Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix'', was released in [[NoExportForYou Japan only]] and contains all the English voice acting as well as bonus content. On February 25, 2013, Square Enix announced that ''Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix'' would be released in North America in Europe in the fall of 2013 and that the version of ''Kingdom Hearts'' included with this would be the Final Mix. Not to mention that Nomura hinted at at a 2.5 HD ReMIX, which would have Kingdom Hearts 2(Obviously) and possibly Birth By Sleep(The credits of 1.5 HD Remix seem to confirm this), meaning that the US might get all the Final Mixes by the next Remaster.

->'''Note: This page contains examples pertaining to the ''first game'' in the series. For examples relating to the series in general, please see Franchise.KingdomHearts.'''

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!!This game contains examples of:

* AdaptationDyeJob: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]]. In the stained glass level, Cinderella's hair color is ''brown'', despite being blonde when she appears in person. This may be a symptom of the fact that her hair ''was'' a light brown in the original 1950 film, but all merchandising since the '90s has shown her as a blonde.
* AIBreaker: [[spoiler:Possessed]]-Riku is one of the game's toughest bosses, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGTJ9Qc6VU but it's possible]] to lock him in a loop preventing him from ''ever'' using his Dark Aura move.
* AlienGeometries: The Bizarre Room.
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: The first game is where the World Terminus type comes from.
* AlwaysNight: Traverse Town, Neverland and Halloween Town all take place perpetually at night. In fact, the only level with any real form of the passage of time is Agrabah, in which some areas are daylight, and others are night, due to the amount of time it takes to travel between the two (which is thankfully skipped with a brief cutscene). Olympus Coliseum also sometimes switches to night for some battles, with the implication being that the tournaments take place over several days, as opposed to the twenty minutes or so the player spends on them.
* AnachronicOrder: Ansem's Report is collected page by page, and you never get the pages in consecutive order. For most of the game, you only find odd-numbered pages, but they do give you a fair understanding of what Ansem was doing before he went missing. Later on, you get all the even-numbered pages at once, and [[spoiler:they change the meaning of the rest of the report ''completely'']].
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: Subverted. Though [[spoiler: Sora turns into a Heartless mid-game, he turns back shortly after.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Class X-2. Although it's downplayed quite a bit (possibly due to the age of the primary target audience), the universe in which the games are set is essentially being ripped apart at the seams; by the beginning of the first game, many worlds (and their presumably billions of inhabitants) have been [[InferredHolocaust completely obliterated]], and the remaining ones are in danger of suffering the same fate. Traverse Town, the main city in the game, is essentially an interdimensional refugee camp for the few survivors, and even it is in danger of falling, being subject to a sizable attack not long after the player arrives.
* BadassBoast: Several when Sora's about to face off against villains; one notable example has Maleficent screeching, "[[YouFool You poor, simple fools!]] You think you can defeat me? Me, the mistress of ALL EVIL?!"
* BadassNormal: Captain Hook. Consider it this way. By this point in the game, Sora has punched out very powerful heartless, a god-like genie, god-like entities in general, villains the size of small buildings, etc. You have an insane aerial advantage over Hook as well. Also, he's not overflowing with the power of darkness either (at least compared to other villains) and lacks real magic. Yet somehow, he still manages to put up a good, solid fight and doesn't die.
** It's not an isolated incident either. Captain Hook is tough to beat in both Chain of Memories and [[spoiler: Birth by Sleep]] as well.
* BarrierChangeBoss: Ursula, who is frustratingly hard to read, and the Phantom, who [[ConvenientColourChange changes its orb's color to signal what magic it's weak against now]].
* TheBattleDidntCount: Upon arriving in Traverse Town, Sora is confronted by Leon. Either Leon wins (and beats Sora unconscious) or loses (and Sora passes out from the effort).
** [[spoiler: As of Dream Drop Distance, the latter is canon, as while witnessing the events from Sora's perspective in Traverse Town, he falls over in his passing out animation.]]
* BattleshipRaid: The World of Chaos.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Maleficent and [[spoiler: Ansem.]]
