Characters: Kingdom Hearts: Organization XIII
From left to right, Demyx
This is a listing of the Members of Organization XIII that appear in the Kingdom Hearts
series. Visit the main characters index here
for other characters who appear in the series.
A group of thirteen (temporarily fourteen (sort of)
) villains introduced in Chain of Memories
and 358/2 Days
. When someone with a strong heart is turned into a Heartless, the discarded body gets up with a life and will of its own as a Nobody. This group of particularly powerful Nobodies, who were able to retain human form on top of "existing" in the first place, seeks to regain their hearts at whatever cost.
For most of their human forms go here
, with the exception of Xemnas's and Xigbar's
human forms which are here
, and Roxas' human form which is here
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While the Organization is a pretty varied group, the following tropes are universal throughout the Organization:
- Awesome McCoolname: Lexaeus, Axel, Vexen, Luxord, and Roxas. Xemnas' name is really cool, too, for slithering off the tongue. As a result, it certainly sounds imposing.
- Back from the Dead: Several members of the Organization return in Dream Drop Distance, revived as humans. Some have taken Heel-Face Turn opportunities or are implied to have, but others are even worse than they used to be.
- Badass Bookworm: Half of the gang were Mad Scientists before they got their Evil Makeover. Or rather Xehanort, Even, and Ienzo were, while others appeared to be apprenticed to Ansem for other ventures than his scientific ability.
- Badass Longcoat: All of them wear those awesome black coats.
- Beta Test Baddie
- Black Cloak
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: ... and Larxene.
- Boss Battle: Every last one, at least once.
- The Chessmasters: Though Xemnas and Xigbar above all.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Co-Dragons: Sa´x and Xigbar. The former is more of an administrator/enforcer, handing out missions and punishing dissenters, while the latter keeps to the background.
- Cursed with Awesome: Congrats on being turned into a Nobody! Even if you lose your heart, you now have access to either one of several unique abilities (energy projectile, polymorphism, super strength) or if you were of strong will before losing your heart you can retain physical and magical ability you had in life.
- Death In All Directions: Most of them have some very powerful abilities which wreck mass havoc and kill nearly anything in range(Which is some cases is larger than a football field.)
- Elemental Powers: Each member has some sort of affinity. Some of these are a bit unintuitive: for instance, time is an attribute, but represented in-game only as putting timers on things. Xemnas' Nothingness manifests as tentacles and red energy beams (Ethereal Blades), which at first glance doesn't seem to have much to do with The Power of the Void. Nothingness is actually a material (essentially flesh; it's what Nobodies are made of) that can be hardened into energy, or manipulated as appendages and is inimical to everything in the Light and Dark Realms (hence the "void" part). This counter-intuitive approach to Elemental Powers causes occasional confusion.
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: They will also absorb the element they possess and will receive very heavy damage from the one they are weak to. Due to the element system in II not accounting for "water" element spells, however, this leads to the odd situation where Demyx is counted as an "ice" element enemy, and weakened more heavily by fire spells.
- Evil Versus Evil: They got into a hard competition with Maleficent and her allies for the claim of Kingdom Hearts. Since they had more knowledge about the powers of darkness, they were for a time one step ahead, but when Maleficent and Pete allied with Sora, King Mickey, and the rest of the group in the endgame, they eventually lost the game to them.
- Five-Bad Band: Due to about half of them being central antagonists in Chain of Memories and the other half in II, they form two:
- Flanderization: A few of them canonically get it in 358/2 Days.
- May also count as Fridge Brilliance, since Nobodies fake a personality based on strong memories and habits.
- Flat Character: Roughly half of them, since it's kind of hard to make thirteen well-rounded individuals when they're sharing spotlight in a cast of hundreds.
- Flip Flop of God: Nomura stated in an interview that Nobodies do not age (with the exceptions of Roxas and NaminÚ). However, Birth by Sleep and Dream Drop Distance appear to contradict this with the ages of Braig and Ienzo, though it is revealed that Xigbar was not going grey because of his age, leaving it as a possible case of Immortality Begins at Twenty.
- Grand Theft Me: Xehanort's entire reason for forming the Organization was to gather together 12 new hosts. He's already begun the process of taking over Braig/Xigbar and Isa/Sa´x, explaining why their eyes turned gold and their hair is of a lighter color than in Birth by Sleep.
- Humanoid Abomination: They are described as living rifts in the way things work: their existence defy the natural laws of the universe in a way that the Heartless do not. Since the very basis of their lives breaks physics (or whatever passes for it), they gain tremendous power over the arcane and the elemental. Doubles as a Bishonen Line.
- Immortality Begins at Twenty: Based on those we've seen pre-transformation. Aeleus, for instance, looks the same as Lexaeus, but the Nobodies who lost their heart at a young age (Zexion, Axel, Sa´x) all continued to age normally. This could also be a case of Not Allowed To Grow Old.
- In the Hood: All of their coats have hoods attached to them and all of them at one point or another are seen wearing it up.
- It Was with You All Along: In Dream Drop Distance, Sora learns that Xemnas and Xigbar purposefully concealed from the Organization the fact that Nobodies can naturally develop a new heart over time. The promise of hearts was to string them all along, while he convinced them all that any emotions they had were fake which isolated them and kept them from maturing a new heart leaving them as potential empty vessels. Sora is suitably outraged by this revelation.
- Joke Weapon: All fourteen have one in 358/2's Mission Mode if they've equipped the Casual Gear; everyone but Roxas, Axel and Xion with the Mystery Gear.
- Knight of Cerebus: The second Organization XIII formed in Dream Drop Distance is considerably more terrifying than the original, having done away with any quirky or anti-villainous members.