* BigGood: Ansem is portrayed as this; he's been researching the Heartless for a long time and presumably has the most knowledge about them. Other characters say he'll help you defeat the Heartless, but he's gone missing, so you need to find him. [[spoiler:However, this is completely turned on its head once you get to [[DiscOneFinalDungeon Hollow Bastion]] and find out that he ''turned himself into a Heartless'' and has been commanding the Heartless from [[TheManBehindTheMan behind the scenes]]. However, the trope is DoubleSubverted, due to details revealed [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII in the sequel.]]]]
** Also, Mickey to a lesser extent.
* BittersweetEnding
* BlackCloak: The Phantom is effectively a Heartless [[Literature/HarryPotter Dementor]] - it may be the only Heartless not to have SupernaturalGoldEyes visible anywhere.
** [[spoiler: Ansem wears a brown cloak in his first appearance, and Xemnas wears a black one in Final Mix.]]
* BonusBoss: Sephiroth, Phantom, Kurt Zisa, Ice Titan, and [[spoiler:Xemnas]], with the last only appearing in ''Final Mix''.
** Hades and Hercules apply as well, since fighting them isn't a requirement for anything other than HundredPercentCompletion.
** Similarly, either [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Atlantica]] or [[TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Halloween Town]] can be a [[BonusLevel Bonus World]], as you can choose one or the other and immediately go to Neverland, and from there, beat the game, without ever visiting the world you did not choose.
** While you can't avoid Monstro, you don't actually have to complete the level either.
* BookcasePassage: The Library at Hollow Bastion.
* BreatherEpisode: The [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh 100-Acre Wood]].
* BreathWeapon: Cerberus, Giant! Ursula, Dragon! Maleficent, Chernabog.
* BridalCarry: In Neverland, Riku carries [[spoiler:Kairi, who has lost her heart]].
* CallBack: Everything about [[spoiler: Ultima Weapon. At its center is the Dream Sword from the very beginning of the game, it's covered in golden coral filigree that brings Destiny Islands to mind, its teeth are, like the Kingdom Key, a replica of Sora's necklace, and its keychain is a gilded heart connected to the keyblade by glimmering thread.]]
* CameraScrew: One of the main criticisms of the game. Combined with very small combat environments, this can lead to a great deal of frustration.
** Luckily, in the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix Rerelease, the camera is mapped to the Right Joystick to help with this.
* ChekhovsGun: When Leon picks up the Keyblade, it appears back in Sora's hand. [[spoiler:Later, Sora uses this technique to snatch the Keyblade away from Riku. Also, the fact that Riku was able to take the Keyblade from Sora in the first place without it automatically moving back to Sora's hand.]]
** Additionally, the locations for the Keyholes in many of the worlds are inside conspicuous-yet-innocuous looking objects.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Ansem, or Xehanort's Heartless]]
* ClimaxBoss: Maleficent and [[spoiler:Possessed]] Riku, both of whom are candidates for ThatOneBoss and have very long {{Cutscene}}s preceeding them, which can only be skipped in ''Final Mix''.
* CognizantLimbs: The Guard Armor. Also a case of RaymanianLimbs - they can even be fought separately in tournament matches.
* ColossusClimb: Cerberus, Behemoth Heartless, and Oogie after he merges with his manor.
* CombinationAttack: Trinity Limit.
* CooldownHug: Kairi to Sora [[spoiler: to bring him out of his Heartless form]].
* DamageSpongeBoss: What few attacks the Rock Titan has are easy to avoid, and the fact that he's the last Hades Cup fight (after more challenging ones like Hades himself) just makes it weird.
* DegradedBoss: The Behemoth, the "boss" of the second Hollow Bastion visit, shows up again in the Hades Cup and at the End of the World as little more than a GiantMook. The tournaments do this to a few other bosses as well.
* {{Determinator}}: Beast, who survived the destruction of his world and got to Hollow Bastion to save Belle without the help of a gummi ship ''through sheer force of will alone''. And he ain't gonna let a spoiled brat, a crazy witch and some ''actual'' ugly freaks of nature stop him once he's there.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Certain cutscenes will play out differently if you {{sequence break|ing}}. If you complete Deep Jungle before sealing Wonderland's keyhole, Snow White will take Alice's place in the following cutscene. If you take so much time before beating Cerberus that you've already beaten Maleficent, she won't be in the following cutscene with Hades. Similarly, if you complete Hollow Bastion before Monstro, Riku won't help you in the fight against Parasite Cage or converse much with Sora [[spoiler:due to being possessed by Ansem.]]
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Hollow Bastion. Let's review: it's the place where all the Disney Villains have been meeting, Riku and Kairi are there, and it's said to be where the Heartless originate from.]] This is lampshaded in one of Nomura's interviews, where he asserts that a lesser game would've actually ended with [[spoiler:Hollow Bastion and the Maleficent battle]].
** in terms of actual game length it would probably be Monstro, coming right in the middle of the game and signaling a big difficulty spike, as well as the part when the game starts to drop its sillier aspects and takes on a more serious tone since thats when Sora discovers that Riku is now working for Melficent.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Sora, if being turned into a Heartless counts as death. In any case, it ''should'' at least constitute LossOfIdentity, which it doesn't in Sora's case.]]
* DisneyPrincess: The Princesses play a key part in the game. Oddly, Alice is included in this group while Ariel is not, presumably for logistical reasons (Ariel's still stuck underwater).
* DistressedDamsel: Kairi and all the Disney princesses — [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[Disney/PeterPan Wendy.]] Though Kairi is something of a subversion in that [[spoiler: her heart was actually protected within Sora's all along.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: Donald can be pretty bad about this.
* DoomedHometown: Destiny Islands and Hollow Bastion. [[spoiler:They get better.]]
* DoubleWeapon: The FinalBoss uses a polearm with a copy of Riku's Soul Eater on either end.
* DualBoss: Leon and Yuffie in the Pegasus Cup, followed by Leon and Cloud in the Hades Cup. You also get to fight Tidus, Wakka and Selphie all at once if you take the time to beat them all.
* DuelBoss: Hercules, the Ice Titan, Sephiroth, [[spoiler: Riku once he's been possessed]], and two stages of the final boss sequence (''three'' if you count Darkside's last appearance).
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: Destiny Islands.
* EarlyBirdCameo: If you're playing the ''[[NoExportForYou Final Mix]]'' version, [[spoiler: Xemnas]].
** Which doubles as a ''very'' early [[spoiler:FinalBossPreview]]
* EldritchLocation: When the final dungeon is ''called'' 'End of the World'...
* EmptyShell: [[spoiler:Kairi]], who is comatose for much of the game. She technically still has her soul inside her, but in the KH-verse the essence of a person is their heart, and [[spoiler:Kairi's is within Sora's.]]
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:Ansem. Or, more accurately, Xehanort's Heartless]].
* EvilIsNotAToy: Almost every single antagonist of the game eventually succumbs to this.
* EvilMakeover: [[spoiler:Riku]].
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: Maleficent in dragon form.
* EvilSorcerer: [[spoiler:Xehanort's Heartless]].
** [[spoiler: Xemnas in Final Mix.]]
* ExclusiveEnemyEquipment: The Wizard and Defender Heartless drop weapons for Donald and Goofy. ''Final Mix'' adds two new Keyblades, ([[MythologyGag Diamond Dust and One-Winged Angel,]]) gained by beating the Ice Titan and Sephiroth.
* ExplodingBarrels: Barrel Spiders.
* FightingYourFriend: Also ThatOneBoss for many people.
* FiveBadBand: The Disney villains form one:
** BigBad - Maleficent
** TheDragon - Captain Hook
** TheBrute - Oogie Boogie
** [[EvilGenius The Evil Genius]] - Jafar
** [[DarkChick The Dark Chick]] - Ursula
** SixthRanger - [[spoiler:Riku]]
** SixthRangerTraitor - Hades
** TheManBehindTheMan - [[spoiler:Xehanort's Heartless]]
* GenreBlindness: Nearly every villain in the game, including [[spoiler: Ansem, who honestly thought darkness was the source of all life in a Disney story.]]
* GetBackHereBoss: Stop flying around the room, Jafar!
* GiantMook: Large Bodies, Fat Bandits and Aquatanks.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Chernabog]]. He was originally intended to be the final boss, but due to system limitations and storyboard development, he was shafted. He was still [[RuleOfCool too awesome to leave out]], so he got an out-of-the-blue boss fight in the End of the World.