- Lack of Empathy: Or so Xemnas leads them to believe. Many of them display it, eagerly embracing the idea that they have no hearts.
- Leitmotif: "Another Side", various remixes of which appear as battle themes and other themes relating to the group.
- Let X Be the Unknown: The "X" theme is a mark of Xehanort's ownership, otherwise known as the "Recusant's Sigil".
- Lightning Bruiser: While normal boss fights against them vary, as Bonus Boss fights in the Final Mix+ just about all of them are this in at least one phase of the fight.
- Made of Evil: They are made of Nothingness, a neutral malleable form of flesh that is separate from Light and Darkness and therefore harmful to things made up of either of those.
- Me's a Crowd: They're an integral part of one orchestrated by Xehanort to recreate the thirteen incarnations of darkness needed to forge the χ-blade. Xehanort intends to use his own dark heart split across all the members to achieve this.
- Named Weapons
- Only One Name: When renamed by Xemnas, they all only retained one name. Whether or not this is always true of their times as being humans is unknown, but also seems to be the case by the looks of those we've seen.
- The Other Darrin: With the interesting exception of Keiji Fujiwara as Axel, every member introduced in Chain of Memories was voiced by a staff member who was replaced by a professional voice actor once Kingdom Hearts II and Re:Chain of Memories came around.
- Personality Powers: All of the members have a personality that fits their "Attribute," though a few fit in non-typical ways.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Red Baron: All of the members except Xion have nicknames to this effect.
- Significant Anagram: Their names are actually scrambled versions of their past names with an X added. However, not all of their past names are known, and Xemnas technically used someone else's name.
- The Sociopath: Almost every member except for Roxas, Xion, and Axel (and in Axel's case, it's only after befriending the other two; before that, he was quite sociopathic). Literally being heartless doesn't leave much room for empathy.
- The Soulless: Not literally, however. A Nobody is composed of the body and soul of a being with a sufficiently strong heart whose heart has been taken by The Heartless. However, their emotionless state renders most of the trope valid.
- Standard Evil Organization Squad
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Xemnas, Xigbar, and Sa´x have them. As Dream Drop Distance shows, there's a reason for this.
- Tested On Humans: Most of the apprentices' Mad Scientist ventures involved human experimentation like turning people into Heartless.
- Tragic Monster/Tragic Villain: A lot of them seemed to be decent people before they became Nobodies.
- Theme Naming: In Days, most character's weapons all follow some sort of named theme Xemnas's are named after terms of authority and negativity, Xaldin's are Religious and Mythological Theme Naming, Vexen's are cold and thinking terminology, Lexaeus's are minerals and Japanese idioms and literature references, Zexion's are synonyms for books and magic, Sa´x's are moon-related, Axel's all refer to fire, heat, and explosions, Demyx has Musical Theme Naming, Luxord's are tarot cards, Marluxia's are all flowers, Larxene's are all in French, and Roxas's are light phenomenon and references to the pain of loneliness.)
- As well every member has the letter X in their name.
- Theme Table: Each member has their own unique element, weapon and title.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky
- Uncanny Valley: Alluded to in-universe, although it's rarely apparent to the player.
- Unwitting Pawn: The entire Organization was formed not to regain the members' hearts, but out of a combination of Xemnas wanting to attain the reality-warping potential of Kingdom Hearts and to facilitate a plot that would allow Master Xehanort to clone his heart among thirteen separate bodies, which will give him a true shot at forging the χ-Blade.
- Villain Teleportation: Several members get in on the action. The undisputed champion of this trope would be Fragile Speedster Larxene, who even possesses a sleight in Chain of Memories named Teleport Rush.
- Weapon of Choice: Each of them has a weapon that they use exclusively. Though most are original, some are based on Final Fantasy classes.
- You Are Number Six: All members are given a number to denote the order in which they joined, Xemnas being I and the original five apprentices being II through VI. Otherwise the numbers are inconsequential, aside from Xigbar, Number II, being The Dragon.
- Younger Than They Look: Courtesy of being born physically and mentally the same age as their original selves whenever they perished. Unless you consider their existences to just be a continuation of their first lives, none of them are older than 12 by the end of Kingdom Hearts 2.
The Superior of the In-Between (Original Name: Xehanort (anagram formed from "Ansem"))
"I'm creating a brand new world, one heart at a time."
"Very good. You don't miss a thing. I cannot feel... sorrow... No matter what misery befalls the worlds. No matter what you think, what you feel, or how you exist."
The leader of Organization XIII, the Nobody of Xehanort, Ansem the Wise's first apprentice,
and the Big Bad
of Kingdom Hearts II
. He does not appear in Chain of Memories
, but he is referred to by others as "the Superior", and showed up in the first game's Final Mix
as a taste of things to come. He comes Back from the Dead in Dream Drop Distance as one of the thirteen vessels of Xehanort's heart in his XIII Seekers of Darkness.
He is the most powerful nobody and one of the best combatants in the series.
The Freeshooter (Original Name: Braig)
"See, that would work... if I were just any old dude. 'Cept I'm not. I'm with the Organization. Nothing 'any old' about me."
Click here to see Braig.
"Have you been a good boy? Oh, it sounds like you haven't!"
Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka
(Japanese), James Patrick Stuart (English)
Number II, one of the founding members of the Organization. Although he acts like a surfer dude most of the time, he's actually one of the deadliest members of the group.
As a human, he was Braig, one of Ansem the Wise's six apprentices. He also returns in Birth by Sleep
as a recurring foe, and turns out to be a lot more important than anyone suspected. In Dream Drop Distance he is Back from the Dead and one of the thirteen vessels of Xehanort's heart in his XIII Seekers of Darkness.
The Whirlwind Lancer (Original Name: Dilan)
"When Kingdom Hearts is ours, we can exist fully and completely. So you see, Beast — that's why we need your Heartless AND your Nobody."
Click here to see Dilan
"Feed your anger! Only anger will keep you strong."
Number III of the Organization and one of its founding members. He spends most of his time trying to corrupt the Beast
for the Organization's purposes.
In his past life as Dilan, he was one of Ansem's six apprentices who betrayed him by researching the Heartless.
- Badass: Along with Lexaeus and Marluxia, he is one of the deadliest battlers within the Organization. His absolutely brutal methods of battle even shows during his fight with Sora.
- Back from the Dead: As Dilan in Dream Drop Distance. Aeleus mentions that he and Even are back but that they aren't stable yet, so they are currently resting. Given Aeleus and Ienzo's attitudes after their resurrections, it's possible that Dilan will undergo a Heel-Face Turn.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- The Brute: But like Lexaeus, not stupid.
- Combat Tropes
- Battle Aura: Once Xaldin starts to get low on health, he enters a berserker-like state, similar to Sa´x, where he's shrouded in green energy and the screen darkens. Unlike Sa´x and Lexeaus' Absent Silhouette, he can't be knocked out of it by Sora's efforts, only exiting this trance after a period of time. Expect to see it used more and more as the fight wears on, so stock up some Jump Reaction Commands to help expedite the process.
- Blade on a Stick: His lances, Lindworm.
- Blow You Away
- Death from Above: He has the signature Jump attack of a Dragoon from Final Fantasy. He also commands the Dragoon Nobodies directly based off of the class.
- Death In All Directions
- Flash Step: He can literally outrun the winds.
- Flying Weapon
- Joke Weapon: Casual Gear gives him broomsticks. Mystery Gear gives him dragon-themed lances.
- Multi-Wielding: Six lances, always with at least four being held up by wind currents.
- One-Hit Kill
- Power Floats: Because he rides wind currents.
- Shaping Your Attacks: Into a dragon.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Surprisingly enough, in Birth by Sleep Dilan shows no signs of his eventual betrayal of his master and general douchebaggery. Instead, he is presented as both extremely loyal to his master and genuinely concerned for Ven's well being.
- Dream Drop Distance implies that none of the apprentices (save Xehanort and probably Braig) willingly gave themselves over to the darkness.
- Cynical Mentor/Stern Teacher: Zig-zagged. Xaldin is never emotionally supportive of Roxas and often snarks at his more naive comments on missions, but most of the advice that he gives Roxas is actually quite accurate and useful, especially his comment about where a giant Heartless would attack from at Beast's Castle. He also generously rewards Roxas if his sidequests are completed.
- Evil Brit: In the English adaptation.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore."
- Jerkass: In 358/2 Days. Just try to find a scrap of his dialogue that isn't insulting you or ordering you around. Let's not forget his attitude toward the Beast...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As Dilan in Birth by Sleep. He's initially dismissive of Ventus, but worries for his safety once the latter runs off to chase after an Unversed.
- Kick the Dog: Everything he does to the Beast. His diary entry in 358/2 Days shows he's bitterly envious of the Beast, so obviously he wants to do his damnedest to make him miserable.
- King Mook: To the Dragoon Nobodies, who use similar weapons to him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Spends most of his time playing with Beast's head to try and turn him into a Heartless AND a Nobody for the Organization.
- Personality Powers: He's nothing like the typical wind user. However, wind is considered the element of "Knowledge," something Xaldin had in spades. Wind can also be extremely brutal and destructive, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Something we ALL know Xaldin, as his position of That One Boss, has in spades, too.
- Red Baron: The Whirlwind Lancer.
- Reverse Arm-Fold: One of his common "non-combat" poses - which makes sense, given his power and martial nature.
- Sadistic Choice: "What shall I leave behind? Belle... or the rose?"
- For the record, Belle chooses the rose (and to be fair to Beast, he had already chosen Belle just before that).
- Spell My Name with an "S": The North American release of KHII misinterpreted his real name as Dilin; the PAL release and all subsequent games rectified this.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice in the English dub gradually grew more gravelly with each game.
- Wicked Cultured: His wild looks aside, Xaldin seems to have a good eye for art and architecture in 358/2 Days.
The Chilly Academic (Original Name: Even)
"I'm a scientist. Experiments are what I do, yes."
"Pity to be so ignorant. As you're only able to see the surface of things, I should not expect you to appreciate my true might."
Number IV of the Organization and one of its founders. The group's resident scientist, he's always interested in new test subjects for his experiments.
Before he became a Nobody, he was Even, one of the six apprentices of Ansem the Wise who betrayed him by researching the Heartless and destroying Radiant Garden.
- Actor Allusion: Who would've guessed that Uryuu Ishida, of all people, would become a mad scientist? Captain Kurotsuchi must've rubbed off on him.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: In Birth by Sleep, Even seems to be genuinely kind and helpful instead of the Insufferable Genius he later becomes after betraying his master.
- Annoying Laugh: Here.
- Back from the Dead: As Even in Dream Drop Distance. Aeleus mentions that he and Dilan are back but that they aren't stable yet, so they are currently resting. Given Aeleus and Ienzo's attitudes after their resurrections, it's possible that Even will undergo a Heel-Face Turn.
- The Chew Toy: A villainous example. Nomura even said he has an "undeniable loser feel" to him.
- Climax Boss: Of Sora's story in Chain of Memories, being the first member to be rematched and killed off. The second battle also takes place during a Wham Episode, just as important revelations are about to be made.