** There is exactly one, very obscure hint in Traverse Town in the form of a picture reading "A Night on Bald Mountain". Anybody who has not seen ''Fantasia'' will likely not understand this reference.
* GoodMorningCrono: After Sora's trippy vision and the first boss fight, he wakes up on the beach with Kairi looking down at him.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The Dalmatians and Princesses of Heart.
* GratuitousItalian: The titles of a few pieces on the soundtrack, as well as the vocals from "Destati" and its derivatives.
* GravityScrew: Wonderland's Bizarre Room is a partial example. There are several different doors to it hidden throughout the level, and where the "floor" is for the trio depends on which door you use.
* GrindBoots: Tarzan, as in the film. Sora [[IncrediblyLamePun apes]] him during the Jungle Slider.
* GuideDangIt: Finding the 101 Dalmatians. Sure, you might stumble upon a couple of these chests by accident, but finding them all? Jiminy's journal tells you how many chests remain unopened in each world, but that still leaves room for a lot of hands-on searching.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sora's suicide, to save Kairi. It turns out he's not quite dead a few minutes later, though... he's just became a cuddly, adorable, little [[TheHeartless Heartless]]]].
* InferredHolocaust: The Heartless invasion. Although this fact is pretty heavily glossed over and not really discussed much, it is stated at least once that it has completely destroyed several entire worlds by the time the game starts, presumably killing hundreds of billions of people. The few survivors in Traverse Town are, for all intents and purposes, interdimensional refugees, condemned to spend the rest of their existence well and truly homeless, huddling together and trying to preserve what remains of their culture and civilization. It's basically an AfterTheEnd scenario on a hilariously massive scale.
** [[spoiler: Birth By Sleep Final Mix reveals that worlds consumed by darkness aren't necessarily destroyed....but are now stuck in a bleak, hellish dimension. A FateWorseThanDeath, perhaps?]]
** [[spoiler:All of the lost worlds are restored via a ResetButton, pushed by none other than Sora; additionally, the Summon Gems are stated to contain spirits that survived the destruction of their world. Two of them appear in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.]]
* InfinityMinusOneSword: Two of them: Oathkeeper on the magic side; Oblivion on the physical side— raw attack power plus a really high critical hit rate at the cost of magic.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Ultima Weapon for Sora, which combines the strengths of the two [[InfinityMinusOneSword Infinity–1 Swords]] but loses it's critical hit rate. But the boost in power makes up greatly for it. Save the King/Queen for Donald and Goofy. All three are homages to recurring FinalFantasy weapons.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: Traverse Town, although it's unclear if the game exists in a {{Multiverse}} or a single universe with the worlds protected from each other.
* InvisibleParents: For everyone on Destiny Islands.
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Hollow Bastion.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler:Kairi's heart]] was within Sora the entire time post-Destiny Islands' destruction.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: As Riku [[spoiler:seals himself behind the door]], his parting words to Sora are: "Take care of her [Kairi]." With that, he concedes Kairi chose Sora over him.
* JungleJapes: [[CaptainObvious Deep]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Jungle]].
* LaResistance: Leon's gang. They actively protect Traverse Town from Maleficent and the Heartless as they try to find the Keyblade master so that they can reconquer Hollow Bastion and finish the Heartless off for good.
* LegendaryWeapon: The [[CoolKey key]][[CoolSword blade]].
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''[[NoExportForYou Final Mix]]''.
* LipLock: The game showed off a very thorough facial animation system for a large chunk of its cutscenes, but most of the time the characters' faces are locked into a static looping texture with no regard for lip synch.
* LoveTriangle: There is an implied one between Sora, Kairi, and Riku.
* ManipulativeBastard: Maleficent, Ursula and [[spoiler:Ansem]]
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Riku]] was somewhat guilty of this at the start of the game: calling the darkness that destroyed his world was a deliberate choice, but the destruction of the world itself was unintentional on his part.
* MindScrew: The opening.
* MissedTheCall: [[spoiler:Riku]], by being so eager to [[JumpedAtTheCall rush into adventure]] that he jumped too soon, and at [[spoiler:[[DealWithTheDevil the wrong opportunity]]]].
* MortonsFork: Riku gets into one of these while trying to gather the Seven Princesses of Heart's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment hearts]] in order to rescue Kairi's—uh, heart, [[spoiler:at Maleficent's recommendation]]. The problem: [[spoiler:Kairi ''is'' a Princess of Heart, meaning that, if he even could gather all seven hearts, he wouldn't ''need'' to]]. It's implied that [[spoiler:Maleficent]] knew this, and was simply [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard using him to gather the other Princesses]]]].
* NerfArm: In Hollow Bastion, [[spoiler:your Keyblade is taken away from you, and you're given the toy sword from Destiny Islands, severely decreasing your strength]].
* NoHeroDiscount: "Sorry, [[DonaldDuck Uncle Donald]], no family discounts!" The triplets must [[GenreSavvy know]] you get [[MoneyForNothing Munny for Nothing]].
* OminousPipeOrgan: [[http://youtu.be/zJGcoz6YWIM "Forze Del Male"]] and [[http://youtu.be/c2PzuG0Cf6w "Beyond the Door"]].
* OrWasItADream: The intro.
* PeopleJars: The Princesses are imprisoned in wall-mounted glass chambers while Maleficent attempts to open the Hollow Bastion keyhole. For some gamers, the ''lack'' of any cutscene showing the characters' reactions made this even creepier - what, you're just ignoring the women in sparkly coffins?
* PimpedOutDress: The princesses.
* PointOfNoReturn: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Final Rest]]
* ThePratfall: The Bouncywild enemies throw out {{Banana Peel}}s that cause Sora to fall on his butt.
* PuzzlePan: In the beginning, before the race with Riku.
* RegionalBonus: Among other things, the game's {{Bonus Boss}}es weren't actually in the original Japanese version, so the Japanese had to wait until ''Final Mix'' for the bonuses. This is at least justified with [[ContestWinnerCameo Kurt Zisa]], whose name actually came from a contest to win your name in the game...that was held ''outside'' of Japan.
* ResetButton: At the end of the game, all the worlds destroyed by the Heartless ([[spoiler:most notably Destiny Islands]]) are recreated. Nobody on the formerly-overtaken planets remembers the events, save for those who were Summons (e.g. [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]] and Disney/{{Mu|lan}}shu). Worlds that were attacked but survived retain their memory.
* TheRival: Riku. Then he becomes [[spoiler:RivalTurnedEvil. He gets better, though.]]
* {{Satan}}: Chernabog -- the devil from the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment of Disney's ''{{Fantasia}}''. He's a minor boss at best, with no speaking part at all.
* SequelHook: "Deep Dive", a post-ending cinematic.
** Interestingly, the scene shown in the video ([[spoiler: Roxas fighting Riku]]) did not actually appear in any game until the series' [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 fourth sequel]].
* SleepModeSize: When Sora defeats the Ice Titan, it goes from being gigantic to small enough for Sora to step on. It promptly runs like mad.
* SpaceWhale: Monstro.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Kerchak]]. Oh, and [[FinalFantasyVII Aerith]].
* SquadControls: The game used the Triangle button to call your allies onto the same target.
* StarCrossedLovers: Sora and Kairi.
* StationaryBoss: Giant!Ursula, Chernabog, and most bosses bigger than you. [[spoiler: Ansem in his final form may also count, since he's hooked up to his World of Chaos and can't move much in any direction.]]
* StormingTheCastle: Hollow Bastion.
* SurprisinglyEasyMiniQuest: Both [[spoiler:Riku taking the keyblade from Sora]] and [[spoiler:Sora becoming one of TheHeartless]] fall under this.
* TakeYourTime: Cerberus is looming over Hercules, who has an unconscious Cloud to worry about...but you can still go beat the rest of the game and then come back.
* TennisBoss: The Ice Titan.
* ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree: Lampshaded by the Genie in the Agrabah stage:
-->'''Genie:''' So, master, what'll you have for Wish Numbe[[TrrrillingRrrs r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r]] Two?\\
'''Aladdin:''' Hmm, how about making me a fabulously wealthy prince?\\
'''Genie:''' Oooh! Money! Royalty! Fame! Why didn't I think of that? Okay, you asked for it! A hundred servants and a hundred camels loaded with gold! *pretends to dial an invisible phone* Just dial that number and I'll deliver it in 30 minutes or less, or your meal's free. Hey, I'll even throw in a cappuccino!