- Combat Tropes
- Deadpan Snarker
- Evilutionary Biologist: This seems to be his specialty, with his creation of Riku Replica and Xion.
- Evil Genius: So much that, despite his pathetic nature, Nomura said in the Japanese Character Report books that he and many of the development staff considered Vexen to be the most evil Organization member in Chain of Memories, being to it "what Xemnas is to KH2" in terms of malevolance.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold
- Expy: Of Professor Hojo. Mad Scientists whose work goes on to have horrible effects on the universe. Plus the loopy cackles. Oh, and they even have the same Japanese seiyuu: Nachi Nozawa. Though, this being an E-rated game, Vexen's a lot less... extreme than Hojo, and Nozawa's performance is significantly less frightening.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Either stabbed in the back or immolated.
- Four Is Death: He's the first of the Organization to be destroyed.
- Green Eyes: Of the crazy, way-too-bright variety.
- His Name Is...: He ends up being executed by Axel for trying to tell Sora about Roxas.
- Insufferable Genius
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi."
- Jerkass: He loves to insult everyone else's intelligence.
- May also be a bit of a Jerkass Woobie, being The Chew Toy and dying a particular horrible death while begging for his life.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, a void of bronze. While Vexen acts like quite the Jerkass around Roxas, almost as soon as Roxas begins making progress, despite it being mostly insignificant, he's quick to praise him, and even mildly respectful at the end. Mildly... This could be due to his memory of Even, who seemed proud and relatively friendly and a rather decent guy overall. It could also be due to the fact that he's developing a heart of his own, as revealed in 3D.
- Large Ham
- Mad Scientist
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Tatsuya Kando, his original seiyuu from Chain of Memories, gave him one. Since it was the only voice clip of his left in, fans immediately thought that Vexen was as effeminate as one could get.
- The Other Darrin: Staff member Tatsuya Kando in Chain of Memories on the GBA; professional voice actor Nachi Nozawa from then on. Who will voice him now that Nozawa has passed remains to be seen.
- Parental Substitute: His previous self, Even, was one of those responsible for raising Ienzo (Zexion).
- Personality Powers: Wields ice and is fairly cold.
- Random Power Ranking: Vexen thinks that just because he's number IV, he thinks he's superior than the majority of the members, despite the numbers meaning nothing beyond order of joining the Organization. note
- Red Baron: The Chilly Academic.
- A Sinister Clue: He wields his shield in his left hand.
- Smug Snake
The Taciturn Stalwart (Original Name: Aeleus)
"You've done well thus far. But to possess your powers, and yet fear the darkness... What a waste."
Click here to see Aeleus:
"I, Lexaeus, will not yield to the frail heart of an infantile coward!"
Voiced by: Tatsuya Kando (COM
), Fumihiko Tachiki
(Japanese), Dave Boat (English)
Number V of the Organization and one of its founders. While he's content with standing aside and letting Zexion do the talking, he's a lot more intelligent and powerful than he seems.
In his past life as Aeleus, he was one of Ansem's treacherous apprentices.
The Cloaked Schemer (Original Name: Ienzo)
"It's such a shame. The Organization used to be the rope that bound us together."
Click here to see Ienzo:
"Then I shall make you see... That your hopes are nothing. Nothing but a mere illusion!"
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
(Japanese), Vincent Corazza (English)
Number VI in the Organization, and one of its founding members. In his previous life as Ienzo, he was an orphan adopted by Ansem the Wise, and the youngest of his apprentices.
During Chain of Memories
, he tried to corrupt Riku so he could use him to counter Marluxia's coup.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is much darker in the manga.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Or at least, when he was Ienzo. Look at him;◊ he's shorter than Ven.
- Back from the Dead: Revived in Dream Drop Distance as Ienzo and has undergone a Heel-Face Turn.
- Badass Bookworm: Literally! His weapon is the "Book of Retribution."
- Big Bad Wannabe: He wants to be the villain of Chain of Memories and its Reverse/Rebirth mode, but he is neither (Marluxia and Ansem, Seeker of Darkness taking those roles instead.)
- The Chessmaster: Basically the brains of the operation when it comes to the basement-dwelling loyalists in opposition to Marluxia's rebellion. For all of his smugness, he's a pretty good tactical thinker; his plans for Riku may have very well succeeded... if it wasn't for Axel, that is.
- Climax Boss: Of Reverse/Rebirth in Chain of Memories, as he unwittingly helps Riku resolve the central conflict of his story: overcoming the fear of his inner darkness. He is also the last member of the game (but not the series) to be killed off.
- Combat Tropes
- Corruption by a Minor: Ienzo is the one that convinced Ansem the Wise to build the secret lab where they could experiment on people's hearts.
- Creepy Child: Ienzo's role in Birth by Sleep seems to be staring... and staring... and staring some more. Now stop and think about it the fact he was still a child when he became a Nobody.
- Enfant Terrible: He was the one who convinced Ansem to start experimentation with the powers of darkness which escalated into forcing people to turn into Heartless.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very heavy on the deadpan.
- Deceptive Disciple
- Evil Laugh: See here for an example. Pretty damn impressive.
- Evil Sounds Deep: While his voice was not particularly deep as Zexion, once revived as Ienzo, his voice is noticeably lighter in pitch.
- Face-Heel Turn: In his backstory, giving Ansem the Wise the idea for the experimentation on the heart.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lexaeus, at least in Castle Oblivion.
- It seems to have stuck, as he's still hanging with Aeleus when returning to life as Ienzo.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Boku."
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Zexion was actually in a position to become the 2nd in command. Sa´x, being a Dragon with an Agenda, takes advantage of the traitor situation in Castle Oblivion and sends Axel to kill Zexion.