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: [[spoiler:Riku.]]
* ThreeAmigos: [[TheHero Sora]], [[TheLancer Riku]], and [[TheChick Kairi]].
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Strike Raid. It helps that the sword is a ClingyMacGuffin, so Sora doesn't have to worry about retrieving it.
* TitleThemeDrop: During the ending scene, in the form of the expanded arrangement "Always On My Mind".
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler:Riku]] seems to get worse each time you see him, but he gets better once TheManBehindTheMan comes into the picture.
* TrainingDummy: Merlin's furniture.
* TriangRelations: Type 4. Sora and Kairi are the most heavily-implied pairing in [[{{Canon}} canon]], but you'd have a hard time arguing that Riku doesn't have a crush on Kairi. It seems to be resolved by the end of the game, though.
* TrueCompanions: Ariel and Sora seem to become this. Ariel reveals her inner most feelings to Sora, something the other Disney characters don't really do or at least aren't so up front about it. They bond even more in the second game beyond anything romantic since Ariel's in love with Eric now. And Ariel is the only Disney character that worries that she won't see Sora again.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Sora, Kairi, and Riku.
** A minor one is Tidus, Selphie, and Wakka.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: An InfoDump variation.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Gummi Ship levels, Hundred Acre Wood and the Deep Jungle slide.
* VariableLengthChain: Selphie has a Variable Length ''jump rope''.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: End of the World.
* VideogameSettings: The Disney Worlds naturally loan themselves to this in a crossover adventure.
** PalmTreePanic - Destiny Islands
** FirstTown - Traverse Town
*** Also DungeonTown
** {{Wackyland}} - Wonderland (''Disney/AliceInWonderland'')
** MonsterArena - Olympus Coliseum (''Disney/{{Hercules}}'')
** JungleJapes - Deep Jungle (''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'')
** GreenHillZone - Hundred Acre Wood (''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'')
** ShiftingSandLand - Agrabah (''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'')
** WombLevel - Monstro (''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'')
** UnderTheSea - Atlantica (Disney/TheLittleMermaid, [[TropeNamer naturally]])
** BigBoosHaunt - HalloweenTown (''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'')
** GangplankGalleon - Neverland (''Disney/PeterPan'')
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: When you fight the card guards (and instead have to destroy the tower), you can go over and smack the Queen of Hearts in the face. (Funn y thing is she dies in one hit.) Actually, it's a relatively good idea to do this as this causes the red guards to stand still for a bit.
** You can also make Captain Hook's day a living hell before you beat him up. Hit him with Fira? Then you light his pants on fire and he starts running around. Throw him off the ship, and he jumps up and yells, "YOU'LL NOT GET ME OTHER HAND!" For extra fun, he might land ''off'' the ship.
** Goofy's at just the right height to chuck barrels in his face.
* VideoGameFlight: Glide.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Hollow Bastion.]]
* WhereItAllBegan: The final boss fight begins on [[DoomedHometown Destiny Islands.]]
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21st Apr '13 6:03:20 PM spiderfreak1011
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An update, called ''Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix'', was released in [[NoExportForYou Japan only]] and contains all the English voice acting as well as bonus content. On February 25, 2013, Square Enix announced that ''Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix'' would be released in North America in Europe in the fall of 2013 and that the version of ''Kingdom Hearts'' included with this would be the Final Mix.

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An update, called ''Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix'', was released in [[NoExportForYou Japan only]] and contains all the English voice acting as well as bonus content. On February 25, 2013, Square Enix announced that ''Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix'' would be released in North America in Europe in the fall of 2013 and that the version of ''Kingdom Hearts'' included with this would be the Final Mix.
Mix. Not to mention that Nomura hinted at at a 2.5 HD ReMIX, which would have Kingdom Hearts 2(Obviously) and possibly Birth By Sleep(The credits of 1.5 HD Remix seem to confirm this), meaning that the US might get all the Final Mixes by the next Remaster.
30th Mar '13 3:01:29 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ResetButton: At the end of the game, all the worlds destroyed by the Heartless ([[spoiler:most notably Destiny Islands]]) are recreated. Nobody on the formerly-overtaken planets remembers the events, save for those who were Summons (e.g. [[TheLionKing Simba]] and {{Mu|lan}}shu). Worlds that were attacked but survived retain their memory.