- Non-Action Guy: Spends more of his time plotting than fighting, and when he does, his fighting methods are rather unconventional.
- The Nose Knows: He can track people by scent from long range.
- Occult Blue Eyes
- Parental Abandonment: Ienzo became Ansem's ward after the death of his parents.
- Peek-a-Bangs: But he's not bloody emo, damn it! Not even as Ienzo!
- Personality Powers: Without a doubt one of the more cunning and enigmatic members of the Organization, befitting his illusion-based powers.
- Red Baron: The Cloaked Schemer.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Not the shortest, but definitely among their ranks. Then he again, he is one of the younger members...
- Smug Snake: His youthful arrogance concerning his own intelligence proves to be his downfall.
- Teen Genius
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: All of his lexicons except his Joke Weapons, judging from their names.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Experimenting on the darkness in people's hearts? Check. Creating Heartless? Check. Helping destroy his home by accident? CHECK.
- Undying Loyalty: Completely and utterly loyal to the Organization, which is ironic considering he's also a Smug Snake and Deceptive Disciple.
- The Unfought: In the original Chain of Memories. Averted in the remake, as well as in KHII Final Mix +.
- The Unreveal: Zexion's weapon in Chain of Memories due to being The Unfought. In Kingdom Hearts II, there is a room which displays the weapons of every member of the Organization... except Zexion's, which is destroyed. It took the Updated Re-release to learn what it was (a lexicon).
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He only gets a couple of scenes in Birth by Sleep, but this is the general impression.
- Villainous Breakdown: He loses it when Riku embraces the darkness and stands against him.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Hard to believe he's only a few years older than the protagonists.
- You Gotta Have Steel-Blue Hair
The Luna Diviner (Original Name: Isa)
"Which would you rather suffer the loss of: Some make-believe friendship, or a real one?"
Click here to see Isa:
"True, we don't have hearts, but we remember what it was like. That's what makes us special."
Number VII in the Organization. Second-in-command to Xemnas and responsible for overseeing every other members' missions. Underneath his stoic exterior is a raging berserker just waiting to be released.It's revealed later that his original self, Isa, was once best friends with Lea. The two even planned to overthrow the Organization together, with Sa´x becoming Xemnas's right hand to facilitate this plan. When Axel started to have doubts about using some of the other members to further their goals, the friendship turned sour. In Dream Drop Distance he is Back from the Dead and one of the thirteen vessels of Xehanort's heart in his XIII Seekers of Darkness.
The Flurry of Dancing Flames (Original Name: Lea)
The Melodious Nocturne (Original Name Unknown)
Number IX of the Organization. While he is more capable than Sora is willing to give him credit for, he's pretty bad at being a villain
. His fighting style, however, is deadly
, and for many players he's That One Boss
- '80s Hair
- Accidental Truth: "Oh, we do too have hearts! Don't be mad..."
- Affably Evil: Along with Luxord he's one of the more nicer Organization members.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: In the 358/2 Days manga, Roxas attempts to ask Demyx about girls and the things that set them off (switches), resulting in a hilarious misunderstanding. When told that it's alright if he hasn't, Demyx forcefully insists that he's done it plenty of times.
- Beware the Silly Ones
- Brilliant but Lazy: He hates to work but is a reconnaissance specialist and also a highly capable fighter and mage as it eventually turned out.
- Catch Phrase: "Dance, water, dance!"
- Combat Tropes
- Death In All Directions
- Instrument of Murder: His Sitar, Arpeggio.
- Joke Weapons: Casual Gear gives him a tennis racket, and Mystery Gear gives him a broom.
- Shout-Out: The tennis racket is called the "Prince of Awesome" and the description says that it "looks awfully familiar..." While all Casual Gear weapons have that description, the name and shape of the weapon make the reference too hard to ignore.
- Making a Splash
- Musical Assassin
- Quirky Bard: Most of the time, which acts as a reference to Final Fantasy and its "Bard" class. Of course, as you can tell, he can become a Lethal Joke Character when prompted to.
- Squishy Wizard
- Summon Backup Dancers: The single biggest cause for hair-pulling in his boss fight. He's invincible until you wipe out his water clones, for which you have a time limit. 60 clones in 60 seconds? Not that hard. 60 clones in 30 seconds? Again, doable if they don't scatter around too much and you can track them down quickly. 10 clones in 10 seconds? Good luck, because luck is all that it comes down to at that point. Unfortunately, he can force this on you at any point in the fight, and on higher difficulty levels you have to do it three times in a row once he hits critical health. Also, the water clones can only be killed with a finisher, and if you land three or more hits on one without killing it, it does an instant 20-hit attack that can leave you at critical health.
- Also, the Nobodies under his command are Dancers, which means that that rush through the construction site is him doing this literally. Said Dancers are Demonic Spiders as much as Demyx is That One Boss.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Again, see quote.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: And HOW! Upon meeting Sora and his friends the second time he stops being pleasant and gains new, surprisingly deadly fighting skills.
- Dark Chick: He is by far the goofiest Organization member overall.
- Dismotivation: His reaction to the result of the operation at Castle Oblivion is relief that he wasn't sent there. When Xigbar tells him he has to work double duty to cover for it, Demyx's response is: "Roger that. Remind me to underachieve twice as hard from now on."
- Get Back Here Boss
- The Hedonist: 358/2 Days shows that, while not necessarily a malicious person, Demyx isn't one to really care about other people's problems so long as he has a good time. His reaction to The Reveal about Xion is to go "Intense!" and then teleport away without a second thought.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore."
- Jerkass Ball: His reaction to Larxene's death in Days where he's cheerfully callous to Roxas over it. It serves to show that even Demyx himself really isn't above it all.
- Also, his missions with Roxas in which he lets him do all the work.
- King Mook: To the Dancer Nobodies.
- Laughably Evil: Demyx has no qualms about committing evil deeds... but he's usually really bad at carrying them out.
- Let's Get Dangerous: "Silence, traitor." Coupled with the first time you ever hear The Thirteenth Dilemma.
- The Load: The difference between him and Xion is that at least Xion actually tries fighting instead of looking for excuses.
- Lovable Coward: Especially in 358/2 Days, in which he's a lazy coward who bribes Roxas to do missions for him... but he's just so funny while being this.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He's introduced yelling "Run, run away!" and carries cue cards to remind him of mission objectives.
- Non-Action Guy: Gameplay and Story Segregation aside, he's meant to be this.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He becomes this after Sora and his friends don't believe his Accidental Truth and wonder just how much of a kook he really is.
- Personality Powers: Demyx doesn't generally fit the definition of a water user at first. However, water is the element of change and mutability. Calm and placid in one moment, harsh and brutal the next. Fits quite nicely for his Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass persona.
- Punch Clock Villain: He's generally more interested in writing songs than being evil.
- Red Baron: The Melodious Nocturne.
- Satellite Character: He's really only here to be an enemy and fill the Number IX position, although he's less of a Satellite Character than the similar Luxord thanks to...
- Throw It In: Pretty much his entire personality was created by his seiyuu ad libbing, making him stand out as a character.
- Un-evil Laugh: During Sora's first encounter with the Organization in II, they have a joint Evil Laugh... with Demyx's nervous sigh standing out kind of painfully.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Aside from the somewhat literal Warmup Boss Axel, he is the first Organization XIII member to be fought in II.
The Gambler of Fate (Original Name Unknown)
"I'd rather we just skip the formalities."
"If only the whispers at the top of the ladder carried to the bottom rung..."
Number X. He's suave, has a delicious British accent, and he likes card games. He views life as a game and has all the time
in the world to win it.
- Affably Evil: He's just so damn polite.
- Nice Guy: Luxord is the only Organization member that's sympathetic towards Roxas, open to his comments and is never hostile towards him. He also generously rewards Roxas for doing well on minigames. He's not at all like this towards Sora in Kingdom Hearts II though because he sees Roxas resting within him, who had gone rogue.
- Almighty Janitor: Heavily implied in Re:Chain of Memories, which has enemy cards corresponding to the Organization members. While most of them have cards based on their own abilities and drawbacks, Luxord's card has the straightforward Omni-Break ability (you get fifteen free hits that can't be cancelled by the enemy), making it one of the most powerful and practical enemy cards. This is probably a reference to Luxord's control over cards and games, and Castle Oblivion being completely centered on cards and games. Ironically, Luxord never sets foot in Castle Oblivion.
- Of course, since the mission at Castle Oblivion wasn't so much of a mission as it was Sa´x's method for killing Marluxia, Larxene and Zexion with as little fuss as possible, it's justified.
- Author Appeal: Subverted. Luxord is Nomura's favorite member of Organization XIII, but as covered under Satellite Character, he has the smallest role of its members in the series.
- Beard of Evil
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Character Development: Unexpected of the Satellite Character, but it's there in 358/2 Days through the random conversations you can have between levels. To wit, in reaction to the Castle Oblivion debacle and Xion's misadventures, all of which he only has an outsider's perspective on, Luxord goes from being mildly confused at the machinations going on between members to going with the flow and enjoying his games, then frustrated with how little control he has over his own fate and later finally nosedives into depressed acceptance of his place in the Organization as the lackey and lowest ranking member.
- All of this contrasts Roxas' character development, which has the opposite conclusion of rebellion, but otherwise has the same rise and fall of confusion and frustration. Luxord sympathizes with Roxas at many points.
- Combat Tropes
- Baleful Polymorph: He and his Gamblers can turn Sora into a card or a die, severely cutting his offensive power.
- Death Dealer: His deck of cards, Fair Game.
- Duel Boss: He teleports Sora's friends elsewhere to even the odds. Guess how well it works out for him.
- The Gambler: Again, based off of the Gambler class from Final Fantasy. Most of his battle tactics in II are based on pure luck and entirely dependent on what the player ends up doing.
- Joke Weapons: Video game discs from the Casual Gear and four-leaf clovers from the Mystery Gear.
- Time-Limit Boss: Played with - rather than HP bars, he has a time bar that depletes throughout the battle. Sora can speed it up by hitting him, but he has his own time bar and HP to keep an eye on.
- Time Master: Although we only see him use it to give his battles a time limit. It'd be more proper to say that he's a master of games, of which time is the main mystical element.
- Trap Master
- A Day in the Limelight: In the manga adaptation, Luxord plays a major role during the events of Wonderland. After meeting with the Caterpillar, the main focus of the events is to find a way to restore Luxord to his normal size.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets a few quips in 358/2 Days.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Demonstrates this as Sora lands the killing blow on him. Luxord and Roxas were friends, as his last words to Sora were meant to stir Roxas. "How could you... Roxas?"
- Evil Brit
- Evil Genius
- Evil Laugh: Does this when he blows up the Interceptor.
- Fair Play Villain
- Graceful Loser: "You play the game quite well..."
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore."
- King Mook: To the Gambler Nobodies.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Mind Over Manners: Despite having control over time, as stated above and below, the most Luxord does in his fight is set a strange form of time limit and teleport Sora's allies away. Apparently the only reason he didn't do so to Sora as well was just so he could play, and give him a fair game. Given his manners with Sora otherwise, this could be justified. Though it could just be Honor Before Reason.