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* ResetButton: At the end of the game, all the worlds destroyed by the Heartless ([[spoiler:most notably Destiny Islands]]) are recreated. Nobody on the formerly-overtaken planets remembers the events, save for those who were Summons (e.g. [[TheLionKing [[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]] and {{Mu|lan}}shu).Disney/{{Mu|lan}}shu). Worlds that were attacked but survived retain their memory.
28th Mar '13 5:21:44 AM nighttrainfm
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* AIBreaker: [[spoiler:Possessed]]-Riku is one of the game's toughest bosses, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGTJ9Qc6VU but it's possible]] to lock him in a loop preventing him from ''ever'' using his Dark Aura DesperationMove.

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* AIBreaker: [[spoiler:Possessed]]-Riku is one of the game's toughest bosses, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGTJ9Qc6VU but it's possible]] to lock him in a loop preventing him from ''ever'' using his Dark Aura DesperationMove.move.
27th Mar '13 6:48:25 PM morenohijazo
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* LaResistance: Leon's gang. They actively protect Traverse Town from Maleficent and the Heartless as they try to find the Keyblade master so that they can reconquer Hollow Bastion and finish the Heartless off for good.

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* LaResistance: Leon's gang. They actively protect Traverse Town from Maleficent and the Heartless as they try to find the Keyblade master so that they can reconquer Hollow Bastion and finish the Heartless off for good.good.
* LegendaryWeapon: The [[CoolKey key]][[CoolSword blade]].
19th Mar '13 5:35:32 PM spiderfreak1011
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* InfinityMinusOneSword: Two of them: Oathkeeper on the magic side, plus a high critical hit rate; Oblivion on the physical side— raw attack power at the cost of magic.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Ultima Weapon for Sora, which combines the strengths of the two [[InfinityMinusOneSword Infinity–1 Swords]]. Save the King/Queen for Donald and Goofy. All three are homages to recurring FinalFantasy weapons.

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* InfinityMinusOneSword: Two of them: Oathkeeper on the magic side, plus a high critical hit rate; side; Oblivion on the physical side— raw attack power plus a really high critical hit rate at the cost of magic.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Ultima Weapon for Sora, which combines the strengths of the two [[InfinityMinusOneSword Infinity–1 Swords]].Swords]] but loses it's critical hit rate. But the boost in power makes up greatly for it. Save the King/Queen for Donald and Goofy. All three are homages to recurring FinalFantasy weapons.
19th Mar '13 5:34:06 PM urutapu
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In the stained glass level, Cinderella's hair color is ''brown''.
** Not really a dye job; it was light brown in the original 1950 film. Only since the launch of the Disney Princess toyline did they {{retcon}} to blonde.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]]. In the stained glass level, Cinderella's hair color is ''brown''.
** Not really
''brown'', despite being blonde when she appears in person. This may be a dye job; it was symptom of the fact that her hair ''was'' a light brown in the original 1950 film. Only film, but all merchandising since the launch of the Disney Princess toyline did they {{retcon}} to '90s has shown her as a blonde.
19th Mar '13 5:22:41 PM spiderfreak1011
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** Luckily, in the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix Rerelease, the camera is mapped to the Right Joystick to help with this.
17th Mar '13 2:27:55 AM Austin
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* InferredHolocaust: The Heartless invasion. Although this fact is pretty heavily glossed over and not really discussed much, it is stated at least once that it has completely destroyed several entire worlds by the time the game starts, presumably killing hundreds of billions of people. The few survivors in Traverse Town are, for all intents and purposes, interdimensional refugees, condemned to spend the rest of their existence well and truly homeless, huddling together and trying to preserve what remains of their culture and civilization. It's basically an AfterTheEnd scenario on a hilariously massive scale.
** [[spoiler: Birth By Sleep Final Mix reveals that worlds consumed by darkness aren't necessarily destroyed....but are now stuck in a bleak, hellish dimension. A FateWorseThanDeath, perhaps?]]
** [[spoiler:All of the lost worlds are restored via a ResetButton, pushed by none other than Sora; additionally, the Summon Gems are stated to contain spirits that survived the destruction of their world. Two of them appear in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.]]
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