- Noble Demon
- Oh, Crap: His face says it all as Sora prepares to strike the final blow. With no aces up his sleeves anymore, he raises a barrier hoping that will save him. It doesn't. Which makes it even more heartbreaking when we discover in Dream Drop Distance what was foreshadowed all along: that Nobodies can grow their own hearts and that everyone in the Organization showed signs of a burgeoning replacement.
- Personality Powers: It's a bit hard to pin down a stereotype for Luxord's time manipulation powers, but given that he uses them to set time limits for the gameplay portions he's involved with, it ties into his character as a gambler and game master.
- Punch Clock Villain: Luxord is generally more interested in his games than to ever really wreak havoc.
- Red Baron: The Gambler of Fate.
- Satellite Character: His main purpose is to be Number X in the organization's ranks, and otherwise has little importance to anything. He has a very small role in 358/2 Days, accompanying Roxas on a handful of missions in Wonderland, and in Kingdom Hearts II he's the focus of the second visit to Port Royal but leaves once he sets the crisis in motion, and the fight with him before Sa´x is pretty much squeezed in just to make sure all the Organization members are dead.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He describes the Heartless boss he summons within Port Royal in Kingdom Hearts II as a "veritable maelstrom of avarice", whereas in 358/2 Days he combines this with gambling-related puns.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite his own frustrations towards it for being left out of the loop, Luxord stays with the Organization to the bitter end.
The Graceful Assassin (Original Name Unknown)
"I've been entrusted this castle and NaminÚ by our leader. Defying me will be seen as treason against the Organization."
"As lightless oblivion devours you, drown in the ever-blooming darkness!"
Voiced by: Tatsuya Kando (COM
), Shuichi Ikeda
(Japanese), Keith Ferguson (English)
Number XI, recruited by Xigbar and Xaldin. He is given charge of Castle Oblivion and attempts to engineer a coup against Xemnas with the help of Larxene and the presumed help of Axel.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His original sprites in the gameboy games have brown hair of an odd rose-ish hue, they become a pink hue in the console games. His Cherry Blossoms also turn into the thematically similar rose.
- Agent Peacock: Plenty of "girly" traits, but deadly competent.
- Badass: According to the Ultimania, he's the third most powerful member of Organization XIII after Xemnas and Roxas. He's the only Organization member besides Xemnas capable of multiple combat forms.
- This is also reflected in his Absent Silhouette; compared to the other Silhouette battles and Org. XIII member fights in the main storyline, he has the largest HP pool, takes less damage from attacks, and some of his HP-damaging attacks can still one-shot players even at considerably high levels.
- Big Bad: Of Chain of Memories. Notably, he's one of only two non-Xehanort entities to qualify as a Big Bad of the series.
- Big Bad Wannabe: 358/2 Days would reveal the higher-ups of the Organization were very aware of his treachery and sent him to Castle Oblivion to die in the first place. That, and with the true scope of Master Xehanort's plan being revealed in 3D, Marluxia, while needing to be stopped, was far less of a threat than any incarnation of Xehanort.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's able to appear soft-spoken, polite and respectful. It doesn't help that his deceiving nature obscure his true motives.
- The Caretaker: He's an emotionally abusive one for Namine. Poor thing.
- The Chessmaster: Can play it far better than Zexion but isn't wicked fast at it as Xemnas.
- Combat Tropes
- Cherry Blossoms: They look more like rose petals in Re:COM, however.
- Death Is Dramatic: Yep.
- Deceptive Disciple
- Elemental Hair
- Evil Versus Evil: Neither he nor Larxene are good in any sense of the word against the rest of the Organization that they intended to rebel against.
- The Extremist Was Right: Along with Larxene, Marluxia tried to overthrow the Organization because they believe that Xemnas doesn't truly have their best interests at heart. 3D reveals that they was absolutely right: Organization XIII was created to be vessels in Xehanort's Grand Theft Me plan.
- Final Boss: Of Chain of Memories.
- The Grim Reaper: Thematically, as he blends Western and Eastern death motifs. He uses a scythe, has several sleights referring to death (i.e. Death Scythe, Doom, etc.), originally appeared as a hooded figure, and his Nobody familiar even uses the same weapon (including Dual Wielding it in its first form) and appears in a form similar to Death during the Final Battle in Re:COM. His flowers are actually Sakura i.e. cherry blossoms that are used in funerals and signify death.
- Interface Screw: During his final form he gains the ability to steal your cards (including the reload card) and scatter them around the battlefield.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi."
- Large Ham: In the Japanese version. Not as large a ham as Xemnas or Sa´x, though.
- Manipulative Bastard: Not as magnificent as Xemnas, Axel, or Sa´x and not as smug as Vexen or Zexion, but evenly in the middle.
- No Sense of Personal Space: DEAR GOD! Just ask the poor Namine how he interacted with her in Chain of Memories. Not to mention the start of his Absent Silhouette battle has him warping over to Sora's shoulder and whispering in his ear.
- The Other Darrin: Staff member Tatsuya Kando in Chain of Memories on the GBA; professional voice actor Shuichi Ikeda from then on.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: A recurring element throughout his various Leitmotifs.
- Personality Powers: He's brimming with Death elements from both eastern and western ends, as evidenced by both the cherry blossoms and the scythe that he carries. It makes more sense considering that his brand of Green Thumb magic is somewhat portrayed at the opposite end of the flower-themed Cure magic.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Marluxia's main attribute is Death but his element in general is mostly flowers. It is less weird due to the significance of cherry blossoms in Japan and the fact that he was supposed to be a woman.
- Red Baron: The Graceful Assassin.
- Spin to Deflect Stuff
- The Starscream
- The Stoic: In the English version.
- What Could Have Been: Marluxia was supposed to be another female member of the Organization, but the moment the treachery angle came into play and Square realized they'd have two women destroyed after attempting to overthrow a group full of men, the gender was swapped.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair
The Savage Nymph (Original Name Unknown)
"I'M a bad guy so you'll have to go through me!"
"More pain for you means more fun for me!"
Voiced by: Rieko Katayama (COM
), Yuko Miyamura
(Japanese), Shanelle Gray (English)
Number XII of the Organization and close ally of Marluxia. Gleefully sadistic, she enjoys tormenting others for the fun of it.
- Actor Allusion: She shares many similarities to Asuka, basically sharing her bitchy attitude but with fewer redeeming qualities and an even more damaged psychosis. Tellingly, Nomura said that Larxene's voice was the first one cast for RE:Chain of Memories and that Yuko Miyamura was always his personal choice.
- Alpha Bitch: Well, the only bitch, but she more than makes up for it with her vicious attitude.
- Ambiguously Bi: She has no concept of personal space for both sexes, especially towards Axel and Namine, as shown in Chain of Memories.
- Badass Bookworm: In the Chain of Memories novel she is seen reading a book by the Marquis de Sade.
- The Baroness
- Berserk Button: In the manga version of Chain of Memories, she only began to harass the Riku Replica and forcing Namine to rewrite his heart and memory after the Replica calls her an "old hag".
- Beta Test Baddie/Become A Real Girl: Averted, since Larxene doesn't actually seem to want having her heart back.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Card-Carrying Villain: When you freely admit that you hurt people pretty much because you can and frequently indulge in tormenting people For the Evulz of it all, you're definitely this.
- Child Hater: She definitely has shades of this, if her journal entry is anything to go by. To her credit, she does come to somewhat respect Roxas before she leaves for Castle Oblivion.
- In the manga, she outright says, "I hate kids" three times.
- Combat Stilettos
- Combat Tropes
- Cute and Psycho
- Dark Action Girl
- Elemental Hair
- Evil Laugh: Just. Listen.
- The Extremist Was Right: See Marluxia's entry.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Genre Blind: Larxene, if you didn't want to go out the way you did, you should NOT have tried to destroy Sora, Donald and Goofy after they've reunited with The Power of Friendship.
- Giggling Villain: In the Japanese version her laughing is adorable, yet no less creepy.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: A nice subversion of the standard large eyes equal good and innocent, as her eyes are about as large as Sora and Kairi's.
- Green Eyes: Hard to tell with her. Official images by way of Nomura's drawings have her with blue (which is a nice oxymoron), but in the game it looks a somewhat blue, a green, and sometimes an odd mixture of both.
- Hair Antennae
- Hartman Hips
- Hidden Depths: Though the dialogue only appears in the the non-canon novels, so its validity is in question, Larxene stated there that her existence as a Nobody was preferable to regaining her heart and remniscated that having had a heart had been a painful experience.
- She also comes off as somewhat less evil in 358/2 Days, having a few Pet the Dog moments with Roxas and along with Marluxia, being given a more sympathetic motive for her treachery.
- I Shall Taunt You: Her second hobby next to Kick the Dog.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi."
- Jerkass: Every bit as vicious in both words and bite as the rest of the Organization, it even shows in Chain Of Memories as her attitude towards her enemies and friends alike rub everyone the wrong way.
- Kick the Dog: Literally kicks Sora to the ground twice, hits the Riku Replica when he charges at her and later throws him aside while he's unconscious and bitchslaps NaminÚ. This trope is her main hobby, next to being very abrasive.
- Knight of Cerebus: Chain of Memories takes a dark turn when Larxene shows up on the 6th Floor to hurt Sora physically and psychologically.
- Laughably Evil: Her sass can be quite humorous when she's around her fellow Organization members, especially Vexen. This is especially true for 358/2 Days, in which her scenes are all played for laughs.
- Meaningful Name: la reine means "the queen" in French. Sora even says 'queen' to her at one point in the manga. Considering both her's and Marluxia's plans for the Organization had their rebellion succeeded, her reign of terror as Marluxia's second-in-command would be played straight.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: You really should have hurried up and killed Sora instead of providing all that groundbreaking exposition, Larxene....
- No Sense of Personal Space: Occurs a lot in Re:COM with both Axel and NaminÚ, leading fans in fan fiction to either paint her as a Depraved Bisexual, or pair her up with Axel and create something resembling a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with NaminÚ.
- The Other Darrin: Square staff member Rieko Katayama in Chain of Memories on the GBA; professional voice actress Yuko Miyamura from then on.
- Personality Powers: She can wield lightning and kunai. It doesn't help when she's also an utterly demented sadist.
- Pet the Dog: Her last interaction with Roxas in Days is her saying that he's "almost half-competent now" and that maybe he'd make a good addition to her and Marluxia's rebellion plan. And that, friends, is just about the nicest Larxene has ever been. Though earlier she also helped him learn magic and gave him a potion, which were also nice despite coming along with plenty of verbal abuse.
- Psycho Electro
- Psycho for Hire
- Red Baron: The Savage Nymph.
- Sadist: A surprisingly effective one at it, too. She's even able to scare Demyx, though to be fair both of them don't get along either way.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only girl in the Organization before Xion came along. She may still be, depending on your interpretation of Xion.
- The Starscream
- Terms of Endangerment: She calls the Riku Replica "kiddo" and NaminÚ "little one".
- Woman in Black: A fitting foil to NaminÚ's Woman in White, more present in Chain of Memories.
The Key of Destiny (Original Name: Sora)